The Vía Verde del Aceite unites, after 128 kilometers of route, the city of Jaén with the Cordovan municipality of Puente Genil.
In the case of Jaén, this greenway covers 55, 1 kilometers of the interior of the province. Recently the Tourist Guide of the Via Verde del Aceite has been published, promoted by the Diputación Provincial de Jaén, with information on the route and surroundings. As usual in spanish vías verdes, the one in Jaén runs along the railway line where once were the Tren del Aceite tracks, and today can be traveled by walkers, bicycles, children’s carts and even people with wheelchair. This Andalusian vía verde, passing through Jaén, crosses two tunnels and different metal viaducts, between infinite perfectly ordered olive groves, streams and reservoirs.
The history of the Tren del Aceite goes back to the year 1893, when the Company of the Andalusian Railroads managed to put in circulation their first trains that, mainly and at the beginning of the activity, transported materials of the mining basins of Jaén and Córdoba, until the ports of Algeciras and Málaga. In addition, these trains also transported passengers and agri-food products, achieving a considerable volume, in a short time, the transportation of oil (aceite). After the Spanish Civil War, the railway line was intervened by the Spanish State in 1941 and was incorporated into the national railways network (RENFE), although it was finally closed in 1984.
Links of interest (in Spanish):
Vía Verde del Aceite (tramo de Jaén).