THE GREENWAYS OF SPAIN

My friend is coming to stay with me for a week over Christmas 2012.  We are planning to spend a few days ‘chilling out’ in Malaga; eating, drinking, opening presents and (talking to Picasso!).  However, we also fancy doing a few active things.  My friend suggested cycling on the‘Via Verde’.  My response was:  ‘What is the Via Verde? So, she sent me 2 links: http://www.andalucia.com/rural/walking/viasverde-countryside.htm and http://www.viasverdes.com/GreenWays

Wow, it sounds great and it looks so beautiful, doesn’t it?

However, I need your help, your knowledge and your advice.  If you have time, would you mind answering the following questions?

  1. Is it possible to cycle the whole route in one day?
  2. Where can we hire bikes from?
  3. Is the end of December a good time to go?
  4. Are there places to stay overnight along the route?
  5. Can we get there from Málaga by public transport?
  6. Do you think it’s a good thing to do?
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3 responses to “THE GREENWAYS OF SPAIN

  1. First of all it is important to say that a Via Verde is an ancient route for trains. Nowadays, they are devoted to people who want to go to ride bikes, to walk, to enjoy Nature without cars! In Andalusia we find two, one is between the province of Cadiz and Sevilla, and the other one is in Jaén, I think so! Anyway, if you live in Málaga the best option is the Cádiz-Sevilla, which is very close to the province of Málaga.
    1. Is it possible to cycle the whole route in one day?
    Yes, it is. Although you must be in shape to ride a bike through almost dark tunnels. But don’t panic! There are lights! And they are short! Except only one, but is not more than one km! Well, besides, you must be ready to stop to let sheep go back home! They have the right of way! (;-P)
    2. Where can we hire bikes from?
    I did it in the Coripe Station. But Olvera is probably the biggest one as well as the easiest village to arrive by public transport.
    3. Is the end of December a good time to go?
    Yes, of course. It is cold, freezing but that’s all! There is a very famous brand that sells insulating T-shirts by less than 8 €.
    4. Are there places to stay overnight along the route?
    Yes, there are rural hostals. It is said they are really quirky!! Check this website to get more info http://www.fundacionviaverdedelasierra.com/
    5. Can we get there from Málaga by public transport?
    Probably this is the weakest point. There is public transport, but I think you should take more than one bus. Perhaps you can take the bus to Campillos, and later one to Olvera.
    6. Do you think it’s a good thing to do?
    I think it is a great idea! I went two years ago and I really enjoyed the place, the route… everything. And if you have time, go to one of the rural restaurants over there!! They are really cheap and the typical food is… delicious!!! OMG, I remember it and that makes my mouth water!

  2. Paola, thank you so much for your advice. It’s great!! I actually feel really excited about this cycling trip. I must admit, before I read your comments, I was less than keen. I actually do like cycling, but the idea of doing it in the freezing cold fills me with dread. With that in mind, would you mind telling me the brand of the thermal t-shirt and the best place to buy one. I definitely need that.
    Oh no!! There will be sheep. I’m not too keen on sheep, they have really weird eyes and they give me the hibbie jibbies. In a past life I definitely wasn’t a shepherd. Anyway, my friend will have to protect me. She’s definitely more used to the countryside than am I, however I think in a crisis she might start running and screaming: ‘every man for themselves’. Do you think I should take up martial arts before I go? Or, maybe I should practice some sprinting!

  3. Come on, Janette!!! Don’t be afraid of sheep, they are… kind-hearted!! lol. The brand is Decathlon and it is at the Rosaleda shopping centre. I think you will enjoy the greenway very much!!

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