Arcos de la Frontera to Carmona

Tonight we are staying in the Parador de Carmona a little east of Sevilla. Before we left Arcos de la Frontera this morning we walked around the town. We checked out a view point and a church.

The drive from Arcos to Carmona was over relatively flat farm country. The crops we could identify included carrots, wheat, olives and grapes. There were also many crops we couldn’t identify.

In Carmona we are staying at a Parador on the sight of the former city wall and castle.

Parador de Carmona
Admiring the view from our friend’s room

After enjoying our welcome drinks we went out exploring. We checked out the Carmona city museum. This area has been inhabited for six thousand years. The museum had exhibits about the people who have lived here over those years.

Mosaics in the Carmona city museum

We had dinner in the Parador dining room.

Duke had fish cooked in a salt crust
I had venison in a strawberry sauce.
Chocolate fondant and mint ice cream

Ronda to Arcos de la Frontera

Today we drove west again (about 60 mile) to Arcos de la Frontera, another one of the white hill towns.

Before we left Ronda we went for a walk.

Duke in a garden overlooking the gorge in Ronda

About half way to Arcos de la Frontera We stopped at an artisanal olive oil mill in Zahara de la Sierra. Of course there is nothing much going on right now but it was fascinating to see all the equipment and ask questions. After the thousands of olive trees we have seen over the last few days we had lots of questions. The man behind the counter was very knowledgeable. He said his grandfather was a bull breeder for bull fighting. He had lots of very cool pictures.

Duke with one of the olive oil presses

Next we climbed up to the Castillo de Zahara de la Sierra.

Castillo de Zahara de la Sierra

A little bit farther down the road we stopped for a picnic lunch.

The road to the Parador in Arcos de la Frontera is very narrow. Duke pulled in the mirrors on the car and we made it to the Parador with no scrapes. We ate dinner at a wonderful little restaurant called La Carcél. We shared six plates including goat cheese and marmalade, stuffed mushrooms, prawns, and octopus.

The Parador of Arcos de la Frontera
The octopus we shared as part of our dinner
The road to the Parador
The view after dinner from the Parador terrace