It was as if Gilgamesh, or, to use a more modern analogy, the Transformer Optimus Prime, walked the path long before us, leaving the boulders that blocked the way piled high along the route for someone else to build upon. And build upon they did.

Plaza Mayor of La Alberca

Over the centuries the narrow, twisting paths became lined with houses built upon impossibly huge foundations, until, today, ancient houses sit atop monstrous stones lining narrow streets ­ this is the National Historic Landmark of La Alberca.

Narrow streets and Old Stone houses in La Alberca
Narrow streets and Old Stone houses in La Alberca

Called one of the most authentic of Spanish villages, La Alberca is an isolated mountaintop community where few tourists visit, and practically no one speaks English. It boasts the origin of some of the finest Iberian Jamon Bellota, air-cured in the dry mountain breezes.

One of the traditional old houses in La Alberca by Conde Negro via Wikipedia CC
One of the traditional old houses in La…

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