The factory courtyard was very pretty, with flower pots on the walls.
We were shown the production areas, traditional and modern, all quiet and still and clean now, since everything is finished for the year. We then went to the packing room where about 6 men were seated at a long table preparing a consignment for Germany. It seems that most of the vintage is pre ordered. A few of our group bought some, but it was a no-no for me unfortunately, because of the weight.
After this really interesting visit we jumped in our little black bus for a short drive into the Subbetica National Park, where we did an 8 km walk along a Via Verde: a Rails to Trails track to the tiny village of Zuheros where we had lunch.
We then walked for another hour at a rather fast pace as black clouds were threatening and a downpour was forecast. At 6.00 pm we arrived at our hotel in Granada. As we approached the city, the snow covered Sierra Nevada were clearly visible to the left and surprisingly close.
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The following pics were added later, taken from a collection provided by Fresco Tours on a thumb drive at the end of the holiday.
|Tour of the olive factory|
|Ancient oil storage vats|
|Pressing and filtering machine for virgin oil|
|Packing bottles for export|
|Barbara Bird and I on the Via Verde|
|Approaching our lunch spot|
|Struggling up the final hill; our bus driver on the left|
|Group photo after lunch|
|At the old railway station of Dona Mencia on the Via Verde|