In the Central Station of Malaga, Estacion de Malaga-Maria Zambrano, we ask again for a connection with a high-speed train to Granada. Here we get the answer that there is none. So we use our Renfe Spain Pass to travel to Antequera, as well as from Antequera to Granada. That cost a multiple of the normal price, however, if we would have bought a new ticket, the trips of our Renfe Spain Pass would have expired and it would have been even more expensive.
Remember: We could not book the trip via the Internet before because it was always been shown as fully booked. Meanwhile, we thought that repair measures are carried out. A big mistake, as it turned out.
Estacion de Malaga-Maria Zambrano
The train station of Malaga is named after the Spanish philosopher and poet Maria Zambrano. She spent her childhood and youth in Malaga, Madrid, and Segovia. Later she taught philosophy at the University of Madrid.
During the Civil War Maria Zambrano stood on the side of the Republicans and after General Franco came into power she had to go to exile. Between 1936 and 1984 she then lived in Mexico, Cuba, Switzerland, and France, before she could return to Madrid.
From Malaga to Antequera
With the High Speed -Train we cross the Betic Cordillera and reach Antequera in less than half an hour.
The station of Antequera lies in the midst of a lowland plain. In the immediate vicinity, there is a junction with a petrol station and 100 meters away a crematorium.
Actually, we expected a harmonica player who plays the soundtrack of “Once Upon a Time in the West” when we get off the train. The landscape very much reminds of a landscape from a Western movie.
The real city of Antequera, which attained great importance as a border town between the Christian kingdoms and the Almohad, is approximately 5 km away. Here you also find the most important dolmens of Europe, which are about 5800 years old.
We use the waiting time until the departure of the bus again to find out, when the railway line to Granada is passable again. A friendly lady assured us with utter conviction that the railway line will be passable in fall. We received this information in May 2015.
From Antequera to Granada
As the bus drives off, the driver is kind enough to let me sit a the front seat. So I can film without problems. This compensates us for the wrong information concerning the train.
The bus runs eastwards along the Cordillera. From afar, we can now recognize the town of Antequera on the right. The freeway repeatedly crosses the line of the high-speed train. It is wonderful weather and the sites can be recognized well.
In parts, neither tracks nor overhead lines are laid and installed. Now we realize that the railway line is still under construction. In 2016, we were in Spain again and have received the information from Renfe, that the route is expected to open in 2017. It is simply incomprehensible to us, why this is not communicated on the Internet.
The rest of the journey proceeds without problems and we enjoy the beautiful and interesting landscape. As the building development gets dense and the first snow-covered peaks of the Sierra Nevada appear, we know that we are not far away from Granada.
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