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The Olive Oil Greenway



The Olive Oil


The Olive Oil Greenway is a new attractive, domestic tourism offer. The old and abandoned railway: Jaén-Campo Real (Córdoba), has been converted to a green lane for cycling, hiking and other outdoor sports. Built between 1882 and 1893, this railway belonged to Linares-Puente Genil Line. It was used in the 20th Century to transport metals from the Linares Mine and to ship olive oil to Málaga’s Port, as well as the markets of Southern Spain. Thus, it became known as the Oil Train. It was abandoned in 1971 due to technical and commercial reasons until its definitive closure on the 1st of January of 1985. The entire route, from Jaén to the provincial limit, runs along olive countryside areas creating a sea of olive trees splashed by typical Andalusian country houses. Jabalcuz, La Grana, La Caracolera and Ahillos Mountain ranges provide diversity to the landscape. 

Municipalities that Greenway crosses:
Jaén, Torredelcampo, Torredonjimeno, Martos y Alcaudete.
Population 170.000 inhabitants.
Distance of the route 55 kilometres.
Estimated duration 5 hours (by bike).
Total difference in altitude 250 metres.
Maximum gradient 2%
Road surface: Ballast sealed with graded aggregate and double tarmac.
Tunnels 2 (Torredelcampo y Torredonjimeno).
Metal viaducts 9 (from 70 to 224 metres long).
Metal bridges 3
Pontoons 5
Stations 5 (Torredelcampo, Torredonjimeno, Martos, Vado-Jaén (Martos) y Alcaudete).
Level crossing operator's cabin 3.
Switchman's cabin 1.
Rest areas accesses 6, from Jaén ( Las Fuentezuelas Sport complex) and from each of the five stations.
Users: Cyclists, hikers and wheelchair users
Rest areas 10.