Anyone interested in exploring the forest tracks of SW Spain, where (allegedly) it is sunny and dry 300 days of the year, and cyclists are always welcome? In particular, the Sierra de Aracena, which is a protected area (designated Parque Natural) covering 182,000 hectares, mostly forestry (oak/ sweet chestnut/ pine), the rest ancient villages/ castles dating back as far as the Moors. Particularly the town of Almonaster la Real (home of Spainís oldest mosque), and not just because I live/ cycle there, but the local tracks are brilliant, our council puts on regular races and competitions, and there are plenty of great places to stay, including excellent food (home of Jamon). Yet all only an hour from Sevilla, 45 minutes from Portugal, and 90 minutes to the beach. All it lacks actually is a decent bike shop (well you canít have everything), but thereís an opportunity for someone, seeking an alternative life. For more information about the area check out the relevant pages of my site: http://elpocito.wordpress.com.
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