GR 249. 14. Etappe: Villanueva de Tapia - Villanueva de Algaidas
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1. Initiation Stage:
Access Starting point: From the A-92 take the A-333 Archidona Alcaudete. From Malaga, the A-333 direction Granada and then A-359.
Starting point: Villanueva de Tapia, at the roundabout near Constitution Avenue, in the south of the village, passing below the road A-333.
Enjoy the walk safely: The stretch that may worry you a bit more is the long way from the Sierra of el Pedroso to the Arroyo of Bebedero. There is a real maze of tracks, a few asphalted and others not, and the advice is not leave the waymarked way. There is no drinking water throughout the tour.
2. Completion of Stage:
Access to finish point: There are two connections from the A-92 Seville-Granada, A-7201 from Archidona and the A-7221 from Antequera.
Finish point: Villanueva de Algaidas via the Almeria Street, ending the stage at the junction of the MA-6416 with MA-7203 to Cuevas Bajas.
Possible "escape routes": From the road that you cross at the km 6, before descending to the Arroyo de Bebedero you can continue and reach Archidona train station.
No return point: When you reach the road MA 5100 it is not worth going back, continue down and reach the next village on the GR.
Connections to other footpaths and trails: An important livestock right-of-way, La Colada de los Alamillos, starts at the same point as the GR. It was used by the neighbouring village to bring their animals to the royal cattle fair, in Villanueva de Tapia, the last chance to make deals of the season. The authorities of Villanueva de Tapia have signposted the walk, which has been renamed as El Encinar, it is a circular 5.5 kilometres long and up at the Cortijo de la Morena it coincides with the GR. There are some information panels along the route that explain this infrastructure. La Colada de Entredicho (Debatable) is the camino that leaves from Villanueva de Tapia. The name comes from a process of assigning the village to the nearest town and this one, as we mentioned, is a stone´s throw both from Granada and Córdoba.
The surrounds of la Sierra del Pedroso (Stony Mountains) are, obviously, the least appropriate to walk and so there are no approved paths except for the GR-7 E4. The itinerary of this walk practically coincides with the GR except for the section downhill to Arroyo de Bebedero. (which flows around on the left) and arriving to Villanueva de Algaidas where it follows Camino del Albaicín.
The GR-249 the Cañada de los Puertos uses to reach the destination of the stage, passing by northward through houses of
the Albaicin, and turns to the west by the Camino de las Peñas.