Aug 2007

Travelling around Spain

In the last few weeks I had been to Cadiz and Almeria, both in the south of Spain. Well, actually I was in none of those cities, but in places close by.

The first trip together with Gema was down to Cadiz, about 30 km south of the city some of Gemas friends were renting a flat in Conil, a village nearby. South of Cadiz you basically find the probably most beautiful beaches of Spain, at least that was my impression and what my Spanish friends told me (and, on a side note, the most incredible amount of beautiful girls, too...). The only downside is that it can be kind of windy, but if you know it, just bring some very stable wind protection, and you should be fine. Actually, the one day it was windy, I was quite happy, because with the burning sun having a swim and then cooling in the breeze is a real relief. We also visited Tarifa, one of the main wind- and kite surfing sites of Europe. You never saw a village so small just full of surf shops - if you ask me, more dense than the skiing shops in the tourist-trap villages in Tirol. Also we spent some time in Los Caños de Meca, right between Conil and Tarifa, which is a real hippy town and has a cool bar which is made up a bit like a ship deck and is above a cliff looking out over the Atlantic. Great place to have some "copas" (drinks)! On our way back to Madrid we took the time to stop in Cordoba, which might be, together with Sevilla, the hottest (in temperature, man!) town of Spain. In the center you can visit an enormous (like in really enormous) mosque, as Cordoba and Granade where interchangeably the capitals of the Arabian empire during the medieval ages. Now it houses several (!!!) churches inside and it is really worth paying the 8 Euros entry. Gema was slightly angry about my cultural blasphemy, as the first thing that came to my mind upon entering was "and where is Indiana Jones?"...

The second trip to Almeria in the southeast corner of Spain was actually for a festival, the Creamfields in Spain. This festival is exclusively for electronic music, and the lineup were bands and DJs like Basement Jaxx, The Prodigy, or John Digweed. It's a 14 h festival "only", starting at 6 pm and lasting until about 8 am the next morning. But believe me, that was by far enough for me, and it took me several days to recover... The greatest thing about this location is that you have the After Hour right smack on the beach, hanging out in the sun and taking an occasional bath to cool down. Although it was great, I am not sure to recommend it again: This year they had 50k visitors, and the only access is a single little road, which meant we were jamming 2 1/2 h in the car just to get in, and then another 1/2 h walk from the parking place to the actual festival. Considering that they have more attendees every year, I don't want to know how bad it will be next year. So if you feel like going, I might recommend you come a day earlier and put up tent there on the beach (actually, better in the wood at the side of the beach - if you can't imagine why, just do as I recommend...).

So, all in all, two really gorgeous trips around Spain, and I am looking forward to some more in the days to come this year. The only thing I could slap my ass for is that I on both occasions forgot to bring my camera...