(Rute) Sierra de Rute

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GPS: 37.32429388103481 | -4.354170003704894

Starting point: 1 km fromRute (towards Las Lagunillas)
End: Rute
Lenght: 8 km, lineal
Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Medium

This itinerary is reached from the CV 61 path to Las Lagunillas, 1 km from Rute. At the beginning of the walk is one of the reserves that ADEBO (Association for the Defence of Donkeys) has devoted to recovering, among others, the Andalusian donkey, the oldest breed in Europe.
The feature that most stands out in the scenery of this Sierra is Pino Carrasco, a repopulated pine forest of scrub-less pasture land that covers almost a quarter of this hill range; holm oaks and broom can also be found in this area. The higher areas are populated by the dense spiny shrubs that form the characteristic scrub of the area.
Follow the track to the right to reach the highest points of this sierra, the Cerro del Canuto (with the watch tower at an altitude of 1.041m, built during the Muslim occupation) and the Sierra Alta (1.325).
From these points there are superb views of Iznájar and the reservoir, the Sierra de Antequera and even, on a clear day, Sierra Nevada in Granada. Further along the path the Fuente Alta recreational area comes into view, making an ideal spot for a rest, or if you prefer turn right to follow a path that leads to the ruins of Rute El Viejo, the original fortress settlement of the town’s first inhabitants. The walk ends in present-day Rute.

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