Andalucia

Pueblos Blancos – Week 1

The Pueblos Blancos (White Villages) of Andalucia are a series of small mountain villages in the northern part of the provinces of Cádiz (and Málaga) in southern Spain, mostly within the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park.

The villages are within 20 kilometers of each other making it possible for us to walk between them, even it it meant a lot of road walking. (We had already been to Arcos de la Frontera from Jerez.)

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Map of the White Villages


Olvera POP 8300, ALT 640m
27 – 29 Sep 2015


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Olvera - C12th Arab Castle taken by the Christians in 1327 & C19th Church

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Olvera is a street, a Church and a Castle ...

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... but what a street, what a Church and what a Castle!

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Looking down at Olvera from the Church

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Nearby Pruna watchtower (13th century) signaled Olvera Castle using mirrors

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Old trees near Olvera, whose name is derived from olive

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Torta del Lunes, a local cake made with olive oil, flour, spices, sugar & almonds

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We really enjoyed a plate of grilled local vegetables for lunch


Setenil de las Bodegas POP 2800, ALT 640m
30 & 31 Sep 2015


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Torre-Alháquime, enroute from Olvera to Setenil, had a Moorish Tower

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Good thing we took the high road - Setenil de las Bodegas from above

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Bar created adding an external wall to the overhanging cave

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Had to watch our heads in the bedroom in our cave apartment!

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On a walk to Alcala - pigs feeding on acorns; Pata Negra in the making

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A regional specialty, soup made from fresh local asparagus

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Another local dish - fried goat's cheese with berry jam


El Gastor POP 1800, ALT 600m
01 Oct 2015


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Just in case you thought all we did was sit in pretty white villages and eat

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An asparagus farm on the way to El Gastor

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El Gastor hangs like a white balcony below the mountain

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Dolmen of the giant near El Gastor - 9 meters long, 4500 years old

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El Gastor geraniums - this is a petty and clean town

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Main plaza looks like a good spot for an afternoon vino


Zahara de la Sierra POP 1500, ALT 500m
02 Oct 2015


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Its going to be a hard climb from the dam up to Zahara ...

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... like this - and the little old ladies walk up to do their shopping

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Torre del Homenaje (Arabic, 13th century) above Zahara

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Sopa de Picadillo - rice, ham, eggs & bread soup - a staple here

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Zahara Dam, created 1991

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Church at Zahara, behind the old city wall