Cabaňas del Castillo – click on thumbnail to enlarge image
Cabaňas del Castillo is a small village tucked away in the Sierra de las Villuercas in the eastern part of the Caceres Province in Spain. The mountain ridges rise up above the village and the cliff faces are set by a church at the foot and an old castle turret that catches the eye as it sits on top of the highest point.
The ridge that runs along the back of the village is a prominent feature on the horizon as you approach from about 30km and a steep winding road takes you up to the quiet and peacful village that is Cabans del Castillo. Lichens adorn the cliff faces and the rocks around them, and this, plus the metallic oxides that colour them, creates images that are serenely beautiful.
There is a track that leads around to the far side of the ridge which is accessed through a narrow gap and on emerging on the other side the scenery of a valley edged by more ridges is spectacular. Then turn your head towards the cliff face and more lichens and coloured rocks paint images whose beauty will take your breath away. I have spent many days taking pictures here, and just when I think my work is done, I am drawn back, my inspiration is rekindled, and I am drawn to the words of T.S.Eliot when in East Coker he wrote:
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.