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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 Negratín 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 🙂

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 🙂

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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Cave Living in Australia





The next in our series on cave living around the world looks at cave living in Australia, revealing a unique underground town.

Coober Pedy is a small Australian town with a population of about 2000 people.  Located in northern South Australia 846 km (526 miles) north of Adelaide, It is well-known as an underground town as well as being the opal capital of the world.
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Cave Living in Asia





The second in our series on cave living around the world looks at cave living in Asia and reveals a truly amazing variety of caves dwellings.

Whilst I was not surprised that the largest continent in the World is home to the greatest number of cave dwellings, the diversity of the cave dwellings truly astounded me. Continue reading

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Cave living around the world





If you were to do a google search on cave living around the world, I think that you would be quite surprised with what that search revealed. I can testify to this as that is exactly what I did after becoming a self-confessed cave dweller.

cave living around the world

Previously, I had only associated cave living with prehistoric man of our history books.  When I started to research cave houses in Andalucia I soon learnt that  many of the refurbished caves within the region date back as far as the Moorish times.   Continue reading

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So where is our cave house ?





After managing to convince family and friends that we really have bought a cave to live in, the next question is usually –  so where is our cave house ?

So … Where is our cave house ?

I used to say that it was in Andalucia, Southern Spain. I was then told by someone who had obviously digested Wikipedia that Andalucia is both the most populated and second largest in terms of area out of  the 17 autonomous communities of Spain. In other words Andalucia is quite large, so maybe I needed to start being a little more specific !
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Catching up with friends





We may have been leaving Andalucia but weren’t quite ready to leave Spain . Instead we were planning on catching up with friends in Tossa de Mar.  A reunion was long overdue, not only had we not seen Giz and Lidia for a couple of years, we had yet to meet Gilda, their 10 month old daughter.
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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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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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