Posada Del Castaņo
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... into the village of Cortelazor for some refreshments at a bar on the square.
After that we were in what felt like one of the more remote areas we were in all week, a beautiful spot where the trail went up and down ridges, crossed streams in open woodland, and passed farms with large houses with sheep and cattle guarded by very large dogs. At an idyllic streamside picnic ground surrounded by poplars and holm oaks in a ...
... first south and downwards to the small town of Santa Ana la Real where
we stopped in a bar for a coffee, then over ridges and through vales to Aguas
Frias and then Los Romeros where we stopped a bar for lunch. And guess what the
lunch choices were – more pork! I went for the Serranito, a kind of club
sandwich with Lomo de Iberico (pork loin), Serrano Ham, Fried Egg, and a
roasted chili pepper that really hit the spot.
From there it was ...
... pig too and the dessert of locally grown chestnuts preserved in syrup over vanilla ice cream was superb! Pork has come to be known as "the other white meat" because it’s generally light-colored when cooked despite being the flesh of a large mammal. The flesh of the local acorn-fed Iberico breed of pig, though, is far from white, and the cooked loin meat is as red and dark as that of beef with a far richer flavor than the normal pork I’m used ...
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 ...