Hotel Finca Valbono
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- Swimming pool
- Free parking
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For our last full day in the Sierra Aracena the day dawned bright despite a few more torrential downpours through the night. We started with a short drive to the nearby village of Fuenteheridos from which the walk was started through a broad valley populated by gentleman estate owners from the cities and their preferred versions of agriculture – horses, cattle, sheep, and a few orchards instead of pigs. We progressed over a ...
rainy days because there are so many better days to do them. But if my nine
English travel companions held that attitude they’d rarely get out of their
houses, and so were not phased by the forecast rain.
And rain it did – off and on for probably about half the
time during our long day’s walk. The scenery, at least what I was able to see
of it in rain and low clouds, was quite similar to that on our other days ...
... The second part involved a significant drive to a long mine shaft with a tour in Spanish (although made interesting again by English translation by our geologist-trained Scottish guide Craig) through a tunnel to one of the large open pit mines now largely filled with water. The third part was a two-hour long train ride through the decimated mining landscape along the Rio Tinto, a trip through a poisoned land and an industrial wasteland of slag ...
Tuesday dawned clearer and warmer, good news for the long
hike planned for the day mostly along the ridge tops of the highest peaks in
the Sierra. I should point out that this was somewhat less dramatic than it
might sound. The peaks in the area are only about 900 meters (3,000 feet) and
the walk along the ridge was through woods and farms with only occasional good
vistas across the mountains. The last part of the hike ...
... old rose bushes. This work was at the cottages just about a mile away so I could walk there and walk back, the weather was wonderful. So when Friday came and news it was my last day, I mentioned the koi pond area, that is what the son had thought also. So I had a reprieve of over the weekend, no work required, and then worked Monday and Tuesday. I probably could have done the job in ...