Spain road trip: 2014-15

Consider this, if you were in the market for a high speed, five door family car with the sound of a supercharger you’d be in the market for a German something.

goes up hills

But that wouldn’t be as much fun as a Land Rover Defender, not the perfect saloon; but what if you’re after a vehicle that will take four adults and a capacious fridge 3′500 miles around Spain on some of its roughest roads, goes up hills (we got lost quite a bit but usually found our way down in time for lunch), picks up 300 kilos of oranges (for no apparent reason therefore bad) and 70 bottles of Ribera wine (for a better reason, to consume on the first weekend home)?

Phil’s vertigo didn’t prevent others from stepping over his body to gain fantastic views from the Salamanca tower
found it!……
………….Garganta Mayor trout fishery in La Vera, east of Plasencia
Trujillo is home to us for Christmas eve and to Pizarro, conqueror of the Aztecs forever

Our preplanned route allowed for spontaneous changes – dependent on our non-map reading abilities.

Christian at Jerez Bodega
35 miles per gallon, at 55 miles per hour on the autopista

The German car would go faster – yes, but you’d probably miss half of the brilliant views (driving at a comfortable speed through Spain) and arrive days ahead and unannounced.

a load of dead bull
fish ponds at Alcazar in Seville

New Year’s Day we left Seville for Segovia

hello Segovia
hello Segovia again
headwaters of Iregua river in La Rioja

From Segovia we drove over mountains, via Soria and Logrono to Pamplona.

Café Iruña, Pamplona
We stayed in San Sebastian, Burgos, Leon, Benavente, Salamanca, Trujillo, Jerez, Ronda, Seville, Segovia and Pamplona. We enoyed our experiences in Caceres, Merida, Zahara la Sierra (puebla blanca near Ronda)

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Philip Pembroke

My name is Phil Pembroke and I write fishing guide books - covering fly, sea and coarse fishing for Spain, France and Portugal. Nothing compares to ordering a pint of Guiness - a favourite drink, in my local Romford bar and nothing compares to a two week holiday spent fishing for carp at my local lake in Dagenham, East London. But the quest continues, to organise more fishing downtime. Fishing Bin El Ouidane lake in Morocco for virgin carp, with friends in 2007 was a wonderful experience. Ice fishing in Poland in 2017 was chilling. I have spent time fishing for Bighead carp in north east China in 2010 and drunk the local whiskey. 2017 is the Chinese year of the Rooster (Gōngjī), the ultimate auspicious symbol signifying luck, romance and personality. May the celestial rooster bring good luck to anglers everywhere they chose to cast a line. My blog has stories from near and far about fishing and travel, plus a few surprises. my website has free fishing maps for all regions of Spain, and a lot of free information about fishing in western and central Europe, Morocco and China: You can get in touch here:

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