Europe...west of the Alps travel blog

ancient narrow streets in Baeza were great to explore

olive trees, olive trees .... everywhere an olive tree

Ubeda had many pretty parks

snow on the Siera Nevada Mountains was unexpected

the landscape continually changed on the way to Guadix

town squares in Guadix were always spacious

We escaped Cordoba's spooky history and headed to Baeza and Ubeda on our way to our next stopover in Guadix. Both small towns were interesting, especially Baeza.

The narrow passages and open spaces were brilliant to wander through and provided a feeling of 'being there' in its medieval days.

Guadix was very different and is recognised as Europe's capital for cave houses. It is one of Spain's oldest human settlements and going by the lack of care and maintenance we wouldn't argue.

Whitewashed homes built into caves were everywhere as were original cave homes dug into cliff fronts. Cliffs and mounds seemed more a muddy texture than sheer rock which did tend to show on whitewash after rain.

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