You move away from the reservoir along the Viar Valley, fertile land used for growing cereals and orange trees.
You gradually ascend, gaining altitude and entering a wild dehesa where the white asparagus (Asparagus Albus) becomes more and more common. If you are in the right season, you can pick their sweet shoots for a delicious dinner when you reach Almadén, either boiled or as a soup or puree.
The whole route is on a well surfaced road, so the final ascent will be steep but comfortable. This final stretch will take you close to some very important geological landmarks that are well worth a small detour to visit, such as the fossil Araucaria tree trunk exhibited in the El Berrocal visitor centre, and the surroundings of El Chorro, a unique and outstandingly beautiful geological formation resulting from erosion and the action of water.
On arriving at Almadén, you can recharge your batteries with the pilgrim's menu offered by the local restaurants, as this is also the end of a stage of the Silver Route of the Camino de Santiago and, after all, we are all just pilgrims on this adventure of footpaths and chapels.