This route will take you around one of the most representative landscapes in the Nature Reserve of La Breña: the pine groves.The itinerary, with some gentle slopes, goes from the vicinity of Vejer to the road leading to the town of Barbate. You will walk an average distance of six kilometres during approximately three hours. The excellent climatic conditions of this area allows you to enjoy this route in any season of the year.
Start your itinerary at the Hazas de Suerte park, located next to La Noria Fairground in the area of San Miguel. Go down the road just behind La Janda High School towards the road known as “Las veintidós curvas” (the twenty – two bends). Turn right on to Quebradas way and continue straight ahead. Approximately in the middle of the path, there is a viewpoint from where you will enjoy amazing views such as the old lake of La Janda and the river Barbate. After gentle ascents and descents you will arrive to the way of La Oliva. Take the first way on your right and, leaving the caves of Los Quiñones on your left, follow this path up. Continue straight ahead and go past a picnic area, “La Bodega” football pitch and the airfield. You will finally arrive to the Hazas de Suerte park, starting and finishing point of this route.
The most common birds of this area are swallows (Hirundo rustica), turtledoves (Streptopelia turtur), partridges (Alectoris rufa), goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis), black kites (Milvus migrans) and storks (Ciconia ciconia).
During your itinerary you will mainly see pine trees and bushes, but you will also find mastic trees (Pistacia lentiscus) and aromatic plants such as rosemary and thyme (thymus ballota).
LENGTH OF THE ROUTE: 6 KM APPROX.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: LOW
SLOPE GRADE: INTERMEDIATE-LOW
TIME: 1 HOUR
START & END: HAZAS DE SUERTE PARK
Places of interest
1. Hazas de Suerte Park
This park is located in the area of San Miguel, next to La Noria fairground. San Francisco's, San Antonio's and San José's mills, built between 1860 and 1865, are situated inside this park.
These mills are built of strong masonry walls up to 1.5 metres wide and have got two floors; the ground floor was destined to gather the flour and store all the grinding tools and the first floor was the room where the grinding process took place. The miller placed the wheat into the chute, a funnel-shaped structure which enabled the grains to move down into the two grinding stones: the movable one called solera, and the fixed called volandera.
Nowadays, San José's mill is open to the public and can be visited for free. On its inside you will be able to see a great variety of tools related to the gathering and grinding of the wheat, as well as other typical tools from the period.
From this viewpoint you can observe the old lake of La Janda and the river Barbate.
3. Caves of Los Quiñones
It owes its name to the person who lived and kept his goats there.
4. Picnic area
It is a recreation area where you can see people of all ages spending a good time.