Cazorla Park

This time our getaway in this early autumn we have made it not far from our city Seville. We decided to go into a Natural Park located about 400km away, within our autonomous community of Andalusia, towards Jaen, as its landscape offers a unique experience of white villages and a vast sea of olive trees. The choice was Sierra de Cazorla, a town that is undoubtedly committed to the development of rural tourism and is so recognized, as this is the largest protected area in Spain and second largest in Europe.Cazorla is shown and shows its charm between whitewashed houses and its mountains behind, and just approaching this town and see it in the distance invites you to visit it.

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Menorca, the calm island

More or less 10 years have passed since we discovered this small island in the Mediterranean, what to say about this rock that has not already been said .... I know for sure that it caught us, dazzled us or bewitched us.I should also mention that our daughter Ainhoa is a resident of this beautiful land and that is the most important reason why we have returned every summer, in addition to the above mentioned.The first summers spending the summer in Menorca (the small island of the Balearic Islands) also became a great relief for us, we left our city Seville and those torrid days of the long summer became fresh and lighter. I emphasize again that those were the first summers. Climate change today is a reality and affects the whole country and everyone in general.Despite this, the natural landscape, the bright light, the blue color, the calm atmosphere, the warmth of its crystal clear waters, the rich gastronomy, its fishing villages, etc, continue to make Menorca a paradise to which you will want to return.In this beautiful island you will find places where it seems that time has stopped, small fishing villages that see the world go by reflected in tourism. It is not a place for fun at night, it is a very familiar environment where you will find the tranquility and the necessary disconnection to renew energies and marvel at the view. The great attraction of Menorca is undoubtedly its coastline, its paridisiacal coves of fine white sand in the south, reddish and cobbled in the north.One of the few places that still preserves its authenticity, although it has also grown and has been able to adapt to tourism.Without hesitation I would return again and again, I will always find a solitary place to discover to enjoy the natural and delight me with its sunsets.

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Mogarraz

Mogarraz (Salamanca) this unusual and isolated town immersed in the oak forests in the Sierra de Francia (Spain) that has managed to preserve its architecture, traditions, has also managed to attract tourism to give life and movement to its narrow streets.Declared a Historic-Artistic Site at the end of the last century, this town is exposed and offers visitors a charming network of alleys and passageways up and down from its main street. Typical of Mogarraz are its facades decorated with wooden and stone frameworks, some houses of considerable height, as well as lintels and engravings with religious allusions, shields of ancient lineages or the feared Inquisition.The visit can be done in more or less 2 hours, parking is not easy, we advise you not to enter the town with your vehicle, park outside and let yourself be led step by step through its streets, since along the way you will find something that will catch your eye. attention. On practically every façade of every house you will see paintings, portraits of former inhabitants who are currently deceased, around 400 portraits that in 1967 a local painter and a local initiative decided to give them their space and make them immortal in some way. So on your walk you will be accompanied by its former inhabitants who seem to be watching us.The town itself is very similar to its neighbors, with a very attractive and well-preserved type of construction.

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La Alberca

La Alberca unique and small town in the heart of the Sierra de Francia.It is located 80 km from Salamanca (Spain) here we will find this little jewel that incredibly preserves its customs and traditions over time.It was already mentioned in its day by illustrious writers such as Unamuno, Cervantes or Lope de Vega.Declared today an Artistic Historic Site, this region that remains rooted in its religious customs and rites, is surrounded by beautiful landscapes that delight visitors. In principle, what attracted us to choose this place as a destination, as well as its architectural complex and its landscape, was that its legends and traditions, how the new generations have known how to maintain these unusual customs for the time, and how this Somehow they have managed to attract the hundreds of visitors who walk daily through its alleys and corners full of mysteries.Death is very present in the lives of its inhabitants, a clear example is a rite, the one that most caught our attention, every afternoon of the year at sunset a woman (the girl of the souls) walks through the town while ringing a bell Saying a prayer for all the souls in Purgatory. The legend of the town tells that due to inclement weather one afternoon she could not go out to her ritual and a bell from the church bell tower collapsed.Walking through La Alberca is like traveling to the past, since it is characterized by the customs and superstitions of its people.It is essential to walk through its Plaza Mayor, which is said to be the witness of everything that happens in a town, and of course not to stop tasting its good wine accompanied by some tapa of its exquisite sausages.Traveling with our Camper we spend the night in the motorhome area (without service) which is located about 150 meters from the town center.

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An extraordinary experience

In the last decade, the fashion of traveling by van or motorhome has spread so much that it has already gone a long way from what in another era was linked to this activity. Not so long ago this way of life was related to a hippie environment, people who lived in a particular way and with a less structured attitude in their day to day, what has been a free spirit.But that, as I say, is already behind us in time, today it has taken on a fairly important boom and anyone who considers it can choose this way of traveling and living.I am not one to idealize, nor to exaggerate, telling only the good things about situations, like almost everything in life there are pros and cons. I will always speak to you from my experience, from what I have experienced traveling in a Camper.

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The Enchanted Forest of Parauta

Today we move to the province of Málaga (Spain) specifically in the Valle del Genal, a place that has recovered its life from a municipal initiative and an artist, carver and sculptor based in the town. 

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Granadilla. Abandoned village

We continue our route through Cáceres (Spain), this time we head towards a peculiar town Granadilla, this walled village of feudal origin was of utmost importance nothing more and nothing less than the capital of the region.

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Hervás. Jewish Quarter

Again another sunrise of this beautiful spring and our 2nd day of route begins.We set up our base camp and leave the Jerte Valley Cáceres towards the Ambroz Valley, specifically to Hervás. To do this we have to climb to Puerto Honduras altitude of 1440mt, about 17 km on a 5% slope and go back down to the northeast.

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Ode to Spring

The days begin to lengthen, the sun tempers the long winter, the sky becomes friendly, nature vibrates once again with its intense palette of bright colors, the scent of flowers permeates our clothes in ourselves, life is reborn.We have chosen these days of Holy Week to go out to nature, we could have also chosen to stay in the city, since my city during this week is filled with options for leisure, it is decorated and beautifully ornamented. Seville  (Spain) and its Holy Week, in principle it is not easy to overcome that plan, but this year we have decided so, and we chose to get away from the crowd and disconnect for a few days in the lands of Extremadura (Spain).We traveled by camper van, we traveled with the house in bed and also with our pets, which are two small Chihuahuas.We have visited two valleys, the Ambroz and the Jerte, an explosion of life, a visual wonder that if you can visit do not hesitate.

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