Cycling route: Siles - El Portichuelo - El Seminario - La Canalica - Siles

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Cycling route: Siles - El Portichuelo - El Seminario - La Canalica - Siles

This circular route commences in the village of Siles. Follow the forest track towards Portichuelo, which affords unparalleled views of the town and the Castrobayona farmlands that announce the nearby mountains of Albacete. You can still see traces of the hard life of the farmers who once lived in this area. El Portichuelo is also the point of departure of various short signposted footpaths.

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NAME OF THE TRAIL TYPE OF TRAIL
CIRCULAR: SILES- EL SEMINARIO - PEÑA DEL OLIVAR Circular
STARTING POINT ALTITUDE (M)
Siles 821 m
END POINT ALTITUDE (M)
Siles 821 m

ITINERARY: SILES- EL PORTICHUELO- BARRANCO DE LAS ANCHURICAS- EL SEMINARIOS - FUENTE DE LA CANALICA- PEÑA DEL OLIVAR- SILES

TOTAL DISTANCE (IN METRES): 28600
Asphalted or cement sections (in metres): 3500 % of the total 12.24 %
Sections of track or forest track or dry riverbed (in metres): 25100 % of the total 87.76 %
Trail Sections (in metres) % of the total %
Sections of Livestock Routes (in metres) - Green Route % of the total %
SUITABILITY FOR CYCLING (%)
100%
TYPE OF TRACK SURFACE (i.e. ROCKY, SANDY)
Sandy and rocky
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE GAIN: 466 M
Accumulated ascent 1342 m
Accumulated descent 1336 m
TYPE OF ACCESSIBILITY
By off-road vehicle, cycling, on horseback
MAPS
Topographic maps of ANDALUSIA published by ING (the National Geographic Institute) (1:25.000): 
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WAYPOINTS (IN CONSECUTIVE ORDER FROM START TO FINISH)


Short Name

Description

Coordinates

Elevation [m]

1

Siles Avenue

30S
x=536451 y=4249348

821

2

Collado del Portichuelo

30S
x=538547 y=4248974

997

3

Access to the vulture feeding trough and the Puntal

30S
x=538406 y=4247254

1207

4

Panoramic views of Barranco de las Anchuricas

30S
x=538334 y=4246307

1077

5

Borehole

30S
x=539184 y=4245711

1038

6

Access to Centuries-old Yew Trees

30S
x=538286 y=4244638

1152

7

Access to the El Seminario Holiday Residence

30S
x=538363 y=4243995

1201

8

Las Acebas road

30S
x=538303 y=4243958

1210

9

La Canalica by-pass turn-off

30S
x=537250 y=4244323

1148

10

Turn-off to the Fuente de la Canalica campsite

30S
x=537139 y=4244521

1142

11

Entrance to the Campsite on the right

30S
x=536956 y=4244527

1135

12

Views of Piedra del Agujero [The Stone Hole]

30S
x=536231 y=4244745

1134

13

Peña del Olivar Recreational Area

30S
x=536920 y=4247092

793

14

Río Los Molinos campsite

30S
x=536752 y=4247830

761


DESCRIPTION OF THE ITINERARY

This circular route commences in the village of Siles. Follow the forest track towards Portichuelo, which affords unparalleled views of the town and the Castrobayona farmlands that announce the nearby mountains of Albacete. You can still see traces of the hard life of the farmers who once lived in this area. El Portichuelo is also the point of departure of various short signposted footpaths. 

Continue uphill along the main track. Just beyond the signpost for La Rayuela viewing point – which you must not miss – there is a very sharp bend to the left where you will see a slightly downhill track ahead of you. Turn onto that track and enjoy the well-deserved relief afforded by the downhill ride while you look at the incomparable views of Siles and the surrounding countryside, the olive groves down below and the pine forests on the higher mountain slopes. This is a good area to look for fossils of the marine animals that lived here millions of years ago. Ammonites are particularly easy to find.

After passing a small hut used to channel water next to the track, you will have excellent views of the Anchuricas Gorge and Los Calarejos. Finally, after a steeper section, you come to a stream that always carries water. There is a small building on the left where boreholes for water were drilled several yeas ago. From this point, the forest changes dramatically and is dominated by tall, slender Corsican pines with abundant grazing land. This area is much cooler than the country you went through on the other side of the hill. Then the track starts to go uphill again.

After climbing 2 km, you will come to some farmhouses on the right. Go to Cortijo Pantorrillas, where we recommend a detour before returning to your route: Take the track that starts on the left and goes up a steep hill to the right and follow it for around 2 km until it ends. If you look carefully, you will see several centuries-old yew trees at foot of the rocky slopes on your right. This is the most important cluster of yew trees in the Nature Reserve. Then return to Cortijo Pantorrillas and continue along the initial route. 700 m further on, you pass the large building of the Siles Holiday Residence on the left, known as “El Seminario” (the Seminary) and finally you come to an asphalted road.

Turn right and go down a gentle hill for about 1 kilometre until you come to a crossing where you turn left onto another track and go uphill again. At this point you come to a magnificent fountain. Head towards the Fuente de la Canal campsite following the directions at the entrance, but before passing through the entrance gate, take a track on the opposite side. This leads to an uphill section through landscapes of great beauty, such as Piedra del Agujero and Cerro Bucentaina. Go around this area to visit the River Morles valley and then ride down a steeper section to Peña del Olivar. This is a wonderful spot for bathing, boasting a recreational area and a botanical collection. From there, take the road to Siles. Turn to the right a few metres past the Río Los Molinos campsite to avoid the asphalted road and do the last kilometre to the town on a dirt track.

C-12. ELEVATION PROFILES

Ruta en bici

POINTS OF INTEREST
MUNICIPAL DISTRICTS EN ROUTE
Siles
REGION(S) TO WHICH THEY BELONG
Sierra de Segura region
RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS AREAS NEAR THE TRAIL
Peña del Olivar


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