First thing in the morning, wherever in Jaén you tell us to, we will deliver your bicycles to you. The day’s journey is 48 km. long. If a shorter trip suits you better, we can drive you from Jaén to Torredelcampo (37 km) or Torredonjimeno (32 km).
You will be riding on a trail between olive farms, over spectacular viaducts and bridges and through tunnels, some of them once belonging to the old railway but now refurbished. At the highest point of the entire greenway, a formidable rock announces our arrival at Martos, with its town centre of narrow streets and a mediaeval castle. At the exit of the town is the Route of the Centenarian Olive Trees. The day’s ride finishes close to Alcaudete, where you will still have time to visit its palatial houses and its castle, which is in an excellent state of repair.
This route takes you, even if only intermittently, away from the seemingly endless olive groves into Mediterranean forest land and the typical vegetation of the Andalusian highland countryside. Part of the trail runs parallel to the River Guadajoz in deep cuttings and over magnificent viaducts built in the late 19th century by French engineers, disciples of Eiffel. The Salobral lagoon is a nature reserve where you can see interesting waterfowl, especially in the spring. The ambience and monumental architecture of all the towns and villages along the way - Luque, Zuheros and Doña Mencía – is splendid. In the case of Doña Mencía, the last stop on our day’s ride, guided cultural tours of the village and the wine museum are included.
On this journey the olive groves that have accompanied the length of the greenway occasionally give way to hilly terrain (although your trail will always be easy to ride and fairly flat!) and later to the vineyards where the grapes of Montilla-Moriles wine grow. The route continues to be dotted with impressive viaducts and towns of historical and architectural interest. Cabra and Lucena have so much history and so many monuments that you could easily spend several days visiting them. Some of the old train stations have been refurbished as visitor centres featuring the Olive Oil Train or the famous wine of the region.
As we suggested for the previous itinerary, anyone wanting less cycling can shorten the route by finishing at Lucena or even Cabra, and spending more time visiting these two towns.