It was already our second week on holiday in Andalucia. My parents were flying from Gatwick to Almeria so we needed to top up on provisions. The plan was to drive the 25 kilometers to Baza, however, passing through the village of Cullar (about half way) we thought we may be able to save both time and fuel and get all we needed there.
Heading into the centre we caught sight of stalls running up a side street – it turns out that Monday is market day in Cullar – and we can’t resist a Spanish market ! Parking up we decided to check it out. The market was probably the same size as the one at Benamaurel but far more compact in its layout. It ran up a narrow side street and then hung a right, ending in a quaint little plaza. The stalls were mainly selling fruit and vegetables, along with one selling churros, one selling plants and one selling kitchen ware. We bought some fruit, then bingo, along the same street was a well stocked supermarket and a bakery selling the most wonderful looking bread. Job done.
We returned to Galera, met up with my parents who were staying for 2 weeks – the first week at the cave we had rented and then the second week in a cave they had also rented through Sean. Along with Kes, Sarah and Charlotte the 7 of us settled in at La Posa for the afternoon, before continuing catchup over a meal cooked at the cave.
Tuesday saw us chilling in the morning, lunch took us back at ‘La Posa’, then Sean accompanied us to the bank to get all the paperwork we would need to open a Spanish bank account . That evening we ate at a restaurant ‘El Parador’, located just outside of Galera. The outside didn’t look promising, especially with the large car park (which was empty), but going on a recommendation we took the plunge and went in. As with most of the restaurants in rural Andalucia its tough if you’re a vegetarian, the menu was basically a choice of meats cooked on an open fire pit/BBQ. Not a problem for us, both service and food was excellent. I had the rabbit which I would highly recommend, washed down with a nice (and inexpensive) rioja. A great way to end the day.
So what to do today ? Problem solved as Wednesday is market day at Baza. It’s the largest market in the region, selling pretty much everything that you need, from fruit and vegetables through to bed linen, pots and pans. It’s a serious market, not a browsing whilst soaking up the atmosphere type of market. However, from a purely practical point its a one hit wonder. It was probably my least favourite to date, it annoyed me that I had to pass about a 100 stalls selling clothing and shoes before getting to the fruit and vegetables, there’s a lot more hustle and bustle and I missed that as it’s on the outskirts of the town (a couple of hundred metres from Aldi – where we parked and walked !) that there’s no bar or café to sit down outside and enjoy a coffee whilst watching the world go by. After some browsing, we headed into Baza and at the Plaza Mayor found a bar and passed a couple of hours enjoying beer and tapas.
Thursday morning was extremely productive with very little effort – a return to the bank saw the bank account successfully opened, paperwork was received from the sellers and we appointed a solicitor.
With all our chores completed we headed to Huescar for another walk around the weekly market (for the benefit of all our recent arrivals), bought goodies for a picnic and then relaxed over a coffee in the square. Our plan for the rest of the day was simple – relax, sunbathe and swim. Sean had recommended the perfect spot, ‘la piscina natural de fuencaliente’ on the outskirts of the village of Orce. It was a great recommendation – a large spring fed natural swimming pool, complete with fish. There is a lovely grassy area, plenty of shade and best of all we had the place to ourselves. I am sure its busier during school holidays, there is a bar, toilets and changing rooms – but at this time of year they were all closed. We spent most of the afternoon there (the water was chilly but manageable).
More family were arriving today – Tony (Josies dad) and his partner Ginny were driving down from the UK in a camper van. They were due late afternoon which gave us time for another picnic day, this time at Lake Negratin. We had the picnic spot all to ourselves (apart from the numerous wasps), had a quick dip in the lake and then relaxed in the ‘los banos de zujar’ thermal pool (nowhere near as warm as we expected). A couple of drinks whilst admiring the views and then it was back to Galera to meet Tony and Ginny.
Saturday saw the departure of Kes, Sarah and Charlotte and the subsequent arrival of Max (Josies brother) and his girlfriend Emilia. A generally lazy day with a test payment from our UK bank to our Spanish Bank being the most constructive thing achieved. Another of Seans recommendations saw us eating pizza at a restaurant in Cullar.
Sunday saw the end of our second week on holiday in Andalucia.
We returned to the pool at Orce for a few hours then spent the afternoon in La Posa drinking ‘Cruz Campo’ and watching the rugby.
Not too shabby a way to round off our second week on holiday in Andalucia.
So … Who are one foot in the cave ?
We (Danny and Josie) have spent the last 10 years living and working in the Caribbean. In 2015 we decided we wanted to move closer to family and friends so bought a cave house in the Granada region of Andalucia, Spain. We moved there full time in January 2017. Now we write about our experiences of cave living and how we are adapting to life in Spain.
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5 words related to this blog entry …
Market – El Mercado
Bakers – La Panaderia
A sandwich – Un Bocadillo
Rabbit – Un Conejo
Swimming Pool – La Piscina