Tarragona

Today the province of Tarragona. The last day I talk about Ebro River forms a big Delta, maybe one the most interesting visit of Tarragona.

This picture from my best friend.
Vidajeros.es

Delta is very windy area. Summer is warm and with the humidity feel warmer. Rice is the big product of the Delta. Now also they produce lot of sea fruits.

They produce in the sea, like farms
Totally flat area, the sea is going to make this area that enter 30 kilometers from the coast.





The capital is one of the most important cities in the peninsula, the old Roman city of Tarraco. Lot of historic things to visit, and also beach and important port.

Tarragona is very industrial area for the oil, is the only area of Spain with oil. There refineries. Also there are 2 Nuclear plants, Vandellos in the Coast and Asco in the Ebro river.

Summer is full of tourist
Also the are rocks in some beaches
Hospitalet de l’Infant the most windy area
The mountains close to the coast produce electricity

The highest mountains are in the ports, lot of rocks some trees that are the southern point that they live. The rainfall is bigger than all the areas arround.

The Estrets rivers in the north entrance to the natural Park
The rocks are huge
Very good area, quiet with lot of animals
Nice village, good wine big contrast with the coast.





There are more mountains in Tarragona. Montsant paradise to climb, Prades the red village with amazing forest. Just and example of the variety of this region.

Strong winds from the sea form clouds in the Prelitoral mountains
Places quiet to think about
Escalada Dei runes very interesting to discover the life in this important religious center
Church inside the stone
Clear sky in windy day in the Priorat with the best wines. Slow visit, lot of curvy roads. Rally uses this roads.
Siurana one of the most popular visit in Cornudella de Montsant
Lot of people come just to take this pictures of Siurana
Prades the red village for the buildings. The forest are important in Prades.

Stil in Tarragona we find a very nice village with walls Montblanc in the Conca de Barbera.

Medieval village, very interesting for the architecture

Just a small presentation of a region with more interesting places than you expect.

The Ribera is interesting to find historic places from the battle of Ebro in the civil war.

Miravet and the castle, with still a boat to cross the river. In this point is a very big river.

There is important the traditional Calçots, specially in Valls the capital of the Alt Camp.

Very complete region, the biggest river, important factories, beach, Delta, mountains, the country produce lot of Mediterranean products.

The valley of Ebro river

Today I talk about this natural region

The river Ebro is the most important Mediterranean river in the Peninsula. Is the longest totally in Spain.
I talk of the medium and the end of the river.

Ebro start in Cantabria and cross part of Burgos, but I will talk about this area another day. Today I talk about La Rioja, Navarra, Aragón and Catalunya.

The Valley is very windy in winter. Also fog is very important in winter, in some areas could be some weeks without sun.
The region isn’t very rainy, with some desert, not totally natural, because was the extensive use of the furniture and the sheep that help to disappear the trees. Climate isn’t desert, sometimes have heavy thunderstorms. Irregular rainfall like in most of Mediterranean region.

The Biggest cities of this region are Logroño, Zaragoza, Lleida.

Southeast of Spain is the real desert of Europe.
Calm river in Logroño.
Zaragoza in a windy day

The weather is hard in this region, winter with fog or wind, despite some ocasional showers. The feeling of cold, humid or to dry with the wind.

Spring big contrast in day and night temperatures. Thunderstorms are normal at this time of the year, the most rainy time.

Summer is warm, sometimes 40°. Nights aren’t very cold in big cities, a little bit better than Mediterranean cities but still warm nights.

Autumn in the east is posible have the Mediterranean famous situation of heavy rain in October. November start the fog days, first some hours, but In December could be even weeks.

Monegros landscape
Typical winter day in the big park of Mitjana in Lleida
Bardenas Reales in the south of Navarra
Rioja with lot of winery’s.
The water of the river and all the rivers of the Pyrenees make this region rich in agriculture
Big flat areas

I will continue until the end of the river and the amazing Delta another day.

The river has lot of big lakes to control, but sometimes in Spring with heavy rains the floods are important in this region.

In the lakes are the material that need the Delta to survive. Delta is like we now for they cut the trees for furniture to make ships to fight again England. It make that part of the floor went to the river and form one of the most important Delta in Mediterranean. Lot of species of birds, the rice are in serious danger. The last famous Gloria bring lot of problems to the region.

The Iberian mountain

The Iberian mountains, the river Ebro and the Mediterranean coast make the border.

This mountains separate the meseta from the valley of Ebro river and also the coast.

Despite the south part is near to the coast the climate is very different. In this area we find the triangle of the cold. Is the coldest area of Spain, but only at night. Also we find the area near the Mediterranean is the most stormy area of Peninsula.

The view from the last peak in Burgos. Interesting area is easy find fossilized animals in the rocks.
Sad Hill, appears in spaghetti western films where Clint Eastwood was the star.
The rivers form canyons in this area
All this natural region the population is very low, even in some areas the density is the lowest in Europe.

The main cities of this big natural region are Soria, Cuenca and Teruel.

There are some rest of the last glacial time.
Laguna Negra, and Neila are the example.

This mountains have some areas that are like big mesetas with big areas above 1000 meters. The example is the way from Madrid to Barcelona, crossing the area of Alcarria.

The geography is complicate in this mountains. Important rivers born here, as Tajo, Duero Atlantic side, but also mediterranean like the Jucar river.

Good trekking routes, good nature and very quiet area.
Alto Tajo is amazing
Perfect place in summer
The landscape of this mountains
Albarracin is a good place to discover. Nice architecture.

Teruel and Castellón are the last province of this mountains.
Storms are usual in summer, also here the density of population is lower but bigger than in Alto Tajo. The roads improved the last years with a highway of Zaragoza, other to Valencia. This helps to have more visitors in this area.
They have good jam, because is very dry area perfect to cure the jam. There aren’t black pork, but the quality is good.
Castellón area despite is close to the coast is quiet, the most popular place is Morella.

Another day I will talk more, because part of Iberian mountains touch with Catalunya in area call Matarranya where are good places to swim in summer.

Extremadura

My parents are from Extremadura, is very special for me.

Is a region inland very interesting and with big empty places where the landscape of Dehesa. Lot of years the human use this natural landscape, bulls and pigs live there.

The best jams are from this landscape.
Dehesa from the Natural park of Monfrague, perfect place to do bird watching.
Big rivers in Extremadura, Tajo in Caceres and Guadiana in Badajoz

Extremadura is more green than the south meseta, the Atlantic influence arrive to the west and highest mountains of the north above 2000 meters, make than la Vera is very rainy region.

The north of Extremadura is full of rivers. There are lot of swimming pools, perfect for summer time.
Garganta de los Infiernos in the Jerte Valley
Perfect place to swim
There are lot to choose in summer, cold water. Some of the have lot of equipment and shadow to spend a perfect day in the warmest days.

Summer is dry and warm, at night in mountain areas gets colder because is a continental region and the low humidity helps.

The warmest places are in Vegas del Guadiana the lower places of the region.

Talavera la Real the village of my father. The airport is there, was militar but now also passengers flights.
Coria the village of my mother. There is a roman bridge without river. There was a big earthquake in Lisboa than destroy the city, also change the Alagon River.
Caceres at night

There are lot of interesting cities to visit. Merida the capital, Trujillo, Hervás, Guadalupe, Badajoz are some of them.

Alcantara and the roman bridge
Las Hurdes in the North, very popular for a film in the 30’s was the most poor region in Spain.
Hurdes black villages architecture
Jerte cherry on flower. Cherry of Jerte are the best in Europe

Very complete region with lot of kilometers of coast in the big lakes. Low density, good food, kind people. Is still a paradise, you feel the nature, listen the birds.

Car is the best way to visit this region, now the roads are very good an without traffic.
My favorite road is the National that goes from Caceres to Badajoz without passing Merida. The landscape of Dehesa is spectacular. If you have time and you can enter in San Pedro Mountain, go to Aliseda. Places to see animals.

Enjoy this amazing region for me one of the most natural and not too touristic.

Asturias 2.0

Today more of Asturias with quiet beach, some perfect for surfing, other just to relax.

The temperature in the coast normally isn’t high, only with south wind, but in Asturias is less important than in other regions.

The water is colder than in the Mediterranean sea, but warmer than the Atlantic in Galicia and Portugal. The contrast between the air temperature and the water is perfect in a sunny day, even in some cloudy day. Summer winds are normally calm in the coast, and some of the beach are hidden with trees, grass and rocks then you feel better than in the nearby mountains.

Llanes coast the most crowded area of the coast. Very green and with the mountain very close. The most cloudy area in the summer of all Iberian Península.
Gulpiyuri is very popular small beach, inland. The sea is behind the rocks.
Lastres, nice village. This house appeared in a very popular tv series.
Cudillero very colorful village. In the west coast with important fishermen port.
Tipical port of the Asturian Occident
Some beach still virgin in the west, despite is near the main highway that follow the coast. The way to arrive is like a jungle with the river.
Summer rainbow
Fantastic beach close to Galicia
Waves are usual in the Asturias coast
I enjoyed a lot in this beach despite the danger of a surfing beach
The last light of Asturias
Minery now is posible to visit as a touist.
The forest of the mineral areas are the best, people work and forget the trees.

I did all this photo trip with my own photos. I can talk a lot about this amazing regions, but pictures help to have a good idea.

Is the green Spain, very different from the Spanish weather standards. Is similar to be in the south of England.

Restaurants are very good and cheap. For me is one of the best region to eat well for a low price.
Sidra is very popular in the region, people drink bottled talking in the bar.

There is a local language not very difficult is you talk Spanish, is the bable.

I don’t talk about the capital Oviedo, fantastic city. The main city of the coast is Gijón, big beach of San Lorenzo.

Asturias have 78 Concellos and is very mountain area, then don’t think that distances are fast. Asturias needs lot of time to know well.

Asturias natural paradise

My favorite region, green and cloudy for the Spanish standards but mild in the coast. In the mountain is cold, but there aren’t village in high altitude.
Today I will show the mountain, next week the coast. I liked both places, the food and the colors of the villages.

Orreo typical architecture of Asturias
Teitos is Somiedo, where wolves and Bears are in the forest.
I saw the Bear just a few meters from me, very successful, because lot of people wait hours just to see from mountain to mountain.
My mother lived in this village during 4 years in 50’s
Cares river track is the most popular way in the region, to crowded in Poncebos for park the car.
Cain the end of Cares way, 25 kilometers if you go and come back. There are lot of restaurants to do the come back easier.
The rivers are short but full of water
Glacial lake in Saliencia
Covadonga lakes are the most popular
Cows everywhere
Muniellos is the most protected area, just 20 persons can enter every day. The forest is very old because people work in the mine, then the money was down the earth and forest keep perfect in this areas.
Green paradise

Centelles

Centelles is my hometown since 2010. Is a quiet village 44 kilometers North to Barcelona.
There is train to go to the city and highway with some dangerous curves going to Barcelona. 16 kilometers you have Vic the comarcal capital and one of the most industrial areas.

Centelles is surrounded by mountains, from my window I see everyday the Montseny, Matagalls Peak and all big area call pla de la Calma.

After snow in November

The population of Centelles is less than 8000, is oficially a village, because in Spain with more than 10000 is a city.

In the west there is closer the Mountain we call coast mountain, because long time ago Centelles was in the sea. In the top is easy find fossilized animals that show the past.

The coast mountains give less hours of sun shine in Centelles, in summer is good that the sun leave the village one hour before.

Cau de Bruixes one of the big party. Always the weekend before Carnival.
People dress for the party and the streets are decorated
People decorated the locals in the center of the village

Foggy day in the top of Coast mountains
Still lot of agriculture and traditional works. Here produce good goat and sheep cheese. Also is posible to visit how it works with water.
Horses and cows in the area of Mas Cerdà

The nature is good in Centelles, nice forest and easy to find animals and listen the birds.

Salamandra, easy to see after summer storms

Centelles have a Mediterranean climate, but very diferent from the coast. Summer the breeze of marinada stop the highest temperature, sometimes makes fog in the mountain, is humid even in summer.

The medium of temperature is 12,9°, the rainfall 675 liters.

January is the coldest month with 4,9° of medium. Ice nights are normal, winter fog is less than in Vic, sometimes stay all the day.

Summer thunderstorms that come from Pyrenees, normally don’t arrive, but sometimes locals storms are really strong.

Spring and autumn are the most rainy months. Winter sometimes is dry.
Despite most of the village is above 500 meters, snow isn’t usal, maybe 2-3 timed every year, but in the floor sometimes spend a few years.
Sauva negra the best forest but far from the villagers
Clouds sea is common in winter
Cingles of Centelles