Category Archives: ACTIVITIES AND OUTINGS

Successes and Setbacks (part 2)




More time has passed than intended since the first part of successes and setbacks; but now we can share what happened over the following weeks.

Whilst the 1st week was eventful and deserved an entry all of its own, thankfully things settled down as we started to find our feet in our new home ūüôā Continue reading

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Our Favourite Walks – Castril





We love the outdoors, and are fortunate enough to have a home¬†in the¬†‘Altiplano de Granada’ region of Andalucia, which is¬†an area of real contrasts. There is a huge and mainly deserted plain in its central part, surrounded by the mountain ranges of Sagra, Castril, Baza and Orce, with some peaks surpassing 2300 meters. There are also 3 large reservoirs, El Portillo, El San Clemente and El Negrat√≠n as well as 2 Natural Parks, the Sierra de Baza and the Sierra de Castril.

Basically, this means that we are spoiled for options when it comes to enjoying one of our real¬†passions¬†– walking ūüôā

And not being greedy people, we thought we would start to share some of our favourite walks with you !

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Spanish Market Days





There are many things I love about our newly adopted home of Spain and the list is growing. My favourite though¬†has to be¬†the Spanish market days.¬†This¬†is probably just as well, because in Spain everyday is market day ūüôā

In our area of Andalucia, I could go to a different market each and every day.  From the smallest village with a couple of stalls in a single side street, through to the principal town of Baza, where the market truly is King for the day.
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A day trip to Garrucha





What we have not as yet mentioned in any of our blogs, is that just a hop, skip and jump away are a number of beautiful and not too touristy beaches.

As we had our good friends Kes, Sarah and their daughter Charlotte staying with us, what better reason could  there be for a road trip to the coast, but with so much choice, where should we go ?
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Castril River Walk





I read an article that said that the Castril river walk was one of the must do activities in the region, today we were off to test this bold claim !

As it turned out, the journey to Castril was worthy of a day out all on its own. The road leading out from Huescar was intermittently lined with avenues of trees. Continue reading

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Our final week on holiday in Andalucia





It was an early morning start to our final week on holiday in Andalucia, as I was heading to Almeria airport to pickup my sister who was arriving at 9:30am.

There were lots of wind farms along the way …

Our final week on holiday in Andalucia

as well as an intriguing looking castle sitting alone on a hill on the edge of the Sierra Nevada. I later googled it and found out it was Calahorra Castle – its duly been added to the ‘must visit’ list. Continue reading

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Market Day in Huescar





Thursday is market day in Huescar. It’s the second largest market in the area (after Baza) and only a few miles from where we were staying in Galera.

We knew that nearly every village holds a weekly market and that they are an important part of life in rural Spain. For us, this was going to be our first experience of visiting a Spanish market.
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Our first week on holiday in Andalucia





Our first week on holiday in Andalucia started off on the right track. We collected our hire car, plugged the route to Galera into the GPS and hit the road. All but the last 25 kilometers were on motorways, the roads were in great condition and literally empty of traffic, making the drive a painless experience.
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