From wet and windy Santander to warm & sunny Med

Trip Start Mar 24, 2008
Trip End Sep 12, 2008

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Sunday, April 6, 2008

The journey from the pleasant port city of Santander to "Full English breakfast with a nice cup of Tetley tea" menus of the resort town of Salou, has given us the insight to many different sides to Spain.

First stop was Picos de Europa National Park and a cable car ride up to 1850 metres with wonderful views of mountains up to 2600 mts. We found it hard to believe we were in Spain while doing a trek in this region; the meadow valleys and the snowy mountain peaks reminded us of Switzerland.

The next few days we drove for about 1000 kms through beautifully deep cut gorges, small villages that probably havenīt changed for a couple of hundred years. We visited Burgos which is famous for itīs outstanding cathedral, Pamplona famous for "The running of the bulls" and Zaragoza which was our first taste of a big Spanish city. Traffic was alright though.

We then headed away from the Pyrenees as it is still snowing in this region and after a few chilly nights with temps as low as +5 in the minivan the sunny Mediterranean was calling us. Marja kept us entertained by reading the English translated tourist information we picked up in Zaragoza (I thought my English was bad!!), while driving though the mountain passes and long stretches of asphalt.

We are now on the sunny Costa Dorada with day time temps of 20ish and warmer nights. Weīve enjoyed delicious seafood lunches, cycled, walked and visited small towns, resorts, villages...too many to mention. As you know we love architecture and have thoroughly enjoyed admiring buildings from all centuries. We canīt wait to see Gaudiīs work in Barcelona after visiting Gaudi Centre in his home town Reus.

The van now called "Banksy" (because itīs solid as a tank and drives like a bus), would make the retired Leyland workers who built him very proud.......! Minivan life is a routine we are getting into, but as weīve already discovered Iīm really a city person as wild camping in a pitch dark national park FREAKED ME OUT!! Marja is still laughing about that night.

If thereīs no photos we didnīt manage to upload them, but will try again soon .
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sueoreilly on

No way!!!!!!!!
sounds fantastic! Mike and I are really jealous!! you need to let us know where you are going so we can try and meet up for dinner!!!!

lots of love xxxxxx

Kelly on


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