The following is an itinerary that will allow visitors to enjoy a fantastic day out. It is a trip that combines two provinces, Cádiz and Málaga, and it also combines aspects of both gastronomy and nature. It is also good for children because they will enjoy a fantastic and beautiful experience on the train.
The itinerary can start in different points of Campo de Gibraltar area (such as Algeciras, Estación de San Roque, Castellar, Jimena or San Pablo) and it can finish in different points of Málaga province: Gaucín, Cortes de la Frontera, Jimena de Líbar, Benaoján or Ronda. To make this trip, you have to use the train, which makes it more exciting.
As I said before, there are different possibilities, but in this article, I am going to describe the day out which we and my friend’s family did one day in December: An excursion from Castellar to Benaoján. We started the journey at Almoraima station (Castellar de la Frontera). On the way, we enjoyed fantastic views, both on the left and right of the railway track. Bear in mind that the train goes across the Alcornocales Natural Park and Serranía de Ronda and the views that the landscapes offer are wonderful. The kids were very excited when the train passed through the numerous tunnels along the track.
At 1.45, we were in Benaoján station. We were not the only ones that had thought about this excursion, as many people got off the train at the same station and they seemed to have the same purpose: to have a good lunch in a restaurant and then have a little walk before taking the train back.
We had booked a table in a hotel-restaurant that used to be a Mill in the past. We ate products grown locally in the region, cooked really well, whilst the children played safely near us in the large play area provided for them. After this, we had a good walk along the paths made for this purpose.
We were having a great time, but I had to remind everybody that the train was coming soon and we had to rush if we wanted to take it.
This is the itinerary we did, but there are other different combinations depending on the train you want to take. If you use the earliest train, you will have plenty of time to make a wider visit, both in any natural space or to Ronda, which is what many people do to spend the day there, having enjoyed the scenery and the train journey instead of by car: I am sure you will enjoy it.
Andrés Herrera Moya