Setenil & Via Verde de la Sierra

Through little villages with very narrow and curvy streets we drove to Setenil. When we got there, we couldn’t find a parking. It was Sunday and many people came to visit this village. We followed a sign to a covered parking leading us around town and back from the other side.

As we were sure, the covered parking is not for our height, we finally found a spot along the road to dump our car and walked from there.
Setenil is famous for its houses built under overhanging rocks along the river. There is even a street which is covered by this rocks.
In the afternoon, we left Setenil again and drove to Puerto Serrano where the Via Verde de la Sierra starts, which we wanted to takle the next day.
Via Verdes are former Spanish railway tracks converted into bike routes. This one was never finished as the civil war had stopped the construction and it was never taken up again. The route is 36km long and has 4 viaducts and 30! tunnels.
36 km along beautiful landscape
Stop at a train station

The route passes a natural reserve where a vulture colony is at home. We saw more than 30 vultures circling this mountain.

“healthy” lunch break
very green Andalucía
the way back is much easier, because downhill
When we returned to our car, we decided to stay another night at this parking. The truth is, we were exhausted!!
The next day we first stopped at a bar, which we found by driving into the wrong direction. We love Spanish bars! They are simple and cheap, but the quality mostly is very good. These are the places workers go to for their second breakfast and lunch breaks. They are mostly on the main road and have a big parking.

Spanish vegetarian breakfast … (con jamon!)

Afterwards, we went to a service station to fill up our water and stopped at a supermarket, before we spent the rest of the day at a beautiful lake.

A lake just for us !
flower of the day

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