Abandoned mines and nudist beaches | Murcia, Spain

A 50km drive through the countryside led us to the coastal village of Bolnuevo where there were some interesting rock formations behind the beach. That was the main reason we came here and to be honest they weren’t that special as there was a big carpark between the beach and the rocks and they were…

Storm clouds, hippy villages and rainbows in Cabo de Gato | Spain

The Cabo de Gato natural park is an area of rugged coastline with cliffs, hidden coves and rock formations formed from volcanic activity. It’s the only place in mainland Europe with a true hot-desert climate although it was a little on the fresh side during our visit. We entered the park from the south and…

Cave dwellings and the Spanish desert

A lot of people don’t realise that southern Spain has some huge mountains and ski resorts. You can spend the morning sunbathing at the beach, drive an hour and then go snowboarding in the mountains. We would normally aim for these places to go hiking but the roads into the Sierra Nevada mountains all looked…

The Pyrenees of Southern Spain, Hot Springs and Idyllic Lakes

Not far from Malaga is a mountainous area that’s known as ‘the Pyrenees of the south’ due to the impressive pointy mountains. Of course we wanted to go hiking in the area so we headed towards the village of Alfarnatejo which is the starting point for the main hikes. The weather wasn’t great for our…

Hiking the Caminito Del Rey | Malaga, Spain

It was a photo of Caminito del Rey that first got me excited about travelling around Spain. Ironically it was an old photo, back when the trail was considered to be one of the most dangerous in the world but it looks very different now. They’ve made huge upgrades so it’s safe for everyone to…

Turquoise lakes and pointy peaks in Southern Spain

We woke early after a peaceful night camping in the forest with just the sound of an owl hooting. It was another blue sky day in southern Spain and we wanted to start exploring the nearby Sierra de Grazalema natural park. Our first stop was Embalse de Zahara, a beautiful opaque blue reservoir and just…

Wild west towns, sunsets and flamingoes | Andalucia, Spain

We ended up spending a lot longer than expected in northern Spain. The weather was treating us well with crisp blue skies but frigidly cold nights so after four weeks we decided it was time for us to bask in the warmer south. We had about a week travelling through inland Spain before we finally…

Explosions and red rivers at the Rio Tinto Mines | Spain

The Rio Tinto mines are said to be some of the oldest in the world with a history dating back 5000 years. It wasn’t so much the mines that drew me to the area but the colour of the landscape from the mineral rich soil. Our first stop was as the road cut between two…

A sky filled with vultures and a mystical cave | Spain

I’ve always pictured vultures to be the ones flying circles around me in a dry desert landscape when I’m severely dehydrated and on my last legs. Vultures just look like the bad guy, I can imagine gang members being reincarnated into them but my opinions soon changed when we visited Monfragüe National Park, home to…

Searching for wild wolves in Spain

Spain is one of the best places in Europe to witness wolves in the wild, in fact the Sierra la Culebra region in north west Spain has around 3000 wolves which is more than the US States of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho combined. The area has a 95km mountain chain which is more like rolling,…