07.07.2012 38 °C
Our travels since the Pyrenees have taken us along the coast from Tarragona all the way down to Granada - where we currently reside. We have covered about 1800km so far and, as we have previously discovered during our earlier road trips, have managed to see so much more of the remote parts of the land by driving the miles ourselves.
Tarragona, the first port of call after our Pyrenees adventure was somewhat odd. Nestled about 60km South of Barcelona the town is centered on the walled old city, the rather impressive cathedral, and Roman amphitheatre. Narrow cobbled streets, charming buildings and the obligatory town square give the old town a cosy feel. Outside of the old city walls though, the town is very much an over developed industrial monster. A thriving cargo port, coupled with recently constructed 'seafood sauce' colored living accommodation really gave us a stark contrast to the old part of the city. The small beach nestled to the left of the port was also rather unattractive and uninspiring. After a couple of nights we decided to head further South along the coast.
A full days driving took us to Cabo De Gata in Andalucia where we were keen to see the stunning beaches that we had read so much about. I was also curious to see the baron spaghetti western landscapes in the region - these were used as the backdrop for most of Clint Eastwoods famous films in the 1960s. Unfortunately though the rather uncomfortable campsite and lengthy trek that was required to get to the better coves and beaches through the surrounding swampland scuppered our plans a little.
So again we decided to drive for the whole day - hugging the coast we continued to drive through a multitude of towns, cities and villages. Many of the smaller tourist resorts were eerily quiet and had an abundance of property for sale. The stark reality of the financial crisis that this country is in is clear to see and it really is very sad. The early signs of future ghost towns in the making is all the evidence you need, as a non-Spaniard, to get a jist of where this country it at and also where it is heading.
Granada was the next destination on the trip and a city that Charlie had been longing to visit for some time. The magnificent Alhambra Palace, was the focus of the mini city break and it took us a good day to explore the immaculately manicured lawns, tranquil inner courtyards and the actual citadel itself. The panoramic external views from pretty much anywhere within the Alhambra are breathtaking. The surrounding countryside and the multitude of white wash villages create picture-postcard scenery that is as beautiful as it is tranquil. We have enjoyed the majority of the Granada province, it's villages, as well as the City itself.
We actually meet Lee (Charlie's Mum) tonight before heading together onto Seville - where Charlie will give you our next update.
Ross and Charlie