Scenic drive to Guadix, home to the Alcazaba de Guadix and the Barrio de Santiago cave district. This evening dine within Andalucía's largest bullring at Restaurant El Coso, whilst enjoying a traditional La Tuna Folk Band performance.
12.07.2016 - 12.07.2016 38 °C
Hotel - AC Palacio de Santa Paula Granada, Gran Via de Colon, 31, Granada - Room 225
On the bus and driving through the countryside and stopped for lunch at La Parada de Puerto Lumbreras.
We continued on to Guadix, home to the Alcazaba de Guadix and the Barrio de Santiago cave district. This area is very reminiscent of Coober Pedy in central Australia. It is extremely hot and dry and a lot of the families in this town live in homes carved out of the caves. Scenic have a regular stop at a home where three generations have lived in a cave. They have a museum and a shop and the father has learned to speak English so he could tell us all about their life in a cave.
He has a little boy named Paco and Paco has his own Scenic Tours badge. He can't speak English but was a bit shy at the beginning but was happy to show us through the house and the museum and then showed us how he helps his father dig another room. Fascinating.
We continued on to Granada over a very mountainous road. We have a few motion sickness people on the bus, me included, and we all have our different needs. One needs to sit up the front, one needs to sit up the back and I prefer to be closer to the front when the roads are hilly and windy. Spain is the third most mountainous country in Europe.
We arrived in Granda and our accommodation is just lovely.
We met in reception and all walked to dinner which was held in Andalucia's largest bullring, at Restaurant El Coso. We didn't see inside the bullring but the restaurant was very atmospheric with posters of matadors and bulls all over the place, and there was even a statue of a bull.
Half way through the dinner we were entertained by a traditonal La Tuna Folk Band. They were excellent and we even bought a copy of their CD.
La Tuna Folk groups originated a long time ago when university students, who needed more money to survive, decided to dress in traditional dress, and entertain diners at restaurants with traditional Spanish songs. The story goes that some students got so involved with their La Tuna commitments that they neglected their studies and ended up failing their university courses. Also, when some fathers discovered their sons were part of a La Tuna Band, they intervened and made them leave the band altogether.
The band who entertained us, I think, were professional La Tuna singers, and not university students. They were great and a good night was had by all. Check out the guy with the grey hair. He was SO cute!
Because it is so hot, the Spanish have a siesta in the afternoon, which means they don't start eating their evening meal until about 10 am. We feel very safe wandering the streets late at night. They are full of families and groups of males aren't hanging around. It is a very nice feeling to wander the streets safely on a warm evening, watching the families interacting with each other.
When we joined this group, most of them were coughing and spluttering with some bug they had picked up on their French River Cruise. We are trying to avoid catching it, but I am sure this will be impossible. In fact, tonight I have the feeling of a sore throat starting, so after dinner Isabel, Lindsay from Springwood, Qld and I walked to the chemist to buy some medication. I am going to try to nip mine in the bud. I bought some paracetmol, throat gargle and lozenges and it only cost 15 euros. Medicine is very cheap in Spain.
P.S. Sorry for posting this blog so late, but our two weeks in Spain and Portugal was so full on, I didn't have time to write and publish my blog. I am trying to catch up, but it was such a whirlwind tour, it is hard to remember everything that happened - but I'll try!