We left Seville Tuesday morning and headed north, using the excellent, and toll free, route 66 through eastern Spain. We had a stop at the fascinating city of Merida, which was once a hugely important Roman city. This is evident from the extensive buildings which remain interspersed with more modern buildings. We could only visit the amphitheatre, classic theatre, temple of Diana and casa del Mitrio, however you can buy an inclusive ticket to all the monuments. and the museum.
In addition, the 9th century moorish castle contains a fascinating well. It is housed in a building and reached by a divided descending stairway so that donkeys could be brought down to collect water and go up the other side.
After Merida we pressed on Northwards to a city I have always wanted to visit, Salamanca.
We arrived at 8pm and found the free parking under the bridge. We walked into town because we had heard it was wonderful at night. We were immediately bowled over by the network of historic syreets and beautiful sandstone buildings, all illuminated. The Plaza Major is a jewel. We ate delicious tapas at the Vegetarian Cafe Atelier and wandered back to Boris.
Salamanca is full of history, and home to one of the oldest universities in the world. The next morning we explored the city again, climbing the Bell Tower and visiting the Old and New Cathedrals, which are woven into one. They contained some of the best mediaeval wall painting and altar paintings that we have ever seen.
Our time was limited so we did not visit inside the Old University buildings or the architectually lovely Art Deco museum .. we are saving that for next time!
We did find a super restaurant, En La Parra, for a final special lunch… a delicious and creative tasting menu for 37 euros. A great end to the Iberian part of our holiday. Luckily we have done lots of walking so we havent put any weight on! The food has been marvellous everywhere.
LThen a long drive north almost to the Spanish border with France. Another free night opposite Orio before some Spanish supermarket shopping to buy ‘essentials’ like my favourite Salmorejo soup!Crossing into France we stopped at a bird reserve and with the help of a Grey wagtail, a Greylag goose and a humble blue tit took our bird list total over 100 for the trip.
Finally our drive north continued to Pons for 2 days with friends before sailing home from Cherbourg on Saturday. What a great trip!
We will have driven nearly 3000 miles.. this map shows our route.
4 thoughts on “South in 15 days, North in 2!”
It will be great to have you back in Blighty…….but I’m going to miss your blogs….
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Thank you… but hopefully we’ll be off again in 9 weeks, so lots of new blogs to come ☺
Great post, and trip. I live in Seville and have not been to Merida yet, but after reading this post it’s on my list. What did you think of Seville?
Hi, We have visited Seville in the past and adore it as a city. A great mix of fascinating history and a vibrant atmosphere. Our visit this time was just an overnight stop in the suburbs to see a friend, which is why I didn’t write about it!
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