Going home #

Nov 7, 2022 - Nov 9, 2022

From Barcelona, we took a train to Girona, and cycled over a small mountain pass to France. From Perpignan, we took the TGV to Strasbourg, crossed the border to Germany by bicycle and made our way home to Aachen with cheap regional trains.

Barcelona #

Oct 31, 2022 - Nov 6, 2022

Cycling along the coast to Barcelona we enjoyed great ocean views and nice beaches. We spent a few days in the city and did some touristing for the final days of our trip.

Valencia #

Oct 29, 2022 - Oct 30, 2022

We spent a few days in Valencia. Amazing city, we'll be back.

On our way to Valencia #

Oct 26, 2022 - Oct 28, 2022

Going along the coast to Valencia, we cycled through Benidorm, which has become a frightening symbol of destructive real estate capitalism by now. Afterwards we stayed in the small town Oliva, chilling at the beach.

Murcia #

Oct 24, 2022 - Oct 25, 2022

Cycling through lots of agriculture, with some gigantic Orange plantations over the last kilometers, we reached Murcia. It was a pretty relaxed city to walk around, with a beautiful city center.

Going to Murcia #

Oct 21, 2022 - Oct 23, 2022

After Granada we went back to the coast. From there up again to Murcia. It was a great choice!

Granada #

Oct 19, 2022 - Oct 20, 2022

We spent two nights in Granada. We didn't visit the Alhambra, because we were a little tired of tourist attractions at the time, so we just walked around, enjoying the atmosphere of the city.

Detour to Granada #

Oct 16, 2022 - Oct 18, 2022

We made a little detour to Granada, because so many people recommended visiting the city. The way there was great, cycling over a 1000m mountain pass, spending one night next to the water reservoir Embalse de los Bermejales.

Gibraltar #

Oct 13, 2022 - Oct 15, 2022

From El Puerto de Santa Maria, we made our way to Gibraltar. Overcoming many hills and a lot of headwind, we got to see some beautiful beaches and a mountainous nature reserve on the way. Gibraltar itself was an interesting place to see. Suddenly we were in Great Britain, but the weather was nice. So once we were there, we climbed the rock, visited caves, saw some monkeys and had a few pints in a pub.

El Puerto de Santa Maria & Cadiz #

Oct 9, 2022 - Oct 12, 2022

From Sevilla we cycled down to the coast. At the Atlantic ocean the nights got quiet cold sometimes, so Jan & Ellen sent us our warm sleeping bags to the campsite in El Puerto de Santa Maria. Until the sleeping bags arrived, we explored the beaches and the city of Cadiz.

Sevilla #

Oct 7, 2022 - Oct 8, 2022

We spent two days visiting Sevilla, the hottest city of Europe. We were there in October and we still found it extremely hot. We can not imagine how it must be in the Summer.

Back in Spain #

Oct 2, 2022 - Oct 6, 2022

From Fuseta we made our way back to Spain. This time in the south into the autonomous community of Andalusia. Remember what we said about the traffic in northern Spain? It's just the same in the south. The instant we crossed the border, cycling became a breeze again. Spain has really the nicest traffic in the world. The other countries in Europe could learn a lot from Spain in that regard.

Algarve, here we go! #

Sep 29, 2022 - Oct 3, 2022

The ride through the Algarve region was quite a change to the atlantic coast. The temperature went up again in day and night time. The water was much warmer here, but we missed the waves from the Atlantic ocean. Besides the temperatures, we cycled through nice terrain and in between we had to pass through a crazy amount of golf resorts in the middle of nowhere...

Road to Sagres #

Sep 22, 2022 - Sep 28, 2022

From Lisbon we followed the Atlantic coast down to Sagres. On the way we visited some places we had seen on our last visit to Portugal, over 10 years ago.

Lisbon #

Sep 20, 2022 - Sep 21, 2022

Our second visit to Lisbon. The last time was more than 10 years ago. It was nice to walk through the alleys again and sit in the shade in all the small parks. We also found a craft beer bar with a nice selection of homebrew beers on tap.

Our way to Lisbon #

Sep 15, 2022 - Sep 19, 2022

From Figueira da Foz, we made our way to Lisbon. We stopped in Nazaré to see the famous big waves, and we discovered a beautiful little village called Santa Cruz with amazing beaches.

Figueira da Foz #

Sep 10, 2022 - Sep 14, 2022

While going south the hurricane "Danielle" got closer and closer. In Espinho the rain started and we decided to take another train to Figueira da Foz. It would have been 80km cycling. Not that much, but with the hurricane behind us it was a good decision. We stayed in a hotel for three nights, waiting for Danielle to pass. We were lucky in Figueira, we only had a lot of rain. In Lisbon and the surroundings there was very heavy rain, resulting in flooded streets. On the last day, the sun came out and we did a 20km hike to Cabo Mondego, a cape north of Figueira da Foz.

Porto #

Sep 9, 2022 - Sep 10, 2022

We stayed two nights in Porto, exploring the city and the surroundings. It was instantly noticeable how calm and relaxed the city is. A lot of tourists are visiting the city and we were there on a weekend, but we always found a nice and quiet place to hang out in the shade.

Heading to Porto #

Sep 7, 2022 - Sep 8, 2022

After several days of rain in Santiago de Compostela we decided to take a train a little bit south to get out of it. We got out in Vigo, a coastal town about 90km south of Santiago. There everything was fine and we enjoyed sunny dry weather at the beach. We also met our new friends Thomas and Anastasia again and had a great time together. Until Porto we followed the Camino Portugues through pine forests and small villages with the coast always in sight. As we are now leaving northern Spain, it's time for a shoutout to all the drivers there: Thank you, you are the best! We never ever have encountered such bicycle friendly traffic anywhere in the world. People always slow down, they are always patient, they always overtake with great distance. And the most surprising thing: There are zero exceptions. Unbelievable. We wish it would be like this everywhere. Thank you!

Camino del Norte part three #

Sep 1, 2022 - Sep 6, 2022

The last part of the Camino took us to Santiago de Compostela. The city itself was a bit of a disappointment, mostly because of the weather. The old town is kind of nice but we didn't see that much. Most of the time we were just sitting around at the campsite, waiting for the rain to pass. That way we made many new friends there, which made up for all the rain.

Gijón #

Aug 29, 2022 - Aug 31, 2022

Gijón was a surprisingly nice city we had never heard of. Really relaxed vibe, nice beaches, lots of art and a seemingly endless promenade.

Camino del Norte part two #

Aug 27, 2022 - Aug 28, 2022

Leaving Santander, we continued following the Camino Del Norte to Gijón, crossing from the Basque country into Asturias.

Santander #

Aug 24, 2022 - Aug 26, 2022

We spent two days in Santander. The campsite is in the district Mataleñas, next to the cliffs around the lighthouse, with amazing views of the ocean. The beach of Mataleñas is in a beautiful bay and perfect for swimming. We also took one day walking around the city taking some pictures.

Camino del Norte part one #

Aug 21, 2022 - Aug 23, 2022

From Zarautz we followed the Camino del Norte along the Atlantic coast. We enjoyed the constantly changing landscapes and many small villages. It was also quite the challenge because of the amount of altitude we had to overcome.

Beach holiday in Zarautz #

Aug 12, 2022 - Aug 21, 2022

Finally nice weather! 25°C, some clouds, and we even had some real rain. Time for holidays at the beach! Zarautz is a beautiful small town, famous for the longest beach in the basque country and popular with surfers because of the waves. We spent the next 9 days at the beach, swimming in the waves, eating some good food and enjoying the promenade. We even made it to San Sebastian by train, ate some of the famous Pintxos and ran into a music festival by coincidence.

Hondarribia #

Aug 9, 2022 - Aug 11, 2022

Hondarribia was our first stop in the spanish basque region. It is a beautiful little town and has influences of both the french and the spanish basque country. Lots of colorful houses with wooden balconies. We also met our friends Maria and Kristian again and spent a superb night together.