Cordoba TO Bobadilla and MALAGA Route
By Fiona Flores Watson
Time: 1hr 30 mins
Frequency: No passenger service on the Bobodilla to Cordoba section.
Stops: Cordoba, Montilla, Aguilar de la Frontera, Puente Genil, Casariche, La Roda de Andalucia, Fuente de la Piedra, Bobadilla, El Chorro, Alora
This route closed on the 23 June 2013. The Malaga to Bobadilla section is covered by the Malaga to Seville route. The Bobadilla to Cordoba is still maintained and operated by freight services. All the intermediate stations (Montilla, Aguilar de la Frontera, Puente Genil, Casariche, La Roda de Andalucia, Fuente de la Piedra) are currently closed.
After leaving Cordoba,the train heads towards the Southern Hills - the rolling fields of La Campiña, with its vineyards and olive groves. The first station on this route is the wine-producing town of Montilla. famous its dry white, as well as its olive oil; it also has impressive walls and towers. Aguilar de la Frontera is your next stop, with its famous clock tower and ruined castle. Then you climb up to Puente Genil, the next station, and cross the river Genil.
The line crosses briefly into Seville province, stopping at Casariche and La Roda de Andalucia. Next you pass into Malaga province, continuing south through the Sierra de los Caballos to Fuente de Piedra,with its stunning lake on your right, a famous natural park which is home to thousands of flamingos. After the lake, the line goes south to Bobadilla station, the famous junction of Bobadilla, crossing point for the Algeciras via Ronda (Hendersons Railway) and the Bobadilla to Granada railway.
Following the eastern edge of the the massive Guadalteba-Guadalhorce reservoir, before passing through the spectacular Garganta del Chorro gorge. Look out for the famous Caminito del Rey and calling at its station, El Chorro, then shortly after Las Mellizas, and contining to follow the course of the Guadalhorce river itself. This stretch of line was copmpleted in 1865, an engineeering masterpiece for its day.
The last stop before arriving at Malaga is Alora with its hill-top castle. Here the Malaga Cercanias services begin. After this, the line continues south before heading east into its final destination of Malaga.