We've embraced the 'Slow' philosophy as a way of life - what's the hurry?. Taking time to smell the roses (usually on a glass of Viognier) is more our style. Having spent more then 3 years on the road, slow travel has become a way of life. We have revised our plans completely and now focus on quality, not quantity, slowly.
We’ve been back
from our side trip to the Sierra de Grazalema for a few days and are not
impressed with our weather. Hurrumph!!
sojourn in the mountains was wonderful. The hotel was an absolute delight. Typically
Spanish, it was tastefully decorated and run by a wonderful man called Andres.
Our view of Grazalema was perfect, only improved by the blanket of snow on the
second day. Snow was forecast, but we didn’t really believe that we would get 4
aVERY white 'pueblo blanco'
We did a
marvellous walk on day 1 – about 4 hours - sweeping views, craggy outcrops,
steep pointed granite peaks. Our planned walk for the second day (you must book
ahead as they limit the numbers) was not to be, as the snow had blocked the
access road. Instead, we did the walk close to town through the snow – such a
strange feeling in the south of Spain.
Day 1 walk
Day 2 walk
We ate so much
for lunch on the first 2 days that we couldn’t eat dinner – they really know
how to feed you here. All delicious local produce and fabulous wine from down
the road. On the 3rd night we tried really hard to do ‘grown ups’
dinner and eat late with the Spanish, but when we left after 10.30, we were
still the only people in the restaurant. I don’t know how they do it. The wild
boar was worth it anyway.
We drove home
through one more pueblo blanco
Zahara, another dramatically located white town.
Back in El
Puerto it has been raining, raining, raining. So much so that we had to move
pitch as we were in danger of floating away – fortunately in the direction of
the bar. Anyway, in a fit madness we booked a flight to Gran Canaria and we
leave tonight. 5 days in the sun and some good hill walking is just what we
We’ll return on
Monday 11, and head to the Extremadura area on the 13th.