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From the Alentejo to Andalucia

The road trip to Spain

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The car was all packed up, the cats were fed the leftovers and their water bowl had been filled. They'd adopted the house and we became very attached over the preceding week. I was stalling. But it was time to go and so we entered our handy coordinates into the GPS and began our 5 hour trek to Cartajima, Spain. I followed along on the map as Husband drove, and the kids were ok, though cramped in the back of our tiny car. After much consultation and debate (not really, since I am the designated tour director), we decided to stop in Castro de Marim, right along the river that designates the border between Spain and Portugal. Castles are always a sure bet with two boys, and this one did not disappoint.

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The castle was very well preserved, with ramparts to walk, and grounds to explore. It only cost one euro and they gave us all paper crowns to wear. It was a worthwhile break to stretch our legs and afterwards, we stopped in town for pastries and coffee. Pretty town.

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Back in the car, 2km later, we were in Spain. Fields of sunflowers! But also traffic, which we'd become very unaccustomed to. Battling through Sevilla, with billboards and ugly wharehouses lining the highway, we finally came to the base of the mountains that comprise this part of Andalucia. Heading towards Ronda, we climbed and climbed, holding our breaths as the car hurtled around cliffhanging mountain roads. We arrived in Cartajima, one of Andalucias "white towns," and we were immediately besotted with its narrow cobblestone streets and breathtaking views.

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Our house is better than the last, surrounded by vineyards and nestled into the mountain. Beautiful.

Posted by Restless Mama 02:13 Archived in Portugal

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