New on our website: Exploring Jaén

So far we have mainly paid attention to Malaga and Granada. From now on, we will pay more attention to Jaén as well. This is one of the least touristic provinces of Spain. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything to be seen there. Jaén is home to Nature Parks and historic cities and much more. JOIN us to a new destination!

Later this week, we will start with the first new episode.


Car trip: Of Mountains and Castles

A wise man once said “In these hot summers, the best place to be is in our air-conditioned car”. That wise man is the Viking, and he said it just before we left on this trip. This itinerary will bring you to some of the best locations in the provinces of Granada and Jaen. You will see magnificent landscapes and impressive architecture.

We started in Illora, a picturesque town known for its castle, built in the 10th and 11th century by the Moors and captured by the Catholic kings in 1486.

The castle is located on a huge hill in the center of the town. You can visit it, but you need a reservation. Check out www. for more information.

Via Tocon we then drove to the most picturesque town of Granada, Montefrio.

These 2 pictures don’t do it justice, but what about these?

This is worth another visit right

We then continued to Alcala la Real and Castillo de Locubin (each with its own castle, as well) and via road Ja6050, we found ourselves in the Sierra de Alta Coloma. Frailes and Ribera Baja are cozy villages where you can take a break.

Last but certainly not least, Moclin and its stunning castle, dating from the 13th century. Check for more info!

This car trip will keep you busy for a whole morning or afternoon, unless you want to visit one of the castles (in that case add an extra 2 hours).

And we made a video of the trip as well!

Snap of the Day – The Village

Still in lockdown, and the frustrating thing is that we don’t know until when… Bars, restaurants, and non-essential stores are closed. And we still cannot leave our hometown. On top of it all, I have an inflammation of my shoulder and neck muscles. Quite painful, and I haven’t been able to do any writing for more than a week. And that explains my absence on the internet.

Now the good news:

  • As I am writing this, I am sitting on the terrace in a T-shirt. (And a pair of jeans, of course).
  • The medication helps, and the pain is slowly going away.
  • There are still corners of Iznalloz and the surrounding Sierra Arana that we can explore. There is even a new project that we can start!
  • One day that stupid virus will disappear. And then we will announce our travel plans!

We leave you with a picture of a mountain village that we discovered during our last excursion.

Snap of the Day – Sierra Magina

And… we are in (partial) lockdown… again. Until yesterday, we could drive around all Andalusia. From today on we can’t leave our hometown. This lockdown will at least last a week and then the situation will be reviewed. Let’s hope this nightmare ends soon!

Yesterday, when we could still make an excursion, we went to the Sierra Magina in the province of Jaen. This was our second exploration, and we are falling in love with this mountain area. If you are a nature lover, we highly recommend this area.

We still have a lot of recent – and less recent – travel memories to share. See you in a couple of days!

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