- Route Type: Hiking
- Duration: 6/7 h
- Dificulty: medium-high
- Location: Natural Park of Alcornocales. Cádiz - Barrios (Los).
Heading towards Facinas from Los Barrios and following most of the trail left by a Roman road we shall travel a few miles until reaching the foot of the Niño mountain, which has carved on its southern side a trail filled with history that takes through a path under the shade of exuberant gall-oak trees – which were used as raw materials for nearby towns and several factories and arsenals -.
During the road, always heading upwards, we shall find ancient bread ovens that were used in the former days when coalmen, mule drivers and several other men whose work was intimately tied to these hills.
But the most important part – during our journey the traveler may discover a curious formation typical of the more southern landscapes of Europe: the canutos.
The usual sandstone that forms these hills and mountains has been pierced slowly by streams and centuries of erosion. It has generated on the bottom of the valleys forests – canutos – in which survive the last bits of mediterranean jungle and a large amount of native plants such as the hairy male fern, the royal fern or the rhododendron, also known as the 'ojaranzo'.
As we stand higher and our steps take us beyond the water streams, the gall-oaks start to scatter in favor of the cork-oak trees. In this typical mediterranean forest which gives the park its name, we may value the importance and opportunities of sustainable development of our natural spaces.
Now heading almost at the edge of the summit, we shall travel through a peculiar area of cobblestones on which several useful plants grow: breathers and rockroses.
We shall finish our ascension in Cruz del Romero, which gifts us with spectacular sights of the nearby hills, standing 78 meters high.
We will finish our route on foot, returning to the starting point – but this time, following the border between the towns of Tarifa and Los Barrios.
ObservationsPick-up and return to the hotel establishment or agreed meeting point, transportation by 4x4 to the starting point of the route, insurance, tour guide and Park authorization.
**This route does not include food service, but it is possible to order a typical lunch.