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Guadalupe-Alía route

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This is the last stage of the route which connects the capital of the province of Toledo with Guadalupe via the Montes de Toledo, one of the traditional pilgrimage itineraries to the Real Monasterio. The section which concerns us here is a route of scarcely twelve kilometres which is easy to follow.

The whole of the route runs on well-surfaced trails; it starts from Alía on the old road to Guadalupe through olive groves to the picnic area of La Posa which is located in a small wood of maritime pine (Pinus pinaster). This point marks the start of the climb to the Collado del Madroño among cork oaks (Quercus suber), holm oaks (Quercus ilex), and some areas of scrub to then descend and cross the La Hoja Stream. It continues to the River Guadalupejo in search of the trail which will take us to the remains of the 15th-century mill of El Estanque. From here to near Guadalupe the landscape changes to riverside woodland with alders (Alnus glutinosa), ashes (Fraxinus angustifolia), willows (Salix alba), and poplars (Populus alba); on some sections the trail is covered with a vault of vegetation.

On the whole of the way it is possible to observe birds of prey in flight such as griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus), buzzards (Buteo buteo), and golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos), to encounter the timid roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), and in the first days of autumn tp hear the roar of the red deer (Cervus elaphus) during the rut.