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... which starts a rather long stretch of the type of independent travel and touring I most often do in Europe.
On the whole I found the walking-oriented week tour in Sierra Aracena with Explore to be a very pleasant one. On the positive side the location was a fairly remote and untouristed one for Europe, one with a reasonably traditional culture and industries, with a good network of walking trails, good local food, ...
... and away to the quite large and
somewhat industrial hilltop village of Jabugo. The name Jabugo makes Spaniards’
mouths water because it is a D.O.C. (Dominion Origen Controlee), a specific
area only from which a particular product which meats specific standards and
production processes can be produced, essentially a mark of quality. In this case
it is Spanish cured hams, and the town is full of industrial sized curing sheds
for the hams.
and Sascha transported us in their cars to Aracena, the largest town in the
Sierra. We made an unscheduled stop in town on our first night to observe the
Saturday Semana Santa procession, but this was for our planned sightseeing. The
town is a quite typical Andalusian one of 7,000 people with several significant
squares and large churches and a hilltop castle with adjacent church built in
the thirteenth century ...
... named Navahermosa and along a stream
through a ravine to another village named Valdelarco then up over a ridge and
through the forest descending into one of the larger towns in the region named
Galaroza. After lunch in Galaroza we’d do the gradual hike up through the
forest back to our lodge in Castano del Robledo. While pleasant scenery of
woods and small farms between the villages throughout the day, I have to admit that
... Aracena but were brought by settlers
from Asturias in northern Spain brought in to area to help reestablish Spanish
settlement after the Christian Reconquista of these parts. The chestnuts are a
small cottage industry now, including things like preserves and flour as well
as sent out of the area for use as additives in foods. In contrast to the
evergreen oak forests the chestnuts in the high country are still not in leaf