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Besalú, Cataluña, Spain 11/13

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It was in Figueres that we met up with our old friend Chema Huete, past editor of Solo Auto 4×4. The readers of this magazine followed our travels through South America in the late 80’s and our Siberian trip in 1996. Chema now owns 4×4 Pasion.com, an online magazine.
We spent a couple of fun evenings with him, his lovely wife…

Salvador Dalí Museum, Figueres, Cataluña, Spain 11/13

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Salvador Dalí (1904-1989), the famous and colorful Catalan artist and writer, had very clear visions when he insisted that “his” museum should be in Figueres, the town of his birth. On the site of the former municipal theater, the Dalí Theatre-Museo was born. He had his creative hand in every detail of this venue. It is the largest surrealistic…

Camping Riudarenes, Cataluña, Spain

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Leaving Barcelona, we headed east. It was getting late and we really needed to take a couple of days to reorganize, sort slides, answer emails, etc., so when we spotted an off the beaten track campground, we turned left. Soon we arrived at Camping Riudarenes, a quiet RV park in the woods. There were many stationary campers whose owners live in…

Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain

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Arriving in Barcelona, we had three goals: Finding a safe parking place for The Turtle V, and revisiting both the Mercat (Market) de la Boqueria and the Basilica La Sagrada Familia.
Carefully following our GPS instructions, we spent a good half-hour wandering around in circles following one-way streets through the chaotic traffic until we finally found a parking lot that…

Colónia Güell, Cataluña, Spain 10/13

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During our visit to St Cirq Lapopie, France, we met Pablo and Cris, a nice couple from Santa Coloma de Cervelló near Barcelona who invited us to stop by on our way east. They kept insisting the nearby Colónia Güell was a very special place we absolutely had to see.
We found safe parking right in front of their condominium.…

Costa Blanca #3, Spain 11/13

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Escaping from the flock of Snowbirds and the super resort city of Benidorm, we arrived in Jávea (Xabia) by evening and rather than search for a campground—that turned out to be closed for the winter—we found safe parking on the rocky coast. Just about to prepare dinner, the young Brit Oliver we had met earlier stopped by with his girlfriend…

Costa Blanca #2, Spain, 11/13

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With our grey water tank nearly full and our freshwater tank almost empty, we headed north to Aguilas to resupply. Leaving Cabo de Gata and the Costa Almería, we drove north on good highways towards the super resort city of Benidorm on Spain’s famous Costa Blanca.
We stopped for the night at a beach recommended by fellow travelers, Playa del…

Costa Blanca #1, Spain 11/13

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Cabo de Gata Coast is dotted with numerous deserted coves and beaches, but not all allow camping with self-contained motorhomes. Following a tortuous third-gear highway with numerous hairpins, we climbed over a coastal mountain ridge and descended again to the sea leaving the Nature Park behind us and entering the Costa Blanca region.
We had the coordinates for La Higuerica,…

Cabo de Gata #2, Almería, Spain 10/13

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Moving up the coast a bit, we came to the town of Agua Amarga with a huge parking lot right on the beach, open to RV travelers. It was one of the nicer swimming beaches we had seen with sandy bottom and water that was still not icy. Just up the beach were rinse-off showers. We found a little supermarket…

Cabo de Gata #1, Almería, Spain 10/13

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Getting an early start from Granada and the incomparable La Alhambra, we wanted to be ahead of the other 6998 tourists who had presumably visited the complex with us the day before. Too many churches, too many palaces and castles. All wonderful and interesting but it was time to head for a beach and some fresh air, and perhaps wishful…

Granada & La Alhambra, Andalucía, Spain 10/13

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We are in Granada now, a city that always had sort of a magical ring. “Welcome to the Monumental Complex of the Alhambra and the Generalife”. That’s what the brochure reads we picked up at the gate. Certainly “monumental” and “complex” are accurate terms to describe this maze of towers, palaces, windows, arches, fountains, intricate water channels and gardens.
From…

Córdoba #2, Andalucía, Spain 10/13

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Having seen the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos fortress and the Cathedral of Córdoba, we realized that there was much more to see in Córdova than we had time for in one day. Abandoning the dusty, noisy overpriced campground, (€32), El Brillante Municipal RV Park, we moved to a safe parking area with other travelers for only €11 for 24…

Córdoba #1, Andalucía, Spain 10/13

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Arriving in the City of Córdoba, we basically had two goals. First was to take a quick look at the famous Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos fortress and take a peak inside the Cathedrál de Cordoba, and then, what was actually supposed to be part of Monika’s birthday celebration, we were planning to go to the famous Baños Árabes de Córdoba to…

Miura Ranch, Andalucia, Spain 10/13

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As a young boy living near Guadalajara, Mexico, bullfighting was one of those things kids played, like cowboys and Indians. Having been to several bullfights over the years, I’ve always been intrigued about where these specially bred bulls come from. Since Seville was one of the more important centers for bullfighting in Spain, a little research showed that some of…

Monesterio, Extremadura, Spain 10/13

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As we mentioned in our first blog about Seville, we were fortunate to watch a professional ham-cutting contest. We had tasted this amazing ham during our previous travels in Spain and we always wondered how and where it was produced, since its flavor is so completely different from any other we had ever eaten. Here’s a little more about the…

Sevilla #2, Andalucía, Spain 10/13

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One of the interesting things we could clearly see in Seville was the influence of the Arabic culture that dominated here for centuries before Christianity finally won out. Among the many amazing sites to visit in the city, the Alcázar Palace with its gardens, intricately carved arches, ceilings and beautiful Azulejo tiles leaves little doubt to its status as a…

Sevilla #1, Andalucía, Spain 10/13

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Heading east, we could not miss the magical city of Seville (Sevilla in Spanish). It had a feeling of a walk-around town, though one could easily get lost in the meandering pedestrian alleys and narrow side streets. We did a few times. The Jewish quarter was designed as a maze for protection of its residents who knew their way around.…

Doñana RV Park, Andalucía, Spain, 10/13

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After a very busy time in Portugal, we needed to stop for a couple of days and catch up on some everyday chores. Not really to our surprise, all of the little things that need to be done at home still need to be done on the road and quite often they take a little longer. Cleaning house hasn’t changed…

Puebla de Santabria, Zamora, Spain 8/13

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After surviving Pájaro Pass, we continued southwest to the Medieval town of Puebla de Santabria near the northeastern Portuguese border. Well known as one of the oldest settlements in the province of Zamora, its roots have been documented around 509 where it appears in a record from the Council of Lugo.
In case you haven’t noticed, almost every town in…

Pájares Pass, Asturias, Spain 8/13

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Leaving the beautiful Playa Merón, we headed south, following our GPS and several maps of Spain. The route we chose looked like a perfectly good secondary road. It was a hot day and we soon found ourselves climbing up 13% and 15% grades in 3rd or even 2nd gear to get around hairpin corners, with the temperature of the engine…

Santander, Spain 8/13

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As some of you may recall, when we were camped at Playa Merón, we mentioned the wonderful market in Santander. It might be one of the largest and most fascinating in Spain. The whole lower section is devoted to seafood, everything from fresh squid, barnacles, and whole bunches of strange critters we know would be delicious if we only knew…

Playa de Merón, Asturias, Spain 8/13

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According to the notes on our 1997 Spanish map, it was 16 years ago that we had explored the many beautiful beaches along the Costa Verde of northern Spain. Perhaps our favorite was one called Playa Merón. Parking was free and the long, clean deserted beach was a short walk away. We remembered it had another name, “Whalebone Beach”. There…

Playa Merón, Asturias, Spain 8/13

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According to the notes on our 1997 Spanish map, it was 16 years ago that we had explored the many beautiful beaches along the Costa Verde of northern Spain. Perhaps our favorite was one called Playa Merón. Parking was free and the long, clean deserted beach was a short walk away. We remembered it had another name, “Whalebone Beach”. There…

Altamira Caves, Cantabria, Spain 8/13

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Of all the amazing UNESCO World heritage sites scattered across Spain, one of the most impressive is the Altamira Cave near the medieval village of Santillana del Mar in the state of Cantabria, 30 km west of the city of Santander. Altamira (Spanish for ‘high views’) is a cave in Spain famous for its Upper Paleolithic cave paintings featuring drawings…

Santillana del Mar, Cantabria, Spain 8/13

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Santillana del Mar is a small town in the state of Cantabria in northern Spain. The first people living in the area were prehistoric cave dwellers some 36,000 and 13,000 years ago. Romans had settled nearby but the exact date of the founding of the abbey of Santa and Asturias de Santillana is not known. It has its origin in…

Bilbao, Cantabria, Spain, 8/13

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Fresh out of France, as we headed west along the north coast of Spain, our first destination was Bilbao. Not so much for the city itself but more to visit the amazing Guggenheim Museum designed by Canadian-American Frank Gehry. This extraordinary piece of modern architecture is arguably as important itself as the exhibits it contains. The building’s titanium skin pushes…

Day 85… Barcelona- Peri-Peri Chicken and Cana+Tapas

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Ola,
My route over the last few days.

I left Lagos with a farewell breakfast with my new friends Petra and Hartmut. They are from Germany and travelled to Lagos with a VW 4X4 truck. They unfortunately are only on holiday and were also leaving the same day for Germany and home.
I had a superb time in Lagos, meeting…

A Leisurely Trip Through Spain

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Spain- a land of arid plains, flamenco, tapas and bullfights. Home to one of our favorite cities, Barcelona, as well as smaller gems like Seville and Granada. What do you envision when you dream of the Iberian Region? For me it’s the astonishing flash of color in a flamenco dancers dress, hillsides covered with white Andalusian villages set amongst the…

Naar huis

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De laatste zon…
Voordat we echt op de terugweg gaan bekijken we Peniscola, een leuk oud plaatsje met een mooie burcht. We genieten vooral van de zon, want we horen van iedereen dat het weer in Nederland weer slecht is. Daarna op pad. Het eerste stuk geen peaje, maar na lunch aan zee (de allerlaatste keer zon) gaan we toch…

Barcelona e a chegada do Troller!

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Foram 15 dias de espera até que o barco chegasse com o Troller em Barcelona. Apesar da constante ansiedade em ver o carro estávamos entre amigos e curtindo esta cidade cosmopolitana cheia de vida e belezas arquitetônicas, sem falar é claro da boa culinária.
O primeiro documento que recebemos informando sobre a chegada do Troller pedia que realizássemos primeiro a aduana e…