Alcazaba of AlmeriaOctober 13 in Spain
Is a wall fortification built by the Arabs that dates back to the 10th century.
Is a wall fortification built by the Arabs that dates back to the 10th century.
Wir sind an einem wunderschönen Campingplatz kurz hinter Almeria. Der Platz hat eine eigene Bucht, also einen super Strand. Mit dem Bus ging es heute nach "Almeria". Über die Kathedrale ging es zur Alcazaba, eine alte Festung der Mauren. Danach wollten wir noch die unterirdischen Bunker-Tunnel des Bürgerkriegs anschauen, leider waren schon alle Tickets für den Tag ausverkauft. Nach einer kleinen Shoppingtour geht es wieder zurück zum Platz. Alles in einem ist Almeria ein nettes Städtchen zum durchschländern, mehr aber nicht.Read more
The profile suggested a fairly easy day (& rather long) The surprising presence of fog suggested the fierce temperatures mights also be tempered. How wrong I could be. To a point the temperature was bearable for a little longer - clocked 30 miles reasonably quickly. That's where the wheels fell off - not literally, but not far off. The inevitable dirt track wasn't wholly surprising, what was was the gate at the end ... that was locked and then the depressing sinking feeling of a tyre deflating. Opted to do repairs at the gate on the off chance someone would appear & let me out - they didn't. The first of many detours. The vast majority of the day consisted of endless miles of cycling roads surrounded by greenhouses - the very definition of intensive farming & very tedious cycling. To top it off a vicious wind had blown up & it was a direct headwind. It looked like it would be pretty much all the way as well. The only respite tended to be in urban areas - which also offered a vague degree of interest. Almeria, the main city offered a park dedicated to victims of terrorism & a renovated train line used for quarrying. From there it was across the Cabo de Gato National Park, though that seems a little generous, more a seemingly endless barren scrub land. But hey whatever floats your boat. A couple of breaks purely out of need - no shade. Managed to get 1 mile of tailwind with about 8 miles to go. As it transpired it was 6 - satnav miscounted again. Checked in - in Spanish - very friendly host. Aircon & swim cooling off combo. Las Salinas is not the biggest but a little explore & a huge fish supper.Read more
Vous vous souvenez des jambes poteaux! C'est fini!
Comme si elles avaient passé un niveau! C'est devenu des jambes supersonics! Il y a toujours les poils, les bleus et les écorchures.... 🙄 On ne peut pas tout avoir.... Mais qu'est ce qu'elles pédalent! C'est super!
Nous devions faire un maximum de kms pour être à Alméria lundi matin car pour prendre le train d'Alméria à Malaga lundi, rencontrer la Maman de Rafa, le beau frère de Xavier et rester dans l'appartement de Rafa à Malaga!
La route était super agréable! Il y avait des nuages le matin, alors il ne faisait pas trop chaud! Nous avons rencontré un groupe de jeunes Danois en vélo qui allaient jusqu'à Gibraltar, ils étaient sur la route depuis 6 semaines aussi et faisaient plus de 150 km par jour! 😯🤔😷 Ils roulaient super vite mais c'est nul... C'est plus sympa de s'arrêter de temps en temps!!!!
Nous nous sommes arretés dans une petite ville super jolie, Agua Amargua, pour déjeuner! Il y avait des douches interieures privées! 😏💁🏻
Puis pour dormir, on a trouvé un super spot à 15 km d'Alméria!
Garrucha - Agua Amargua - Retamar
95 km sans souffrir! 💪🏼🎉❤️👯
Demain on se lève à 6:00 pour partir à 7:00, arriver à Alméria à 8:00, prendre le train à 9:00 et arriver à Malaga à 14:00! 😊
Dans la photo de Xavier en vélo, regardez les tags sur le mur! 😂Read more
Hello again, well after a couple of lovely sunny calm days the wind in back.
On Monday we did manage to go to the car museum it was pretty impressive there were 65 cars, 60 motorbikes and loads of other things as well. Here are some of the photos including one of the exterior of the museum, which has a workshop and painting/drying room and parts storeroom underneath the bit you can see in the photo. The front has been built to look like a mansion but is really only a facade with a big hangar type store room behind that. The bathroom might be functional but looked kind of cool so that’s why there is a photo of that.
In the process of being restored there was a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car and a WW1 Italian tractor/tank. In the museum proper were cars used in an Indiana Jones film, and a Mafia based film. The vehicles can also be hired out for events weddings etc. Apparently the museum etc is now self supporting visitors donate approx E5pp for a visit, during which you get a personal,guided tour from Pepe followed by wine and tapas, the wine is from his families vineyards near Granada. The tapas is served in a little Bodega at the back of the main museum and contains goat skins an old olive press and old wine casks.
We did do a little work on the boat as well on Monday and a full day on Tuesday, and Wednesday we have sanded and pre coated the cockpit now and prepared the mast ready for the new rigging which will go on when we receive the screws sent by Michelle, thanks again, we could have bought some here but we’re not sure of the quality as and they are going to hold the new track to the boom we decided we needed something we knew. So when the wind eases again we need a second pre coat and then top coat as well as to renew the secaflex this should keep us busy.
Our pet sitting duties start on Saturday when I will introduce you all to Santos a Norwegian Labrador collie cross that we are looking after for a few days while the owners do some hard sailing to Vigo, (just above Portugal on the Atlantic coast of Spain) he is a lovely soppy thing but I’m not sure what his English is like though it’s probably better than my Norwegian I admit, perhaps we can communicate in Spanish. We are unlikely to do the official walk this week as it is probably a bit much to ask someone to have a dog in their car, but we will wonder to the meeting point just in case, but if not we will walk West along the promenade perhaps as far as the Castle and the views of Balerma. The local animal charity are also having a fun day at one of the local bars Leo’s with competitions and tombola we might dress up Santos! Don’t worry I am not being cruel he is used to various outfits as before he moved to Spain he was a Mountain dog and had he own sort of ski suit to keep the snow off and goggles, then when he moved south he had a cool suit (temperature not style) so he could go out in summer without overheating. So a Tshirt and silly hat should be fine for him.
Due to the wind today I have made Tiramisu and carrot cake as well as roasted vegetables and pork stew!
So the latest on the tooth saga the reason we are still here in Almerimar when we had planned to leave the beginning of March, I was hoping to get the temporary crown replaced, the original cracked in Dec the Guernsey dentist told me, so in Spain I got the damaged one removed and a temporary one fitted and then tried to find out which abutments I needed to connect the new crown to the old implant. Sorted this and sent the Spanish dentist the info received email confirmation of receipt and incorrectly assumed that he was sorting things out. Followed up with them to be told they needed to know what abutments to order so again referred them back to the email when they said ‘oh yes any abutment on any implant’ but the ordering and paying the supplier took over 2weeks although I paid them immediately! There was no sense or urgency although I said from the beginning that I needed things sorted as quickly as possible.
We have now decided that when the dentist reopens, oh yes I forgot to say that the parts have arrived I tracked them myself after contacting the UK supplier, they have closed although they told me they were open over Easter, we will just collect the parts and get the work done in the future, somewhere else, perhaps next winter, I can’t stand waiting around a minimum of another 2weeks and the dentist said it would take 10days for the crown to be made which, so we are told, could mean anything up to 20days. The temporary crown hasn’t caused any problems since it was fitted in Jan so no reason to assume it will. The dentist here is good but everything takes so long. Of course if extended forecast is rubbish this may all change but even 1good day would allow to move another 50miles in the right direction.
Anyway I will be in touch again soon, hope you all have a good Easter break.Read more
The flights were all fine but i didn’t sleep. So I’m really glad I could get a few hours shuteye in the Madrid airport in the Iberia lounge’s sleeping room. A row of comfortable partitioned beds, very comfy. Much appreciated, maybe even more than the excellent coffee!
I met another peregrino on the flight to Almeria. When we got to town we headed straight for the cathedral where we got our first stamp. And then Joe found the first arrow and hit the road. He’s walking 15 k to Rioja. I was tempted but there are people coming in for a get together tomorrow and I don’t want to miss it.
So I climbed up and around the 9-10 C moorish castle, explored the old town a bit and at 6 pm met up with Clare. We spent more than an hour getting cards for our phones. It was complicated, but I now have a Spanish phone number. By then i was starting to fade, so I headed back to my little basic pension and picked up a takeout salad that looks pretty good. And as soon as I eat it, I will hit the hay. Not sure what I’m going to do tomorrow, except that I know that I will be joining with about 6 others who are arriving to walk. We are going to have a tour of some underground shelters built here during the Spanish Civil War.Read more
After an interrupted 11hours of sound sleep, and upon some sensible reflection, I decided it would be really silly to walk 38 km on my first day. I enjoy those distances, but probably not on the first day. So I decided to walk 15 km out to a little town on the Camino and take a bus back to Almeria. Then tomorrow, it will only be 23 km to the albergue in Alboloduy.
So at a little after 9, I went down to the cathedral to start walking. There I met Nina, another peregrina, from Denmark. She will start tomorrow. On the way out of town, I met Veronica, a member of the local association, with whom I have corresponded. She was waiting at a bus stop to take her daughter to the doctor. Magical encounters like this abound on the camino.
The walk today was a typical first day walk out of a city. Lots of asphalt, through commercial areas, until about halfway. Then the arrows (which are excellent by the way) then took me to a stony dry riverbed. Not exactly a scenic highlight but it took me to Rioja and the bus stop. Santiago must have been looking out for me because a bus back to Almeria arrived exactly four minutes later.
After another visit to the castle with my Norte pals, we Took a tour of the Civil War shelters. That was really something. In a span of 14 months,500 Almeria citizens built 4 km of tunnels,where more than 30,000 people could go to escape the Nazi and Franco army bombings. Almería was the last province to surrender to Franco, and today it is certainly a badge of honor.
Then a great meet up with the Mozárabe folks anda bunch of wonderful folks I had never met in person, a few wines in a bar, and we are ready to go tomorrow!Read more
The Spanish Civil War is one of those wars that is wrapped in mystique — it is still the subject of public debate, and a lot of its wounds are still close to the surface. As the last city in Spain to surrender (two days before the end of the Civil War), Almeria has monuments to the resistance in several places.
Almería has a 4 km web of bomb shelters built after the Germans bombed Almeria in 1937 in retaliation for the Republicans attack on a German warship that was on the mediterranean coast. The town mobilized and built these underground shelters (500 workers and thousands of local volunteers over 14 months). They had been closed off until a few years ago. The regional government has opened them for visits.
A member of our Mozárabe group who lives in Spain was kind enough to buy us tickets ahead of time. These tours routinely sell out, and now that I’ve been through I understand why.
It was fascinating —a video explaining the history and with interviews of survivors, followed by a tour through the underground tunnels. More than 30,000 routinely took shelter there, and as you might imagine the memories of the survivors were still vivid. The hospital room was still in tact, and the guide told us that fortunately that room’s primary function turned out to be to deliver babies of the many women who went into labor during the bombings. Graffiti on the walls is preserved, and the entrances to the shelters remain hidden in kiosks up and down one of the main avenues.
Enough history for now, I’m off to walk!!!Read more
Located on a hill overlooking the town and bay of Almeria, this impressive fortress, founded in the mid-10th century, was once one of the most powerful Moorish fortresses in Spain.
The Alcazabar is divided into three main areas, each reflecting the changes of different rulership. The lowest area, now landscaped gardens, was once residential with houses, streets and wells. In the upper area was the Muslim ruler's palace and a chapel, that was originally a mosque. Right at the top is a citadel added by the Catholic monarchs.
The site is still being excavated but what has been discovered has been carefully and tastefully restored. Two houses have been built on Islamic remains and items displayed which give visitors a real insight to the daily life of its inhabitants.
In modern times the Alcazabar has become popular with film-makers looking for authentic venues to produce Hollywood classics such as Lawrence of Arabia, Conan the Barbarian, Anthony and Cleopatra, Indiana Jones and, more recently, Game of Thrones.
We were amazed that there was no entrance fee to this fantastic site with so much history on display and modern tv screens bringing the past to life. Well worth a visit.Read more
Vendredi-Saint, 25 mars 2016
Nous reprenons la route ce matin en direction d'Almería. Nous quittons la région Murcia peu de kilomètres après Águilas et entrons en Andalucía. La voie rapide est séparée du bord de mer par une chaîne de montagnes pas très hautes; ainsi on peut à plusieurs reprises rejoindre des petits villages de pêcheurs (et de touristes). Comme c'est aussi férié ici, il y a bien du monde dans ces endroits. Nous allons d'abord visiter Las Negras et ensuite La Isleta del Moro. Sur le parking indiqué dans notre guide pour Campingcars, prévu pour dix véhicules, il y en a au moins trente. Tous les parkings adaptés aux campingcars sont en général bondés, même que c'est officiellement interdit de camper en bordure de mer. Nous recevons les deux dernières places libres du restaurant La Isleta et savourons un bon menu "poisson". Nous quittons la Sierra de Gata, réserve naturelle et rejoignons la voie rapide et en même temps les innombrables serres qui défigurent ce beau paysage désertique. Nous arrivons au camping La Garrofa d'Almería, situé dans une crique isolée, et profitons d'une sieste sur la plage privée.Read more
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