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A cultural and spiritual journey in the olive groves

In Spain, local governments have shifted the focus from mere production of olives and olive oil, concentrating efforts on the conservation of the natural and historic landscape

There have been, over the centuries, a multitude of methods used to enhance and protect the cultivated fields with the Mediterranean species most valuable: the olive tree.

All methods that put their attention to the protection of a plant essential and many uses in the kitchen, thanks to the fleshy olives and the precious oil that they drew, and essential basis for the construction of modest homes and rudimentary tools, but also excellent source of firewood.

Today, local government and the Entities, have shifted the focus from mere production of olives and olive oil, concentrating efforts on the conservation of the natural and historic landscape and agriculture.

Daughters of this ancestral culture, areas of protection (protected natural parks, areas of natural interest, agricultural areas with high natural value) and parks to artistic interest.

Interesting what happens in Spain, the land of olive trees beyond imagination, that in the south of the province of Salamanca, in the municipalities of San Martín del Castañar, Sequeros and Las Casas del Conde, protected by the Natural Park of Las Batuecas-Sierra de France, offers the opportunity to make a trip out of the ordinary, immersed in installations of works of art that surprise the passer.

Among all, in the municipality of Las Casas del Conde and to a lesser extent in San Martín del Castañar, amaze the sculptures en plei air directly in the trunks of olive "alive".
These are works of art themselves, that embellish places and make it nice the way in this vast wilderness area.

The works, carved in olive groves of the area, are composed of images austere, between the sacred and the royal, expressing - all - a sense of peace and security. Protection towards us and towards this tree, symbol of ancient and modern reconciliation between nature and man.

For those wishing to travel this "unusual" way and more news on the nature trail complete, may inquire into the network:
http://puebloslugaresrincones.blogspot.it/
http://comandosenderista.blogspot.it/

by Antonio G. Lauro
31 january 2015, Food Notes > Food Tourism

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