Daytrippin’: Cazorla

Back when the weather was still warm, a group of friends and I decided to take a day trip to a nearby Cazorla. It took about an hour on the bus through the olive groves and hills to reach this beautiful little city nestled into the foothills of beautiful mountains. Cazorla is an entry point to the national park, Sierras de Cazorla, but being without a coche, we were bound to explore the town proper and the castle perched above.
First, we visited the Castillo de la Yedra (Castle of the Ivy), which is a fortress that was built perched on the side of the mountain, overlooking the white town below.
We explored the castle, and were scolded at by one of the tour guides for venturing outside of the organized group (one of the fun aspects of a language barrier: getting in trouble for rules you didn’t know existed). We brought sandwiches and ate on the side of a dirt road looking up at the mountains and all the tree species we haven’t seen for months (there are only olive trees surrounding Ubeda!). We wondered how long it would take to walk up the mountain road to reach the national park, and for a moment wished we had a car, or a friend with one to see it. We agreed we would be back in the spring time, Cazorla was too beautiful to only be experienced once.
We strolled back down to the town center and enjoyed some cervezas in the plaza before getting back on the bus.