A visit to the Chocolate Belen in Rute.
Jayne, Alan and I set off to Rute mid morning to visit what is said to be the biggest chocolate Belen in the world. We arrived and had a walk around the main display, which was very impressive but the smell was enough to put you off chocolate for a very long time. We had a quick look at the shop and the drove a little way down the road to look at another largest chocolate Belen at another sweet factory. Here we did buy some of the sweets including some very nice sugared almonds.
Later we had a look around the centre of the town and had a walk around the market and some more sweet producer’s factories.
On the way back we made our way up to the motorway via the cross country road to Loja. Along this road we picked up Azure-winged Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cyanus), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Crested Lark (Cogujada Común / Galerida cristata), Hoopoe (Abubilla / Upupa epops) and an Immature Golden Eagle (Águila Real / Aquila chrysaetos) just before we reached the motorway.
Photographs from the top: Princess Letizia and Queen Sofia, members of the Spanish Royal Family in chocolate and the chocolate Belen.