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Despenaperros

Posted by
grouser (Ludlow, United Kingdom) on 16 June 2013 in Landscape & Rural.

So begins our return journey in mid March. Looking at the guide book I am drawn to the idea of spending our first night at Despenaperros, a dramatic pass through the Sierra Morena, a long ridge of mountains that deliniates the northern edge of Andalusia. The reason for the attraction is a book called 'The Manuscript Found in Saragossa' by Count Jan Potocki a Polish nobleman who wrote it at the end of the eighteenth century. It is a kind of Spanish 'Tales of a 'Thousand and One Nights' with stories within stories, like the layers of an onion. The action begins in a pass in the Sierra Morena at a place were bandits have been hanged, and every morning for the first few chapters the hero re-awakens there. Despenaperros roughly translated means 'throw dogs down the rocks'. As there was a famous battle here in 1212 which the Christians won, the dogs referred to are probably the loosing Moors