Cider country!

4th November – 7th November

With all the beer that has been consumed this year, I was glad to be in cider country. They love the stuff, and Oveido is pretty much the capital of Spanish cider.
With all the beer that has been consumed this year, I was glad to be in cider country. They love the stuff, and Oveido is pretty much the capital of Spanish cider.

Oviedo was our next stop as we were gradually making our way towards Portugal. The capital of Spanish cider, Oviedo features a street of sidrerias (cider houses) where you will be served a local cider in the traditional way.  The waiter holds the bottle of cider over their head and pours the cider into a glass held below.  Cider spills everywhere, but at the same time is oxygenated.  So you drink your small glass quickly and wait for it to happen again.  It was rather entertaining. Continue reading Cider country!

Lakes of Covadonga

4th November

Lagos de Covadonga. Driving our way up the winding narrow road we found ourselves at the incredible lakes.
Lagos de Covadonga. Driving our way up the winding narrow road we found ourselves at the incredible lakes.

Reluctantly leaving our accommodation at the cave house in Gomezan, we made our way to Oviedo.  But not without a visit to Lagos de Covadonga (Lakes of Covadonga).  This place was incredible.. just incredible.  And while Ian just about shat himself driving up the (very) winding and (very) narrow road perched on the edge of cliffs, I found it quite exhilarating.   Continue reading Lakes of Covadonga

More beautiful coast and living in a cave

3rd November

The view from our window in the (very) small Village of Gomezan. This place was pretty cool.
The view from our window in the (very) small village of Gomezan. This place was pretty cool.

Our next nights accommodation was, well, we had no idea where.  It wasn’t in any proper village per-se, and not really on a road with a name.  We were going to have to hope for the best.   Continue reading More beautiful coast and living in a cave

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.

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

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!