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Train line becomes green trail

Malaga’s first “Via Verde” will be inaugurated later this year. It is a stretch of five kilometers of a disused railway line which is now being restored to a pedestrian and cycle path.


The train station in Coín, photo: Miguel Salgado

It’s the old disused railway line between Coin and Malaga. The railway line stretches over a total of 29 km, was inaugurated in 1912 and was closed on 1 July 1965. It went from Coin through Alhaurin el Grande, Alhaurin de la Torre, Churriana to Malaga. It was supposed to be extended to Monda and Seville – but it was never realized.

Along the old railway line the old station buildings and most of the bridges are still intact. There have been plans to make it into a walking and cycling path for a long time, and to turn part of the station buildings into restaurants. It is the first phase of this project which is now underway, ie the 5 kilometers from Coin over Rio Fahal to Alhaurin el Grande. The project is budgeted at 700,000 euros, and the road becomes completely handicapped accessible. The working title is “Via Verde del Valle del Guadalhorce”.

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Here is a nice little video that shows both the old railway line and the new green route at the Diario Sur website…

The road will be connected to the existing network of paths and roads, so you can get to the mouth of the Guadalhorce river and there you should be able to continue to the new beach promenade along the Costa del Sol (Senda Litoral) which is currently under development. More information on this is available here…


An image from the railway line Coín – Malaga