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Trekking route Salobreña - Lobres - Captain's Cave

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Let’s start the route, dear guest, on Avenida Motril in the town of Salobreña, we will continue along Avd. Federico García Lorca, we will cross the Nacional-340 by underpass and we will take a narrow asphalt road that will lead us to the Cortijo de Concha. Next to this Cortijo we will cross the Rambla de Molvizar by a bridge. We will walk through cultivated forests. 

It will be continued through the area of ​​Las Jamillas and after passing through the vicinity of the Cortijo de Úbeda it will be approached the Azucarera Montero of great interest since it is the only working cane sugar factory in Europe. La Azucarera is a pioneer in the production of sugar from cane. It was a long-term farmer from Granada, Mr. Joaquín Agrela y Moreno, who had the idea of ​​installing some mills to grind sugar cane from the plains of Motril and Salobreña. We will cross the road that goes to La Azucarera and continue along a track between orchards, and always accompanied by the sound of the ditch, it will take us to Lobres. 

In Lobres we will pass by the most important monument which is the Church of San Antonio, from 1605 (17th century), by the House of Culture and by the Cervantes College. We will go up crossing the A-7 highway over a bridge and when we reach the Santa Teresa Mining Exploitation we will turn right along a lane, which runs parallel to the Canal de Los Nuevos Regadíos, which is an underground canal that comes from the small river of Lobres. 

Continuing we will pass by the stone farmhouse and a few hundred meters later we will continue through the underground channel and we will leave the track. We will go through a tunnel dug into the rock so that the channnel passes and just when we reach a bridge that the channell goes through (aqueduct) we will see the Captain's Cave on the left. We will have to climb some rocks somewhat slippery by the pass to access it.

In the cave there is a clay on which there are references that indicate that it was used in the Neolithic to make utensils. In this cave an amorphous fragment of a vessel was found. It is decorated with cardial prints, on the surface it has a reddish-brown hue and is as spatulated. It is exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Granada. We will find in its interior, almost at the bottom, a small pool of crystalline water, many nooks with beautiful formations made by water and the occasional stalactite. According to the locals, it has a depth of approx. of 6 or 7 km. It has several rooms where you can stand up. La Cueva del Capitán, also known as Los Caballos and lately Los Sudores (which means sweating); since when entering we noticed a great humidity and a high temperature. 

After exploring the cave, we return to the nearby channel, and we will follow it for a short journey and then turn right along an abandoned path that will lead us to another track that will take us back to Lobres; after passing the A-7 this time underneath. Through Murillo de Lobres Street we will go to the Guadalfeo River. We will follow it; having the opportunity to see turtles, ducks, fish and a multitude of birds that swarmed there.

On the way back to Salobreña we enjoy panoramic views of the town and its magnificent castle.

Dear guest on the main picture of the post, you can see from google maps where the route pass. Good luck!