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Cycle tourism along the Olive Oil Greenway

Day 1. Towards the mediaeval town of Alcaudete (Jaén-Alcaudete, 48 km; alternative routes 37 km or 32 km)

First thing in the morning, wherever in Jaén you tell us to, we will deliver your bikes. This route is 48 km long. If you prefer a shorter ride we can drive you from Jaén to Torredelcampo (37 km) or Torredonjimeno (32 km).

You will cycle among olive trees and farmsteads, passing through tunnels and over viaducts (check out the impressive viaducts over the rivers Guadajoz and Víboras). You can make a self-guided tour of Torredonjimeno and Martos. When you leave the latter town, a minor detour leads you to the Route of the Centenarian Olive Trees, where you can see majestic examples which continue to produce excellent yields despite being over 200 years old. On arrival at Alcaudete you will have the afternoon to enjoy its streets and a castle which used to be home to the warrior monks of the Order of Calatrava dating back to Moorish times.

Day 2. Round the Sierra de Cordoba mountains (Alcaudete-Doña Mencía, 27 km)

The route skirts around the rugged slopes of the Sierras Subbéticas Natural Park. Not too far away are the Honda and Salobral lagoons, nature reserves where at the right time of the year and with the aid of binoculars you can do some serious birdwatching. A stop at the old Luque Station, now refurbished as a restaurant, will help you get your strength back and push on along the route. You will pass beneath the imposing Zuheros Castle before reaching your destination at Doña Mencía. In the afternoon a guided tour of the town and its wine museum awaits.

Day 3. Fusion of cultures (Doña Mencía-Lucena, 24 km)

Today’s route takes you through an area where Arab, Jewish and Christian cultures meet. The cultural mix has shaped a unique landscape studded with colourful towns boasting impressive architecture, the evidence of a more prosperous past. You will continue to skirt around the mountainous slopes of the Sierras Subbéticas. The charming towns of Cabra and Lucena, with their magnificent monumental ensembles, are not to be missed. Your journey along the Olive Oil Greenway ends with an overnight stay in Lucena.