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Playa Bolonia

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  • Day11

    change in the weather

    May 22 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    the wind is gone and it is cloudy and cool just like vancouver's maritime climate. There are even a few drops of rain! There are some fisherman out on the beach close to the lighthouse fishing with very long poles, 3 or 4 poles per fisherman stuck in the sand.....just like we saw in Portugal on a similar sand duney beach south of Nazare. Yesterday when we were driving down from here to Zahara de los Atunes, we saw lots of fishing boats in the bay with their nets set out. The way they use to catch tuna with these nets is called "Almadraba" and dates from moorish times. They create a fence with the nets and as the blue fin Tuna are entering the Mediterranean during migration (now May) They then club the fish to death. Apparently the wafers turn red from all the blood. Today when they bring the catch in there are Japanese processing ships at port ready to buy the catch, flash freeze it and send it to Japan for sashimi! There are concerns about overfishing locally.
    this is the name of the beach we look out on. Playa de Atlanterra. suppose to be a blue flag beach, crystal clear waters. The light house called Camarinal lighthouse was built in the 16th century under Philip II as part of the coastal defence system to keep the berber pirates out. it was restored and made operational in the 1990,s its pattern seems to be one very long illumination followed by a short one. this area is great for migratory birds. they wait on the African side for the winds to die down and cross early in the morning. I expected there were some crossings this morning since it is no longer windy and we are certainly hearing more bird song but not seeing large flocks....granted it is cloudy. we did see a lot of swifts in Madrid and seville and they would have made the crossing this month.
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    Heather Jansen

    It’s 18° here today too and mainly blue sky. It has been nice here for a few days finally.

    5/22/22Reply
    CL Wanderlust

    that's great finally!!

    5/23/22Reply
     
  • Day10

    beach south of bolonia

    May 21 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    colin had to put is feet in the straight of Gibraltar. it was cold and the wind was really blowing. lots of windsurfers, kite boarders some swimmers but not a lot I think there may be some strong currents. I was hoping to get to a site called Piscinas naturales de Bolonia but we didnt walk far enough. the south end of the beach is the nudists end and we did see a lot of topless sun bathers but no nudists today.Read more

  • Day12

    Cueva del Moro -cave of the moor

    May 23 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    when the sun came out it was getting quite hot so we didnt head out to our hike till after we had tapas. we made our own and had them on the deck of the next door unit since no one was there....amazing view as their terrace is above the pool terrace. then we drove to the lighthouse Faro de Camarinal- and walked to Cueva del Moro. it is in the natural park.- Parque Natural del Estrecho- there is a locked gate at the lighthouse end of the path/road but there is a farm along the dirt road. at the other end it is an open gate and then an old paved road 1.3 km up to the cave. there is a look it 300m up the road first with amazing views down to la bolonia and Baelo Claudia. We kept hearing bells as we were walking and sure enough there was the farmer with his herd of goats and 2 dogs as we got closer to the cave. there were also some cows with their calfs...all had horns as they dont remove the horns from the female cows here. we saw and heard lots of birds. a titmouse blue grey and yellow, a yellowish lbj and then a pair of larger blackish blue birds perched way up on a dead tree close to the cave. i think some sort of vulture. there are common vultures, griffin vultures and I think the sign said Egyptian vultures. A web site said there is a colony of griffen vultures here. They flew and a perigrine falcon flew out from the rock ledge and chased them away. i suspect the peregrine may have been protecting a nest. Later we saw another pair of huge hawkish/ eagle type birds. lighter in colour that flew around the rock ledges. there are bonelli's eagle, booted eagle and black kites here in the la plata mountains where the cave is located. the cave is only accessible if you are a rock climber and is blocked by a fence so you cannot enter. there are prehistoric paintings on the walls. discovered in 1995 and dating back 20,000 yrs. upper paleolithic. see this link: https://guiadecadiz.com/es/turismo-cultural-det…

    and this link
    https://www.prehistoriadelsur.com/2013/12/cueva…

    on the way back we ran into the farmer again with all the goats and he was shephardng them into his enclosure. The marine clouds were starting to come down to where we had walked up. apparently we did a 221 m elevation gain. it was very peaceful lots of birdsong and you could hear the waves way up high. a nice time of the day to be out walking. we passed quite a few people, a cyclist and a few cars.
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  • Day163

    Kite Day 9

    June 26 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Seit langem wieder eimal in der Altstadt von Tarifa Mittag gegessen, trafen wir anschliessend Daniel für einen geplanten "Downwinder"
    Wir fuhren hoch bis nach Bolonia Beach, parkten da unser zweites Auto und checkten den Einstiegsspot. Die Wellen waren extrem hoch und es hatte extrem viele Badetouristen am Strand.
    Wir sprachen uns ab und entschieden uns, dass es zu gefährlich wäre. Somit fuhren wir zurück und starteten in Valdevaqueros. Der Wind war extrem böig. Also nicht ganz einfach um den Kite zu starten. Als wir auf dem Wasser waren, kreuzte ich die Kitelegende Nick Jacobsen. Wir jumpten vor der Küste Valdevaqueros herum,
    nachdem wir uns in richting Tarifa treiben liessen. Der Wind wurde immer stärker. Grundsätzlich hatten wir alle zu viel Power. Nach über zwei Stunden und 37km in den Beinen, kamen wir komplett ausgepowerd an. Langsam aber sicher fühle ich nach 9 Tagen Kitesurfen meinen ganzen Körper... vorallem mein Knie und meine Schulter brauchen langsam aber sicher eine Pause! 🥵
    Traditionel wie nach dem letzten Downwinder, gab es auch dieses mal im Burgerking einen kurzen Stop und ich verspiess einmal mehr 30 Chicken-Nuggets. 🥹
    Nun fuhren wir wieder hoch in Richtung Valdevaqueros, um unser Auto abzuhohlen.
    Wie jeden Sonntag abend, war auch heute wieder die Party im Waves. Da gingen wir dann auch hin. Der DJ war eins A und die Stimmung top.
    Um ca. 01:00AM war ich dann jedoch so müde und Ramiro und Daniel noch so "on fire", somit setzte ich mich ins Auto und schlief da für ca. 2 Stunden 😁
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    Ralph Preisig

    genaaaau mis 😂🙌🏼 geili sieche und Moreno dis Lache isch jo brillant!

     
  • Day9

    our place Zahara de los Atunes

    May 20 in Spain ⋅ 🌬 21 °C

    this is our unit in the complex. it is absolutely beautiful with an infinity pool and beautiful gardens. it is perched on the hillside. our units patio is enclosed so the wind is not so bad. apparently there are 2 winds,one from the land that is very strong and hot. this wind from the east called the Levant and it comes from Africa. this is what we have right now 40-50 km/hr. The other wind is from the water is cooler and comes from the west off the Atlantic it is called the Poniente and allows you to see over to Morocco clearly which is 14 km across the water. last night we saw some lights on the African side. it was like sitting at French beach east of sooke and watching the lights from the Olympic peninsula......I keep singing the Joni Mitchell song -Carey: "The wind is in from Africa
    Last night I couldn't sleep
    Oh, you know it sure is hard to leave here, Carey
    But it's really not my home…"
    We had no trouble sleeping😊 the jasmine smell from the vine over the entrance is phenomenal!!! I'm in heaven....
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  • Day12

    another lazy day

    May 23 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    spent most of the day reading and lounging by the pool. weather was cloudy so not too much fear of getting burnt. we went into town zahara de los atunes for more groceries and had a quick walk around town. so quiet today compared to Friday and Saturdah and Sunday....the weekenders have gone home! just like birch bay.

    there is an abandoned fort in town-Castillo de las Almadrabas- which was built by: "Juan Alonso Pérez de Guzmán y Zuñiga, VI Duke of Medina Sidonia (1518-1558), inherited the title of Count of Niebla from Emperor Carlos V and, as a result, expanded the family palace of San Lucar de Barrameda and built the Castle of Zahara of the Tunas. Which would serve as a residence, factory and defense of his almadrabas"
    this dukes families ancestors got the land when king alphonso granted it to him in 1294 when he defended Tarifa against the moors. he was the medina ancestor who sacrificed his son in order to oust the moors. his son was held hostage by the moors and he did not surrender. - "origin in the concession that, in 1294, King Sancho IV the Brave made to D. Alonso Pérez Guzman for his defense of the Tarifa square," These tuna traps were then owned by the dukes of medina right up to 1817.
    interesting article about tuna traps: http://alquilerenzaharadelosatunes.com/almadrab…

    the fort or palace -Palacio de las Pilas - is where the Duke would come with his enterouge when it was tuna fishing season. it was also important as an area to protect from the barbary coast pirates the berbers. there is a huge salt cellar where the church- Parroquia Nuestra Señora del CARMEN- now stands at the north wall. This was a working castle or "chanca" because of the fish processing that took place here. today it is protected but in ruins
    one web site states hippy fairs and concerts take place here today! .....folk fest anyone?
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  • Day9

    beach walk zahara de los atunes

    May 20 in Spain ⋅ 🌬 22 °C

    went to town to get some spices. then decided to walk the beach. yes I did end up at the end of the beach that is for the nudists, what's new? but there were not many there as it was so so windy. this is part of the senendro arco atlantico trail. there is an elevated boardwalk that runs parallel to the beach. this is Friday night and as we came from the parking area we passed a beach bar with a live band doing Spanish guitar type music. further down the beach there was a rock and roll band and further again there was a salsa band...guess where we stopped? doing salsa and cha cha on the sand is even harder than on a dance floor and it has been some time since we have been dancing. we then did some more beach walking to walk off the glass of wine. there were some birds as the sun was setting. maybe egrets but we were so far away I'm not sure. we headed for the tuna tapas festival around 9 but it was so busy we just stayed at the first restaurant that we got a table at. the tuna tapas was tuna cheeks in a canolli wrapper with a pureed pea mayo. quite good. for dinner I had grilled sea bream -fillet pargo plancha- very good, and colin ordered an iberian pork dish called carrilleras. it was good and reminded me of beef that is slowly braised in a Dutch oven.....which is similar to how this is prepared. after dinner we walked through the town and it was very very busy. live music in the streets though the beach bands were all finished. had some gelato for desert and got home around midnight. these late hours are taking a toll....but it's fun. see the life guard chair? and tides are recorded from Morocco !Read more

  • Day10

    paella at home

    May 21 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    made a paella at our place. used a chiorza sausage called rosary beads and they were quite good. I found some good spices at the local grocery store, sweet smokey paprika. it wasnt too bad considering it was made in a Dutch oven and not a real paella pan. did not get that nice carmelized rice happening but maybe next time. it still tasted pretty good! and we have leftovers so no need to cook tomorrow! the wind has shifted we think. there were less Whitecaps on the water tonight but the wind was cool and had more moisture. it seemed to be coming from the west off the Atlantic. we only stayed on the patio briefly before retreating to the enclosed patio area outside of our door. the view was magnificent. the light house in the distance is Faro de Camarinal or fara de torre graciela. we hope to get there maybe tomorrow its only 3 km away.Read more

  • Day11

    Faro de Camarinal

    May 22 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    We drove back home and tried once again to find the route to the lighthouse-Faro de Camarinal- which we did find this time! there is a hiking path that goes to Baello Claudia. we went along part of it. Beautiful plants and rocks. our first real sunset over the Atlantic. the beach to the south is called -Playa del Cañuelo- but only accessible by walking down a steepish looking path from the lighthouse. it is partially in the military base area. this area during WWII was strategic for the entry into the Mediterranean. there are bunkers just below the lighthouse which were used to supply the german submarines. this would have been where my dad's ship patrolled. funny how 70 years changes things. some of the villas along the.beach between where our villa is and the lighthouse were possibly built by former nazis masquerading as wealthy Spaniards. this beach is called Playa Los Alemanes. our villa is very Spanish feeling with lots of religious tiling and an absolutely amazing selection of plants. it was built in 1993 we were told by paloma the owners daughter. it was built up in sections over the years. lots of private terraces for the different units.
    the 4 bedroom unit next door all bedrooms had an amazing view of the water as did the front room and the kitchen. there was a nice selection of rose prints I believe by Redoute.
    this from a website:
    "Pierre-Joseph Redouté's Roses are perhaps his most celebrated images, which the artist issued while under the patronage of the Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon"
    -Josephine had the most amazing collection of roses and Redoute was the artist who painted them for her.
    I suspect Palomas mom was a very keen gardener!
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  • Day10

    baello claudia

    May 21 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    we went to see this old Roman ruin on the next beach from where we are staying. you could walk it approx 6.5 km or so to get there or if you drive 33 km....there is no road over the headland! we drove being lazy. it was an interesting site. the phoenicians probably started the settlement prior to the Roman's taking over. the Romans arrived on the Iberia
    peninsula approx 300BC. because we are so close to Africa it was an important port city. the tuna also migrate by here twice a year on their way to spawn in the Mediterranean. the Roman's loved this sauce made from the entrails of both tuna and mackral. salt was also used in the preparation of this "garum" sauce. it was made at this site and transported by ship throughout the Roman world. The main east west road-Decumanus Maximus- has huge flagstones and sewage pipes under it but is a bit jumbled and uneven because of numerous earthquakes that have occurred here. a big one in 200 ad. after the big earthquake the walls were rebuilt with the smaller grey stones. another large quake in 600 ad led to the abandonment of the area. there is a large forum with numerous columns and a statue of Trajan - Roman emperor born in spain. (italica just outside of Sevilla.). the salt/fish procesing area. There are some Roman baths showing the underground heating system. a theater including the vomitorium where everyone exits the theater. a space for 3 statues the Capitoline triad of the gods Juno, Jupiter and Minerva. also later a temple to Egyptian goddess Isis. all roman towns were laid out similar, grid pattern, city walls with gate towers, forum, market , temple to the gods, public baths. there is also some of the old aqueduct still In place.
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