April 27 - Montefrio to Zuheros
It was still drizzling this morning making me happy that I wasn't cycling. Before we left the hotel, Jane, Cindy and I walked a couple of blocks to the town square just to see a little bit of the city. What we saw were a lot of men standing around and chatting. We thought that there might be a major activity that was going to occur. I asked Simon about it and he told me that because of the lack of employment opportunities, this is all that they had to do all day. Kind of sad...
Our first stop was in Priego de Córdoba . Our focus was the Fuente del Rey , Fountain of the King. It is an elaborate fountain of three pools with statues in the center of each and 139 jets of water spouting from the sides. It would be very refreshing in the hot summer. Today, however, it was cold and wet. We saw almost all of our group there. Jane was able to take photos of them posing at the fountain.
I should mention that this area of Spain is well known for its olive groves and its olive oil. All we can see for miles and miles are olive trees. It was appropriate then that we stopped at Aceites Vizcantar , a local olive producer. We were treated to an olive tasting where the proprietor showed us how to taste three very different olive oils. I can't wait to get home to display my new skills at our local olive oil store. After the tasting we were served "snacks" which became a filling lunch.
We drove on to our destination for the day, Zuheros , a beautiful white hilltop village. Hotel Zuhayra was an old Spanish style abode with tiled floors, white washed walls and thick carved wooden doors. It was another challenge through the narrow streets to find a parking place near the hotel. Our rooms had a panoramic view of the valley far below the village. It was a wonderful place to stay. It was a short walk up to the small town square next to an old fortress. The view from there was magnificent.
Dinner was at the hotel. It was another feast of many tapas courses.