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... back on my own again it’s back to mini-breakfasts and sometimes skipping dinner….and maybe less wine too. Maybe!
Our departure by minibus from Posada del Castano was early on Saturday morning, dropping all members of the group off at Seville Airport exactly one week after we met there. I made my way back to Seville’s train station for the approximately one hour and 100 mile trip to Cordoba, my next ...
... 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.
... it’s usually closed. Maricastana is a more upscale establishment than the Bar de Robles where we had our previous meals in town, a fancy white tablecloth and napkin kind of place with a limited menu but exquisite food using locally grown produce. I had an appetizer of Crema de Verduras con Gurumelos, a pureed vegetable soup with a very strongly flavored local mushroom that is one of the few that comes out in the spring. The Lomo Iberico was ...
... Knights Templars shortly after the Reconquista. There’s
not much to see in the castle and the church is fairly plain, but the views
over town are wonderful.
Aracena’s principal attraction is the Gruta de la Marvillas
(Cave of the Wonders), the largest and most impressive cave in Spain, said to
have been discovered in the mid-1800s by a young boy in search of a lost pig.
Interestingly, these caves are not ...
... and on through the day, sometimes heavy, made it all far less
pleasant than it could have been under better conditions. All in all, though,
the 14 km (9 mile) hike was pleasant and not particularly strenuous.
I should note that all the hikes through the week take place
in the Parque Natural de Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche, a large park in
the Sierra Morena north of the Guadaliquivir Valley on the border between