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Stage of Castblanco de los Arroyos to Almadén de la Plata
Heavy first section by road to Parque los Berrocales
Information about the stage 3: Stage of Castblanco de los Arroyos to Almadén de la Plata
Points of interest in the stage 3: Stage of Castblanco de los Arroyos to Almadén de la Plata
- Km 0. Castilblanco de los Arroyos (All services)
We started the day descending along Antonio Machado Avenue, next to the road. At the exit of the town you have to take the SE-5405. If we depart from the town centre, the yellow arrows will guide us to the church of the Divine Savior to walk down the road. Ahead more than 15 kilometers of asphalt (Km 1).
In a mile and a half, on our right, we will leave the urbanizations Las Minas and Sierra Norte (Km 2.7) that have a residential area that exceeds that of Castilblanco. We will go up the hill surrounded by cork oak and oak trees of cattle and lidia. In fact, we will go next to the dehesa "Yerbabuena", owned by Ortega Cano. At the highest point of the road, 520 metres high, is an antenna of the STAR (Telecommunications for regional development) programme. A kilometer later, we finally left the road next to the entrance of the Parque Natural los Berrocales (Km 16,5).
During the course of the farm you will probably see more than one deer. Encouraged by this possibility, we enter the door that is in the fence and continue our path. In a kilometer and a half we pass by the forest house La Morilla and continue for an hour on a runway that winds through the park. Taking into account the signs, we have to turn left onto a dirt track, where we cross over a small stream and see a modern miliary, as we saw yesterday, and the ruins of the old village El Berrocal (Km 22.2) .
We follow the trail, flanked by some repopulated pines, to the fence that delimits the estate (Km 25,3). After it, the road becomes narrower and, between jars, we are gaining altitude and also fatigue, until the Cerro del Calvario (Km 27,5) is finished. From the top there is a good panorama: to the north Almadén de la Plata, its mines and the Cerro de los Covachas; to the south an unenlarged Mediterranean mountain spot. We go down for a kilometer and we get to Almadén. The hostel is located across the town.
- Km 29.3. Almadén de la Plata (All services)