Day 17. Córdoba to Cerro Muriano (18 km)

Today was an excellent day. I took my time getting ready, with no pressure from companions (who were in different hostels). Then I made my way through narrow Cordoban streets, seeing some decorated Cruces de Mayo. This one apparently won second prize in some category… After about 4 km of urban area, I was over…

Day 16. Another day in Córdoba.

Bus ride back to Córdoba – staying another night since I have a bed and none were available in the next town. Hopefully things will ease up after tomorrow. Nice view from the bus shows some cereal crop as a welcome change from you-know-what! It has turned chilly (down to 9°C last night) and there…

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…