Sunday, 30 September 2007

Estación Benaojan Montejaque

This is the down train from Ronda rumbling through the tiny rural train station of Benaoján Montejaque just 20 minutes down the line heading to Algeciras on the south coast.

The up train to Ronda train station from Algeciras runs on the lines nearest the platform. A sign on the platform politely asks passengers travelling in the opposite direction to Algeciras to cross the lines on foot to the platform on the other side, a reasonable time before their train arrives and apologises for any inconvenience.

The Hotel Molina del Santo is just five minutes walk from the station. Right next to a small river gushing with the purest water straight from the Sierrania de Ronda mountain range, the hotel is an old olive and flour mill.

Hotel guests often take the 1.40 up train to Ronda, do some sight seeing and have lunch and then catch the 4.30 Algeciras train down train getting off at the picturesque Benaoján Montejaque station a few minutes later.

The Hotel Molina del Santo is equally accessible from the Costa del Sol. Los Barrios train station on the coast is the second stop along from Algeciras. From there the train winds through the lush vegetation of coastal Cadiz between stork nests high on power pylons before pushing its way up the Genal river valley on a memorably winding track.

When the train service along the coast is extended from Fuengirola all the way to Algeciras, this veteran rail line now carrying passengers and rail traffic to Ronda, Granada and Cordoba will only carry cargo. Take the trip while you still can!

If you are doing this trip from the coast, then get on the train at Algeciras or at Los Barrios the next stop along. If you are not in a hire car then you will be doing this part of the journey by bus and you will need to consult one of the Costa del Sol bus schedules to take the bus to Algeciras but get off at Los Barrios the stop before.

If you are doing a day trip from Gibraltar then you will be using the La Linea bus station for your connection to Los Barrios train station.

MT sent me a link to a video showing the train journey from Algeciras to the Ronda train station. Watch the video, read MT's comments below and then do the journey yourself!

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