GR 249. 13. Etappe: Archidona - Villanueva de Tapia
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1. Initiation Stage:
Access Starting point: A-92 Motorway Sevilla-Granada and the A-359 (Pedrizas- Salinas) and fi nally the N-331.
Starting point: Archidona, at the converging point of Calle Luis Braille with Avenida Andalucía.
Enjoy the walk safely: The most dangerous, as it often happens, is walking along the few stretches of road, especially the A-333 as it is a fast, straight stretch with high numbers of traffi c. But also, on this Stage is the level rail crossing without barriers on the Seville-Granada line: although it is in an area with good visibility. Be very cautious if there is rain or fog.
The only wading point on this Stage is through the Arroyo de las Negras stream, but here it tends to gain mostly in width without too much depth. The only alternative, in any case, would be to use the fl yover of the motorway, which is not recommended. The A-92 is passed by means of a tunnel, which usually presents no problems not even by the circulation of water. Except from the Fuente del Sacristán spring, which is not drinking water, there is no possibility of replenishing water along the way.
2. Completion of Stage:
Access to finish point: From the A-92 you should take the A-333 Archidona Alcaudete. From Málaga, the A-359 towards Granada and turn off onto the A-333.
Finish point: Villanueva de Tapia, at the roundabout closest to Avenida Constitución, at the southern part of the village.
Possible "escape routes": The walk connects with two major roads, the A-92 Sevilla -Granada and the A-333. You could leave this Stage at either of these, but preferably on the regional road.
No return point: It is not a question of it being a diffi cult stage from the point of view of the effort or the orientation, but, once you have passed the railway line the best thing is to continue to Villanueva de Tapia.
Connections to other footpaths and trails: The road to the Fuente del Sacristán coincides with the beginning of your walk for the fi rst few metres, until you rejoin the Villanueva de Tapia again, as far as the junction below the motorway. This section coincides with the PR- A-125 up to crossing the railway line. This is indicated in the previous stage as being discontinued, or at least under evaluation. This path is called the “Archidona noreste y Hoz de Marín”, and it is circular.
As you reach the level crossing, take the GR-7 E-4. If in previous stages the Gran Senda de Málaga was coinciding with the Ramal
Sur, direction Granada, on this occasion it is with the Ramal Norte, direction Córdoba, in this occasion it is a short section close to the road in which the other goes to the Cortijo de Galván farmhouse. The stage of GR-7 E-4 in question is that of Villanueva del Trabuco to Villanueva de Tapia.
What they both have in common is their use of the Salinas road, which goes from Villanueva de Tapia to Las Palomeras and
continues southwards to the main road.