Category Spain

Day 316 — February 5, 1975

(Lizarza – San Sebastián – Pasajes – St. Jean de Luz – Biarritz – Bayonne – Pau – Pontacq) “Entering San Sebastián we drove through the city with our sights set on seeing the Castillo de la Mota on Monte Urgull, which Wellington stormed in 1813.  We also drove out and around La Concha Bay, […]

Day 315 — February 4, 1975

(Dueñas – Burgos – Pamplona – Lizarza) “We drove to Burgos over a fairly good road, which has not always been the case here in Spain; and the first thing we saw was the massive Arco de Santa Maria, a 16th century city gate/prison.  The cathedral is far more Northern European-looking than anything we’ve seen […]

Day 314 — February 3, 1975

(Oviedo – Valladolid – Dueñas) “We left town in quite a bit of moderate fog, the road twisting and turning up and down, narrow and bumpy all the way for over 60 kilometers.  Finally, the fog lifted as we started to work our way up towards the pass into or onto the upper plateau, the […]

Day 313 — February 2, 1975

(Órdenes – La Coruña – Cabo Cebes – Gijón – Oviedo) “We headed north to La Coruña, a modern-type seaport with quite extensive harbor installations.  It was here that Columbus’s Santa Maria was built and also from whence Phillip II’s Armada set sail in 1588 for the English Channel.” “We then headed in a northeasterly […]

Day 312 — February 1, 1975

(Buçaco – Santiago de Compostela – Órdenes) “Arriving at the 1,000-year old village of Valença do Minho, we found ourselves at the end of the longest border line-up we’ve seen for quite a while.  During the half-hour delay we gradually worked our way to the head of the line, at which point I was asked […]

Day 306 — January 26, 1975

(Aroche – Rosal de la Frontera – Vila Verde De Ficalho – Lisbon) “Having spent the night only 23 kilometers from the border, it was a short drive to Rosal de la Frontera, the last town in Spain.  It was a good job we hadn’t tried to make it to Lisbon last night, as I […]

Day 305 — January 25, 1975

(Seville – Niebla – Aroche) “We headed towards Seville’s famous white and yellow bullring, La Maestranza, which is tall, delicate, and right in the heart of the city.  We drove around until we found a parking spot and then headed to the Cathedral, which we circled on foot just to get an overall view, eventually […]

Day 304 — January 24, 1975

(San Roque – La Línea – Gibraltar – Cádiz – Jerez de la Frontera – Seville) “We headed south to La Línea past some fairly large groves of cork trees.  We drove through and out onto the Campo de Gibraltar, and there was the Rock right in front of us and as large as life, […]

Day 303 — January 23, 1975

(Torremolinos – Ronda – San Roque) “Heading to Ronda, we turned off the coastal highway and started inland for a 1½-hour slow climb on a miserably rough road that got rougher as the kilometers rolled by.  We climbed fairly steadily over the twisting road and were soon way up in the hills high above San […]

Day 302 — January 22, 1975

(Granada – Málaga – Torremolinos) “We entered the grounds of the Palacio Arabe of the Alhambra through a 16th century triumphal arch in the Vermilion walls, the Puerta de las Granadas (the Pomegranate Gate) and started our tour within at our own pace.  The rooms were empty and cold, and it had would have been […]