Living surrounded by Sierras and being  a persistent early riser (5.30 this morning) I decided to don boots, gloves, scarf and parka and venture forth into the mountains armed with my camera (Nikon D100) today.

I headed for Pozo Alcon and, leaving the Granada province, entered the province of Jaen and the beautiful lake bolera.

From the lowland area near Baza dotted with olive and almond trees, this part of the sierra de cazorla near pozo alcon takes you through mountainous roads filled with pine trees and snow-capped mountains.  I drove for 11km without passing another vehicle…  bliss.

I continued on and back into the province of Granada where I arrived at a town called  Castril, The first view of the town from this route is stunning, nestled in the mountain side and overlooking embalse de portillo, the sight is breathtaking.

Stopping for cafe con leche and pan tostado in Bar Emilios I watched the town stir into life through one window and views of the hilltop church through another.

Taking a circular route out of Castril I headed out on the road to Huescar, turning right at the top of the hill to Benamaurel and onwards through the lunar-like landscape surrounding this town.

The road back to Baza has amazing views of the jabalcón and the sierra de baza.

Another right turn put me on the road home arriving to 24º sunshine and blue skies.  It’s time for a change into a more appropriate set of clothes and a coffee on the terrace.

Truly a morning of splendour and all in less than a 100km round trip.

Inspiring!!

Jabalcón
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lake bolera in the early morning

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lake bolera

 

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lake bolera

 

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sierra de cazorla

 

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sierra de cazorla

 

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sierra de cazorla

 

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embalse de portillo

 

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Castril

 

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Castril

 

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Castril

 

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Castril

 

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Castril

 

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Castril

 

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Castril

 

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Sierra de Castril

 

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Sierra de Baza

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jabalcón

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Sierra de Baza

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4 responses »

  1. pdimages says:

    stunning set of photos there, well done xx

  2. Marion Matthews says:

    Hola Jacquie. I love all your photos and very interesting blog re Castril, Baza and surrounding lakes and mountains. I totally agree with you that the views are stunning. Actually we drove past you this morning when you were taking the photo of the Jabalcon. Love Marion X

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