Week 13 - Christmas in Essaouira

This week we swapped van life for the luxury of an airbnb riad in Essaouira. It was Christmas after all. My three children Ciara, Conor and Regan flew in on the Easyjet Luton flight to join us for the week and together we managed to get through most of the ‘Must Do’ list of any […]

Week 8 - Cadiz to Gibraltar


In our last week in Spain before heading to Morocco, we spent a few days in Cadiz, travelled on to the famously windy town of Tarifa before crossing the border to Gibraltar. On the Rock,  it was all change. Our van Molly went for an overnight stay at a garage for a full once over. […]

Week 7 - From Seville to Jerez

This week we experienced the food,  fino and flamenco of Andalusia, staying three days in Seville – still not enough time to do the city justice – before heading south to Jerez. We  saw some curious sights on the way – the pilgrimage village of El Rocio in Huelva where the sand-covered streets are designed […]

Week 6 - Extremadura to La Mancha


This week we travelled from Extremdadura where Stuart was able to get in a day’s fishing and on into New Castile. And in our own quest to see the flat plains of the Meseta, we followed in the trail of the brave knight Don Quixote of La Mancha before turning south to visit the beautiful […]

Week 5 - Salamanca to Extremadura

This week we strolled around the beautiful honey-coloured sandstone city of Salamanca, travelled south to Extremadura to see the wildlife of Parque Natural de Monfrague. And we travelled to Caceres for the food – it was Spain’s gastronomic capital in 2015- and stayed on for the fleadh. By luck, not planning, we had arrived just […]

Week 4 - Porto, Coimbra and back to Spain

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This week we spent a few days in beautiful Porto while waiting for the new van part to arrive, travelled south to Portugal’s leading university city Coimbra and just when we’d finally worked out our ‘obrigados’  from our ‘obgrigadas’ *  we have crossed the border back to Spain. And the highlights of week 4: Exploring […]