Saturday, March 25, 2017

Wednesday Walk 29th March

Next week's walk is a new one. In fact, we don't know what it is yet. All the details that I can give you now are that it is FLAT and will be somewhere around Tarifa meeting 11 am. Please let me know if you will be joining us.






Thursday, March 23, 2017

Something good for England after Brexit?

I have a good idea after Brexit why don't we stop European players playing in the English Premier Football League. That way we may be able to develop some good players to play for England. After last night's pathetic performance against German's reserves. Shocking!
Let me know if you agree.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Wednesday Walk 22nd March

This week's walk is a new one on good tracks around Archidona. Incorporating parts of Pete & Karen's walk along the ridge overlooking the Marin Gorge. The walk should take around 3 hours with one big downhill part. Dog-friendly with refreshments at the end. Meet at bar El Encuentro in Archidona at 10:30.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Perfect way to spend a rainy day in Andalusia

Woke up today to discover that it was raining in sunny Spain. Looking at the forecast it was due to last all day, what to do?
We decided to drive to Alhama de Granada to visit the Arab Baths at El Ventorro. The session started at 12 noon until 1:45, when we arrived there we were surprised to see two very good friends of ours who also had the same idea of what to do on a rainy day. There were about 13 people there in total but there was still plenty of room in the baths. We enjoyed a very relaxing time and completely forgot about the stormy weather outside, although it was still raining when we left.
Definitely a good idea for a rainy day.






Stormy weather

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Wednesday Walk 15th March

This week's walk will on tracks around Archidona and is an easy walk and should take about 2.5 hours and is dog-friendly. Meet outside Las Rejas in Archidona at 10:30. Refreshments in Archidona near end of the walk.




Tuesday, March 7, 2017

El Puerto de Santa Maria

We arrived in El Puerto de Santa Maria and started looking for our hotel only to discover that the road to the front of the hotel was closed as they were resurfacing it. Eventually decided to park up and walk to the hotel. Checked in to the Hotel Monasterio de San Miguel and the receptionist apologised about the chaos at the front of the hotel and said that we could park the car in their underground car park for free. He put us in a room at the back away from the road works and overlooking the swimming pool.


After settling into our room we went on a walk around the town going down to the ferry to check on times for the next days trip to Cadiz. We went around the Basilica Menor de Nuestra Senora de Los Milagros, big name, our first view of it, it looked like a ruin, but when we went inside, at a cost of €1 each, it was a shock to us how splendid it was.


Later we went out for a meal to restaurant La Cuchara where we had Tuna stew which was very nice and a bottle of Cune wine.
Next day we went to Cadiz.
When we got off the ferry from Cadiz we walked to La Merced cake shop for a coffee and cake which was very nice. Went back to the hotel and got ready for our evening entertainment, which was a walk to Bodegas Obregon where we sampled their very fine sherries and then went searching for a restaurant for a meal and we ended up at the Jaipur Indian Restaurant where we enjoyed a very fine curry.
After leaving the hotel we had breakfast at Bar Manolo's which was very popular with the locals and we had our usual coffee and toast, olive oil and tomato before making our way to visit the bullring on our way to Castle San Marcos where we had to book with a tour guide, 11:30 was the allotted time for the guide in English. It was well worth it as the guide gave us lots of interesting information about the castle and we also sampled some sherry that the owners of the castle made, which was really nice.







Afterwards, we went back to Bodegas Obregon to buy a one-litre bottle of dry and one of sweet sherry to take back home.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Wednesday walk 8th March

This week's walk will be from Villanueva del Rosario up past the Ermita de la Virgen del Rosario to the observatorio de aves (bird hide) then back to Rosario. This is a circular walk on good tracks and will take about 3 hours. The first hour to the observatorio is uphill where you can have a rest. It is dog-friendly. Refreshments available at the end of the walk. Meet at Venta El Cruce (was Edwardo's) in Villanueva del Trabuco at 10:30 am to drive to the start of the walk.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Atrekinthesun visit to Sierra Nevada

Visited the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada and stayed at Finca Aldabra in Pinos Genil. Checked in and got settled in our room then went to drive to the start of a little walk and found that I had left my lights on and the battery was flat.

View from our balcony at hotel Finca Aldabra

The owners kindly jumped the car for us, so off we went to Guejar Sierra for a nice 2-hour walk along the valley which used to be a tram line called El Tranvia de Sierra Nevada, stopping off at Restaurant Barranco San Juan for refreshments.


In the evening we went to Meson Casa Guillermo for a meal and did not really enjoy it.
Went on a road trip next day only to find that we had to change our route which was intended to go to the ski resort as it was full as it is half term this week in Spain. Didn't have a plan B so just made something up, went to a mirador then did a little walk in the snow along a ridge before descending on the road of death to Guejar Sierra.

View from ridge walk

Shot of part of the ski resort from the ridge. Not much snow about
El pico Trevenque from ridge

We did a lovely walk along the old tram line in the opposite direction to the day before taking us from Restaurant Maitena to the end of the walkway where there was another restaurant called La Fabriquilla where we had salad and coffee before returning back along the tram line to the car.

waterfall at the start of tram line walk


View along the old tram line
Remains of old tram line

Later that evening we went for a meal at another restaurant in Pinos Genil, La Bella Maria which was much better than the previous night. We had roasted vegetables and squid between us which were very good and a nice bottle of wine.
After breakfast, we decided to walk from the hotel to a campsite which didn't look too far on the map, but when we were following the tracks from the map we found that we had to make a big detour because the track had been blown away by a big quarry, so our little walk ended up taking us 4.5 hours.



Saturday, February 25, 2017

Wednesday Walk 1st March

Meet at La Saucedilla just off the A-7202 (junction 11 A-92M) Villanueva del Trabuco to Archidona road just past the prison at 10:30am for a pleasant walk to Hotel Rosario for refreshments then back via a different route to La Saucedilla. This walk is mostly flat and is dog friendly. It will be about 3 hours walking in total. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Cadiz

We took an early ferry from El Puerto de Santa Maria to Cadiz and had breakfast at Las Nieves which was an ideal place, it was recommended in the Lonely Planet Guide. We then did the Museum of Cadiz, where we spent a good hour viewing all the exhibits. After this we started the coastal walk around Cadiz calling in Baluarte de la Candelaria, then the Castle of Santa Catalina.

An example of the sculptors in the Castle (the one on the left)


View through the castle wall

After this we made our way to the Roman Theatre, followed by Cadiz Cathedral including the tower.



View of Cadiz from the cathedral tower

And another view, the bell only rang once when we were up there

By which time we had seen enough so we got the ferry back to El Puerto de Santa Maria. Cadiz is a very nice compact city with lots to see.