Long overdue posts from our May trip to Spain, coming up!
A real highlight from our time in this beautiful country was road-tripping through Andalusia. We started our trip in Madrid, took the train to Sevilla and by our last day there, we were ready to break loose from big cities and explore the countryside. And what a marvelous journey it was! Here are the photos from our route through the white hill towns of Andalusia.
Here we are approaching Zahara de la Sierra, our first stop after leaving Sevilla. Doesn’t this view look like a scene from a Disney movie? Complete with a small castle at the top!
Stunning views once inside the village. There were very few visitors, which was a real treat.
Our Fiat Panda rental on the cobblestones of Zahara.
Then we hiked up the hill to the old Moorish castle for a closer look.
King Jason! There are references to this small village all the way back to 1282, built as an “eagle’s nest” of sorts. Perfect location to see an impeding attack.
Leaving Zahara on route 9104 was one of the most beautiful roads I’ve ever been on. Think Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, except without the crowds.
We passed by several more villages but the weather wasn’t cooperating with us. It had rained almost every day since we arrived in Spain!
When we finally arrived in Ronda, the rain cleared slightly for us to take in the sights (After a short siesta!) The largest of the white towns, Ronda is perched on El Tajo canyon and home to the famous Puente Nuevo bridge.
It was easy to see why Ernest Hemingway spent summers here and wrote of Ronda’s stunning scenery.
The Puente Nuevo bridge up close, which towers 320 feet over the river below. Construction started in 1751, took the lives of 50 workers and was finally finished 42 years later. What a feat!
Very challenging to photograph this beauty!
The next morning, we set out to find the village living under a rock, Setenil de las Bodegas. We unfortunately arrived just after the tour buses and Jason was not at all happy with me for leading him into this maze of homes!
A tight squeeze for even our small car.
By building the dwellings under the rock in these caves, it saved on materials and maintained temperature very well!
Next post will be from Granada!