Chateaus, crepes and cliffs in northern France

We tried to stop at the Loir Valley to see some chateaus but the rain was making it miserable with a grey haze blocking the views. But after four days in France we finally had some sunshine so we headed to Château de Saint-Germain-de-Livet, said to be one of the finest chateaus in the Normandy…

Exploring the Baztan Valley | Spain

The Baztan valley is a stunning region in northern Spain with rolling hills, lush pastures, livestock and quaint villages. It’s an area we’ve driven through before but we didn’t stop to explore so this time I planned some hikes. We’re in the midst of a cold snap, it’s unseasonably cold for April but the good…

Vanlife and snowstorms in the Spanish Pyrenees

We left the high mountains of the Pyrenees and followed a hilly route through the countryside past tiny villages. We wanted to spend longer in the mountains but the temperatures due to drastically drop over the next couple of days down to -10° so we reluctantly drove south west with the big snowy peaks becoming…

Hiking in the Spanish Pyrenees

The Pyrenees form a natural border between Spain and France and they remain snow covered until mid June. We weren’t sure if it would be a pointless detour in early April if the routes were inaccessible or roads dangerous, but we decided to give it a go. The first hike we did was up to…

Blue rivers, boat trips and mountain shrines | Aragon, Spain

The village of Ainsa is known as being the gateway to the Pyrenees and it was quickly added to my list of places I wanted to explore. The Rio Cinca has been dammed south of Ainsa which has created a series of beautiful lakes which is where we were heading. As we drove through the…

Peach blossoms and wild canyon hikes | Catalunya, Spain

In early spring Spain’s peach trees burst with colour and a sea of pink blossoms fill the verdant valleys. We were lucky to accidentally time our trip to see them in Murcia region and now we have another chance in Catalonia. We headed to the village of Aitona as I’d seen photos online of endless…

Waterfalls and warm rivers | Valencia Region, Spain

As we drove down a steep, winding road towards the little village of Chulilla we were surprised to see so many campervans and motorhomes parked up. We soon realised why when we saw sheer rock walls surrounding the town – it was a climbing mecca. Most of these vans belonged to climbers who spend their…

Wild swimming and abandoned towns in Southern Spain

Craig and I love wild swimming, especially in fresh water. We’ve enjoyed our sea swims in the Atlantic and Mediterranean so far but I hate having to pre-think having a shower afterwards to rinse the salt water off. Fresh water is so much easier, we can jump into any river and get changed straight back…

Milky blue lakes, idyllic springs and peach blossoms | Spain

I really love the reservoirs in Spain, the ground must be mostly clay because it mixes with the water like a milky tea and creates the most incredible opaque blue colour. So today we were heading to yet another one, but this time we couldn’t park close to the water and we had a 13km…