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Homeward Bound – Portugal 26

The imposing Moorish Castle at Zuheros

The imposing Moorish Castle at Zuheros

We left Campo Mayor and swiftly ate up the handful of kilometers that took us to an unassuming bridge that forded a river and deposited us, in the blink of an eye, into the Extremadura Region of Spain. A palpable sense of sadness washed over the two of us, as we realized we’d said goodbye to Portugal, and with a giant effort of will we tried to feel good about being back in Spain. As we headed deeper in, Miki studied the map, and found what she considered to be an interesting area, topographically speaking.

Fly me to the Moon, and let me play among the stars....

Fly me to the Moon, and let me play among the stars....

“I think we should head for Zuheros” she said.  What a panacea for our reverse-homesickness it turned out to be! A wonderful surprise, a vertiginous village nestled high in the mountains crowned with an 8th century Moorish fort, and overlooked spectacularly from stratospheric cliffs by an imposing Christian cross.

The Christians erected this cross hundreds of meters above the Moorish Castle, in a spectacular case of religious oneupmanship.

The Christians erected this cross hundreds of meters above the Moorish Castle, in a spectacular case of religious oneupmanship.

We loved it immediately and spent the night in the dead centre of town. (Well, by the cemetery actually.) The village itself was impossible to access with the Boomobile, so we indulged in a great deal of walking and hiking over the next couple of days, even walking to the very top of the cliffs overlooking Zuheros. This wonderful place was exactly what we needed to put a spring back in our step upon returning home.

Miki discovers that the Rocky Road she was directed to was not in fact an Ice-cream flavour. Traffic management - Zuheros style.

Miki discovers that the Rocky Road she was directed to was not in fact an Ice-cream flavour. Traffic management - Zuheros style.

Our final port of call was a campsite by a small lake near Granada, and then, finally, 7 weeks after leaving, we pulled up outside our apartment in Turre, awash with memories. Portugal, we salute you.

Kev Moore

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August 12, 2008 - Posted by | culture, life, photo, photography, travel, writing | , , , , , , ,

8 Comments »

  1. Wow! I love that rocky road! Must be a nightmare for your shock absorbers. Looks like some kind of weird lava flow of cement.

    Any ducks in that castle?

    Comment by bobcornelis | August 12, 2008

  2. These pictures look quite a bit like northern Morocco!

    Madame Monet

    Comment by wpm1955 | August 12, 2008

  3. @Bob: the road is spectacular, isn’t it? It reminds me of one of those giant art “statement” pieces, such as when they wrap a building in brown paper…The child in me wants to drive up it in a monster truck, but I’d never tell anyone that…regarding the ducks..mm..well this Castle is probably 20 times bigger than the duck house, so if there ARE any in there, there will certainly be a lot to go around at the dinner table!
    @MM: Hello again! – I guess the Moors conquered these areas exactly because they felt at home here!

    Comment by kevmoore | August 13, 2008

  4. that rocky road is insane.. painful for the feet i’d say!
    miki you should take up modeling babe!! x

    Comment by supersizeme | August 18, 2008

  5. Supe, you have no idea how I hate it when Kevin takes photos from me and then even publishes them! I am definitely not made for that modelling job… you perhaps? 🙂

    Comment by Miki | August 18, 2008

  6. haha.. good idea, except i’m looking like a crazed witch these days.. i think i’d be better as a scarecrow.. hahahah!! (read; i’m not as photogenic as i once was!)

    i’m serious though these are pretty symbolic pictures of you up on this blog and you look lovely.

    Comment by supersizeme | August 19, 2008

  7. Supe, I think she looks great, and I will continue to chase her around with a camera (and sometimes without one!) 😉

    Comment by kevmoore | August 20, 2008

  8. yes she’s a natural!

    hahaha.. great! keep it up! 😉

    Comment by supersizeme | August 21, 2008


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