Delightful surprises – unknown Spain

We continue to be delighted and surprised as we discover the “off the beaten track” Spain. On our way out of Portugal, we stopped for a night in the tiny town of Trigueros – a truly Spanish settlement that (luckily for us) had a decent small hotel and a couple of restaurants. Often these places… Read More

Spain again – small towns and housesitting

Our destination was Arcos de la Frontera, a small authentic town near Jerez where we were to care for 3 cats – two recently acquired kittens and an older cat, as well as the house. On our way here we stopped off to explore parts of Seville, walking the town between the Metropol Parasol (aka… Read More

Westward ho…

Driving west again from Salamanca, the landscape was very flat and the roads stretched out before us. We had been warned by the rental car company to register the car at the border for tolls to avoid fines, and we also discovered we should fill up the petrol tank before driving into Portugal as it… Read More

Ancient towns, walls and cathedrals

We were playing musical cars again – we had snagged a great one-way deal from Malaga to Madrid and were planning for a northern Portugal and Spain road trip using a different rental company when we won another housesit position back in the south again. Plans were re-jigged, and destinations updated (the joys of free… Read More

High and White Villages in the Alpujarras

When we first decided on Spain, a friend recommended the book “Driving over Lemons” by Chris Stewart which introduced me to the Alpujarra region of Granada and it became a place I hoped we could visit on our travels. Leaving the heat of Granada, we were pleased to find ourselves climbing as we drove to… Read More

The old and the new: Cartagena, Valencia and Zaragoza

Finding ourselves with six days to reach Barcelona for our flight to Nice, we planned a trip to take in various towns and sights on our “to see” list. First, we needed to drop our current rental car off in Alicante and pick up a one-way rental to Barcelona. We are finding that the major… Read More

Coastal wonders and cycling adventures

The middle of June onwards we spent in the Costa Blanca, enjoying the coastal sea breezes again, before road tripping north. Our Playa Vera sit, thankfully not at the “naturist” end of town, involved looking after a very old and spoilt dog and a hideaway cat while their owners took a break to family in… Read More