Europe...west of the Alps travel blog

Tavira was our last stop in Portugal....so we went shopping?

bridges undergoing maintenance were fitted with some very serious scaffolding

road quality dropped as we neared the Spanish border .....

...... and rain made things a little worse ....

..... although river crossings ....

..... on a main road was freaky .....

..... we needed a good 'quality' drink of vino

we enjoyed walking through Seville's leafy streets....

....with many interesting buildings .....

.....some covering entire blocks ....

..... while others were purely historical

parks and gardens dominated Seville....

..... as they did in Cadiz....

.....which had spectacular Fig Trees....

.....and tiled walkways through the greenery

the Cadiz beaches were understandably quiet


Rain was the order of the day for the drive to the Spanish border but we did manage to visit Tavira before leaving Portugal. That was another very pretty river town.

Rain continued but the excellent road conditions didn't. Not far from the border things deteriorated somewhat as road widths narrowed and at one point led to a low river crossing. It was no real problem but with much more rain it would be.

Suddenly we were back on a good motorway and amazed by the abruptness of the changes.

Things improved as we crossed into Spain and reached our stopover in Lepe. The big challenge in that town was finding a decent place for dinner. After much deliberation we decided on a kebab eatery for something different. Not sure if we'll do that too often.

Beautiful Seville was the priority for the continuing drive and we were extremely fortunate to have a sunny day for the visit. Parks and gardens, a pretty river and spectacular architecture made Seville one of our favourite towns.

Further along we stopped in Jerez and were surprised at its size and the amount of greenery it had. Once again wide tree lined thoroughfares and extensive parks provided a welcoming atmosphere.

The ancient port city, Cadiz, was a little disappointing but interesting all the same. We walked along the fortified seawall surrounding the town and explored its many cobbled lanes. Massive fig trees and tiled walkways dominated some amazing old gardens and parks overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean.

Being linked to mainland Spain by a long narrow causeway and two bridges its almost an island in its own right. If the world's oceans keep rising that may yet occur.

With that in mind and the appearance of a 'high tide' we took off for Gibraltar.

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