First days in Andalusia


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August 16th 2016
Published: August 16th 2016
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First day proper yesterday was spent recovering from a very late flight into Gibraltar followed by an even longer effort to hire the car. Finally we set off and arrived at Roche Vieja in the very early hours of Monday. so yesterday was all about just getting sorted. Today was first proper day and we went over to Verjer de la Frontera a beautiful hill top walled town about 20 minutes away. It overlooks the River Barbate and has been settled over the centuries by Bronze Age people, the Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, the Moors and then the Spanish (in a variety of forms) and Napoleons army too. It is close enough to Cape Trafalgar to have the gunfire from Nelson's ships.

Today it's peaceful with the citadel a maze of steep alleys, narrow streets, enticing courtyards and beautiful churches, convents and castles. Walking its streets can be hard work but the views from the walls are a just deserve and a fantastic reward.


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