GR 249.5. Section 2. Teba - Cañete la Real
The plains of the Castle of the Star -"La Estrella"- (until km 5.2)
The Stage begins by going down about 200 meters along the access road to Thebe from the west, the MA-6403, but deviates immediately by the old road surrounding on the left a large building and describing some those with views of the town of Almargen, with the Sierra del Terril behind. In the pits of the valley is the Via Ferrata, whose steel cables pass over the Path. It is stopped by a wasteland and when you take about 500 meters you reach the access to the industrial estate in the so-called Llano de la Estación.
The A-7278 road is now accessed at kilometer 5, until the directional signs deviate at kilometer point 1.4 to the Camino de Teba to Cañete la Real, which is paved and belongs to the Ministry of the Environment. Through it you advance a little more than a kilometer, and then you take the lane that goes in a slight ascent to the Cortijo del Tajo, located under a red cut that is on the top of the hill, although you do not reach it.
Here you have to make a break at the height of the Pilarejo Fountain, a birth taken advantage of in historical times since a few meters away, in a fallow tree that is to the right of the road and on the other side of the olive grove with almond trees, was the ancient Roman city of Theba, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest. This way you reach the road again, on whose shoulder you walk a kilometer more. Barely recognizable, the Alamo Fountain on the left marks the detour to a labor camp, to the southwest. Depending on the time of year, you will cross the wheat fields, fields of chickpeas or stubble, wading the stream that takes the name of the fountain, very encased in the clays, to begin a slight ascent that goes towards some large heaps through the bottom of a stream.
By the plasters of Cara de Zorra (up to km 9.1)
This is the Camino de Cara Zorra, and this is where the substrate changes, which passes from the agricultural soil to a slightly hilly rocky area. Abandoned olive and almond trees are still recognized, but the natural vegetation begins to recover, especially with brooms, thyme, asparagus, esparto and some young encinitas. Little by little the track becomes more recognizable and crowns the hills, tracing some curves so as not to lose height. Looking back you can see well the town of Thebe with the castle and part of the route that is taken. The 6.5 kilometer marks approximately half of the Stage, in the vicinity of the ruins of the cortijo de Cara de Zorra.
It is left below on the right an abandoned farmhouse, that of the hill of Terrona, and new loops passing near some hives lead again to some crop fields, the Haza el Duro, with more trodden lanes that lead to a main one. This is the possible direct access, in a few hundred meters and to the south, to the road that was abandoned at the Alamo Fountain. The Cortijo de Nina Baja is the spectacular farmhouse that must be left, with a pillar on the right and that marks the beginning of the first important slope. Partly concreted, it has on its right a regato with brambles and fig trees. There is an old pool right at the junction that is not taken and that goes to an agricultural warehouse and in a few meters you reach a large water tank, on the edge of the work and next to the farmhouse of Nina Alta. In about 500 meters you access the water survey from which this cistern is supplied, surrounded by a perimeter fence that must be surrounded on the left.
The Sierra de Cañete (until the end of the stage)
The only stretch of sidewalk of the day begins here, just where the mountain range contacts on the right with a very elongated field of work that occupies the bottom of the stream and that the path crosses just at the top, to then ascend drawing some curves until it connects with an incipient lane.
As you climb, you join another branch and become a more recognizable track. With some difficulty you can see above near the summit a rocky escarpment off the road, with plenty of vegetation and some hollows. There is one of the historical sites of Cañete, the Cuevas del Hoyo Cruz, probably a Mozarabic hermitage, contemporary with the Cueva del Santón that is on the other side and also far from the road.
You reach the Puerto de las Canteras, where the highest point of the route is crowned, at almost 800 meters of altitude, between Cerro Milla and Cerro Mateo with its telecommunications antennas. After a last look at the area where the Stage began, which is seen to the east, the gravel track goes down a place with the evocative name of Camino del Calvary. Cañete la Real, in the shade of the Sierra del Padrastro, is already very close. The quarries of arids and limestone to which the name of the port alludes are now seen to the right and left, taken by the holm oaks and the scrubland.
You have to cross an excellent example of a traditional olive grove, with very remarkable trees, and already in the concrete area cereal rules on both sides of the Path. The Stage ends when you contact again with an access cart to Cañete, in front of the town and its beautiful castle and next to the Barracks Fountain.