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Jimera de Libar railway station
Jimera de Libar station is down just down in valley from the hill village of Jimera de Libar.
This station has an alpine feel with the mountains towering behind it. It is well-maintained, down to the hanging plant pots.
There are three trains a day in each direction for Algeciras, Ronda and Granada. The station is manned and in good condition with ticket office, waiting room, and toilets. Two platforms are currently used. A former level crossing at the end of the platform has now been replaced with a concrete road bridge under which a minor level crossing is used for cattle. Upgraded signalling allows this station to be used as a passing place for trains on the single track.
The familiar brick goods shed with circular window opening in the pitched-roof gable has been beautifully restored and is now the Quercus Restaurant. Sitting on the terrace you are next to the railway lines.
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The original 1892 station building houses the waiting room and the ticket office .The single-storey pitched-roof white building with Andalucian yellow brick trim around the doors and windows is well-maintained. The original 19th-century Linley & Co. of Birmingham Improved Platform Lamp iron wall brackets can still be seen. A wood-fringed canopy, supported on wrought-iron pillars, lends the station an 'anglo' or, some would say, colonial Indian look.
You can see the original base to the water tower for the steam engines - these solid structures are always converted into simple yet useful water storage tanks. An original direction indicator oil lamp is mounted on the terrace wall of Quercus restaurant.
1950s RENFE railway wagons, restored and painted in real railway rust colour, occupy their own 20m of track at the back of the station platform. Used as storage and funded by the EU, they add to the railway ambience.
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"Walking the Mountains of Ronda and Grazalema" by Guy Hunter Watts
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The dramatically situated town of Ronda can make a great base for a walking holiday in the mountains of Andalucía, as can any one of the picturesque 'pueblos blancos' (white villages) that nestle among the surrounding hills. This guidebook presents 32 mainly circular walks in the Ronda region, covering the town and its environs, the Natural Parks of La Sierra de Grazalema and La Sierra de las Nieves (both UNESCO biosphere reserves), and the Genal and Guadiaro Valleys.
Clear route description is illustrated with mapping, and the route summary table and 'at a glance' information boxes make it easy to choose the right walk. There is the option to buy a printed book, an eBook, or both as one deal.
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