While the cities of Spain are wonderful it’s also rewarding to head out into the landscapes beyond. I recently drove through the Andalucian countryside to Granada and around every corner was yet another breathtaking landscape. We passed hills topped with wind-generators – which I have to say I find beautiful in a very modern way – then we rounded a corner to see snow-covered mountains: the Sierra Nevada, continental Spain’s highest point and a popular ski resort and national park. As we drove, these mountains just kept unfolding, getting snowier and more perfect in their beauty. Then suddenly we had descended into a red-rocked valley reminiscent of the Grand Canyon, with steep cliffs and cut-away valleys. As this progressed we began to spot houses built into the soft rock of the cliffs; white fronts of house sat flush against the red rock, the houses burrowing in behind.
Photo courtesy of by-your via Flickr.