6.10.2013

Day Trip to Zahara

About an hour and a half from where we live is the charming pueblo blanco of Zahara. Josh thought it looked neat on Google Earth, so on Saturday, we loaded up in our little Peugeot and drove over to check it out. It was a beautiful day, and a beautiful drive...


Along the autovia, we noticed that sunflowers are now blooming in many of the fields out in the country, and of course, we had to stop for a photo op...



 It was amazing! But we kept driving towards our destination...


Zahara is one of the many pueblos blancos (white villages) for which Spain is famous, and this particular village is tucked between the ruins of a medieval village and castle built by the Moors and a beautiful lake, surrounded by mountains. It's lovely.


The streets are as quaint as they come, with flowers and cobblestones everywhere, and neat little garden spots tucked away in every nook and cranny.


 
We made the trek through the village to the very top of the mountain, where we explored the ruins of this ancient castle and took in the magnificent view.


We may or may not have gotten a little dizzy looking down....


We came, we saw, we conquered, we took our shoes off because the rocks were so slippery.



Olive groves are a common sight in Spain.


This was definitely one of the coolest places we've been so far, and we had a really wonderful day exploring it.


We also enjoyed the variety of wildflowers that were popping up everywhere....


Yep, that's the type of snail that they eat here, but only three months out of the year, when the snails are feeding on dry grass. I guess that makes them taste better. I ate one a few weeks ago, can you believe it? Honestly, the taste isn't bad... but they are a little chewy, and it's hard to get over the fact that they have little faces and antennae and you have to suck them out of the shell. Best eaten with the eyes shut....


Mmm... delicioso.



 
On our way back to our car, we happened upon the hangout of the Classic Car Club of Andalucía and enjoyed checking out some of the sweet rides...


We headed back home, then decided to go to our favorite little café beside the castle in Rota, El Castillo.

 
Next to the café is a church, where this carriage surrounded by rose petals was waiting to pick up a bride and groom...
 
 
 
 
They waved to us as we were eating our dinner!



We enjoyed a beautiful sunset...




 ...walked along the boardwalk...


 
...then headed to the base to catch the late show at the drive-in theater. It was a fairy-tale kind of day.

5 comments:

  1. How wonderful,Beth! I bet you're finding heaps of artistic inspiration there.

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    1. Thanks, Jodi! Yes, everywhere you look here it's like a painting! It's amazing...

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  2. OH WOW, so beautiful, thanks for sharing your amazing day...love the sunflowers....

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  3. Such beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!!

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  4. Sounds heavenly! I've never been to Spain but am enjoying it through your eyes.

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