I relive last year’s fantastic holiday by bringing posts over from the trip blog. This doesn’t aim to be identical to the trip blog, but an improvement, with text edits and more / better photos. Find all these posts under the tag: Spain2015.
18 September 2015: We left Fátima in Portugal this morning and drove only a few minutes to the caves called Grutas de Mira de Aire. I paid €6 for a guided tour that was starting just as we arrived. There were 6 of us in the group, all Portuguese and me.
Our guide was a PhD Geology student who was kind enough to tell me everything in English either before or after telling the others what they needed to know in Portuguese. Her English was excellent too.
The caves are only small but our guide gave us an excellent commentary so I enjoyed the visit.
Outside in the parking area was a very large polished stone, or so I thought. The guide explained that it is actually half a stalagmite, showing growth rings in the way that trees have rings. The rings though reflect periods of more or less water, with the red of iron oxide in drier periods.
After much more driving we ended up in Hotel Finca La Herencia in Guadalcanal in the Sierra Norte national park. On the map above it’s west of Cordoba and north of Seville. It’s a little more expensive than some others we’ve stayed in but it’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s somewhat remote.
The ranch has a dozen horses, a couple of donkeys and a couple of dogs on the property. The rooms are beautifully decorated, making great use of local stone and brick, and incorporating art works befitting a rural location. It’s modern rustic, and the ideal place to stay for a couple of nights to rest and relax.