We decided to rent a car in Malaga and drop off in Madrid before our flight on May 7. Our first day took us north towards Antequera to the small town of La Joya. It was a beautiful ride with rolling hills and many flowers. It was a good thing that we had excellent directions from the hotel (with pictures and labels), because it was “in the middle of nowhere.” But a gorgeous nowhere.
The first night’s hotel was deluxe and well worth the price (only 118 Euros with breakfast), El Fuente del Sol. The second night we went cheaper at Hotel Fabrica de Juan, but it was charming also.
We also visited El Torcal National Park which is very unique. Learned a new term, karst, or water erosion. Again beautiful valleys below. Their national parks are free, but had to pay for a shuttle to get up the steep, long road.
After another beautiful drive, we arrived at Ciudad Real and stayed two nights. The city is not as beautiful as some, but historical buildings and were able to walk to many stores, restaurants and sites. We experienced their Mother’s Day on the 3rd, El Dia de Madre. Many families with several generations were in the main square, Plaza Mayor, dressed in all their finery. We had some more, very interesting Tapas and listened to the Carrillon bells.
I will have to finish my blog on our trip, including windmills, poppies and the wonderful city of Toledo, after we are home. We fly home, tomorrow, a very long trip and nine hour time change. We look forward to home and friends, but not to the travel!