Category: Spain

Peñíscola – Gibraltar of Valencia

Let me tell you a tale. A tale about a small town in the province of Castellón, in what is called Costa del Azahar, along the Mediterranean coast in Spain. It is called Peñíscola and it sits somewhere between the well known cities of Barcelona and Valencia. Peñíscola is a beautiful little town, lively and full of character, a very popular holiday spot amongst Spanish tourists in the Summer months (other nationalities like to visit too, it is just not as known as other Mediterranean areas). There is some history behind Peñíscola. There is a castle, called Castillo del...

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Portlligat – Home of Salvador Dalí

Catalonia, the north-eastern part of Spain.  It’s a beautiful area with lots of history and it was the home of Salvador Dalí. There’s a museum completely dedicated to him in Figueres. But there’s an interesting, yet smaller museum in Portlligat which attracted us instantly. Dalí once bought several small fishing cottages in the coastal village of Portlligat. He joined the small houses and made it his home. This is the place where he lived with his wife and where worked for a very long time. Nowadays the house is a museum, which can be visited year round.  Almost everything in and...

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Barcelona: Wondering at The Sagrada Família

Well we only had one evening at this Hostel in Barcelona so that meant only a few hours locally unfortunately to explore the vicinity. Still though, with a spring in the step we took a wander, black by black, lefts and rights. Only a few minutes away a building appeared that does attract many visitors that come to Barcelona. The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, or for short, la Sagrada Família. The building of this Roman Catholic Church started in 1882.. it is still not anywhere near finished yet, it was time to discover more, a wander round...

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A vibrant stay at Generator Hostel Barcelona

Yes, it was a flight across from Venice to Barcelona next. Not at all a bad 2 places to be in one day as you can imagine. Just one train and 2 metro stops from the airport and we were in the heart of Barcelona and checking in at the next Generator Hostel of this whirlwind tour of Europe. Generator Hostel Barcelona was perfectly situated for a visit of any type to this city. For metro stops you could choose either Diagonal or Verdaguer as it lies right between the two. It was a charm to be back in...

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Tenerife – El Teide, Climbing To The Top of Spain

Mt Teide, Tenerife. The summit of which stands at 3,718 m (12,198 ft), which makes it the highest point in Spain. Today was my day for getting the old boots on and wandering up there. Heading away from the coast and upwards towards the start point you are hit by the striking and different scenery the whole of Teide National Park has to offer. Even shortly after setting off up the mountain on foot the lunar landscape of this volcanic region becomes all too apparent. Different shades volcanic soil and rock lighting up your path. After wandering around and...

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Tenerife – Out By Boat For Cliffs and Dolphins

A day to rest the feet a little and catch a boat for a different kind of adventure. Time to see a bit of Tenerife…. from the waters surrounding it. All aboard and along the coast we went, west and north. Then, before our eyes came a dramatic sight, the giant cliffs of Los Gigantes! Sheer cliff faces rising out of the sea, rising 500 – 800 m in parts. Necks were straining I can tell you. A little further on came a memory of yesterdays hike, the bay of Masca, I had walked down the ravine to where it...

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