Spain and Portugal Expedition

Seeing the Sights On the Iberian Peninsula

20240501-0530

  Final Update: (Trip in progress)

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  The snowy Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east of Granada, Spain as seen from the Alhambra.
Sony A1: 1/400 sec, ISO 100, 52mm at f/5.6
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Background 

COVID has put a big cramp in our travel plans.  We bailed on our travel plans and had to push them for more than a year.  But, no matter, the time has come.  We have long had plans to return to the Iberian Peninsula to complete our explorations.  Our previous trip, while 3 weeks long, was way too short to see the entire area.  So, a return engagement was planned and now it is time to execute.

Our high-level plan was to fly from San Diego via Miami to Madrid.  Then, since we have seen Madrid, take an immediate in-country flight to Grenada and see the Alcazar. (We missed this major site due to popularity and our late attempts to get tickets).  After Grenada, we will take the train to Gibraltar for a few days and then to Seville.  We will get a car in Seville and then travel west into Portugal along the southern and western coasts and then east again along the Bay of Biscay.  Our entire time in Portugal will be ad-hoc as we have no reservations.  From fluidity comes adventure.

Details

The link table below contains links to the photos and dialog for each of the days of the trip.  This table will be updated as the effort progresses.  A variety of cameras were used to document this trip including our Sony A1, Fuji XT-4. and, of course, the ubiquitous iPhone.


Links to Daily Adventures
Part Dates Adventure Locations
1
20240502-0503
Alhambra Part 1
2
20240503
Alhambra Part 2 and the Alcazaba
3
20240504-05
Gibraltar
4
20240507-10
Sevilla
5
2040511-12
Huelva and Villa Real de Santo Antonio
6
20240512-13
Santo Antonio, Faro and Estoi Palace
7
20240514-15
Sagres and San Antonio
8
20240516
Lisbon Tour
9
20240517-18
Lisbon Walkabout
10
20240519-20
Porto Part 1
11
20240520
Porto Part 2
12
20240521
Vigo and Cambados
13
20240522-23
Santiago de Compostela and A Coruna
14
20240524-25
Lugo and the Tower of Villademoros
15
20240526-27
San Sebastian
16
20240528
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

 


Conclusions

The Iberian Peninsula is one of our favorite travel destinations.  It is tourist-friendly and chock full of interesting historical sites.  Good weather and friendly folks make this the complete solution for a great trip.

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