A trip to Andalusia (Southern Spain) is an amazing adventure of a lifetime for avid travellers, and you’ll find Seville to be one of its charming cities amongst the others located here. A strong cultural presence can be experienced through the architecture and food. In addition, there is also a chance to explore the cities rural surroundings, and along the journey, you’ll be able to glimpse upon the local’s way of life. If you are keen on taking a 4.5 hours and 18km (11 miles) trek, then Ruta del Agua is for you.
Take a lovely trek outside the City’s capital
Ruta del Agua is a trail route that starts in Genera, roughly 35-40 minutes away from Seville’s Bus Station “Plaza de Armas”. If you are coming from the heart of Seville and looking for a transit bus to get you to the starting point, then I recommend bus route M-176. The aim was to get to Embalse de Gergal, a reservoir that feeds water to Seville’s principal river “Rio Guadalquivir”. You will then trek for approximately 30 minutes in Guillena to catch the transit bus, route M-177, which will take you back Seville’s main bus station.
Learn about local flora and fauna along the journey
From Sevillian suburbs to industrial rock mining up in Gerena’s hillside, the route takes you to several sceneries that will eventually change into subtropical greeneries. You will experience seeing different species of cacti, palms, and subtropical shrubs along the way. The country has over 8,000 species of flora and fauna due to its differences in climate, altitude, and condition of soil. In addition, you may also notice some of the route’s characteristics to be similar to that of desert features, where plants are mainly ground-hugging shrubs and short woody trees.
Come across of home-grown animals
Along the way, you will also come across fascinating creatures which will make you feel like you are walking on a path of discoveries. Animals, such as goats and donkeys, will be commonly seen on your path to Embalse del Gergal. Mules (the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse) can also be seen, as they are mainly used for heavy lifting and domestic purposes.
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Look upon breath-taking views of Sevillian province
Trekkers will experience wonderful views of Seville’s natural wonders, from rocky and dry roads to rolling lands with gentle slopes continuing for a long distance. You will walk onto vernacular bridges, which are made of native materials,,as well as being fascinated by the ancient streams of water that were once underneath it. Vernacular architecture made up of stone walls can also be seen. Locals mainly use it as a barrier for their animals and to build shelter for their crops. Also, you will walk along a vehicle route to get to the destination, so precaution will need to be taken.
Recharge and grasp the beauty of Embalse de Gergal
You will end “Ruta del Agua” in Embalse del Gergal, a 68 km (42 miles) long water route in which 14 km (8.6 miles) of it are in a restricted area. It is a reservoir that controls Rivera de Huelva before feeding water into Rio Guadalquivir. You will find that this is an interesting ecological place where you can relax and watch the water create soft waves. Perhaps you would like to spend a little more time here to catch fish, do some horseback riding, or just go for a bike ride in the area.
A wonderful weekend to link back with mother nature
Ruta del Agua is a way to explore and relax if you ever need to spiritually connect with nature after working long hours on a weekday. I recommend it for people who are in a corporate job position and mainly spend their time using technological devices. In my experience, working long hours can be physically and emotionally draining. From time to time you need to get away from it all and connect back to mother earth to simply recharge your mind, soul, and body.
It is essential to bring water and food along with you. Also you might also want to check the weather to know the appropriate clothing to bring, suitable for Spanish weather. Make sure to check the timetable of recommended bus routes as it differs on weekdays and during the weekend
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