We headed out to spend a chilled 'Dia de Andalucia' in the countryside; but the weather was changable so we didn't go hiking. Instead we drove along a precipitous mountain track known as the Camino de la Duhesa, that took us across to the white village of Casarabonela. This mountain a favourite with paragliders, for its ideal orientation, height and winds.
By the time we arrived in Casarabonela, the weather had brightened- the village was buzzing with the excitement and energy of the 11th Mountain Bike Marathon – XI Ruta Bicicleta de Montaña Casarabonela – with athletes arriving at the finishing line every few minutes.
In the church square kids were performing traditional flamenco, whilst parents and grandparents looked on with pride.
We tucked into tapas and bought a huge, homemade empanada to take home (well all that mountain air had activity had made us hungry!)
This was my first time in this village – its a classic mix of muslim and Andaluz architecture, and has a distinctive chimney from the 19th century. Outside the village is a botanic garden, specialising in cacti.