Drive through Andalusia

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2011

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Flag of Spain  , Valencia,
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hello there friends and family, today we head out to a little place called 'La Romana' not too far from Alicante in Andalusia. We started our drive in the early afternoon. It was noticeably cooler outside than the days before. It even had rained a bit. At first we thought of going down to Granada to see the Alhambra. But when we checked out the site on the internet it turned out that we had to buy tickets in advance, and today was sold out. We could try to get tickets at the site, but people reported waiting for hours. This is not something that sounds very appealing to us so 'Alhambra' was off the schedule. We planned our route to La Romana on the map, avoiding all major toll roads, using only N roads. Before we exited Cordoba we had a quick pit stop at a supermarket to get a couple of bottles of water, and a couple of cup noodles. Just in case we need them.

On the map I saw a lake and some dams, just outside Cordoba. I thought this would be a nice route, so we keyed in a town along that way and headed out. We found a bridge going over a lake of the Guadelmellato valley. The landscape was beautiful and we stopped for a bit to take some pictures. As we did not want to turn around and drive the same route back, I continued onwards into the unknown. Before we knew it, we ended up on a road that was not even on the map, and Matt (our GPS) also lost track. We drove through winding roads, just big enough for one car. Occasionally a car came from the opposite direction so we had to find a spot to let it pass. The condition of the road got worse and worse as we progressed, and at one point we thought it leaded to a dead end. Eventually we reached a big dam in the river. We could not go over it as they were doing construction and were directed to yet another narrow and small road. On the GPS we saw that we were heading towards a 'known' road, so we kept on crawling over the narrow mountain roads. But as we exited the hills the road got better and after a short while we were back on the map, heading towards 'La Romana'.

The landscapes during the drive were beautiful, and occasional castle, white washed villages on hillsides and lots and lots of olive trees. In the afternoon we reached 'La Romana', a 'spa resort' in the middle of nowhere. The place was neither on the map nor the GPS. So when we got to the town we had to rely on a sketch of the route that Linda made. Luckily we found a little sign pointing us to the 'resort'. But if it would have been dark, we would have never found it. The hotel was quiet and did not have many guests. We booked a junior suite, as the price difference with a normal room was very little. I am glad that we did, as this junior suite was already pretty small. So I wonder what a normal room would look like. But according to reviews the hotel has a great restaurant, so we have to try this out this evening.

And so we did. Later in the evening we went downstairs and got ourselves a romantic table at the restaurant. Finally, no tapas tonight! I ordered a nice tournedos steak and Linda some very nice duck breast. The food was prepared with style and class. We paired our meal with a nice bottle of Cava Champagne which we finished in the room. The restaurant was indeed very good, but the best of all was the price, as it was very cheap (compared to similar food in Paris or even Lisbon).

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