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My first instinct is to tell you not to bother, however the drive is pleasant and the scenery spectacular.  La Vinuela, or little vineyard as it translates  is located about 20 minutes from the coast  and just an hour from Salobreña.    Below the town is Lake Vinuela, a man made reservoir produced by the flooding of the Rio Guaro river valley.   This is olive growing country.

As I stood on the shores of the reservoir, I could not shake the notion that the lake actually looked man made.  The trees seemed stunted, and nothing about it was lush or overgrown and although pretty,  it did look contrived.  We also had a tremendous amount of trouble finding the access to the waters edge as well.  We drove all over the place trying to find an access road, there are no signs of any kind and what we did eventually find after asking a local, was a fairly large picnic area with built in bbq’s and tables with seating.

The only other access that we found was the campground located next to Restaurant Pantano,  but alas it was closed.   The restaurant itself offers a lovely view of the the lake from it’s terrace.

Please note, there is major construction going on just below the restaurant at the moment.

View from the terrace at Restaurant Pantano

At the picnic area.

Lake Vinuela

Just north of the lake

The village of Periana

The A356 nice and quiet

Driving

You can't beat the view.

Every colour under the sun.

Old homestead

The view from Casabermeja

The town of Casabermeja

Out the window.

The Osborne Bull

 

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So, a bit of info about Gibraltar.  It is said, that who ever controls the mouth of the Med, controls the med, this is why the struggle for its control has been ongoing for years and years.  Inside the rock itself, you will find 30km of tunnel, hundreds of small opening where cannons protrude unseen from below.  During the Great Siege, 1779-1783, the tunnels and its rooms could sustain 10,000 people for up to 2 years, that is pretty amazing in itself.  Up the rock, you can enjoy the monkeys and the view, as well as wonder thru the tunnels up to a certain point, most of the old rooms and tunnels are shut off to the public now, but there is still a lot to see.  I have included a photo of the soldiers rations as posted in the rocks entry way.

A soldiers monthly rations

A soldiers monthly rations

Cannon hatch

Cannon hatch

My Brother Kelly looking non chalant

My Brother Kelly looking non chalant

Another view from up the rock

Another view from up the rock

With this flag I do control.

With this flag I do control.

The rock from the customs office parking lot.  Dragados means dredging machines

The rock from the customs office parking lot. Dragados means dredging machines

Flash back curtains. On this pole would have hung long strips of leather which would have prevented any back flash from occuring and possibly starting a fire in the tunnels.

Flash back curtains. On this pole would have hung long strips of leather which would have prevented any back flash from occuring and possibly starting a fire in the tunnels.

a soldiers monthly rations

a soldiers monthly rations

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Rooooooad Trip

Wohoo, I am going on a mini vacation tomorrow, I am off to Cordoba for 2 or 3 days. Although I love Salobrena, due to my work obligations, I have not had a vacation in 4 years.  I did go to Morocco for 2 days a couple years ago, but come on one night… This won’t be much longer, but I am going to do a full report with lots of pics.  Cordoba is only 3 hours from Salobrena so it is totally doable if you are using Salobreña as a base for your travels.  Let the fun begin!

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