The Thing About Tarifa

WIND! Tarifa has an extreme microclimate: considerably cooler in summer and warmer in winter than the rest of continental Spain and then there's its unique winds that typically blow on over 80% of days each year! The Straits of Gibraltar create a venturi effect as itĀ funnels either the 'Levante' (easterly winds from Africa) or the … Continue reading The Thing About Tarifa

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You’ve Been To Rhondda: Now Go To Ronda!

Ronda sits atop it's rocky eyrie overlooking the Serrania de Ronda and Sierra de las Nieves. Bathed in the warm, golden hues of the setting sun, or the cool blueish hues of the rising sun; either way in stark contrast to the soft, verdant greens of the Rhondda Valleys of South Wales. The city today … Continue reading You’ve Been To Rhondda: Now Go To Ronda!

Malaga To Ronda Via El Burgo

After a day exploring the old town of Malaga, it was time to head back out into the countryside and the little country roads. Heading away from the coast across the valley floor of the hinterland behind Malaga, the road passes through extensive citrus orchards before starting to climb up into the enclosing hills. The … Continue reading Malaga To Ronda Via El Burgo

Malaga Old Town

Hmm. Yes. Well. It's a city and I'm never comfortable in cities: mostly about selling you something and full of people, all living too close to each other. At least that's how they feel to me, but it seems to suit the majority of humanity, so each to their own I guess. I cycled into … Continue reading Malaga Old Town

Need and English Garage near Malaga?

I did. The last few days heading south brought a distinctly ominous noise emanating from the van and images of something major going kaput on some camino rural, lost amongst endless olive trees. I hit the Mediterranean coast at Torre del Mar a bit to the east of Malaga and found Talleres Simon (Simon's Garage). … Continue reading Need and English Garage near Malaga?

Guisando, Sierra de Gredos

Guisando might be a small village perched on the side of a hill and where level ground is at a premium, but the citizens are very much 'on trend' even having their very own roundabout. Looks as if Fernando Alonso lives here! Having spent the morning driving from Losar de la Vera, mostly along the … Continue reading Guisando, Sierra de Gredos

Scenes from Losar de la Vera to Mombeltran

One of the benefits of travelling on the smaller provincial roads and the upgrading of many of those roads in recent years, is that you can frequently find short abandoned lengths of the original road. Much like Ox Bow lakes left by a river as it changes course, they can often make excellent spots to … Continue reading Scenes from Losar de la Vera to Mombeltran