Villanueva de la Concepción

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  • Day17

    A night with old friends

    October 19 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    After spending the night in the dry river bed we got up at 7:30am, nice and early to feed Diego the kitten and sort ourselves out before taking the 5 minute drive to Texas Hollywood, an authentic film set used in the 60’s and 70’s for world famous spaghetti westerns.
    It cost 19€ each to to get in but as we were there at opening time we pretty much had the place to ourselves except for a few other motorhomers that had slept in the car park that night.
    The place really is authentic with saloons, churches and even a gallows and once the re-enactors come out it really brings the place to life. Unfortunately we only stayed for an hour because we weren’t going to be able to amuse ourselves until midday when the gunfights start. From there the original plan was to go to an abandoned film set and ghost town but it looked rubbish as we drove past, then oasis mini Hollywood but we didn’t want to pay another €19 each so we skipped that and decided to head down the coast to almeria to see what all the hype was about and maybe have a swim.
    Almeria town it turns out is a bit of a dive with somewhere of a cross between Benidorm and Great Yarmouth, with traffic lights, roundabouts and pedestrian crossings every 50 meters it was a complete nightmare to negotiate the roads so we left pretty much as soon as we got there and drive the 120 miles to competa, to see our friends who have moved there Margaret and Russell.
    We got through the winding lanes leading up to competa about 3pm and Margaret met us, showed us where to park and then we went back to there place for some drinks before later on heading out to the town square for food.
    It was nice to catch up and it was probably at that point we realised that Spain probably isn’t for us. It is beautiful in parts but it’s nothing like what you see on a place in the sun, but we have a few more miles in Spain yet so there’s still room for movement.
    Russ had way to many beers at dinner, and before dinner and then went back to Margaret and Russells for more beers after dinner and at 9pm we realised we’d had enough and had to take the long walk back to Wanda. Russ sorted out the double bed, lit the gas on the fridge and then climbed straight into the bunk and passed out.
    We were both woken up at 1am by lorries trundling past at a silly speed and rocking Wanda and that was the last bit of sleep we had tonight.
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  • Day18

    El Torcal del Antiquerra,

    October 20 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    After literally 3 hours sleep were both up at 6:30am and Russ was really hanging this morning after a heavy night on the beers. Unfortunately we’d already agreed to do a sunrise walk up the mountains of Competa with Margaret’s, Russell, so we had to be there for 7:45am.
    By the time we got there we both felt a little more with it and after another coffee with Russell, we set off through the town and along the side of the mountain. There were beautiful views and the whole town is typically Spanish, white houses all stacked on top of each other running up the hillside with a rabbit warren of tiny winding roads in between. What should have been a 30 minute walk turned into nearly 2 hours and after another coffee back at Margaret’s at 9:30am we said our goodbyes and we headed off to our next destination that Margaret had given us.
    El Torcal del Antiquerra, a huge formation of rocks set upon a mountainside thousands of feet up. It’s a stunning site and was completely mobbed with tourists and tour buses when we arrived so we decided to make lunch, shut the blinds and catch up on some sleep that we didn’t get last night.
    At 3:30 we went for a short wander around and a little hike into the mountains, it really is a most beautiful landscape so we have decided to try and push our luck and sleep in the car park at the top of the mountain for tonight. It’s officially on park4night and other people have done it and they all say it’s beautiful and starry skies at night so tonight we might get the star tracker out and get some Milky Way shots.
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  • Day15

    Day 15: Antequera

    March 2, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Fantastic weather today, and time for a daytrip! Loaded up the car and headed south to the town of Antequera, about 40 minutes away. It's a small town with a beautiful castle, church and a nice Old Town, but we skipped all of those things in favour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site on the edge of town.

    The UNESCO site is actually a group of dolmens, ancient burial mounds that date back to the bronze age approx 4000 BC. Essentially they are large burial chambers dug into man-made dome hills, with gigantic stones marking out the walls and ceilings. One of the ceiling blocks was incredibly large, weighing in at a staggering 180 tonnes! That's four times heavier than the blocks at Stonehenge. One of the dolmens is also notable for facing directly north-east, so that on the summer solstice every year the sun rises directly over a distinctive mountain a few kilometres away, and the sun's rays shine directly along the passage into the main chamber. Incredible engineering, if it can be called that.

    We spent an hour or so exploring the dolmens, then headed to a highway McDonald's for lunch since we didn't want to deal with the likely parking situation in a cramped Old Town. Afterwards we headed south again, up into a craggy mountainous area known as El Torcal. These are giant limestone formations where boulders are balanced at impossible angles and lots of strange shapes jut out of the rocks.

    Parked the car and went for one of the loop walks here - great scenery and perfect weather despite the chilliness from the altitude. Schnitzel seemed to enjoy himself, though he was a bit slow at times, not used to skipping around boulders as he is! After an hour-long walk we had an ice-cream and a drink in the sun, enjoying the location and the scenery (and the large family admiring Schnitzel at the next table). Although I already knew that "perro" was Spanish for dog, I've learned very quickly that he is "perrito", or little dog (I guess it probably actually means puppy, though they refer to actual hot dogs as perritos so who knows).

    Back down the mountain and then back on the hour long drive to Lucena. I've been coping fine with the roads, driving on the other side of both the car and the road. Roundabouts are a little tricky since they work the exact opposite way I'm used to, but honestly the biggest drama has just been small car parks. So I've avoided them as much as possible! The freeways are in great condition here too, the limit is 120km/h which I've mostly stuck to, but when people blatt past you doing 160+ it's tempting to chase them a little bit. Though the biggest difference is that people don't sit blithely in the fast lane like in Australia, people stick to the kerb lane and only move over to make their pass and then move back.

    Back home where we were greeted by a pair of happy dogs, then settled in for the evening. Unfortunately we couldn't get the fireplace going so we shivered a bit! Ended up just using blankets instead. Spanish houses definitely aren't built for winter!
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    Joel Baldwin

    Dolmen entrance

    Joel Baldwin

    Looking out to the sacred mountain

    Joel Baldwin

    Another (smaller) dolmen

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