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The Olive Oil Greenway for the more experienced cyclist

Day 1. From Doña Mencía to Luque, Baena, or Alcaudete (20 km, 36 km and 54 km OAB, respectively)

We are in the heart of Andalusian olive country. This out-and-back trip runs through the endless straight lines of twisted olive trees and the Sierras Subbéticas Natural Park, recognized by UNESCO as a geopark. What awaits us at the end of the day more than makes up for the effort. You will visit Luque, with its Nazrid castle, its 9th century city walls, and a Spanish Civil War bunker and, either on the way out or the way back, Zuheros, a must-see, picturesque village whose Moorish-Renaissance castle seems to loom over the greenway.

Day 2. From Doña Mencía to Cabra, Lucena, Las Navas del Selpillar, or Campo Real (26 km, 50 km, 67 km and 90 km OAB respectively)

The day’s ride will take you through a landscape still dominated by olive trees with a backdrop of craggy mountains. The destination for today is Cabra, a town dating back to Roman times with deep Arab traces and a good selection of Baroque churches. There is evidence of a fusion of cultures, shared by the string of towns and villages that lie along the Olive Oil Greenway. You can pay a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Cabra and stroll through the streets, taking in the town’s architectural heritage. The return trip to Doña Mencía will take you back to your starting point.