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Hike: El Regüelo (Jaen)

A short walk through the olive groves of the Sierra Sur in Jaen is just what the doctor ordered if you’re looking for a break from the city. So, get out those walking shoes and take a walk on the wild side!

By:  Rachel Webb
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Location: El Regüelo, Sierra Sur (Jaen)
Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy, with one or two steepish bits
Practical advice : comfortable shoes, water, camera and binoculars for the far-reaching views
Stands out for: lovely views
Did you know? Sierra Sur in Jaen borders with Cordoba and Granada.

The Sierra Sur in Jaen is an ideal destination, not only for an away-from-it-all break but as a holiday base for day trips to the cutural cities of Baeza, Cordoba, Granada, Jaén and Ubeda amongst others. The Sierra Sur borders the provinces of Cordoba and Granada, making the choice of destinations heady. Set in the midst of the countryside, this is olive territory. The majority of Spain’s olive oil is produced here, making the countryside and scenery of Jaen unique.

Get out those walking shoes and take a stroll around the olive groves of Jaen before heading further afield for a touch of city life and a taste of the local olive oil based gastronomy. This short walk with lovely views will set you up for the day.

1. Leaving Casa Rural El Regüelo on the JA-3302 behind head towards the river and olive machinery. Just before the river turn left up the track behind the olive plant.

2. Follow this track for 0.8km  then take the left hand track downhill, if the chain is across just step over it. Stay on this track as you walk over a dry stream bed before heading uphill until km 1.2 at which point you’ll face three possibilities: take the middle track.

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3. At 1.35 km take a left turn at the pile of gravel. The olive groves are now on your left and a valley drops away to the right.

4. The path stops at 1.6 km. Turn right heading downhill and follow the track as it bears left with a bank and olive groves on the left. The white chapel is now visible ahead.

5. A little scabble down leads to an empty flat patch, this is km 2.3. Turn left heading downhill before climbing upwards.

6. At the summit turn right and you can see the two distant peaks of Sierra Ajillo on the left and Sierra Caracolera on the right.

7. The track ends here. Keep straight ahead to the edge before turning right going downhill. Turn left at km 2.6.

8. Go over the dry stream bed. Keep right and head downhill towards the houses.

9. Cross the stream (may involve some jumping or feet wetting) and walk up to the path where you turn left. Turn left at the road to find yourself back in El Regüelo.



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