Vila Viçosa - the marble town

Marble - that`s what Vila Viçosa is made of, or so it seems. Curbs, pavement, steps, door frames, benches and the stripes of the cebra crossing - in Vila Viçosa it is from marble.

putting your hands into marble

Medieval Monsaraz

Along the spanish border we drove around the Alqueva Reservoir until we reached the town of Monsaraz which has a castle on a prominent hill and a city wall completely surrounding the town.




Pulo do Lobo & Serpa

At the hill over the Pulo do Lobo waterfall we had found a peaceful place. Down in the valley we climbed over many rocks to get a good view of the river and the waterfall.


Mértola & the super Moon

One of the many gems of the Alentejo is Mértola at the Guadiana river. After driving through endless pastures with oak trees we suddenly reached this beautiful town surrounded by walls and with a castle on top.

Arriving at Mértola

Hiking around Loulé

At the Algarve in Portugal we found 2 beautiful hikes not far from Loulé: the Fonte Benémola and Rocha da Pena. Both easy walks and especially in spring a pleasure with all the wild flowers in bloom.


Baking bread

We like to bake our own bread, which is normaly from wholemeal spelt flour with changing ingredients.

ingredients for whole grain bread

Minas de Riotinto

One of the main attractions in Huelva are the mines of Riotinto. We waited two days for better weather before we went there.

Cerro Colorado

Sierra Morena

When we reached the north of Huelva we visited two interesting towns: Aracena and Almonaster la Real in the beautiful hills of the Sierra Morena.

isn't it cute ?

Via Verde de la Sierra Norte de Sevilla

In the mountains north of Sevilla we cycled the route of a former mine railway. The iron ore won in the open pit at San Nicolás del Puerto was transported from 1895 onwords into the valley and to an already existing railway line. Today it is a cycling route through a very green and beautiful nature reserve.

happy to cycle again

Itálica

Near Sevilla lies Itálica, a roman town founded in 206 BC to settle victorious Italian veterans from the Second Punic Wars against Hannibal and the Carthaginians - therefore the name.

Neptune mosaic

Hiking the dunes

Between Caños de Meca and Barbate lies a natural park of sand dunes and pine trees with a beautiful hiking route along the coast.

Hiking on sand

Coast around Cádiz

After visiting Jerez we wanted to discover the coast in the south for a little bit. East of Cádiz we found beautiful beaches and lovely towns like Verjer de la Frontera.

Unbelievable sunrise at Verjer de la Frontera from our "bedroom" window !

Jerez de la Frontera

We reached Jerez de la Frontera, parked next to Carefour where we did some shopping and then walked into the center from there.
At the main square the friendly lady at the tourist office handed us a map and all the opening times. She couldn't sell us tickets for the riding school but recommended to book them online. We walked through the little streets and visited the big cathedral.

Main square of Jerez

Setenil & Via Verde de la Sierra

Through little villages with very narrow and curvy streets we drove to Setenil. When we got there, we couldn't find a parking. It was Sunday and many people came to visit this village. We followed a sign to a covered parking leading us around town and back from the other side.


Flamenco @ Ronda


We attended a Flamenco show in Ronda, performed by "RAÍCES", a local group showing traditional Ronda-style flamenco.


Flamenco music has it’s origins in ancient Andalucian history, possibly well before the Moorish settlements, and is believed by most experts to be a complex amalgam of Iberian, Arabic, Shepherdic, and Gitano musical styles that really matured after the reconquest of 1492, and then over the next few centuries.