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The Roman Road







                                       Ubrique to Benaocaz


         For most of the 3.8 kilometres up the valley from
         Ubrique to Benaocaz, you will be walking on a road
         laid down by the Romans. The road has been well
         preserved primarily because it has been in constant
         use ever since it was built and repaired when
         necessary. It is an opportunity to study the actual
         structure of a Roman road and how the Romans dealt
         with drainage, culverts and bridges. The walk is a
         gentle ascent all the way to Benaocaz, the height gain
         being about 400 metres.
         Park your car on the Avenida de Miguel Reguera near
         the Leather Museum at the north end of the town of
         Ubrique. The walk starts on the Camino de Benaocaz,
         which is signposted, a few metres west of the museum.

         The first 800 metres of the walk is through the small
         holdings and fincas on the outskirts of Ubrique. Then
         you arrive at the Roman road itself.
         The road follows the valley of the Arroyo Seco. It starts
         in quite a confined gorge with the Sierra de Benalfi on
         your left. On top of this mount is the Roman town of
         Ocvri. As you walk up the road, the arroyo opens out
         into mixed grassland and patches of olive and oak
         trees.
                “On top of this mount is the

                   Roman town of Ocvri”

         Some stretches of the road are better preserved than
         others. Notice where it crosses small streams, perfect
         miniature arches were built to support the road above.
         Also notice the drains, sometimes on one side,
         sometimes on both. The fact that the road still exists
         demonstrates the effectiveness of these channels,
         preventing unnecessary damage and allowing the road
         to be used even during the torrential storms often
         experienced in the winter.
         After about two and a half kilometres, you will pass
         through a gate. Here the route is signposted to the left.
         After another half kilometre, you must pass through
         another gate on your left. This gate takes you off the
         Roman road and on to a Mediaeval track that wends its        Start and Finish: Ubrique Circular
         way into the bottom of the village of Benaocaz. You will          Distance: 8 Km in total
         notice this track is far more rustic than the Roman road.
                                                                            Time: Allow 3 hours
         Benaocaz is a small village. Walk up into the village.             Essential Equipment:
         You will find a couple of bars on the road passing    Walking shoes or boots, water or flask, sun block
         through the main square, an excellent place to refresh    cream, waterproof and windproof jacket
         yourself before the downhill walk back to Ubrique.



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