The Sierra’s Greenway

From the beginning to the end
The Sierra's Greenway

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Between the Mountain of Cádiz and the South Mountain of Seville

The Sierra’s Greenway passes through the old Jerez-Almargen railway line. At the present there are 36.5 Km accessible connecting the towns of Puerto Serrano and Olvera. Along this route you can enjoy a great variety of landscapes, observing the transition between an eminently agricultural landscape and another mountainous, alternated with masses of Mediterranean forest (holm oaks, carobs, carob trees, mastic trees, wild olive trees, etc.).

In these landscapes, water is the common denominator, following the course of the rivers Guadalete and Guadalporcún, where we find a very diverse vegetation (ash trees, white and black poplars, grazings, oleanders …) This is an ecotourism itinerary to carry out on foot, bike, horse and even on a donkey that will allow the hiker to contemplate a lush nature, valuable animal and vegetable species and landscapes of dreams. At the disposal of the users of the Greenway are a multitude of infrastructures and equipment that make the visit more pleasant.

The old train stations of Puerto Serrano, Coripe and Olvera – in bad condition over the years – have been rehabilitated and are running as restaurants and tourist accommodations. Next to the Rock of Zaframagón, there is a halt carrying the same name, which has been rehabilitated and put into operation as Zaframagón Interpretation Center and Ornithological Observatory.

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Unfoldable map of Sierra´s Greenway (spanish / english)

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ROUTE

The route begins in the old station of Puerto Serrano, about two kilometers from the town center where the headquarters of the Foundation is located. We will cross the first of the viaducts located on the stream of Azares, overlooking the steep canyon pierced by the Guadalete. Tunnels and viaducts will be opening successively in this first section in which the old railway infrastructures seem to become a gigantic balcony on the Guadalete River, providing us with some of the most beautiful panoramas of the route. Arriving at the place of the “Junta de los Ríos”, the valley opens so that the waters of the Guadalporcún converge with those of the Guadalete, where a small parking has been enabled so as the recreational area “La Toleta”. After having recovered forces, we crossed the viaduct of the stream of “Gillete” to guide us towards the “Tunnel of the Castle”.

We arrived at the second station of the route, the station of Coripe, conditioned as hotel-restaurant, another one of the recommended accesses to the route. Next to it we will be surprised by the image of “Chaparro de la Vega”, a centuries-old oak declared Natural Monument and magnificently preserved. In its surroundings has been installed a rest area with tables, benches, games and car parks.

After crossing five tunnels we will be getting closer to the Zaframagón Station, a rehabilitated building and nowadays converted into an interpretation center and ornithological observatory from which, through a camera installed in the Rock, you can observe closely the griffon vultures, one of the largest colonies in Europe. If we continue our route to Olvera we will find almost immediately the viaduct of Zaframagón from which one can enjoy one of the best views of the Rock of Zaframagón, declared Natural Reserve of Andalusia, with the canyon of the Guadalporcún known as “El Estrechón”. Circumcising the rock we will enter to another long tunnel framed in a landscape of prairies with the angular profiles of the “Mountain of Líjar” in the background.

From here, a rosary of tunnels guarded by the basins of the Guadalporcún and Guadamanil rivers will lead us between farms and olive groves to the Navalagrulla Station (the only one without rehabilitation) that has a recreational area. The tunnels will constantly happen until the next singular point, the “Colada de Morón”. In 4 kilometers we will reach the end of our route. We will be at Olvera Station. Four unique train wagons, which take you back to nostalgia, complete the accommodation at this point. Olvera, end of the road, is a historic-artistic complex and belongs to the Route of the White Villages.

Throughout the route, there are 30 tunnels, the longest with lighting. The longest one is the Coripe’s Mountain, with 990 meters (Tunnel of the Castle). Four are the viaducts that are in the Sierra’s Greenway, being the most spectacular one that passes over the Guadalporcún River as it passes through Coripe (237 meters in length).

The equipment of the Greenway meets all the needs of the hiker and has points of water supply, information panels, signs, rest areas, donkey and horse handles, as well as an information service and guide of the route. In the most attractive enclaves of the route you can find viewpoints where the visitor will delight the landscapes of the mountains and the beautiful sunsets.