Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Do You Know the Way to San José?

Well, we do! In fact we walked to this lovely coastal town from our campsite in Los Escullos at Cabo de Gata. We did a brilliant 10km coastal walk to San Jose for our last Sunday lunch in Spain. The walk home was a bit slower.

More coast

San Jose in the distance

I digress as usual. As you may remember we had a second date in Sevilla with our Texan friends which was of course great fun, and yes we showed them our favourite eating and drinking spots. Lawrence first met John in Tibet in 1987.
Bulls and Texans

At Plaza de Espana

From there we drove back up to Las Alpujarras for some mountain walking and general exploration. We’d done the western end with the Bimobil gang late last year but I really wanted to see the rest of the region and do some decent hill walking. The weather had different ideas. It was so cold outside that after about 5 minutes I was starting to lose my general good humour. So, we spent 2 nights up there and saw the area but couldn’t see us doing any serious walking. So, after leaving the highest campsite in Spain (allegedly) at 1,560m, we whizzed back to coast and that is how we found ourselves at Cabo de Gata.
Snow in the Alpujarra

Trevelez - apparently the highest town in Spain (from the campsite)

This region has been recommended to us by many people along the way and fitted into our plans. Sadly we had to drive through ‘poly tunnel land’ to get there. However the weather was great and we did some fantastic walks. This was really our last place hanging out in Spain before heading north for Barcelona.

Last night was spent in a dreary resort type place, a ghost town in winter. There was a ‘rally group’ there and we wondered why – what would they do? The bar was set up for Karaoke, so we fled.

I really think someone needs to come up with a way of combing Line Dancing with Bingo or Karaoke. It could be a spectator sport – with enough gin.

So tonight we are back in our first ever campsite in Spain! That was November 2011, a mere 3 years and 3 months ago. Blimey, we never thought we’d be back here. It’s just south of Barcelona, and we’ll head in tomorrow. We’ll have a final late lunch in the city and then head to the ferry.

Next stop, Italy (after 20 long hours on a ferry).

PS: I‘ve just looked back over the last few posts and there does seem to be maybe a few too many photos of us eating and drinking! We do cook - honest guv. Anyway, once we hit ‘the trail’ there’ll be no more highlife. Will be good thing for the purse and pants.

Sorry - one more food photo of last Sunday lunch in San Jose.

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