Tractor ride with the olives!

Olive Picking in Portugal 

Olive picking starts early in Portugal, as the season begins in November. We have now picked olives in France, Portugal and Spain. Each experience has been very different. In France olives are raked with small hand combs into the nets below.  In Southern Spain olives aren’t picked until after Christmas, and generally involve tree shakers […]

Mini Burger Gourmet Tapas, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Tapas

Tapas O Tapas, the fantastic Spanish nibble, the variety, the deliciousness and the sheer volume of tapas makes it a quintessential part of Spanish culture and identity.  Sure you can get tapas anywhere now, go to a Spanish restaurant chain in the UK or a €1 tapas bar on the Spanish Costa, to sample these […]

Fun in the Swimming Pool, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Heatwave

Scorchio!!!  The Iberian Peninsula has been experiencing rather a large rise in the mercury levels recently.   August is usually the month for 40º plus weather, but the end of June and beginning of July has been seriously hot.  When it’s boiling hot and dry we try everything we can to keep cool, shutters are […]

Biodome, Parque de las Ciencias, Science Museum, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Parque de las Ciencias, Granada

Granada in Spain has numerous museums, the Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) is centrally located and a perfect place to spark the imagination, for both adults and children alike. There are a variety of buildings and sections to the museum, including an aquarium in the Bio Dome, an Astronomical Observatory (aged 5+) and permanent […]

Clouds at sunset, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Andalucian Sunset

Dramatic and moody Andalucian skies are providing a spectacular show for us each evening.  So beautiful, peaceful and relaxing, you cannot help but marvel at mother nature’s creative palette.  Although no two sunsets are the same, we seem to be guaranteed a rainbow of wonderful colours and the atmospheric low light and dark shadows which […]

Las Alpujarras, Andalucia, Spain

Las Alpujarras

Las Alpujarras are a range of beautiful whitewashed high mountain villages perched and dotted around the Southern side of the steep slopes of the domineering Sierra Nevada. Precariously clinging to the side of the mountain, sheltered in deep gorges, the villages enjoy extreme weather conditions (for Spain), high altitude typically 4,000 feet above sea level, […]

Monachil Village, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Monachil Los Cahorros Gorge Walk Granada

Walking in the Los Cahorros gorge is absolutely fantastic, the walks here are so varied and interesting there is enough here to fascinate even the most reluctant of walkers.  The gorge has a network of tunnels, suspension bridges, steps and waterfalls with walks suitable for all ages and abilities.  Only 8km from the city of […]

Altar, Dia de la Cruz Granada

Dia de la Cruz Fiesta Granada

The day of the Cross (Dia de la Cruz) is celebrated on May the 3rd throughout Spain.  We visited Granada to attend this hugely popular festival which attracts many visitors from all over Andalucia and Spain.  The  Granda the roots of the festival originate in the San Lazaro district, where a plaster cross was installed in […]

Montefrio Andalucia, Granada Province, one of National Geographic's top ten towns with the best views in the world. Andalucia, Spain by Topsy Turvy Tribe

Montefrio’s Amazing Views

Montefrio is a striking whitewashed Andalusian town with a Moorish heritage surrounded by valleys, upon valleys of Olive groves.  At Montefrio’s highest point there is a ruined Moorish fortress and church.  We made the climb to the top to admire the view and had a well deserved picnic inside the fortress walls.  Spain’s only round church is […]

Las Fuentes Viejas, Fuentes de Cesna, Granada, Spain

Las Fuentes Viejas

In 1940 extremely heavy rain caused a landslide which devastated the town of Fuentes de Cesna, many were killed, the town re-built but then a second landslide in 1963 led to the planning of a nearby safer location for the town, where Fuentes de Cesna stands today. The old town now known as ‘Las Fuentes […]