At the feet of this great mountain the verdant valley stretches towards the sweeping wild beaches of Tarifa.
Beyond that the southern Pillar of Hercules rises out of the sea, an ancient bastion that guarded the entrance to the Mediterranean.
In those far off days of myth, this marked the edge of the world, past this point lay unimaginable terror and the monstrous beasts of the deep.
This was ever the meeting point of civilisations and cultures.
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