Death by pastry delights!
A pleasant discovery we made as we were walking along the streets of Aracena on a Sunday, was the proliferation of pastry shops. And indeed we saw practically everybody walking with not just one but 2 plastic bags with 2 boxes inside, obviously coming from Sunday mass and now on their way home. We were sure they had dropped by any of the pastry shops around, and we were right. The three shops that we saw within a few meters of each other near the square were always full of people (and we had walked back and forth these streets a few times).
So we decided not to miss this obvious local favorite. We picked the oldest shop in town -- Confiteria Rufino, just a few meters from the main square. The shop is from 1875 and is thus a venerable institution in this place. We went in, and yes, we felt like small children again out on a Sunday treat.
We got a small box of the miniature pastries, which had 2 pieces each of 10 varieties, and we paid only 8.75 euros which we we thought was quite cheap. We tried to make the box last for a few days at least to stretch this unbeatable pleasure.
Each cake was just perfectly done. Not only did they look good, they were of the most excellent quality. It certainly beat pastries I have eaten elsewhere, even in highly-acclaimed Vienna, or perhaps that's just the hype.
The town's pastries, especially Confiteria Rufino, should share the popularity of Aracena's well-known caves!
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