As Dean had been driving for nearly a week solid now (albeit with a couple of hours break when I took over) he’d suggested we spend three days near to Granada as he specifically wanted to visit the Alhambra Palace. The journey yesterday had been especially tiring having to contend with the ring road around Madrid!
The drive to the village of La Zubia was stunning. We were blessed with beautiful blue skies, perfect weather for driving through mountains! On the one part where I gave Dean a break we ended up crawling through an area called the Despenaperros National Park with warnings all the way along about steep climbs and descents! (www.andalucia.com/environment/protect/despenaperros.htm)
There was a very nice rest area after here though so we pulled in and bought some cheese, bread and milk and had a break while admiring the views.
In the picture above you can see an olive grove to the left and the next part of our journey took us through masses of them. Some of the bushes are planted on really steep slopes and we were wondering how they harvested their crop, only to read that most of it is collected manually starting in December. The air here is very clean and fresh, the nearer we got to Granada the Sierra Nevada came into view and you could feel the cold snap in the atmosphere.
The snow has arrived early here and the first skiers are already on the slopes apparently – brave souls!