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Tarragona

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  • Day645

    Santa Oliva

    February 10 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

    Our last stop in Spain and the end of our explorations of new places was in the tiny village of Santa Oliva located in the heart of cava country and just an hour south of Barcelona.
    We stayed in a beautifully restored 17th century apartment and enjoyed a daytrip to Tarragona – a world heritage site known for its impressively preserved Roman ruins.
    Most of our time here was spent cooking in, trying new cavas and savoring
    the final week of our travels before we return to the US and begin a farewell tour across the country. It’s been a wonderful time in Spain and we will be back!
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  • Day643

    Girona

    February 8 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    Girona is a beautiful city steeped in history having been ruled by Rome, the Visigoths, Moors, Charlemagne, and others. Wandering through the medieval streets showing layers of consecutive inhabitants, it’s a wonderful place to visit. You can still walk much of the city’s original walls and its cathedral has the second largest nave after Rome.
    We also visited some neighboring villages including Banyoles for a walk around its scenic lake, and Besalu which is one of the cutest little towns we’ve visited so far with a beautiful bridge as the highlight.
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  • Day14

    Alicante, Spain

    March 6 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    After our less than terrific experience with the Hop On, Hop Off bus in Malaga, we boarded the HOHO in Alicante with some trepidation. But it was short and cheap and the day was cool and overcast so we road it around for one circuit.

    On the HOHO, Alicante was unimpressive. But when we started walking, we enjoyed it much more. Alicante is a seaside town that is heavily dependent on tourism. Like all of our stops, it featured a fortress on a high point and a huge cathedral. We started with a coffee at a marina cafe and then walked through some of the shopping district and old town. Christine went into a festival museum. The festival is called Las Fuegres which roughly translates into “take over the streets”. Once a year, the town parades floats with whimsical tableaux, crowns a queen and puts on a huge fireworks display.

    The shore day was a short one so by 2:00 p.m. we were back on board for one last game of Trivia. Tory cashed in her participation points for an NCL water bottle. Tory and Christine toasted our last day on board with a lovely concoction called a Rum Cake (two actually).
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  • Day15

    Delta Hotel, Deltebre spain

    March 7 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Today was the end of our cruise. We had a quick breakfast and were off the boat and on our way to the airport by 9:00 a.m. At the airport, we picked up our car (a Ford van) and headed out to our first stop in Deltebre.

    Our start was a bit rough. We ended up on the toll highway and every few kilometres (or so it seemed), ended up having to put our credit card into a toll booth machine. We will find out what that cost us when we get home! Fortunately the traffic was light and the drive was fairly easy.

    Our destination, Deltebre is small resort town on the Declarant formed by the Elba River flowing into the Mediterranean. It is completely flat. This area is heavily agricultural. The main crop is rice. We drove out to the coast and walked along the river, in a protected area. The delta is home to over 600 species of birds, many kinds of fish, eels and amphibians. Although it is quiet now, one can imagine how busy it would be in the summer. We stopped at the beach to put our hands in the Mediteranian, pretty cold.

    Despite vows by all parties to start drinking less, we stopped at a restaurant on the river to sit in the sun and drink Sangria. It is another lovely day.

    Our hotel is proudly organic and environmentally responsible. The hotel food is made with organic produce, rice and wine. Supper was a huge paella shared by 3.

    Tomorrow we head to Lorca.
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  • Day669

    Final stop on the Spanish coast

    April 5 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    For our final stop on the Spanish coast, we headed to the Costa Dorada (Golden Coast) and checked into Camping Playa Montroig.

    The campsite had just re-opened for the summer season and is located close to the towns of Cambrils and Salou, is 30km south of Tarragona and about 100km south of Barcelona. The site is the largest (1200 pitches) and swishest we have ever stayed at, as well as being the most expensive on the continent at €31 euros per night. But it is right on the beach and has great facilities while further north it is windy and raining. So, we decided to stay down on the coast where the sun is still shining and then do a quick dash up to the north coast to catch our ferry back to the UK next week.

    During our stay here, we took the opportunity to visit the bustling port town of Tarragona, home to Spain's second most important Roman ruins. Chris negotiated the twisty, busy roads of the city centre while I tried to read the road signs over his shoulder. Between us we managed to park up right next to the historic centre with panoramic views down to the port and big container ships moored out to sea waiting their turn to come in to load up.

    We wandered around a corner and came upon a very well-preserved Roman amphitheatre overlooking the beach. Within the arena were the remains of 6th & 12th century churches built to commemorate the martyrdom of a Bishop and two deacons believed to have been burnt alive here in AD259. Not sure which is worse, that or being hacked to death by gladiators or wild animals!

    The small historic centre had plenty of ruins to see with good story boards to go with them so that we could easily picture the chariot racing that took place there.

    In September each year, the city celebrates the Santa Tecla Festival where teams of castellers build human castles by standing on each others shoulders up to 9 levels high. We saw great photos of this event but will have to come back too see the real thing.
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  • Day581

    Pantà de Siurana reservoir

    January 28, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    It is always difficult to plan a route around a country as vast and varied as Spain. While we are incredibly fortunate to be able to spend so much time travelling, we can't visit everywhere and the more places we try to visit, the less quality time we get to spend in each. With long, relatively thin countries such as Italy we tend to take a route around the coast or border, dipping into the interior when a nature reserve or interesting town piques our curiosity. With wide countries such as Spain, we find it more difficult. What parts do we most want to see? Is the most efficient way of getting to them going to be the most rewarding? Will we like them when we get there? Will there be enchanting places along the way that beg us to stay longer? The freedom of vanlife is a wonderful thing but we've found it is best to be flexible! (Vicky is slowly improving at this lifeskill!) We haven't fixed a definite route for Spain yet, but today we began heading inland towards the capital city, Madrid. We plan to slowly make our way there over the hills.

    The catalonian mountains turned out to be beautiful! The well maintained road wound its way back and forth along steep terraced terrain. It felt great to get away from the concrete and commercialism of the city and into the countryside. The ground was scantily clad in faded, dried grasses that often parted to expose sandy, orange earth, caked hard by the heat and drought. Lines of vines and trees striped the slopes and we occasionally saw a lone famer tending their plantation. As well as almonds, there were large numbers of trees laden with catkins, that we think are hazel.

    Will had found a peaceful spot in a gravel car park close to a reservoir dam. We couldn't see the water when we arrived but a short walk revealed it to be at a very low level, so low in places that you could see the bed. From where we parked there was a good view of far off, almost vertical clifftops, their rocky striations held in high contrast by the bright sunlight.

    At sunset we stood on the dam and looked down the valley, watching the colours change as the sun sank over the distant hills. We'd thought the clouds might be illuminated pink, but the hilly horizon was so high, the hues stayed golden as the light faded.

    It was a clear, cold night with a waxing gibbus moon, that meant only the brightest stars were visible. Being high up, there was a patchy groundfrost and Vicky wrapped up well when she took a morning walk. Pockets of mist slowly lifted and as we drove away, we saw dew rising like smoke from tree branches and patches of grass, as they first became exposed to the the strong sun. What a great way to start the day!
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  • Day582

    Ascó

    January 29, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    We left the beautiful reservoir car park and retraced our tracks for some kilometres back through the hills. The scenery was stunning, with pretty villages nestled in dips and layers upon layers of beautiful hills, gradually fading in detail until they were silhouetted against the horizon. The terracing on the closest ones defined their shape like contours on an OS map.

    Today's free stopover was at a well signposted van park on the outskirts of Ascó, a small town. To the back of it were some red brick, low rise flats, to the front were petanque pitches and scrubland. It was far enough away from any road for Poppy to potter about off her lead while we sat on a bench and soaked up the sun's warmth. It was a nice facility, such a shame people left their dog's mess on it.

    The local authority had erected an information board listing and mapping the shops and services in town. This little investment will pay dividends for local businesses, as people like us will know what is available and be happy to spend a few extra euros, in exchange for a place to stay.

    One of our shared pleasures is to browse hardware shops and Ascó had a good little one where we bought several useful items we'd been keeping an eye out for. With limited space available in the van, we've got into the habit of carrying a measuring tape with us to check the item we are buying will fit in the place we intend to keep it.

    Out of several bars, we chose Anita's for a beer and olives, it was a quiet, local and friendly establishment with only three other customers, who were all sat at the bar. The person serving chatted quietly with them, but was happy to direct us to the supermarket when Will asked in Spanish.

    The rest of the day was quiet but the stopover really filled up come early evening. We enjoy seeing the mix of nationalities touring, with Dutch, French and German people parking up along with us and the Spanish van that had been there when we arrived.
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  • Day3

    Kurz vor Tarragona

    December 6, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Wir starten im Dunkeln um 8:30, es regnet, aber mit 10 grad schon bedeutend wärmer wie gestern.
    Erst ein Stück Landstraße, an Lyon im dicken Stau vorbei. Auf der Autobahn geht es weiter Richtung Süden. An der breiten, gut gefüllten Rhone entlang, an Weinbergen vorbei. Hinter Orange fahren wir über den Berg und das Thermometer geht auf 18 Grad hoch. Olivenhaine und grüne Bäume....der Süden naht. Wir freuen uns so...
    Die Spritpreise in Frankreich sind nicht ohne. 1,60 und mehr auf der Autobahn. Es naht Mittag, was liegt näher als runter zu fahren. Eine kleine Dtadt, Tanke suchen und ein kleines Bistro.... Pustekuchen.
    Bereits an der Mautstelle standen wir... ein Mann in gelber Weste hielt alle an. Uns auch. „Today gratuit“
    Gut, über 30 Euro gespart. Ein Stück weiter am Kreisel... Stau... Lkws werden gar nicht durch gelassen. Wir Kreiseln und fahren wieder auf die Autobahn . An der nächsten Tankstelle raus, für 50 Euro getankt, ein frisches Baguette gekauft, gegessen und fix nach Spanien.
    Der Sprit ist hier günstig ( an der Autobahn 1,25) die Straßen frei und die Sonne geht zu schnell unter.
    Den Stellplatz den wir kurz vor Tarragona abfahren kostet Geld... aber was soll’s.. morgen 1054 km dann sind wir bei unseren Womofreunden Dieter und Renate... und dann startet das Abenteuer Marokko.

    EDIT: 20 Grad und Sonnenschein... ein Traum
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  • Day3

    Playa y Fiesta

    December 28, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Cabanes - Cambrils Playa y Fiesta 297 km

    Nach einer erholsamen Nacht sind wir relativ früh los gekommen. Wir haben uns für die mautfreie Strecke im Landesinneren entschieden, sodass wir nicht durch Barcelona mussten.
    Die Strecke war gut zu fahren, ging jedoch über die Berge, also bei Schnee nicht gerade zu empfehlen.
    Jetzt stehen wir bei strahlendem Sonnenschein auf dem Camping/ Stellplatz Playa y Fiesta und fühlen uns pudelwohl.
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  • Day25

    Eucalyptus

    June 2, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Heute ging es entlang der Costa Dorada in das Ebro Delta. Das ist ein großes Schwemmland. Über die Jahre hat der Fluss die Landzunge immer weiter vergrößert und Schlammmassen ins Meer geschoben. Durch einen Staudamm wird dieser Prozess jetzt verlangsamt. Die Region ist perfekt geeignet für den Reisanbau, deswegen sind hier auch endlose Reisfelder. Das Gebiet ist aber auch ein Naturschutzgebiet, weil hier viele Vögel leben. Wir haben einen super Platz, mit schöner Sicht.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Província de Tarragona, Provincia de Tarragona, Provinz Tarragona, Tarragona, Province de Tarragone, タラゴナ

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