Luz de Azahar
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... the streets were decorated with lights and streamers and there were many nativity displays in the caves around the walls.The Christmas market of course was an added attraction with a menagerie of live animals, camels, donkeys, ponies, calves, lambs, chickens, piglets and the turkey.
The air was full of the smell of churros, chestnuts, and paella cooking from different stalls. A place worth a ...
... but thought it might be too big for our little cooking pot.
Instead we bought some Christmas cheer in the form of some lovely Spanish brandy and some good Rioja.
Kay had her photo taken with Father Christmas but refused to sit on his knee.
The stalls were mostly leather goods and jewelery and some Christmas decorations.
We had a lovely lunch in a bodega bistro where we sampled the local rioja..lovely.
... because the original town and castle were built on a rocky headland joined to the mainland by a narrow strip of land. It’s a very ancient town, having been settled by Iberians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians (Hannibal conquered the town) and Romans. The castle was built by the Knights Templar in the thirteenth century, and from 1415 was the home of the Antipope Benedict Xlll. His real name was Pedro de Luna and ...
What an interesting and surprising little place this is!.
We really had only thought of this place as a stop-over rest and recouperation before our main stop but are now finding daily what a lovely little place and community this is.
Everyone is so friendly with a mixture of nationalities. Some are here for the whole winter and we are beginning to wonder why anyone needs to travel further if the sun is here then stay and enjoy ...
... at the tourist information office and picked up a map and got confirmation of the way to the science park. Armed with the map we walked on towards the cathedral. On the way we spotted a lovely little church, with a statue of St Martin on the front, where we spent some time wandering. At last we reached Plaza de la Reina, the central square, backed by the cathedral. We had not really walked far, but it felt like it, so time for ...