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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Cycling in Cabo de Gata

Uneventful trip to Cabo de Gata apart from the wardrobe door falling off in my hand. We stayed at Camping Cabo de Gata where we had not stayed before, it was okay but it was in the middle of nowhere next to plastic greenhouses. It is about 2 kilometres walk to the beach. Although the wi-fi was free it was only available near the reception and restaurant. Went for a bike ride along the coastal road and it was very windy but flat.



Nice pool at Camping Los Escullos but water toooo cold for us
Volcanos (extinct)

















Moved to Camping Los Escullos which is near San Jose. The campsite is very nice and the wi-fi was really good, it was free and available all over the site. Cycled to San Jose which was not very far but it was very windy again so it was a difficult ride into the wind, but easy on the way back. Did a little walk to the nearby beach and had coffee in Hostal Casa Emilio which also do very nice food as we have sampled before. We had Pizza from the restaurant on the site that night which was very tasty. We tried out the nice pool but it was too cold for us.

The bike ride

Too much for the bikes!!

Not too close to the edge

The end is in site

The final descent
Made it now time for a coffee



The next day we did an easy bike ride NOT. The book said it was easy but tell that to our hybrid bikes who didn't like the track at all and refused to be ridden along parts of it. Maybe it would have been easier on full mountain bikes. We have walked this track many times but never realised how stoney the track is. Eventually made it to the end of the track near San Jose where we called into a very nice bar called Refugio where we enjoyed a well-earned coffee.



Lone sunbather







Adios Cabo de Gata

Drove to our last port of call on this holiday Las Negras to Camping La Caleta which is in a little bay just outside Las Negras. Perfect for walking along the coast towards the Bateria de San Ramon or walking back through the village along a track to the hippy encampment at San Pedro. The campsite was pretty quiet, even though there were a few couples with babies, the restaurant was not open as it was too early in the season. The wi-fi was good all over the site and was free. The pool was also nice but the water was too cold for us, although we did try it for 5 minutes.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Springtime in Villanueva del Trabuco, Spain

These last few weeks the weather here has been ideal for hiking and generally being outdoors. We have made the most of it and been out walking and cycling as much as we could. In the next few weeks, the weather will be getting hotter and walking can only be done early in the morning. We have chosen some photos which show you what we have seen around and about.
























Saturday, 8 April 2017

Beautiful beaches in Tarifa and the Costa de la Luz

Drove to Camping Paloma via toll motorway, much better than using the free one. Tarifa is a great place to go if you are into Kite or Wind surfing. In Tarifa, we went for a walk on Playa de Valdevaqueros with Scoobie where the were hundreds of kite surfers and some windsurfers in the sea and on the beach. As we were walking along a kite suddenly dive bombed us and I let go of Scoobie and fended off the kite, good job it didn't have a heavy frame or I would have had a broken arm. Scoobie was very frightened and had her tail between our legs and was desperately trying to pull me off the beach, not happy at all. We walked along the beach in the dunes and Scoobie calmed down a bit.

Playa de Valdevaqueros on Sunday




Scoobie terrified after almost being killed by a kite


Went for a 30 km bike ride from the campsite around Tarifa and back. On the way back we called in at Mercadona for something for dinner as the restaurants nearby were closed on Mondays, we bought cheese pies and they just happened to be the last two, which is always the case in every Mercadona that we shop in. Walked for an hour along the beach, no dive bombing today as it was Monday and the surfers were all back at work, so Scoobie enjoyed it.

Where have all the surfers gone

Moved to Zahora where we found a wonderful campsite called Camping Pinar San Jose that had first class facilities and was only one kilometre from the beach. Walked to the beach at Canos de Meca to find lovely sand and very few people. There was no wind so we walked towards the lighthouse at Cap de Trafalgar, it is such a beautiful beach that it is hard to imagine the loss of life that took place during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, then we cut across the dunes back to the campsite.

Canos de Meca beach with Cap Trafalgar in the background


Had a meal across the road from the campsite at Hostal Restaurante Los Pinos. We were disappointed with the meal, it looked nice but the portions were small and nothing special.
The wind got up during the night but we still went for a bike ride which was not easy, but it was fairly flat. Had a meal in the campsite restaurant, which was very nice.

Look what we saw on our bike ride




Went to Camping Rosaleda in Conil de la Frontera, which was the best campsite on the trip, with spacious plots and very modern services. In the evening we had a choice of entertainment, line dancing or whist, both of which we declined.
Walked into town and onto another fabulous beach of Conil de la Frontera where one person actually braved the sea, too cold for us.

Conil de la Frontera beach

Tuesday, 14 March 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

Tuesday, 7 March 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.