Back to my travels to Spain..... after Seville we still had 2 days of walking to do. One day we drove to the Sierra de Grazalema for a hike in the mountains and the other we walked from the Cortijo Rosario through the olive groves and round El Penon (the mountain behind the Cortijo) and ended in the village, Algamitas, where we had a tapas lunch.
Sierra Hike - the Sierra de Grazalema was the first natural park in Andalucia and is famous for its limestone scenery, we hiked through the park after driving up the spectacular Puerto de las Palomas - the Pass of the Doves - the highest road in Spain, with its hairpin bends and views over the village of Zahara de la Sierra with its castle and little white houses, the natural landscape of rocks, Spanish firs, gorse, massive herds of goats with their bells jangling and vultures rising above...the hike was beautiful......we ended in the small village of Benaocaz, which was founded by the Moors in the 8th century, its small Baroque Church built on the site of the former mosque, with the minaret forming part of the tower.
That evening we had a cookery demonstration at the Cortijo, how to make gazpacho, paella and sangria! Of course, afterwards we got to eat it which was fantastic!!