A rather long bus ride was necessary for us to reach Cordova from the port in Malaga, but that was actually rewarding because the scenery was so beautiful and typical of this part of Spain—olive orchards everywhere—thousands of acres. The famous “white villages” stood out brilliantly against the different greens of the trees and the overarching blue skies. These small villages are the homes of the olive “farmers” who live within their acreage to better care for and harvest their precious trees. These people live off the products that olives provide.
Spain is the largest producer of olive oil in the world, followed distantly by Italy, Greece, and Tunisia. However, Italy uses the most olive oil in the world. Besides the wonderful olive oil itself, table olives are very important for production and now olive oil used in cosmetics as well. There is a small industry using olive tree wood for items like salad bowls, salad sets, and art objects. Cordoba is the most productive area in Spain so we were definitely seeing the greatest profusion of olive orchards and the “white villages.’
We arrived in the historic and beautiful city at 10:00 a.m. and were greeted with the sight of an old Roman bridge still in use today.
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