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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 ...
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 ...
... of local pungent cheese to cover up the smell and taste of the awful wine.
Today, Tapas has morphed into a lovely social tradition where one meets friends and family at local establishments for a drink, a nibble, some conversation and relaxation.
Tapas can be a simple affair and presented as a snack from the kitchen free of charge, or for a minimal price of a few cents. Or you can have a choice of anywhere between 8 and 12 ...