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The Drive North

The drive back home was to be 1750 miles. Stopping in an aire in Requena and then onto Girona and an evening walk in the old city. Over the border into France and stoping at the lovely town of Cahors. Heading north and stopping at Jean school friend near Limoges. We stopped overnight back on the Loire at Meung-sur-Loire and visited the chateau. The next day the weather getting worse and final stop in france at another free aire at Wissant. Girona Cahor Meung-sur-Loire

Córdoba

We moved onto Cordoba and decided to stop overnight and visit the Grand Mosque. We had messages that meant we had to head home straight after the visit. Córdoba is a city in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, and the capital of the province of Córdoba. It was an important Roman city and a major Islamic center in the Middle Ages. It’s best known for La Mezquita, an immense mosque dating from 784 A.D., featuring a columned prayer hall and older Byzantine mosaics. After it became a Catholic church in 1236, a Renaissance-style nave was added in the 17th century. The Mosque and Church.

Úbeda

Ubeda has a free aire next to the police HQ. The outstanding feature is the monumental square, the Plaza de Vázquez de Molina, surrounded with imposing buildings such as the Palacio de las Cadenas (so named for the decorative chains which once hung from the façade). The Capilla del Salvador also has a chapel screen by the ironworker Bartolomé de Jaen. The Hospital de Santiago, designed by Vandelvira in the late 16th century, with its square bell towers and graceful Renaissance courtyard, is now the home of the town's Conference Hall. Ubeda has a Parador, housed in a 16th century palace which was the residence of a high-ranking churchman of the period.

Rio Borosa

The Río Borosa is a fantastic river walk. We took 4 hours to get up to the hydro electric power station. Very quiet walk and we parked in the car park overnight before so we could get away early. Took some drone footage as you can see below.

Cazorla

Traveling north to the small town of Cazorla with views for miles of olive groves. The town is built on the side of the mountain. Nearby is Castillo De La Iruela. It sits on a peak of the Sierra de Cazorla and is home to the ruins of an 11th n-century Moorish, and later Templar, fortress which towers over the road from Cazorla to the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park. We picked up some fantastic dipping olive oil. Also watching the vulture and eagles fly over the mountain.

Granada and The Alhambra

We stopped in a campsite a little dated but clean and hot showers some 10 miles south of Granada and took the bus into the city only €1.5. Granada is a city in southern Spain’s Andalusia region, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It's known for grand examples of medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation, especially the Alhambra. This sprawling hilltop fortress complex encompasses royal palaces, serene patios, and reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty, as well as the fountains and orchards of the Generalife gardens. We had a guided tour at 2pm and went all over the palace's. We decided to stop for some diner and managed after chatting to a couple from Llandudno

Gaudix and Troglodytes

After leaving the Tabernas desert we headed north over the mountain pass and to a Thermal pool in a village at Fuente de Cela, 04880 Tíjola. It was 24c and the air temperature 18c. I has a swim in the crystal clear water. We decided not to stop overnight but instead headed for a couple of nights in Gaudix. The most interesting feature of the Guadix area is that many of the inhabitants of this large town live underground, about 2000 homes in the southern part of the town, in what are known as cave houses. The jagged ochre terrain and the dazzling whitewashed chimneys and doors of the caves contrast dramatically with the snow-covered peaks of the Sierra Nevada, which loom above. The cave di

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