Thursday, 2 October 2014

San Sebastian

also known as Donostia in Basque.
We camped at Igueldo Camping only a few k's from the center, taking the bus No.16 from outside the campsite which made it easy to explore the center of the old city and walking all the way along the bay to the far end, where you can hop on off the bus.

The lovely bay de la Chonca 

Bay

Fishing port

Sardines. You can find fish restaurants along the far side of the port. 


Pintxos bars found on every street in the center, good way to try different pintxos and local wines

Video from our road trip across the beautiful back roads of Spain and wherever our sat-nav took us.



Saturday, 27 September 2014

Parque Natural de Cazorla

is a natural park in the eastern and northeastern part of the province of Jaén, Spain. With an area of 2,099.2 square kilometres is the second largest in Europe

The town of Cazorla on the edge of the park

View of Parque Natural de Cazorla

Tree leaves starting to change colour

Fallow Deer

Guadalquivir River

Camping puente de las herrerias


Mountain water

Walk along the Guadalquivir River valley

Using the Black Rapid Yeti Camera strap, made life easy carrying 2 cameras. 

Waterfall waiting for the rains


Friday, 26 September 2014

Parque Natural Las Lagunas de Ruidera

We arrived here at night and was lovely surprise when we woke up in the morning, as I knew nothing about this place.
15 small lakes, That are connected by falls, small rivers as well as subterranean flow and the area is considered as the source of Guadiana River.

Lake with small falls


And great for cycling


Thursday, 25 September 2014

Chulilla

known as one of the best rock climbing areas in Spain.

The town of Chlilla

Its limestone canyon shaped by the Turia river


2 hour walk

Charco azul


Abejuela

Our Sat-Nav took us through a 2 hour drive on single track road without seeing any cars until we went though Abejuela, with a population of only 68 inhabitants.


Main street though Abejuela

Tthe road from Manzanera to Abejuela

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Laguardia

located in the province of Álava, in the north of Spain "Basque country" and Rioja wine. Medieval town with Sierra de Cantabria clearly seen to the north.

We stopped for tapa "Pimento Padron" in Laguardia

Monday, 22 September 2014

Chateau Des Roques

The start of our road trip to Spain.
We took the ferry to calais and decided to drive on the toll roads, to save time and we believe fuel, as we can keep a steady speed of 68 mph.
The cost of tolls to drive across France is 100 euros more or less and a tank and 1/2 of diesel from London, we split the costs.
We took a detour to meet with my cousin, about an hours drive from the toll road and stayed the night.
The next day we had a tour and wine tasting.

Grapes waiting to be picked

Our lunch time meal

Chateau Des Roques

For dinner my cousin treated us out for a meal. 
We like our meat cooked Bleu – Done on a very hot grill for one minute on each side

Grape picker for collecting grapes from vines that are more than 5 years old or younger than 30 years 

Down to the cellar.
In 1837, as there was a disease that was effecting the vines so all the vineyards decided to dig up all the vines. This took 30 years.
To make a living, they dug the lime stone under the Chateaus, that was sold and used for building in Bordeaux. They then used the mine as a cellar. 

Modern vates 

Barrels made of French oak and cost 600 euros each and used for 4 years before sold to the Irish for the use for whiskey.

De Roques St Emilion wine

Monday, 30 June 2014

Ibiza Stag Weekend

Lift from airport by a guy we meet in the airport, we had to pile in to his small car.

Quad biking around island

Great food at Cala d'Hort

Maricas at Cala Comte

Hiring bikes in Formentera along Ses Llletes

Bay Watch 

Keeping beers cold at Ses Llletes

Great restaurant at Ses Lllletes

Quad bike video

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

20 Years Since My First Travel Adventure. I am celebrating With Sharing My Photos On Instagram



View my highlights on Instagram Martins Photo Blog 

I first hit the road and started backpacking around the world on my first adventure back in 1994. And I want to celebrate by giving thanks, by looking back at all the beautiful people and places that have changed my life. 

I have put a collection on my Instagram gallery for you to view, of all the beautiful places I have visited. 





Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Antigua Casa de Guardia Malaga

is the oldest wine bar/tavern in Malaga. Founded in 1840 by Don José Guardia

Cask wooden barrels

Where they still chalk the cost of your drinks on the age-old oak counters
 

Even John Wayne took time out from filming