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    • Day 9

      Day 7: Hueneja to Alquife

      May 2, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Seventh stage, Hueneja to Alquife. 20 km on pleasant paths through almond orchards.
      A few small climbs, nothing too bad, just enough to do a little cardio.
      First stop, Dólar. Unfortunately, nothing is open. We continue our journey, this time with two Irishmen, father and son.
      We take a short break under a beautiful chestnut tree.
      Second stop, Ferreira. We will have our tostadas at the bar El Hogar.
      Then comes La Calahorra, with its castle on the hill. We visited it last year. A mojón tells us that we have walked 100 km from Almería.
      On the way to Alquife we meet a goatherd with his herd. He tells us about the drought, about the greed of human beings in search of money, about the fact that mankind is destroying nature. And he runs off after realising that his herd has wandered too far.
      And finally, at the end of the stage, we arrive in Alquife. The mine is huge and leaves a brown dust everywhere. For the last four days, the town celebrated the feast of the patron saint, San Hermenegildo. We see the remains of the festivities, all the bars and restaurants are closed, and there is not a soul around.
      Tonight we're sleeping in the albergue Lacho.
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    • Day 269

      Adios Sierra Nevada 👋🏾🏔️😍🚐

      April 9 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

      Wir können uns einfach nicht satt sehen an dieser traumhaften Landschaft. Aber wie heißt es doch immer: Wenn es am schönsten ist, soll man gehen?

      Noch ein paar letzte Fotos mit strahlend blauem Himmel eingefangen und zum Abschluss die Drohne steigen lassen ☺️😉👍🏽. Drohnenpilot Max ist inzwischen schon richtig gut darin geworden ☺️.

      Danach ging es weiter Richtung Wüste 🏜️.
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    • Day 11

      La Calahorra - Cogollos de Guadix 19.2km

      September 29, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      There were two parts to today's walk. The first one was dominated by the tailings hills of the mine at Alquife. We had already heard about the mine in Almería, with the Cable Inglés. Although we had seen some big mines in Western Australia, we were surprised by the size of this mine. The tailings hills certainly covered a huge area.

      As we climbed up the hill to Jérez del Marquesado, we noticed a difference. This was a happy town, proud of its identity. On the Plaza del Molino, there's the Ayuntamiento, a few shops, and on the side there's the Parque de la Música. We bought empanadas and pastries from the bakery El Molino and ate them at that little park. Music was drifting gently from the light pole in the centre of the park.

      From Jérez del Marquesado, the trail went over a hill, through a pine forest, and then down to Cogollos de Guadix.
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    • Day 10

      Day 8: Alquife to Cogollos de Guadix

      May 3, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Eighth stage, from Alquife to Cogollos de Guadix. A short stage of 12.4km. One also needs short stages to enjoy the Camino.
      After saying goodbye to Lacho, whose albergue is very comfortable, we left Alquife along the huge mine tailings.
      In the cool of the morning we soon left this dusty place and arrived in Jerez del Marquesado. This village is a jewel on the Camino Mozárabe. Next to the Ayuntamiento, there is the Jardín de la Música, where you can enjoy the benches and flowers while listening to music.
      We had our morning tostada at the bar El Hogar de Jerez, where the local pensioners were around the bar.
      As we left Jerez del Marquesado, we could see the Sierra Nevada in the distance with some snow. The Camino took us close to the abandoned Santa Costanza mine, where copper and iron were extracted for over a century until 1955.
      A climb through a beautiful pine forest gave us a good view of the Pantano de Cogollos de Guadix, and the goal of our day, the village of Cogollos de Guadix. The fields of wheat, waving in the wind, are a welcome touch of green.
      Is it a sin for pilgrims to enjoy life a little? Last year, the owner of the bar Los Mellizos, Paco, showed us his new project, a hotel. It was recently opened, and we were given a pilgrim rate. Paco and his wife served us an excellent almuerzo. Come on, is a little luxury really a sin?
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    • Day 150

      Sierra Nevada

      December 8, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

      The local car rental offer a great service of dropping and collecting the car at the marina. We always get the same blue Fiat - it may be their only car. It’s nice because at this stage it feels like our car.
      We drive just over 3 1/2 hours to the Sierra Nevada Ski resort which is just up the mountain from Granada city.
      The Ski village is on a steep p hill and we are staying in Alta, the highest part. This adds to the adventure because in order to get to the low part of town, where the lifts to the slopes are, we travel down in a chair lift over the rooftops and roads.
      Ruby and I have skied before, Ronan once many years ago and Colm never. After one day Colm is hooked. While the rest of us are very enthusiastic we can’t match Colm. When we wearily sit down for lunch after three hours on the slopes, Colm shoots back up within minutes ready to go again. This energy pays off and after a few lessons he out in front craving it up. By the last day he and Ruby head off down a long blue slope on their own - it is so lovely to watch them weaving their way down the mountain together.
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    • Day 9

      Hueneja to Alquife

      October 11, 2023 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

      Today started with a bit of up to get out of town. Only 4 km to the first stop in Dólar. Unfortunately the bar was closed for renovations but the panadería was open.
      Then more up to Ferreira, more persimmons and the bar was open. More undulations to La Calahorra. This area was seen in such movies as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West and Dr Zhivago. The home of the spaghetti Westerns is not Italy. And apparently the train used in all of these movies is sitting in a shed somewhere nearby, the same train.
      It is Wednesday, the one day of the week the castle is open. I was making good time so I decided to go up and have a closer look, I asked at the town hall (ayuntamiento) if I could leave my bag (mochilla), but no. So I carried it up. Unfortunately you had to wait for a tour guide to go inside , and no one knew when that was going to happen. So I walked down again. A bit of a To the Lighthouse moment.
      It was a fairly easy walk to Alquife, past a huge mine, then up a hill to the albergue. The shop was closing at 2pm, I managed to leave my pole (bastón) at the counter, but it was still there at 5pm when the shop reopened.
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    • Day 25


      April 3, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Guadix, a natural path between Levante and Andalusia, is one of the oldest human settlements in Spain. The troglodyte habitat is certainly developed in Guadix and cave-dwellings characterize districts such as: Ermitas and Cuevas.

      The town preserves interesting historic-artistic heritage like the Alcazaba (Moorish castle), listed as a National Monument, displaying 11th century towers with magnificent views over the valley and Sierra Nevada. Religious architecture includes the Cathedral and the Churches of Santa Ana, Santo Domingo and San Francisco.
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    • Day 43

      Wanderung in der Sierra Nevada

      October 28, 2021 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

      Zum Schluss meiner Zeit in Granada wollte ich unbedingt noch eine Wanderung im Nationalpark Sierra Nevada machen.
      Ich suchte mir einen passenden Bus raus und wanderte querfeldein. Währenddessen fand ich wunderschöne Orte.Read more

    • Day 2

      GUADIX 🇪🇸

      September 2, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      GUADIX 🇪🇸

      Das erste Ziel unserer Reise ist Guadix, am Rande der Sierra Nevada, in der Provinz Granada.

      Der Ort ist vor allem bekannt für seine Troglodytos, was übersetzt „Wohnhöhle" bedeutet.

      25 bis 50 Prozent der Bevölkerung wohnen im so genannten Höhlenviertel. Dabei handelt es sich um etwa Zweitausend Wohnhöhlen, die in das relativ weiche, aus Löss und Kalktuff bestehende Gestein gegraben worden sind.

      Ausgestattet sind diese Höhlen unterschiedlich. Die Spannweite geht von „einfach“ bis „luxuriös“.

      Wir besuchen das Barrio de Cuevas und dürfen dort die Höhlenwohnung eines netten Spaniers von innen besichtigen.

      Ein wundervolles Erlebnis, weil wir so sehen, wie die Menschen dort in den Höhlen leben.
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