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  • Day10

    Before we try again...

    February 3, 2020 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    After the discovery of the beautiful town of Alhambra and his abandoned castle, we now know that that place is NOT thé Alhambra.
    (We were tiped of by the lack of tourist and the entrance fee)
    So. We travelled on. Into the direction of Granada. That should be the place to be. At least if you were looking for ..oh forget it.
    Glad we did not buy tickets.😋
    Finaly, we did some cruising south and ended up in Santa Elena.
    Saw the greasy hair of Nika and decided to get a camping read shower.
    But first...let's eat!
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  • Day11

    Jaén - Castillo de Santa Catalina

    June 15, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    We have left the region of the Sierra Nevada today to go to Cordoba. On our way we drove through huge olive tree fields for almost the whole way (more than 200km). On half way we stopped at Jaén to visit the Castillo de Santa Catalina. It was great because we were the only tourists there and the view was great as well.

    Heute haben wir Granada und damit die Sierra Nevada wieder verlassen. Das nächste und damit schon vorletzte spanische Ziel war heute Cordoba. Die Fahrt nach Cordoba war wirklich schön und führte durch unendliche Olivenbaum-Felder. Auf halbem Weg haben wir in Jaén angehalten um das Castillo de Santa Catalina zu besichtigen. Es war wirklich cool, da wir neben dem super Blick auch die einzigen Touristen dort waren.

    Gegen 18:00 Uhr sind wir dann bei noch immer sehr heißen 38 Grad in Cordoba angekommen.
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  • Day15

    Short day to Alcala la Real

    April 22, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    I knew it would be a short day so I left after 8– almost unheard of for me. It was cloudy most of the day but the views were still good. As I left the castle behind I passed three or four atalayas (watch towers) on nearby hills, all from the same ancient time of the Arab castle.

    Today’s walk wasn’t spectacular but it was very pleasant. Off road a lot of the tine, either through olive groves or other agricultural operations. I had seen people out and all bent over and seeming to pick something and put it in a bag they carried. But the fields seemed to not have much growing. Finally I saw a man leaving the fields and loading up the car, so I stopped. Turns out they were picking asparagus. Very hard work and not very remunerative. They sell theirs to a coop and get 2€ for the bunch.

    I also had a nice long chat with a young male cyclist who must have told me a hundred times how valiente I am. He just couldn’t imagine how I was doing this. But by the end of our conversation, he was starting to think he might like it!

    Alcala has a big Moorish fortress up on the hill, a great post-prandial destination. The restaurant attached to my pension makes paella on Sundays, and it was a treat.

    So here I am after two hours walking around the castle, with more excavations of the city inside the walls than I’ve ever seen. Really a nice way to walk off the paella. Sleep is about all that’s in my future today. Tomorrow is another short day.
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  • Day16

    Another castle town

    April 23, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Today’s walk was great walking even if the scenery was a bit monotonous. 99% through olive groves, on a wide dirt tracks used by the aceituneros (people working in the olive groves). There was one tricky part through a culvert under a highway and across a stream but I survived it.

    I walked 25 km but my body didn’t register that many. It seemed a lot shorter. I arrived around noon in the town of Alcaudete, another town of Arabic origin with a castle on top. This was the Moorish/Christian frontier during the 13-15 C. Lots of battles and intrigue.

    Since it’s Monday the castle is closed, but I was able to hike up and walk around the walls and also able to get between the inner and outer walls.

    So many castles!!

    Tomorrow will be another short day like today but then I may tackle a long stage to get me close to Cordoba.
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  • Day23

    Day 23: Sierra Nevada & Baeza

    March 10, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Northwards! Our French host couple put on an enormous breakfast for us, absolutely ridiculous in size. Olive & bacon bread, French crepes, croissants, toast, bread rolls, fruit salad, orange juice, tea & coffee, four different types of jam - and all of it home-made by our host! Crazy. I especially loved the French crepes, the way they're so light and crispy but still feel solid - very difficult to get right.

    After our huge breakfast was a long drive today. Our final destination was the small town of Ubeda, up near the northern border of Andalusia, but we had a couple of stops to make along the way.

    Firstly we drove for a couple of hours towards Grenada, where we'd visited Alhambra earlier in the week. We'd seen the snow-capped mountains and known that you could drive up there, so we thought since we were going basically straight past, we might as well drive up and have a look. So we did! There was a large-ish ski town probably twice the size of Thredbo, plenty of snow on the slopes but thankfully none in the town or on the roads. It was sunny and reasonably warm, though cold in the shade.

    There was actually a world championships of something or other happening so it was busier than usual, but I guess it's still the end of the ski season as well and plenty of people were coming down the runs. Walked Schnitzel onto the snow to see what he thought, and he actually didn't mind it surprisingly! He was pretty confused I guess, but he didn't run away or whimper or anything which is nice! Had a coffee in the sun and a brief look around before deciding we'd seen enough and heading back down.

    We bypassed Grenada and kept driving northwards to the tiny hamlet of Baeza, just near our final destination for the day. The reason we're heading this way is that both Baeza and Ubeda are UNESCO World Heritage listed for their excellent examples of Spanish renaissance architecture.

    Baeza turned out to be a very sleepy little village, with mazy stone streets and old buildings. We parked up and wandered around for a few hours admiring things. At times it felt like we were the only ones there, and there were really some areas with little evidence of the modern world. Great to get lost in, and very few tourists about.

    Eventually we headed onwards to Ubeda and our home for the next two nights. Had some difficulty finding the accommodation since it's in the old part of town where the streets are extremely narrow. At one point Google told me to turn left around a corner I was never going to make as it was too tight, then later when I declined to "turn right" down a pedestrian plaza we ended up stuck in a maze of one-way streets. Finally managed to find it the old-fashioned way!

    Seems like a nice town here as well, though quite a bit larger and more tourists around. We had a quick look around in the evening but not too much. Ate at a very delicious restaurant a street over from our apartment - tried salmorejo for the first time which is a cold soup of tomato and potato, topped with jamon and cheese. Similar to gazpacho but definitely not the same thing! Quite tasty.
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  • Day24

    Day 24: Úbeda

    March 11, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Time to explore the historic centre of Ubeda. We got out fairly early after a quick breakfast at a local cafe (some odd pastry that I thought was a croissant but was more like a profiterole) and headed down in the centre of town.

    There was a lovely square with some lovely Renaissance buildings - a town hall, obligatory cathedral, justice buildings, police hall, and several others made of the same rough-hewn sandstone. Part of the reason Ubeda and Baeza are considered important culturally is that they were fairly new towns in the Renaissance, when Spain was at its height culturally and exporting that culture across the world via their colonies. Many of the buildings we were looking at have counterparts in southern and central America, since they were just copying existing buildings over there.

    Although the environment was quite nice, there were several large tour groups around which rather spoiled the atmosphere somewhat. Without them it would've been just a handful of tourists, but locals with megaphones in groups of 50 isn't particularly enjoyable!

    By now it was lunch time, so we found a tiny little tavern and stood at the bar. Had a beer each and a bocadillo (basically a baguette) while being vaguely stared at by the locals since we very clearly weren't. Apparently Spain is one of the worst-performing countries in western Europe when it comes to English skills, and I can definitely believe it. My Spanish isn't really improving though!

    Back to the apartment for the afternoon where we did some work on videos and writing blog posts. Late in the afternoon a brass band started rehearsing in a building nearby - we could hear them through the wall very clearly but when I went for a wander around the block to find them I had no luck! Obviously high up and in the bowels of a building somewhere.

    Went out for another wander at the approach of evening to see the buildings in a different light. Quite atmospheric, and thankfully no tour groups with megaphones to disturb everyone!

    Although I'm not a fan of this, we went back to the same restaurant we'd been to for dinner the previous evening. Again the food was excellent, this time we had beef cheeks in red wine sauce with the salmorejo for starters. And a platter of grilled calamari rings as a free snack - everywhere just gives you something to munch on which your drinks. Sometimes it's a bit of bread with jamon, other times it's toast with Spanish omelette. This time we got lucky with marinated and grilled calamari! Good stuff. Off to bed for our last night Ubeda.
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  • Day31

    Santa Elena

    March 31, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Samedi, 31 mars 2018
    Il faut plier bagages ce matin et nous mettons le cap en direction "nord". Une grosse étape nous attend aujourd'hui, 388km. Nous passons Séville et Cordoue, arrivons dans la région des collines avec des millions d'oliviers. Nous dînons à Villa del Rio, à l'Hostal el Sol et c'était très bon. Arrivés sur un haut-plateau, la Sierra Morena à 750m, nous prenons nos quartiers au Camping Despeñaperros de Santa Elena. Ce village est situé sur une colline et nous profitons d'une vue à 360°. Nous partons à pied pour explorer le petit bourg qui possède une église avec l'effigie de l'impératrice Santa Elena, une place avec Pedro III et une autre avec Alfonso III de Castille, héros de la bataille de las Navas de Tolosa, en 1212, où les rois chrétiens guerroyaient avec succès contre les musulmans, ici à Santa Elena.Read more

  • Day146

    El Yelmo

    February 19, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    Poctili jsme návštěvou zastrčený údolí a kopce kolem Sierra Segura, dějiště legendárního každoročního paraglidovýho festivalu (koná se jindy). Otevřeli jme leteckou sezónu letem z obřího kopce El Yelmo.
    Projíždíme nekonečný stovky kilometrů olivových plantáží.
    Výlet jsme spojili s návštěvou města Ubeda, plného pamětihodností a památek, o kterých si už nic nepamatuju. Turistickým vláčkem s průvodcem jsme nejeli. Kafe na náměstí jsme si dali.
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  • Day5

    Day 4 Toldeo Saturday

    November 2, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Typical breakfast and time to leave at 8:30, arriving in Toledo 1 hour later. we arrived at the hilltop towns and had to take 3 escalators to the top. Toledo is a city that was built and occupied by the Muslim moor, the Jews and Christians. Together they built a synagogue that later turned into a church. The cobblestone street were shared by pedestrians and vehicles alcantada bridge Historical bridges see castle 110protect 3000 word come from Arabic. Intellectual jokes were by the Jewish community. In the 1300’s. Until 1300 the language was Arabic.Went to the Greco Museum which was painted in oil on canvas. He studied under Michael Angelo. We ate lunch outside just as it started to sprinkle. We shared lamb chops, pastas, tomato based soup. Did a little shopping, bought Mile a stuffed toy bull and a NAO lladro for his first birthday. We walked back to the bus on our way to. Granada a 5 hour ride. Leaving the La Mancha region crossing over to the Andalusia region.
    La Mancha land region Don Quijote manchengo goat cheese and can be eaten at different stages of curing. . Olive oil, wine and wheat
    Andalusia: has largest area of olive trees, a sea of green. Most of the olive oil has some Spain in it . We arrive at the Gran Luna Hotel around 7:00pm, the room was very nice and the bathroom was a nice size. The windows opened for fresh air. The lack luster buffet dinner was at. 8:30pm then we took a walk around the area with Sue and Cathy. Back to the room to prepare for tomorrow. Buenas Noches Granada!
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  • Day151


    February 24, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Po měsíci v Chulilli vyrážíme na nová místa-projizdime lezecké oblasti kolem Jaenu (reguchillo, otinar, cuevas negras).
    Začíná byt celkem slušně vedro! Od Vánoc ještě pořád nepršelo.
    Potkáváme se s kamarádama-Honza s cirkusem, Monča s Dejvem ze Zlína i ádr tým.
    Udělali jsme další projekt do série "modrotisk ve Španělsku".
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Provincia de Jaén, Provincia de Jaen, Jaén, Jaen, Chaén, Xaén, Província de Jaén, ハエン