A short while ago I wrote about the less-than-sunny aspects of my trip to Spain. Although the weather was certainly less than optimal, we had a good time and even saw a bit of sun here and there. I have now finally sorted through my photographs, so am able to offer some illustrated highlights.
Food generally plays a big part of our holiday experience and Sharon and I are always keen to try out the local cuisine. This isn’t so easy in the area that we stayed, but on the Sunday we arranged to go for Sunday lunch with Andy & Jan and to meet up with another couple Andy & Maria, who live in San Miguel. We went to a wonderful cave-house restaurant called Las Cuevas where we enjoyed a traditional Spanish meal.
Las Cuevas is indeed roughly hewn into the rock, giving a wonderful atmosphere. The owners were very welcoming, helped by the fact that Maria is a native Spanish speaker. The meal lasted several hours and much wine was consumed. I suspect we were there beyond closing time, but we weren’t kicked out, the staff simply got on and had their meal.
Afterwards the weather held off long enough for us to have a clamber about on the cave roof and take some pictures.
Sunday night it absolutely poured with rain…
… but by the morning the sun was out and, although not exactly hot, it was very pleasant. This was ideal weather as Andy had arranged to take us to see the source of the River Mundo (Nacimiento Rio Mundo) near Riópar. This entailed a two and a half hour drive inland, which would have been uncomfortable in the blazing heat. There was also the added benefit that, as the source of the river appears as a waterfall, the rain of the previous few days should make it worth seeing!
Although a long drive, it was not boring. We went via the scenic route to take in the town of Ayna, nestled in a small valley and surrounded by spectacular viewpoints.
It seems that a film was made in Ayna, which they are very proud of – it was Spanish and I had never heard of it, but this model Vespa commemorates it.
The scenic route continued to take us through stunning views, including snow-capped mountains. We even saw a little lying snow in places along the road.
We also encountered a field of rather fearsome looking bulls, presumably destined for the bull ring somewhere. These two seemed to take an unhealthy interest in Andy, but soon ran away as he approached. I’m not sure how that would have played out had there not been a stout fence between them.
And so we finally came to the source of the River Mundo. A beautiful setting and we were virtually the only ones there. It was a scenic walk up along the fast-flowing river with a steep but not too onerous ascent to see the waterfall. The sun shone, and everything was good.
For the next few days the weather was variable again…
… but for our last day the sun shone with gusto! This is where we stayed, looking much nicer in the sunshine.
We made the most of the sun by spending some time at the Medieval Fair at Castillo de Conesa, San Miguel. It’s not a real castle, but it was a nice to have a walk around.
In the afternoon we headed to the beach at nearby Mil Palmeras to see The Faith playing at the Strand Bar. The Faith are ex-pat Brits who gig relentlessly around the area. They play brilliant sing-along rock songs with an energy and enthusiasm that has guaranteed them a large and devoted following. It has become a tradition that we see them when we are there.
Sharon even braved getting her feet wet
So, all in all a great holiday despite the rain: we’re British, we can take a bit of rain!