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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada July 5th 2022

Today we bid a sad adios to the Costa Del Sol. Our beach resort day, and the relaxed start this morning gave us time to recharge our batteries and we were ready to hit the road! My cold is going away, and I should be fine in another day or so. Jody’s problems are probably more allergy related, Europe is old and there’s all kinds of new stuff to be allergic to. We left this morning for Alfarnatejo, a small village in the mountains of about 400 people. This is not a tourist town, there are no souvenir shops. It’s just and actual farming town where people make their living from growing olives and making olive oil. There is also a little wheat farming, and they are experimenting with pistachio and almond trees, but mainly ... read more
Views of the Alfarnatejo Olive Oil Plant
On the Road to Alhambra - Mountain Views
Views of Alhambra

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Torremolinos July 4th 2022

We both have colds! Not bad colds, but colds none the less. At least it’s not Covid. It’s been passing through the bus for the last couple of days, and it looks like it’s our turn now. Fortunately, I have the pharmacy of Jody to keep us feeling better soon. Meanwhile, we’re also at the beach! Last night we arrived at the Melia Resort, while technically in Torremolinos, it’s just outside Malaga on the Costa Del Sol. Our room is across the street from the bridge and we can see the Mediterranean from our balcony. This morning was a “relaxed start” which means we were able to sleep in a little, as our tour did not begin until 9:00. So we got to bed early last night and were able to sleep in today, so we ... read more
Views of Malaga - Moorish Fort
Views of Malaga - Cathedral
Views of Malaga - Picasso Museum

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga July 3rd 2022

After last night’s Flamenco exhibition, it would be difficult to find anything more fun in Sevilla, so it’s time to move on again. This time we’re leaving Spain again, even if it’s just for a few hours, to visit Gibraltar, which is actually part of Britain. We can't actually bring the bus into Gibraltar, both because it’s too big to get very far, but more because the bus and our luggage inside are subject to search by British Customs and this could cause a long delay. There has always been animosity between the Spanish and British Governments, but it has really been flaring up lately due to Brexit, and this has been causing customs delays. The story goes that back in the 18th century, when Spanish king didn’t have any children, the children or grandchildren, of ... read more
The Rock of Gibraltar
St-Michaels Cave
Monkey with Baby

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville July 2nd 2022

Today was our second day in Sevilla, and I must say ut’s pretty great to be back where it’s warm! Some people are complaining about the heat, but we don’t mind it at all. The hotel is really nice, but somehow the Wi-Fi just sucks. It worked perfectly yesterday afternoon when we arrived, but nobody has been able to logon since yesterday. Looks like I’ll be uploading late on the bus again tomorrow. That worked out fine this morning, but it did take a while to upload the pictures. It was also very bumpy on the bus, but as soon as I finished, the road smoothed right out and was perfect for the rest of the day. This morning we headed off to the ancient city of Cordoba. We met up with our guide, Gema who ... read more
Views of the Cordoba Mosque
Views of the Cordoba Mosque
Views of the Cordoba Mosque

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville July 1st 2022

It’s time to say adios to Portugal, it’s only been a few days, but it’s time to head back to southern Spain. I’m not sure why I thought we were going to Costa-del-Sol today, but because I did, we thought it would be cold and we wore jeans. But we are actually going inland to Sevilla, were it’s hot! When we got off the bus it was 37C or 98F and that is certainly hot, even by Florida standards! But we’re now true Floridians, so we just dealt with it. Those of us from Florida, Arizona, and Texas didn’t have much trouble, but some of the northerners were dying. Sevilla is a beautiful city of about 800,000, home to the third largest cathedral cleverly named the Cathedrale de Sevilla, actually the official name is Our Lady ... read more
Cathedrale del Sevilla - Interior
Cathedrale del Sevilla - Interior
Cathedrale del Sevilla - Grave of Columbus

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz June 16th 2022

We left Chipiona, intending to take a ferry from Jerez de la Frontera to Cadiz, to visit my niece Salome. When we arrived at the ferry port, we found out they didn't have any ferries running today. So, Antonio decided we'd take a train instead. After a short ride across town, we bought four round-trip tickets to Cadiz, and away we went. A short time later, we pulled into one of the stations in Cadiz. We'd been in contact with my niece, who had just completed her degree in Tourism that day, and agreed to meet her just outside the station. We went across the street to a corner and waited a few minutes until Salome showed up. She gave us a short tour of Cadiz, showing us a museum, the Roman theater, and a few ... read more
Panorama of Cadiz from the train station
Plaza in Cadiz
Roman theater

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Chipiona June 15th 2022

We left for Ronda late in the morning, intending to stop at Zahara de la Sierra for a while first. At about 11:30am, we saw Zahara, across a large lake, clinging to a hillside. Spanish towns are quite often built on hillsides, but this one was completely on a hill and with a large lake at the bottom. We pulled over on the other side of the bridge to take some photos, then again just after we reached the foot of the town, where they had a nice overlook. We drove up into the town, but Consuelo didn't want to go very far, since the road was fairly narrow and the turns were pretty sharp. We parked in a spot designed for tourist and started walking uphill. The streets were usually pretty small, but the overlooks ... read more
Panoramic view of the valley
Closeup of the town of Zahara
Panoramic view of the town

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville June 15th 2022

TOUR 2 – Great Iberian Tour – WED, 15 JUN 2022 – Day 16: Guided visit with local expert in Seville. Boat trip along the river Guadalquivir. Night transfer to the historic centre. After breakfast, a local expert will guide you on a scenic visit of Seville featuring the Cathedral and its famous Giralda (bell tower), the banks of the Guadalquivir River, popu­lar neighborhoods of Santa Cruz and Triana and the beautiful Plaza de España. After the visit, we will include a boat trip along the river Guadalquivir, enjoying the panoramic views from the boat. Right after, you will have free time to explore at your own leisure. At the end of the afternoon, we will go to the historic city centre area (Calle Alfonso XII) where there are many different types of restaurants for you ... read more
City Tour and Free Time – Seville, Spain
City Tour and Free Time – Seville, Spain
City Tour and Free Time – Seville, Spain

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Seville June 14th 2022

TOUR 2 – Great Iberian Tour – TUE, 14 JUN 2022 – Day 15: Costa del Sol and the Andalusian village of Ronda. Departing from Granada and travelling towards the Costa del Sol, we will arrive in MALAGA and explore its historic city centre, with its cathedral and the Picasso Museum. After this we will continue along the coastal motorway with beautiful views of the Mediterranean. Stopping in PUERTO BANUS, Marbella, a pretty resort known as the playground of Europe’s rich and famous. In the afternoon we will continue through the hills until we reach RONDA, a very beautiful “white town” with its large gorge that divides it in two. Then we will travel onward to SEVILLE, arrival sometime in the late afternoon.... read more
On the Drive to Costa del Sol, Spain
On the Drive to Costa del Sol, Spain
On the Drive to Costa del Sol, Spain

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada June 13th 2022

TOUR 2 – Great Iberian Tour – MON, 13 JUN 2022 – Day 14: Visit the Alhambra (if you bought the trip with the entrance included). Night transfer. We will have a full day in GRANADA. For those who booked the trip with the entrance included, in the afternoon we will visit with a local guide the immense Alhambra Palace and its beautiful Generalife gardens, built in Arab times. In the evening we will visit the, a World Heritage site as is the Alhambra, where you can have dinner in the narrow winding streets of this captivating Medieval Moorish quarter. At night, you will have the option to attend a flamenco dance show in the traditional neighbourhood of Sac­romonte. IMPORTANT NOTE: The maximum number of people allowed to visit the Alhambra is limited by the local ... read more
Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens – Granada, Spain
Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens – Granada, Spain
Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens – Granada, Spain

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