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Puerto de Roquetas de Mar

One of the most attractive places in Roquetas de Mar is the port.
My wife and I frequently visit one of the many cafes there, particularly at breakfast time. 
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We went this morning (28 January 2017) and have regularly spent time here for many years.
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Puerto de Roquetas de Mar – Jan 2017 © Robert Bovington
Early in the morning, fishermen load their catch.
Puerto de Roquetas de Mar – Dec 2016 © Robert Bovington
 more photos of the port of Roquetas…
 
Puerto de Roquetas de Mar – Jan 2011 © Robert Bovington
Puerto de Roquetas de Mar – Aug 2007 © Robert Bovington
Puerto de Roquetas de Mar – April 2015 © Robert Bovington
Puerto de Roquetas de Mar – Jan 2011 © Robert Bovington
Puerto de Roquetas de Mar – Jan 2009 © Robert Bovington
Puerto de Roquetas de Mar – Jan 2009 © Robert Bovington

more blogs by Robert Bovington…

“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

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Canary Islands

by Robert Bovington

The Islas Canarias are not part of mainland Spain or even Europe. They are located just off the coast of Africa – the nearest countries are Morocco and Western Sahara. There are seven islands and all are volcanic but that is where their similarity ends – all of these semi-tropical paradises are quite different from one another.

 

Tenerife is the largest and has more to attract the visitor including parrot and penguin parks, tropical gardens and the Las Cañadas del Teide National Park where Spain’s highest mountain – Mt. Teide 3,717m is situated. 
Las Cañadas del Teide National Park

La Palma is lush and green and is perfect walking country.

La Zarza, La Palma
Gran Canaria is quite diverse with a coastline ranging from awesome cliffs to golden dunes. Inland there are stark mountains and tranquil valleys.

 

Gran Canaria dunes

Lanzarote is startling! The island has over 300 volcanoes and the locals raise all manner of fruit and vegetables that grow profusely due to the abundance of volcanic ash. A visit to the ‘Montañas de Fuego’ – ‘Mountains of Fire’ is a must in order to witness the bizarre landscape of lava flows and red mountains. The island is a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

Playa de Papagayo, Lanzarote
Fuerteventura is only 60 miles from Africa and has miles of golden sandy beaches.
a golden sandy beach in Fuerteventura
La Gomera and El Hierro are less well known than the other five islands. The former consists of steep green terraced hills and tranquil valleys. It is another good place for walking, especially the Garajonay National Park.
La Gomera

El Hierro is the most westerly and the smallest of the islands. It is mountainous and steep cliffs surround the island except at Valverde, the capital, where wooded slopes meet the sea.

Echedo, El Hierro.

The islands are split into two provinces. Tenerife, El Hierro, La Palma and La Gomera belong to the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which is also the administrative capital. The eastern province of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria comprises Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

Panoramic view of the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

more blogs by Robert Bovington…

“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

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Pampaneira in the Alpujarras of Granada

by Robert Bovington 

Pampaneira is an extremely photogenic location with narrow streets, a fine Gothic church with a wooden roof in Mudéjar style, and several cafes and shops, which though ‘touristy’ are nevertheless delightful. The view from the road leading down into the town is breathtaking with the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada forming an attractive backdrop.

 

Pampaneira © Robert Bovington


Grazalema Natural Park

Grazalema Natural Park, Cádiz

Grazalema Natural Park, Cádiz

There is a very good reason why this area is so green – rain! Grazalema is the wettest place in Spain. Yes, less than two hours drive from the Costa del Sol there is a place that gets more rain than anywhere else on the Iberian Peninsula! Warm clouds full of moisture from the Atlantic are forced upwards by the successive mountain ranges. This cools them resulting in condensation and rainfall. © Robert Bovington https://sites.google.com/site/spanishimpressions/home http://bobbovington.blogspot.com.es/ http://astore.amazon.co.uk/spanisimpres-21/


Badajoz

Badajoz – La Giraldilla

Badajoz lies on a low range of hills crowned by a ruined Moorish castle and overlooks the Guadiana river. 

The city is heavily fortified – a bastioned wall with a moat protects the city as does the fort of San Cristobal. The river separates the castle hill and the fort making the city even more impregnable. 
Even the Cathedral resembles a fortress with its massive walls. A magnificent granite bridge is used to cross the river. some photos of Badajoz…

Alcaza de Badajoz
Badajoz – Plaza Alta
Badajoz – Puerta Palmas

more blogs by Robert Bovington…

“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Las Murallas de Ávila

Las Murallas – the walls – are magnificent and encompass the whole of ancient Ávila. Building started at the end of 11th century and they are 2.5 kilometres long, 14 metres high and around 3 metres thick. They are still in pretty good nick. 
 

Ávila © Robert Bovington
Alfonso VI ordered their construction after his conquest of Ávila in 1090. Moorish prisoners were allegedly employed to build the wall. I don’t suppose they were paid though!
Ávila © Robert Bovington
There are eighty-eight towers and nine gates that include the imposing Puerta del Alcázar and the Puerta de Rastro. Visitors can walk along the walls between these two points. The walls are beautifully illuminated at night.

more blogs by Robert Bovington…

“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Alicante

Robert Bovington
The city of Alicante is a Mediterranean port that boasts a fine palm-lined promenade – and a castle. 
I can attest to these facts because I went there many years ago – I don’t know why – on reflection, yes I do – it was to visit somewhere interesting instead of sunbathing and boozing on a Benidorm holiday. I travelled there by train and very pleasant it was too – the little train leisurely making its way along the narrow-gauge track.

The train and the castle still exist. The castle – el Castillo de Santa Barbara – is perched 350 feet above the city and can be reached by driving up the winding road to the summit or, as I did, by using the lift.

Alicante has other attractions – a cathedral, a museum, beaches, restaurants and, for those that like that sort of thing, shopping.

 

Another reason to go there is to catch a ferry to the Balearic Islands.
Vista del puerto y el Castillo de Santa Bárbara
Skyline of the city of Alicante, seen from the harbour.
Author: Carlos Quesada Granja

Other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”