For me, the months of April, May and early June show Andalucia at its very best. The sun is warm without being too hot, the countryside is green and the amazing displays of wildflowers along the roadside verges and in the fields are a pure delight to the eye.
Knowing that the main Olvera - El Gastor road was closed, I headed on a trip towards El Gastor along one of the many tracks leading out into the countryside. Here and below, the views back to Olvera.
The condition of the track was good although first gear and a firm foot on the accelerator pedal were needed on some of the steeper parts.
The majestic Iglesia Señora Nuestra de la Encarnación.
One of several places along the Olvera - El Gastor road where the surface is being replaced after the collapses caused by the heavy March rains.
My intended route was a circular one, skirting El Gastor then heading for Setenil before returning via Torre Alháquime. However, road collapses in several places caused a few diversions along the way.
Looking at the lovely pueblo of El Gastor and below the reason why I had to divert through the village rather than skirt around it.
An olive grove just outside of Setenil pruned ready for the new season.
In the foreground the village of Torre Alháquime and on the horizon Olvera.