|Walk from the parking place along the A-2302
(850 m) to the corner of the "Hostal Villaluenga" (1min) where
you find a sign for "Sendero Llanos del Republicano". Take the
road by the sign. Higher up the asphalt turns into concrete and you
have a nice view over the village
behind you. On top of the hill (17min) (940 m) you continue along a sand
road straight ahead without paying attention to a road branching off
left towards a house, nor to a road forking off to the right.
You come to a gate closing the road to traffic and go through a small
gate beside it (21min) (925 m). Soon after the gate you fork right on a
track following the signs for "Sendero Llanos del Republicano"
and "Puerto del Correo". Snaking its way through grazing
grounds, the track opens a view to the plain of Republicano that
starts to spread out below. Lined by oaks
the track descends trough a gate (37min) (830 m) into the vast plain of
Republicano.When you come to a junction
(41min) (805 m), follow the sign for "Sima del Republicano" to
Walking cross the grassy ground you can marvel the mountains
surrounding the plain. Looking ahead you see the Sierra de Líber with
its highest peak El
You go through another gate (50min) (795 m) and fork off right guided
by a wooden pole. The grassy track
turns into a path (53min) (795 m) that leads to signs (56min) (800 m).
Ignore the sign for "Sima de Villaluenga"pointing to the left,
and follow the sign for "Puerto del Correo" straight ahead. A
wide path with white-red waymarks starts to zigzag
upwards. When it forks (1h07min) (870 m), keep right. On your left rises
a gray rock wall.
You emerge in a small clearing (1h16min) (910 m), where you follow
the "Puerto del Correo" sign
straight ahead towards the crest in front of you. Still in a zigzag form
the path runs between fine boulders.
Looking behind you enjoy a nice view over the plain. On the background
of Villaluenga de Rosario you discern the mountain
ranges of Sierra del Caíllo and Sierra del Endrinal. In the Puerto
del Correo the going gets easier (1h36min) (1015 m) and you encounter a
large information panel on the walking route from Tarifa to Athens (1h43min)
(1025 m). On your left you find a small clearing.
Ignore the path branching off left and keep straight ahead.
The path descends beside of a stone wall into the plain
of Líbar. On the left slopes boardering the plain you find small
groves of oaks and inviting stone seats, an excellent place for a
picninc (1h56min) (975 m). On the other side of the plain you see the
Sierra del Palo (1h56min) (975 m).
Return on the same route back to the plain of Republicano, and branch
off right by the sign for "Sima de Villaluenga" (2h50min) (800 m). Following an old stone
wall you enjoy views of the rock formations rising on your right and
groves. You go through an opening in the wall (3h) (795 m) and
continue on the other side to an information
panel introducing the cleft (3h02min) (795 m).
In the middle of the plain rises the small hillock of El
Galapagas. You can go round it along paths
and grassy tracks, but some 150 meters before you reach the familiar
junction with the sign for "Sima del Republicano" you
encounter a fence without a gate. If you do this circuit, which takes
about 50 minutes, you have to negotiate your way through the fence.
The route continues from the information panel the same way back to
the junction of the Sima del Republicano (3h30min), from where you
continue the already familiar route back to the Villaluenga del Rosario (4h10min).