Spain Journals

Travels in Northern Spain

A travel journal to Spain by proxam2

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Alcazar de la Reina Hotel

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Hotel | "The Queen's Palace"

Alcazar de la Reina Hotel Photo, Carmona, Spain
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CARMONA is a town with a very long history and is situated about 30km east of Seville. It lies astride the NIV Seville-Cordoba highway so the town is very easy to find.The hotel is situated in the heart of the old town. It's not hard to find as it's more than adequately signposted, but it's still a bit of an ordeal driving to it. The old town was not designed with the automobile in mind (in fact I doubt whether the wheel was even invented when much of this place was built!) and you must negotiate a torturous and convoluted route through the incredibly narrow streets and lanes (all one way). The streets are so tight, it could be quite hair-raising - I don't have much hair so I was alright....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2011

Alcazar de la Reina Hotel
C. Hermana Concepcion Orellana 2
Carmona, Andalusia 41410

Hotel Estrella del Norte

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Hotel | "THE NORTH STAR"

Hotel Estrella del Norte Photo, Cantabria, Spain
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Our destination was a little town on the Cantabrian coast a few miles beyond, and the hotel called ESTRELLA del NORTE.The hotel is situated in the small coastal resort of ISLA and, although not exactly beachfront, it's only around 200m from the the sandy coves that make up the shoreline in this part of the world. No long and wide promenades here, it's more of a haphazard collection of hotels, apartment blocks and villas clustered around a wild and picturesque coast.We had some difficulty finding the hotel - which is pretty ludicrous as most of the buildings in the town follow the local architectural tradition (a sort of chalet-style with steep pitched roofs and dormer windows) - wher...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2011

Hotel Estrella del Norte
Avenida Juan Hormaechea S/n
Isla, Cantabria 39195
34(942)659970

Las Rocas Hotel

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Hotel | "Llanes - On The Rocks"

Las Rocas Hotel Photo, Llanes, Spain
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Halfway along the Northern coast of Spain, in the province of Asturias, lies the picturesque fishing village of LLANES.This area around Llanes is typical of the region - hundreds of secluded coves set amidst a backdrop of luscious, verdant vegetation, and framed by a mountain range which runs almost continuously along the whole length of the coast. The mountains save their most spectacular formation for the area immediately to the south of Llanes where they rise up to form the PICOS de EUROPA.We had continued our journey through 'Green Spain' to the aforementioned village where we had booked a room for a couple of nights at HOTEL LAS ROCAS.The hotel isn't particularly big (33 r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2011

Las Rocas Hotel
Calle Marques De Canillejas 3
Llanes, Asturias 33500
+34(98)5402431

Santillana del mar

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Attraction | "NEVER on a MONDAY"

santillana del mar Photo, Santillana del Mar, Spain
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The town of three lies - that's SANTILLANA del MARIt's not a holy place - Santi.It's not situated on a plain - llana.And it's not by the sea - del Mar.Another thing it wasn't when we were there, was sunny. Still, who in their right mind goes to Spain and expects hot, sunny weather in June?The reason for the less than dry conditions is the situation of the town. Santillana del Mar lies in the Northern Spanish province of Cantabria, more commonly known as GREEN SPAIN. And why is it green? Because of the lush and verdant vegetation. And why is it lush? Because it rains a lot.And it wasn't going to break with tradition just for us.Just a few miles west...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2011

tudela

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tudela Photo, Tudela, Spain
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Tudela is hardly Euro-Disney. In fact it's not somewhere that will be on many tourist's list as a 'must-see' destination. It's really just a very ordinary, work-a-day town, halfway between Barcelona and Bilbao.So why did I go there?No special reason, I was travelling between Barcelona and Bilbao and I needed somewhere to break the journey. Somewhere that was just about.....that's right, halfway.When we scouted around on the net for a hotel, we came up with one we liked, the Tudela Bardenas (which I've written about). They have a pretty good website which has plenty of information about the area's attractions. So one thing led to another and we eventually decided to spend a coup...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 14, 2011