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The castle of Almodóvar del Río and the second largest reservoir in Andalucía

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.

How to get to Almodóvar del Río

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.​

Itinerary of the route from the castle of Almodóvar del Río to the reservoir of La Breña

From the castle to the reservoir 4 km

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.

Cross the road carefully and continue along the asphalt road that leads straight to the reservoir of La Breña (1h 05min).

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.

Tips for do the route from the castle of Almodóvar del Río to the La Breña reservoir

1-Bear in mind that the water level of the reservoir has a significant effect not only on the landscape, but also on the possible paths that you can take in the surrounding area.

2-Beware of the heat in the central hours of the day, it can be very intense.

3-You can start the route in either of the two places, or you can even go from one to the other in your own vehicle and thus visit each place in more detail.

4-In addition to visiting the castle, there are also a number of other activities to do in the area.

Waypoints of the route
1-Parking of the castle 0:00h 160m 0km 30S 321782 4186638
2-La Breña reservoir 1:05h 195m 4Km 30S 467351 4248889

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Profile of the Route from the castle of Almodóvar del Río to the reservoir of La Breña

Profile of the Route from the castle of Almodóvar del Río to the reservoir of La Breña

ico-distancia-totalDistance: 8Km

ico-tiempo-totalTime: 2:15h

ico-dificultadDifficulty: Low

ico-desnivel-acumuladoSlope: 290m

ico-desnivel-positivoSlope +: 145m

ico-desnivel-negativoSlope -: 145m

ico-altitud-maximaMaximum altitude: 230m

ico-altitud-minimaMinimum altitude: 150m


Topographical map of the route from the castle of Almodóvar del Río to the reservoir of La Breña

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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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¿Did you know that...

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.

Don't miss out...

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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