No way! Northern Spain.. You are damn fine!

1st November – 3rd November

Playa de la Virgen del Mar, Cantabria, Spain. This stretch of coastline is just amazing, with its rugged cliffs, rocky headlands and perfect sandy cove beaches. I was really blown away by this landscape. I never expected the north of Spain to look like this.
Playa de la Virgen del Mar, Cantabria, Spain. This stretch of coastline is just amazing, with its rugged cliffs, rocky headlands and perfect sandy cove beaches. I was really blown away – I never expected the north of Spain to look like this.

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Salamanca and the best (possibly only) vegetarian tapas

30th October – 1st November

At it again! We set out from Madrid with another car and nothing but more Spanish countryside to explore. I just can't get enough of these beautiful landscapes.
At it again! We set out from Madrid with another car and nothing but more Spanish countryside to explore. I just can’t get enough of these beautiful landscapes.

It was back to just Ian and I again. So with the freedom of another hire car we decided to head to the north coast of Spain. But first, we stopped off in Salamanca.  Continue reading Salamanca and the best (possibly only) vegetarian tapas

Seville

24th October – 26th October

The Alcazar of Seville. This moorish palace and gardens are really beautiful.
The Alcazar of Seville. This moorish palace and gardens are really beautiful.

Next stop – Seville.  I really didn’t remember all that much from the last time we visited years ago.  That said, we had decided to forgo some of the sightseeing and instead went to the theme park so maybe that was the reason.  But I really loved Seville this time.. there was a buzzing atmosphere with people spilling out of bars and cafes onto the street, families hanging out in the squares and just a general sense of activity. Continue reading Seville

Cadiz and its (surprisingly) tasty dogfish

21st October – 24th October

The view over Cadiz old town from the top of the tower of the Cadiz Cathedral.
The view over Cadiz old town from the top of the tower of the Cadiz Cathedral.

After stuffing myself with far too many free tapas in Granada, it was time to head to the coast.  We stopped a night in Benalmadena, in the Costa del Sol stretch of coastline.  I have to say, I did not think much of it.. Continue reading Cadiz and its (surprisingly) tasty dogfish

Tapas Tapas everywhere

19th October – 21st October

The incredible landscape on the drive to Granda.
The incredible landscape on the drive to Granda.

The next stop was Granada.. I was pretty excited about this.  I absolutely loved Granada last time we were in Spain (and let’s face it, the free tapas had a lot to do with it).  We made our way through some incredible countryside on the way.. huge sweeping plains, areas of vineyards and then rolling hills covered in olive tree groves as far as the eye could see. Continue reading Tapas Tapas everywhere

A 30th in Valencia!

17th October – 19th October

Road tripping our way through Spain. There is definitely some spectacular landscape to be seen.
Road tripping our way through Spain. There is definitely some spectacular landscape to be seen.

After picking up our hire car, we made our way to Valencia.  We had a deadline.. being as my birthday was the next day (and it being a Sunday not much in Valencia would be open) Ian had made a reservation for dinner.   Continue reading A 30th in Valencia!

Tapas, sangria and spewing in metro stations.. welcome to Spain!

2nd October – 17th October

Barcelona, Spain.
Barcelona, Spain.

After a delayed flight from Rome due to massive storms, and a delayed last train from the airport to city centre in Barcelona… and a metro station that was closed… and a taxi ride due to the closed metro… we eventually arrived at our accommodation in Barcelona… at close to 1.00am (thank god for Spaniards thinking this is a reasonable time to go out, and thus our airbnb host happily waiting for us before he started his evening).   Continue reading Tapas, sangria and spewing in metro stations.. welcome to Spain!

Getting all historical in Rome

26th September – 2nd October

The one, the only, the great Colosseum. Now, I am not much of a history kinda person. It just doesn't get me as excited as it does some others. But that said, it was a pretty impressive sight.
The one, the only, the great Colosseum. Now, I am not much of a history kinda person. It just doesn’t get me as excited as it does some others. But that said, it was a pretty impressive sight.

After our lovely couple of days in Cinque Terre (I really wish it could have been longer).. We headed to Siena. Now, Siena.. Siena. I honestly can’t say it did that much for me. It’s a small old Italian city with lots of history (like most). It is quite unique given its shell shaped central ‘square’. And the buildings are all brown brick/stone. So, after two nights there I was excited to get to Rome. Continue reading Getting all historical in Rome

Stunning Cinque Terre

24th September – 26th September

The stunning town of Manarola, Italy. Cinque Terre is a fairly incredible place, and this town was perhaps my favourite of the ones we visited.
The stunning town of Manarola, Italy. Cinque Terre is a fairly incredible place, and this town was perhaps my favourite of the ones we visited.

There are some places that you just have to go.  I think that this was the case for us when it came to visiting a classic Italian coastal spot.. So a trip to Cinque Terre it was.  Continue reading Stunning Cinque Terre