More Wanderings through France: Provence & St Tropez

Leaving the Pyrenees behind, we continued through the South of France with the goal to get to our campsite near Monaco. We had both been to Nice and Marseilles several times so didn't feel the need to visit again. However, we had never explored the famed towns and villages inland from coast that we all read about over 20 years ago in Peter Mayle's memoirs.

Horses, Sand and Fun in El Rocío

El Rocío is like nowhere else we have visited and we’ve been to quite a few cowboy towns on our travels. The roads in the town are just sand, locals roam around on horses and restaurants have horse-height bars outside so you can sip your favorite libation without having to dismount. It’s really quite special.

White Towns of Andalucia

Andalucia is famous for many things. It’s the home of Flamenco, tapas, its Moorish influences and the iconic white towns, or Pueblos Blancos, clusters of white washed buildings that adorn the whole community either by the coast and particularly in the hillsides.

Crazy Fun at the Cádiz Carnaval

Nobody quite does a festival like the Spanish, ok the Mexicans are pretty good, oh and the Brazilians, but still the Spanish are right up there with those guys. In Spain they need very little excuse for dressing up, making lots of noise, having a parade and generally just having lots of fun. All over the world at the beginning of lent there are carnivals and Spain is no exception.

Almeria; Tapas, More Cycling and Not So Fantastic Plastic

After leaving the lovely city of Cartagena we continued on southwards and finally made it to Andalusia, the most populous of Spain’s autonomous communities and where we plan on spending at least the next couple of months. Our first stop was the province of Almeria. We decided to head straight to the main city of Almeria to check out what it had to offer.

Exploring Alicante and The Costa Blanca

We have visited the Costa Blanca before, most notably earlier in the year for a mini family vacation in the lovely town of Moraira. It was July, very warm and very busy. This time around it is winter and we have a bit more time to explore and get under the skin of this highly touristed area that has been popular with Northern European for decades.