Picnicking With the Visigoths in Alcuéscar, Spain
If you're walking the ancient Vía de la Plata on your way to Santiago, by now your blisters have hardened into calluses and you scoff at a mere 15-mile walk. You've sung in the Romans' amphitheater, crossed their bridges, seen that cork actually does come from trees, and figured out that olives can't be eaten straight off the branch, the sour way... but you haven't seen everything yet. Hidden in a grove of cork and olive trees overlooking the Sierra de Montánchez lies a secret that's been kept for more than thirteen centuries. The Visigothic Basilica of Santa Lucía del Trampal is the perfect spot for a picnic with ham from the nearby sierra and wine from the village. Both will help you forget that tomorrow's walk is even longer.