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Thursday, 2 March 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.



Friday, 24 February 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. 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

We decided to take a holiday using our car instead of our motorhome for a change. The first stop was at Jerez de la Frontera at a hostal called Hostal Fenix which was in the old part of town and while being very quaint, the roads are very narrow and will only take one vehicle at a time and the parking is very difficult. We did find a parking space about 100 metres from the hostal and carried our cases to check in. Our room had a bird in a cage but it didn't say much.



After checking in we went to Abaceria Cruz Vieja for some lunch using the voucher that we had been given from the hostal which entitled us to a free drink.

We paid a visit to the Catedral de Jerez de la Frontera which was a splendid building built in the 17th century.




In the evening we went for a meal in the old part of the town to Bar Juanito, where we enjoyed some raciones and sampled some more of the local Fino.
After a nice breakfast, we went to visit the Alcazar de Jerez de la Frontera which was really good giving you lots of history about the area and beautiful buildings and gardens.






Monday, 30 January 2017

Things to see and do on your next visit to Granada



We parked our car opposite Cafe Bar Mis Gemelos at the side of a house next to another parked car. Having left home without having breakfast we had coffee and tostada, then walked to our hotel the Marquis Hotels Urban. It was centrally located right in the heart of the historical area of the city. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the room was a good size and clean and surprisingly quiet considering its location. We would definitely use it again on our next visit to Granada. We did some sightseeing then went for another coffee and cake at Cafe Pasteleria Lopez-Mezquita which does really great cakes. We then went back to the hotel to get ready for the evening looking at the Christmas lights and to have a meal. Leaving the hotel when it got dark we wandered through the streets taking in the lights until we arrived at Restaurante Vegano Paprika where we had a really lovely vegetarian meal and a nice bottle of wine. The restaurant is very close to La Puerta de Elvira (the Elvira gate) which was built in the 11th century.
The next day we visited Carmen de Los Martires which is a beautiful 19th-century house and gardens just opposite the Alhambra and can be easily missed with the splendour of the Alhambra being so close but they are well worth a visit. After that, we walked to the caves of Sacromonte which is a fair walk uphill, but it is well worth the effort if you are interested in the history of Flamenco dancing via Mirador San Nicolas which was full of people taking in the magnificent views of the Alhambra and the snowy slopes of the Sierra Nevada. Finally, we walked through the area of Granada called Albaicin to Plaza Larga where we had a coffee. The area dates back to the Moorish era of Granada and has lots of energy and culture.
Finally, we walked back to get the car only to find that it had been towed away, as it had been blocking the road during the night, so we had to get a taxi to take us to where they had stored our vehicle overnight.












Busker on the Mirador San Nicholas


Marquis Hotels Urban














Usain Bolt in Granada



One of the caves in Sacromonte







Cafe Pasteleria Lopez-Mezquita