The Adventures of Grandma & Grandpa

One big world, 2 bikes, 6 grandchildren many postcards…

‘Spain’

Tarifa the Finale

After 45km today we have reached Tarifa, the southern most point in mainland Spain. It was a tough day of over 500m ascent as we followed what will become Eurovelo 8. The coastline scenery was stunning with hazy views of Africa in the distance. Kite surfing is the order of the day in this town… Read More

Spain Bicycle C2C

We have done it! 1,300km C2C down through Spain. Mainly following the Ruta de la Plata and other Pilgrim routes on the Camino Santiago. Our last 35km day bypassed another white hilltop town of Vejar de la Frontera before arriving back on the Atlantic at Barbate. The windmills described by Cervantes have been replaced with… Read More

Los Pueblos Blancos

Unfortunately, our photo of Arcos de la Frontera, one of the spectacular hilltop white towns and cities of Andalucia, is hardly an award winner on a hazy Wednesday morning. Yet beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it was a joy for us. We were leaving the town after two gruelling days cycling.… Read More

Kings, Romans, Fog & Sun

We started off our new year cycling in Spain with a rolling 70km ride from Caceres to Merida on a cold, but clear and sunny day. The road was extremely devoid of traffic which made cycling a dream. Due to the upcoming festival of Epiphany, or Reyes, we had booked an apartment in Merida for… Read More

Happy New Year Cycling Spain

Three blissful days of cycling the Ruta de la Plata in Spain! As we left Bejar for the 60km trip to Plasencia, it was bitterly cold and windy, but after a stiff climb out of the city, the sun soon warmed our faces and it was all downhill. The scenery was superb being surrounded by… Read More

Ham Anyone? Cycle Spain

If you are a vegetarian, forget this part of central Spain. Everywhere, the pig and its delicacies are an everyday part of passing the time in bars, cafés and restaurants with the obligatory vino de la casa. If you are not vegan, then console yourself with superb cheeses, olives and bread to die for. We… Read More

Foggy Spain

We were sad to leave the historic city of Zamora especially as the early morning start was shrouded in dense freezing fog. Once out of the city, the N630 was extremely devoid of traffic, and even the parallel motorway was hardly busy for a Saturday. It was a rolling 67km to Salamanca and unfortunately the… Read More

Spanish Plains

Flat and flatter! That is all that can be said of the 73km ride from Leon to Benavente. Yet the weather is improving. No rain and when the sun breaks through it feels wonderful on the face. But it is still cold! The N630 is straight as straight could be so much so that you… Read More

Ruta de la Plata – Plain Sailing

It was a mere 5km, 380m ascent at 17% to the Puerto de Pajares. We were shattered. But it was a clear, cold sunny day and the views of the snow covered peaks was an absolute joy to behold. There is nothing at the pass to warrant a break other than taking photographs, so it… Read More

Ruta de la Plata – Albergues

Most of our guides and maps for the Ruta de la Plata promote hostels or Albergues as economic places to stay along the route. Sadly, at this time of year, many are closed. So we have been using booking.com who have a brilliant app and website for finding accommodation. When we left Oviedo, we knew… Read More