Living in Spain, vol. 7 – Martin Lang
Living in Beceite has been wonderful thus far and because it is in a beautiful region of Matarraña, our friends started to visit us more frequently.
This time, we decided to not only take one of the infinite hikes through the hills and mountains, but also to join a guided tour into one of the ancient caves of Matarraña region. Mountains offer spectacular views, lush greenery as far as eye can see, and an occasional glimpse of a wild goat or a deer. We set out early in the morning and by 10 AM reached one of the many peaks of this magnificent rock formations. The views and sound of nature are well worth the steep climb.
From here we drove south of Valderrobres to a town of Fuentespalda, where we met with our guide and another thousand people – I am exaggerating here, but I was really hoping it would be a more private tour. Together, we yet again hiked through hillsides, until we arrived in one of many cave entrances. Caves down here look impressive, but my Spanish is after 10 months still not where I want it to be, so from what I gather, the caves are old, there is like a naturally formed black film of slippery goo all over the cave walls and nobody knows where it comes from … or rather I don’t know, because I didn’t understand … and that’s pretty much everything I was able to comprehend from the presentation. Oh, and there are bats.
The cave was not one of particularly large ones, so after approximately 30 minutes, we emerged on the surface again. On our way back to the town our guide showed us an old watch tower, belonging to a former prison, from where we could enjoy splendid views of the sun, setting down over this magical region. After the tour was over, we had an opportunity to enjoy a small surprise in form of artisan wine tasting, variety of local cheeses and sausages, and – of course – generous portion of olives.
Enjoy the video bellow and we will see you next time!