Last night we ate tapas in what Lonely Planet describes as on of Córdoba’s best Tabernas (taverns), Tabernacle San Miguel El Pisto. On our walk there you could tell it was Friday night. All the young people were out socializing. The old people were out too and the taberna was packed.
This morning we walked to the bus station and caught a the bus to Úbeda. We had reserved seats in the front row so we had a great view of the countryside which consisted of unending olive groves and cooperative presses.
According to what I read Spain has 2.5 million hectares of olive groves, one third of the world’s total, and 1.5 million are in Andalusia where we are now.
In Úbeda we are staying at our first Parador. Paradors are historic buildings that have been converted into a chain of unique hotels. We have reservations to stay in several. This building was originally a palace built in the sixteenth century. Our room is extraordinary with two levels, thick walls and a view of the cathedral.
We had a wonderful dinner tonight in the Parador’s restaurant.