Day 14. Baena to Castro del Río (21 km)

Today’s theme continues with olives, but branches off in a different direction, at last. You need to understand that walking leaves one with a lot of time to ponder the trivial, as well as the important. First the olives. Different amounts of cultivation effort are noticeable. Here is an hard-working fellow who circles each tree.…

Day 13. Alcaudete to Baena (26 km)

The day started as usual – a walk out of town with a castle/fortress on the hill. A couple of Germans came up behind. Very soon we got into the theme for the day: Olives. Olives in bloom… Olives by an ancient well, with a field of solar panels in the background… Olives with wild…

Day 11. Moclín to Alcalá la Real (24 km)

Lovely walking to start – past some places where both sides in the Spanish civil war were holed up. One can imagine the sniping that could have taken place. Then we had views of the quintessential Spanish landscape of olive trees. In a couple of villages we’ve seen communal laundries in good condition but don’t…

Day 9. Quéntar to Granada (18.6 km)

This was a very picturesque walk. Six of us set out together. The first part winds along through villages, houses with vegetable plots and fruit trees, rushing stream, little ups and downs. Then up over a hill we found some ruins that maybe my resourceful brother can identify – several separate towers with no walls…

Day 8. La Peza to Quéntar (28 km)

We had a tough day – my longest yet, this year, at about 28 km. It was interesting, having some of almost everything – steep climbs, steep descents, asphalt road, dirt tracks, river beds, pine forests, orchards, and a huge limestone quarry. The only thing missing was a bar. Now we are installed in a…