Having arrived in Spain on Friday 13th January last year (gulp), we sadly missed out on the Three Kings Day parade in Baza. This year though we intended to make amends and thought it might be a good idea to know exactly what Three Kings Day was all about !
It was only a few days after the Moors and Christians Festival, yet in our local town of Baza, they were already gearing up for the Cruces de Mayo Festival. According to the Baza Ayuntamiento Facebook page , it was to run from midday on Friday 5th through to midday Sunday 7th May. They even provided a handy little map showing the locations of the crosses 🙂
My parents were staying with us and so Saturday was a perfect opportunity to show them around Baza as well as check out the festival.
But first of all I thought I should find out what the Cruces to Mayo (Crosses of May) festival was all about. No surprise there then ! Continue reading →
Successes and setbacks takes a tongue in cheek look at how we have fared during our first 4 weeks in both our cave house and Spain in general.
To be honest though, we still don’t know where the last 4 weeks have gone. We are convinced that time runs at a different pace in this part of Spain. A blink of the eye and another day has gone, maybe we need to stop taking so many siestas ?
A year in the life of one foot in the cave takes a look at this years blog entries, along with any updates and reflections that we thought worth sharing.
Although before I start, I have to be honest and say that It seems far too soon to be doing a review of 2016. I do sometimes wonder where time goes ?
After all, we started discussing an eventual move to Spain back in September 2012 (whilst sitting on an agricultural terrace in Machu Picchu, Peru). Back then, we had set a goal of being in Spain by the end of 2016. We will actually be there in January 2017, but I think that in the grand scheme of things we can overlook a couple of weeks !
Anyway, enough of the waffling … here goes and I hope you enjoy the read 🙂 Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
So having established that our cave house is in the Altiplano de Granada, it was now time to find out a little more about this region of Granada.
When translated into English, Altiplano de Granada means Granada high plains and gives an insight into the landscape of this region. It is an area of 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. Continue reading →
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 …
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 →
It was already our second week on holiday in Andalucia. My parents were flying from Gatwick to Almeria so we needed to top up on provisions. The plan was to drive the 25 kilometers to Baza, however, passing through the village of Cullar (about half way) we thought we may be able to save both time and fuel and get all we needed there. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →