Progressively, Antonio Machado got used to the rural environment of Baeza and its dazzling landscape outside the city. He enjoyed peri-urban walks that took him to the Cerro del Alcázar and over the remains of the old wall. One of the spaces most frequented by Antonio Machado, who walked it again and again in his meditation exercises.
At one point along the walk, a plaque and a monument to Antonio Machado with a bust of Pablo Serrano remind us of the poet today. This sculpture was made to pay homage to the poet in 1966, although it did not arrive in Baeza until 1983. From the viewpoints of the promenade it dominates the middle valley of the Guadalquivir with its beautiful horizon carpeted with olive trees and cut out by the mountains of Cazorla, Mágina and Los Aznaitín and Jabalcuz mountains.
This scenery served as an escape and a boost to his creative capacity, as here he conceived sublime verses that describe this landscape.
of the old Moorish city,
I contemplate the silent afternoon,
alone with my shadow and my grief.
The river is flowing
between shady gardens
and gray olive groves,
through the cheerful fields of Baeza.
The vineyards have golden vines
on the red stocks.
The Guadalquivir shines and reflects
like the pieces of a broken cutlass.(…)