Lo Pallars

I’m in a natural Paradise and yesterday I forgot my blog.
I’m in the Pallars Jussà in the Pyrenees, where we call the Prepirineu. Here is a valley call conca, is surrounded by mountain, paradise for climbing. The sky at night is the best of Catalunya. Not very crowded area, air normally is dry because mediterranean sea is far away. Dry and clean is perfect, also without big cities looks that there are more stars.

We are lucky to find a new apartment in this area. We are the first customers of the apartment. Good location, nice views.

A quiet village where are living 60 persons

But we came here to see rivers, my village also is quiet.

To arrive here, the only way is follow the river 1 kilometer
Nice experience to swim here in the afternoon
This is the only way
I also run from the apartment, the mountains here are difficult to follow a track. Lucky of the Gps, because is complicated, more forest that I expected.
The way is clear in some points, but most in the forest.

Yesterday we visit Abella de la Conca, a place that I want to visit from a long time, only for the architecture in the rock. But I discover that isn’t only a paradise for climbing, also there is one of the best water routes.

Houses in the rock
Lo foradot, is a natural way in the river between very high mountains.
After pass the narrow area of the river, you find this area of small pools.
Natural Jacuzzi
Amazing
The village from the way to the river

6 months

This blog was born 6 months ago, everyday I write something.

Until now the number of visits is 28564. People from lot of countries read this blog, comment and look to the pictures.

Today I want to talk about my last adventure. Yesterday I went to a place that I want to visit lot of years ago. Nice place, but was very difficult to arrive, but now is open a new track.

This is the Gorg Negre
100 years ago…
Now

The waterfall is clean, and now in a rainy year lot of water, even normally is water always, despite is a small Mediterranean river.

The main difference is the lake, was deep an enough big to jump, fish and enjoy in summer time. Now is dirty, and voluntary are cleaning after lot of years of explosion ant hard work in the top of the fall. Is a quarry, now in process to close. Now is the time to recover this natural place, that shouldn’t be destroyed.

This place was very popular for the village of Centelles, but this land is another village call Seva. Seva village is far away, they don’t care to destroy this amazing waterfall. Now is time to make popular again, people should love it to recover with the help of the company that destroyed.
There are metal pieces, tires, plastic. The lake is full of sand after years of work. Rivers normally regenerate alone, but here maybe needs some help.

The ugly view that needs to recover
The nice view from the same point. Here also past the Roman way. The highway don’t destroy this part of the way because was in cliff.

I decided to do a circular way and come back for a difficult place. I can imagine how was this place in the past, less trees because I see the typical stairs of stones that use to plant in floors. I can climb the cliff following this stairs, the last following the way of the water.

Near the waterfall is difficult to exit. Very nice be surrounded by rocks and the noise of the water

I hope that people come back to this place and help to keep better that in the last years. The access is good, even you cross the highway, but is posible to cross without danger by a bridge for cars and people.

Happy to visit

Rain

Yesterday I did trail running with rain, sometimes is nice to see the nature with the magic sound of the rain.

A long way of 17 kilometers

I went to Sant Miquel del Fai, now is closed because they are doing some work to improve. Now is a public place, with falls, a church, caves. I arrived running and see from the cliffs after the rain, was amazing, sun, rainbow, fog…

Cingles de Berti now is very green in this rainy 2020.
A house in the middle of a very nice forest. The Cingles had a important fire in 1994, then parts of the mountain are recovering with Mediterranean trees, not in this picture that is like was all before the fire.
The waterfall of the Tenes river. Sant Miquel del Fai is going to open again after the reform, like a public familiar placer that used to be. I went sometimes with my parents.
The Brigde to enter in the park
The valley of the Tenes river
After the rain, appears the fog, but still is posible see the waterfall
The rainbow in the area where the fire was more important
A sunny evening. June give very long days, with this temperature is perfect to enjoy
This view is amazing, I always take pictures from there.

Pedraforca

Yesterday was a familiar day in a very special mountain. Pedraforca is a classic in Catalunya, one of the most popular. Despite isn’t the highest and is Prepyreness, the technical climbing and the image makes it very special, also crowded normally.

Now people of Barcelona can’t go there, is still a quiet place. We walk part of a route that is a 360° of the mountain.

This is the best view of the power of this amazing mountain.
2507 meters above the sea, but isn’t the highest mountain in Barcelona.

All around is forest and mountains, but never forget the past than this region the minerals are the main work of this region. The forest are very good, because they work down, also some open miners that still you can see. All trains are now just for tourist, green tracks to enjoy this amazing area.

The north face with and easy track, not in winter with ice.
Rivers cross the track, also some rocks can fail, specially in winter with snow and ice.

The storms are near, but we were lucky, we leave the area with fog. During the way coming home, rain was very heavy.

The picture in a peak with good view and lot of trees.

Great day in a place that always can discover places. Lot of paths to walk, some are very technical, but also you can do it easier. There are lot of possibilities in this area.

Normally the road have trafic jams, all the secundary valleys, have roads to the main one of the Llobregat river.

The views of the parking of the sightview where start the walking. Also there is a refuge of mountain.

Break the rules

Every week is necessary study a degree in Spain to understand the laws about the exit from this strange situation. Now I can move in a medical region to buy or visit friends. You can meet in groups of 10, but you only can walk in your village. Where I live, the limits aren’t very easy. Yesterday I was tired to see full tables in the streets, then I decided to break again the rules. I park my car in Centelles, but I went to another villages running. The mountain hasn’t clear limits, the cows don’t talk about you are outside of your village. I don’t find anybody, just a car lost in the forest.

There is a big paradise forest

In July the tourism will come to Spain, something normal is a big part of the economy. But still now I can’t visit my parents, there is only 40 kilometers. I have to wait more time, but when we can see, everything will be open. Too slow coming back to the new normal life, but in the calendar the first of July is the start of the race to come back the power of the tourism.

Look the world from a castle in this crazy times.

I want to be patience, because this only the beginning of a new society that will support lot of change in the next years. Sometimes is better if you don’t know anything and just live your life, but this global situation is very difficult to get totally out of it.

In the shadow of the forest, everything looks more logical.
Walls that have seen lot of changes, if they can speak I will learn a big lesson

I prefer take a distance to see with a different view the problems. The walls aren’t high when you look far away, break the rules and see from outside.

The castle looks diferent from outside, built in the top of the rock to control everything and be safe.

Come back to the nature

After the look down of the cities, maybe lot of people want to leave it.

It’s a good opportunity to have a better of distribution of the population.

Until now people live in the city for the services. Now without shop, online shopping is getting more popular, without pubs, restaurants, theaters, cinemas… The parks closed, beach where is forbidden take a bath.

I’m living in a village 10 years ago. I leave the metropolitan are of Barcelona 12 years ago. 1 year without working in the city, only my parents are the connection with the city, for the rest I don’t need.

I love the mountain, my quality of life is walk, run in the forest.

My father lived in this house in Extremadura. Always talks with nostalgic of the birds there.
Now is just another field, with a destroyed house.
The grandfather of my father plant this trees 70 years ago. Eucalyptus was very popular in Spain, even isn’t the best tree.

My parents came to the city looking for a better life, now I think world is going to change. The only thing that you need is a good connection to internet. The services will come back with the people. Spain needs to conserve nice village, but they need people. The new countryside where isn’t necessary work the earth like a profesional.

The forest is increasing every year. The fields in the mountain are now forest, you can see walls in the middle of the forest to show how was the past.

We have better forest around the village than in the past. People work in different activities…
Just a few hours to have like this…
The forest is hidden some parts of the past.
Here one hundred years ago less trees and fields in stairs.

Virtual travel

Today I haven’t pictures to continue my project of the Spanish landscape.
After more than one month without leaving my own village starts to see like a dream travel anywhere.

The world will need time to move free to enjoy the different landscapes and culture.

We have internet to know lot of things and have a full virtual life at home. Webcam to have videoconferencing, but even the quality is good, you lost a natural conversation.
I like to talk people everywhere, any moment could be perfect. Look at the eyes, see the facial expression that says more than the rest of the conversation. I don’t feel the same in videoconferencing, maybe is good to talk with people that you know well, but to meet new people…

We are coming back to past, everybody moving around home. International travelers in 2020 is really a dream.
The good thing is the quality of the air and the sound of the birds in the city. This is just temporal, people is still here, at home but still alive.

The fog can make disappear the house…

I don’t want to talk about politicians, but I read strange things about this situation, not all could be wrong. There are lot of interests, we are just numbers playing in a game. It’s hard to say this, the easier is don’t think about and just live. The problem is that now is most of the countries persona are limited to do it.

Walk in streets like in a film, we don’t need Netflix, the end of the world is outside. People looking all your movement, Fear is in the streets. People is starting to have mental problems. In Spain isn’t allowed to walk in the nature and do it in the city is very strange.

Any hug, kisses, social distance in strange times. A virus with a strange history, is difficult don’t in conspiracy. The global world arrived, but know closed and looking strange everybody.

The future isn’t clear

2020 will be remember during lot of years, we are living our war against the system. Strong control is easier in a global world, at the end we are just human. Maybe the earth or the Universe show us that we aren’t the boss.

I hope enjoy the nature and survive to see the new system…

In the forest I feel that I’m alive

South Meseta

Big natural region where are important cities like the capital Madrid.

South Meseta is lower than the North Meseta. Also is drier and warmer, winter could be cold specially at nights. For me the most interesting natural thing is a big aquifer that we call the 23. Is very big but with too much use, lot of years with problems like subterranean fire for a natural process.

Lagunas de Ruidera are 16 lakes in the middle of a semidesertic area with less than 400 liters every year.
This is the green Mancha
The natural park of Daimiel is amazing area in the middle of cereal area.

Another important thing of the region are big number of castles and the windmills. Don Quijote the most important Spanish novel is in this area, he fight against the wind mills.

There are lot of places to visit following the famous novel, based in Argamasilla de Alba. There are a cave to visit and lot of windmills is a cultural visit to understand this landscape.

Consuegra is one of the best examples. Also Campo de Criptana with very colorful house and famous windmills.
Campo de Criptana
The last lake of Ruidera

Madrid and Toledo are the main cities to visit in this region if you like the history and need to see urban architecture.

Toledo is a very nice city to visit. If you prefer walk quiet and see from outside, the Tajo river has a natural way with nice views of the city.
Here is the 0 point, the main radial roads, just 6 start here in Sol.
Plaza Mayor, nice to visit at Christmas time with the traditional market. Big city, museums, theatre, shopping and big parks.
Cristal Palace in the Retiro Park of Madrid.

The Meseta is flat with some hills but you only see mountains when you arrive to the end or you go down into a river that can form a Canyon like the Jucar River.

Nice village with caves is Alcala de Jucar. The way is very nice, you start to go down in a totally flat area, when you are down looks like mountains is just a Canyon.

The wines are also important is this region where isn’t easy to find a shadow in the warm summer. Trees aren’t in this area, only in the mountains and areas near the rivers.

Quiet region with nice natural places to discover

My favorite place in the region is following the Guadiana river, even now isn’t totally clear where is born. Lagunas de Ruidera are the place that appears in most of the books. Sometimes is a subterranean river in the famous 23 aquifer. There the eyes of Guadiana where originally appears the Guadiana again. The irregular rain, and specially the massive use of water for the agriculture is a danger for this amazing natural water aquifer.

Enjoy this region with good roads in a flat area where the trips are easy.

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.