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Walking Coast To Coast in Andalucía: Day 28

Tarifa

A day-long beach walk

On the Atlantic coast

On fine white sand

Across ocean-carved stone coves

With a hard wind at our backs

Pushing us

To Bolonia

To the Roman city, Baelo Claudio

To the end of our Andalusian trek

To our next long walk

29/05/19

20.8km/56m ascent/55m descent (more…)

Walking Coast To Coast in Andalucía: Day 27

El Pelayo

Down a stream

Down a country trail

To the Mediterranean

(once again, after 19 days walking)

Weaving along the coastline

Dipping down to beach coves

Climbing (slightly) to headlands

Passing gun emplacements from past wars

Following old drovers’ paths

To Tarif

Where Atlantic meets Mediterranean

Where Romans, Moors, Christians fought

Where fishers, wind surfers, kite surfers gather

28/05/19

17.3km/269m ascent/495m descent

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Walking Coast To Coast in Andalucía: We Have Arrived!

My postings have fallen behind schedule. But they will come soon!

In the meantime, a quick report is in order.

Today, Gail and I arrived in Bolonia, the final destination in our Andalucian Coast to Coast walk. After 21 days walking, covering 444 kilometers and many thousands of meters climbing and descending (and occasionally falling), we are both so pleased to have successfully completed our most challenging long distance walk yet.

Here’s to a life on two feet! (more…)

Walking Coast To Coast in Andalucía: Day 26

Los Barrios

Gently up

Forest Roads

Cork oak forests

Mountain vistas

Gibraltar

Morocco!

A leisurely climb

Then…

One last kilometre

Down through bramble, thicket

All things prickly

Down unmarked slopes

Lost, scratched, bloodied

Then, finally…

El Pelayo

28/05/19

25.5km/575m ascent/350m descent (more…)

Walking Coast To Coast in Andalucía: Day 25

Castillo de Castellar

Hard to leave

But…

Down La Calzada

(a Roman road)

Level paths, dirt roads, paved highways

To Venta Juan Carlos

(a rare restaurant meal at lunchtime)

Gently up quiet roads

(Gibraltar is so close)

Steeply down trails

To Los Barrios

26/05/19

26.9km/379m ascent/620m descent (more…)

Walking Coast To Coast in Andalucía: Day 24

Castillo de Castellar

A welcome day of rest.

And what a place to veg out. Castillo is, as you might guess, a castle. One that dates back in its present Moorish form to the 13th Century. Positioned high on a hilltop, with Gibraltar clearly visible on the horizon, the castle has been a strategic point for both Muslim and Christian nations, who battled back and forth for control of this Andalucian frontier. Spain’s Catholic forces won the battle in 1492 but the castle retains its early Moorish underpinnings. The tiny village behind the fort is a maze of crooked streets, all white plaster with splashes of colourful flowers everywhere.

The castle itself is now a hotel and, much to our surprise, our ‘superior double room’ turned out to be a three storey suite with the top level being an open turret-cum-patio with 360° views over all of Andalucia as well as Gibraltar and Morocco.

Take a look Gail’s guided video tour (below) or on YouTube at WalkClickMake.

25/05/19 (more…)

Walking Coast To Coast in Andalucía: Day 23

Jimena de la Frontera

A cool, shady start

On a long, flat path

(A prairie-dwellers dream walk)

Train tracks to our right

Farmland to our left

Temperature climbs to 27° C

For a modest climb

To Castillo de Castellar

Beautiful

24/05/19

21.8km/339m ascent/197m descent

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