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THE RAINS IN SPAIN by bIG bLOGGER on 4 June 2008 5:22pm
I would like to chat with any palinite member interested about travels in Spain.I speak fairly good Spanish and know the country pretty well,especially the South,especially Andalusia,where I am looking this year to buy a cottage near the coast.Reply to this post below.

I'm also keen to hear other users accounts of their travels in Spain,Portugal,The Balearic Islands,or Canary Islands.
Re: THE RAINS IN SPAIN by reilly_521 on 14 July 2008 2:57pm
G'day! I have a place in San Javia, Murcia. Gorgeous it is and not as touched by the foreign economy as other regions such as the Costa del Sol. I speak as much Spanish as i can and i often end up being the interpreter whilst on holiday with friends. Amidst the sun, sand and clear sea i do enjoy the hot climate of the south yet one of the most idylic places i've visited in Spain is Galicia, in particular Santiago de Compostela. The seafood is just sublime and the company is marvelous. As it is the 3rd most holiest retreat for the Catholic faith on our planet, the Camino de Santiago is something i strive to do in the coming years. The Camino (pilgramige) walk from as far as southern Pyrenees France takes place whenever one wishes to do so and walks the length of northern Spain, the route where St James the apostel was brought to his final resting place in Santiago's cathedral, one of the most incredible Baroque architectural structures i've seen.

Valencia and the Costa Blanca is another favourite of mine since i support Valencia CF, even though they face relegation and financial difficulties :(, In between Alicante and Benidorm the loverly costal resort of Javia has some of the best beaches and Valencia itself is home to some incredible fiestas.

Murcia is home to the largest salt water lagoon in Europe called the Mar Menor and the towns that surrond it i.e. Los Alcazeres and Los Urritas, offer great water sports. Cabo de Palos is great for scuba diving schools and wreck visits and up the road to La Manga the golfing is some of the most pristine throughout the mediterranean.

Driving through Cartegena a popular Spanish port you soon find yourself in the Sierra Nevada to historic cities like Ronda and Granada with some spectacular buildings and bridges, gorges and forrests. Alhambra palace of course is a popular tourist destination and once housed the great sultans of the east in its Muslim influence and architecture.

Gibralta isn't something that appeals to me and since my time with the marines who seem to be proud of a sack on Gibralta to take it from the Spanish is far from an achivment courtesy of Her Majesty, so i use the port of Algeciras for trips to Tangier and Morocco! Pueto Banus is rich mans land not far from the Gibralta coast and further west you'll find yourself in Sevilla, Andalucia's finest, but you already know aobut Andalucia so i'll leave you there!

I've been fascinated in Spain and studied it at Lancaster Universit, the Civil War and my favourite artist Salvador Dali. Great country and great coastlines. I'll explore the mountains and popular cities soon enough, afterall i'm still at uni and only 22 years old so i have plenty of time!

Hope this was of use to you, and i wish you all the best in securing a deal on that cottage... Take care.

Re: THE RAINS IN SPAIN by saltspringislander on 3 February 2009 8:50am
My mother, sister and I moved to Spain in 1968 from Vancouver Island .... it took a while to adjust to the different lifestyle, new language, schools, sounds, smells, etc. Times were tough for us then but looking back now....those times have created some of my fondest childhood memories ...... It was always strange coming back to Canada....everything seemed so big and the air so fresh and the traffic moved slowly (it doesn't move slowly here now!). Anyhow, I won't bore you with too much detail now...
Re: THE RAINS IN SPAIN by bIG bLOGGER on 3 February 2009 3:52pm
So you spent most of your childhood in Spain on the isle of Ibiza. And which year did you(and...)return to Canada?..Was that recently? I appreciate that you speak a bit of Spanish,saltspring...It's one of my favourite languages.
Re: THE RAINS IN SPAIN by saltspringislander on 3 February 2009 8:40pm
Hello Big! Yes, I spent much of my childhood (to young adulthood) in Mallorca, Ibiza and Tenerife. I returned to Canada (to live) back in the 1980's - but do travel there on the occasion to visit my Mother (she lives in the Canary Islands). I do love the Spanish cultura and way of life there. Unfortunately, Ibiza has changed over the years and I have no ambition to visit there again. I have never been to Menorca, that is on my list of places to visit. How about you? Where did you learn Spanish? What is your connection to Spain?

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