Andalucia Diary – Seasonal Travel Notes

Casarabonela

Casarabonela – white village – Dia de Andalucia

We headed out to spend a chilled ‘Dia de Andalucia’ in the countryside; but the weather was changable so we didn’t go hiking. Instead we drove along a precipitous mountain track known as the Camino de la Duhesa, that took us across to the white village of Casarabonela. This mountain a favourite with paragliders, for its ideal orientation, height and winds.

Camino_de_la_dehesa_andrew_forbes

By the time we arrived in Casarabonela, the weather had brightened- the village was buzzing with the excitement and energy of the 11th Mountain Bike Marathon – XI Ruta Bicicleta de Montaña Casarabonela – with athletes arriving at the finishing line every few minutes.

XI Ruta Bicicleta de Montaña Casarabonela - 2ª Maratón

In the church square kids were performing traditional flamenco, whilst parents and grandparents looked on with pride.

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We tucked into tapas and bought a huge, homemade empanada to take home (well all that mountain air had activity had made us hungry!)

Empanada  with tuna and tomato

This was my first time in this village – its a classic mix of muslim and Andaluz architecture, and has a distinctive chimney from the 19th century. Outside the village is a botanic garden, specialising in cacti.

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