Not far from the city of Cordoba, in the foothills of the Sierra de Hornachuelos Natural Park, the town of Almodóvar del Río is home to two giants of these lands. One castle of Berber origin and a reservoir fed by the waters of the river Guadiato and the great Guadalquivir. History and nature merge in this part of the province of Cordoba, inviting us to follow the route that links the castle of Almodóvar del Río with the reservoir of La Breña. A simple route, ideal for the whole family, which we can adapt to suit our own tastes.
The A-431 road linking Cordoba with Seville is the main access road to Almodovar del Rio. This town is also reached by other roads that connect it with nearby villages. Once there, we have two options: we can head for the parking area at the base of the hill on which the castle stands. Or we can take the reservoir as our starting point, in which case we will have to take a detour and continue on to it. In any case, in the middle of the road as it passes through Almodóvar del Río we will find the relevant detours signposted.
In our case we took the car park of the castle of Almodóvar del Río as the starting point for this hiking route in the province of Córdoba. Of course, this historic monument is well worth a visit before or after the route. To do so, all you have to do is walk up the hill on which it sits, following the path that starts from the car park. Once we have made the corresponding visit, we set off towards the reservoir. To do so, leave the castle and the car park behind you, cross the road and follow the track that starts at the side of the restaurant located there. This path crosses a beautiful olive grove and leads us without delay to the road that comes from Córdoba.
When we reach the height of the dam, just before crossing it, we turn off to continue on to the viewpoint where the La Breña nature activity centre is also located, from where we can also start the route. This whole area is full of paths that border the reservoir, more or less accessible depending on the water level. From here there is a path that allows us to walk along a large part of the reservoir's limits. To return to the castle of Almodóvar del Río we can do so by following the same route by which we arrived or by heading towards the nearby motocross circuit, and from there continue along the asphalted track that takes us to the road that joins Córdoba with Seville. Once there, all that remains is to return to the castle car park, where we finish this entertaining route.
|1-Parking of the castle||0h 00min||160 m||0 km||30S 321782 4186638|
|2-La Breña reservoir||1h 05min||195 m||4 Km||30S 467351 4248889|
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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 922-3, 922-4, 943-1 y 943-2 1:25.000".
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The old La Breña reservoir was built between 1931 and 1935. After the construction of the new dam, La Breña II, in 2005 the old dam is submerged under the waters of the new reservoir and when the water recedes, its structure is perfectly visible.
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The meanders of the Guadalquivir River as it passes through this part of Cordoba. From the castle itself, if you go round it, you can enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the river and its surroundings, as well as the town of Almodóvar del Río.
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Route information updated on 18-05-2021. The route may vary greatly depending on the time of year, weather conditions and terrain, as well as the actions of third parties and the evolution suffered in the natural environment where it is located. All opinions, advice and/or assessments made by SENDITUR in their descriptions are for guidance only and are subject to and/or refer to the specific conditions of the specific day of the route, referring to that specific day, taken from trained people, with the appropriate experience and with a high level of physical and technical preparation as a reference, as well as correctly equipped.
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