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Postcards from Caravaca, Murcia

Travelling to the fifth holy city of Catholic Christianity, Caravaca de la Cruz, in Murcia, the imposing Real Alcázar is the landmark which initially catches the eye. The castle can be seen from some distance while travelling along the nearby motorway which leads into the city, the fortified ramparts which dominate the city from its high point, overlooking the surrounding …

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Flamingos in the Land of Flamenco

There’s something exciting about seeing flamingos, these quirky, social, sometimes funny, these strange birds which may have been around for over 30 million years. Seeing a small flock in the salt flats of San Pedro del Pinatar, in the Spanish region of Murcia, was initially surprising, but in the land of flamenco it seemed somehow appropriate. Read more from Murcia …

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Postcards from Águilas, Murcia

Exploring the pretty harbour town of Águilas in Murcia, Costa Cálida in an enjoyable, innovative and satisfying fashion, through a tapas tour, is recommended for all foodies. We were collected from our accommodation at the Hotel Puerto Juan Montiel, and the next few hours were spent munching our way through, fresh chicken, pork, fish and octopus on a guided tour of …

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Life on the Camino; Cycling in Asturias

Walking is the most popular way of completing the Camino de Santiago (north), but cycling will appeal to those preferring two wheels to Shank’s pony! We gave it a try in Asturias, and it proved the perfect way to discover this natural paradise.
El Sablon Beach, LlanesGetting on your Bike
Taking to two wheels offers a few advantages, it’s quicker, so it will suit peregrinos with limited time, it will also allow greater flexibility to take diversions and explore or to pause longer in a place which

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Life on the Camino; A Pilgrim’s Way

The first thing to do is admit to being a fake, I’m not a fully-fledged pilgrim, not even a partially fledged one. This trip was not anywhere near long enough to complete the Camino de Santiago (North) or St James Way, and our group cherry picked the choice walking and bike riding routes through Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia. …

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Menorca; Timeless gem found in the details

There’s a chance those without a degree in smart Alec or geography will have had to google Menorca, surprised to discover there is a third Balearic island. This one however, isn’t just about all night partying and daytime recovery on the beach; it’s an unheralded and timeless cultural gem of the Spanish Mediterranean. Menorca is an island, therefore it’s blessed …

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Traditionally Menorca

Menorca is probably the least well known of the Balearic Islands, in fact often when I mentioned visiting, the reply would usually be “oh I love Majorca”. Resulting in a lengthy, if somewhat tedious lesson in Mediterranean geography. Menorca doesn’t do tourist traps or even lively nightlife; in fact, it’s claimed the island only has one real nightclub (Cova d’en …

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Costa Cálida; Surprising Gem of the Mediterranean

When first offered the opportunity to participate in trip to Costa Cálida, flying into Alicante, I had visions of the very things I’m really not fond of; budget destinations, over packed resorts, beer and chips, stag and hen parties….. Nothing, and I mean nothing, could have been further from the truth! The flight had plenty of passengers looking to party, …

Walking Through History in Cantabria, Spain

Guest post by Alison Bailey The Northern coast of Spain is rich in history. The geography is ideally suited to seafaring activities, there is ready access to the Bay of Biscay, and Santander has played a major part in shaping European history. Cantabria’s history goes back further than man’s first attempts to tame the sea, much further. The rock found in northern …