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    GNV Ferry Barcelona to Genoa: Review

    It was quite an experience getting the ferry from Barcelona to Genoa. Firstly, there was very little information online about what time to arrive, where to go etc. Then when we got to the port, there were no signs for GNV and we had no idea where to go or what the check-in procedure was. We ended up pulling up at a bus stop whilst I went off to find out. I decided to write this post to help anyone else looking at this as an option and wondering what to expect. Booking Process When we booked our tickets, the website was all available in English and booking was fairly…

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    Zaragoza

    From Nuevalos and the Stone monastery, we continued our journey east through Aragon, heading ultimately for Barcelona. Our next stop was the interesting and lively city of Zaragoza. It name derives from that of the founder of the Roman city that once stood here: Caesaraugusta. The Romans established their city here in the 14th century BC, along the banks of the great Ebro River and the city boasts a large number of historical sites from the Roman, Islamic and Christian eras. Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar We headed initially for the main square, the vast and impressive Plaza del Pilar, and stepped inside the imposing Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady…

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    Waterfalls and Chocolate: the Monasterio de Piedra

    From Madrid we headed east, en route back to Barcelona from where will soon catch a ferry over to Italy. But before then, there was more of rural Spain that we wanted to explore. This country has such vast wilderness areas and it is easy to spend a day out walking and not pass another living soul. We found a campsite (Lago Resort) in a beautiful location alongside a striking turquoise reservoir and walking distance from the village of Nuevalos, somewhere between Madrid and Zaragoza and made it our home for a couple of days. On the drive over we had passed through mile after mile of stunning but barren…

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    Special Connections in Madrid

    Madrid is not only Spain’s capital city, it is also its highest one and hauling up through the mountains the rest of the way from Granada involved lots of slow climbs and incredible vistas. The roads here are so quiet though: away from the cities, you often feel as though you have the whole autopista to yourselves. Our campsite was on the western fringes of Madrid in a neighbourhood called Villaviciosa and we planned to make a trip into the city from there. Our intention was to drive to the metro station and then use public transport. This has worked well in other cities where there has been a park…

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    Segovia

    The name Segovia always makes me think of the fictitious place – Genovia – that the character Mia Thermopolis comes from in the Princess Diaries films with Anne Hathaway. There is nothing fictitious about this city though. It has been inhabited since pre-Roman times and had played an important part in Spanish history. It is situated in the Spanish region of Castile and León, just north of Madrid. The Roman Aqueduct Segovia’s main attraction is a colossal Roman aqueduct, El Aqueducto. It is 29m high, has 163 arches and is 894m long. But it is not just its size that is so impressive, it is the fact that it runs…

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    Cimbarra Waterfall Walk

    We are now on the move north from Granada towards Madrid. We stopped en route in a place called Santa Elena, which is in the Despeñaperros Natural Park. There are lots of lovely walks around here, but the one with probably the most rewarding views is the walk to the Cimbarra waterfall. There were two possible routes to get there from our campsite, one of which was twice as long as the other (60km as opposed to 29km). We opted for the shorter route, along the J-6110/A-6200, but it turned out to be a very slow drive with many switchbacks. The road was also quite narrow with a steep drop…

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    10 Reasons We Fell in Love With Beas de Granada

    We have been travelling now for about 7 months and during that time we have stayed on some 30 campsites and in 8 apartments or hotels. Whilst our general lifestyle has been nomadic, moving on every few days or so, there have been a few occasions when we have found somewhere so special that we have based ourselves there longer and really got to know the area. Beas de Granada was one of those places, and we stopped here for a total of 8 weeks, going off on side trips to Seville, Córdoba and the south coast of Spain, but always coming back to our peaceful place in the mountains.…