Residents say Satan should be “repulsive and despicable — not kind and seductive”…
So moving right along in my showcase of Spain, my other love… On a tranquil Friday evening at home with rain and cool temps of course nothing new in lovely Morbihan. I need to tell you more about a region of Spain that has given birth to a country and more, in Europe and the Americas. I will tell you more about Castilla y Léon autonomous region of Spain.
First, let me start you off with my previous blog posts on this wonderful region of Spain.
The autonomous region of Castilla y León is in the northwest of Spain and surrounded by other communities such as Galice,Asturias,Cantabria, Basque country, Rioja , Aragon, Castilla y La Mancha, Comunidad de Madrid, Extremadura and Portugal. The region is the result of the union of 9 provinces in 1983, three already there since the alignment in 1833,where provinces were created and joined the region of Léon, and six belonging to Castilla la Vieja (old Castile) except the province of Santander(today Cantabria), and Logroño (today the Rioja).
Yeah, I thought Walt Disney’s original castle was in the Disney World of Orlando, Florida too. I thought wrong though… When venturing off for a much-needed day of fresh air away from Madrid’s constant hustle and bustle, I discovered that Walt Disney was inspired by the long-established fortress built in Segovia, Madrid. After my day-long visit to this World Heritage City only an hour outside of the capital, I was inspired too.
Segovia lies within the historically rich and autonomous Castile-León region in Spain and has been lying there for well over 2,000 years. Over these years it has been reigned by a variety of populations— from the Celtics to the Romans to the Jewish to the Christians, and now the Spaniards.
I have the not-so-pleasant start to the day when I walk into my kitchen and turn on the tap, and nothing comes out.
Of course. They’re servicing the water tanks and water supply has been suspended for the better part of the day. I vaguely remember seeing the memo now, nuisance value when I first read it, more of a pressing problem now. Luckily, there is water in the fridge and even more thankfully, they haven’t suspended supply to the bathrooms. Phew!
So as long as I am judicious with my consumption today for washing up and stuff, it’ll be fine.
Road trips are a great way to explore Spain and its majestic countryside – use these tips and great road trip itineraries from Tourism Spain.
A couple of years ago, I ventured on my first road trip through Spain and Portugal. I drove from Málaga to Lisbon, making stops in some of the best cities in Andalusia. I explored the architectural beauty of old Córdoba and the hip, urban life of Seville. Like any great road trip, my Spain road trip was a lovely but weird experience. I remember struggling with some travel details: sometimes I wanted to stop driving for a while to explore somewhere new, but I was never quite sure which of the small cities on my route was most interesting or might offer a great lunch break.
From the magnificent work of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona to the ancient city of Cordoba and the famous pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela — the choice of UNESCO World Heritage Sites to visit in Spain is big and varied.
With a staggering 44 UNESCO sites, Spain is the third most represented country on the list of world heritage sites, trailing only Italy and China. Renting a car in Spain and driving yourself to the sites that interest you most, is a great way to explore Spain at your own pace.
To pique your interest and inspire your next European adventure, we’ve compiled a list of a few of Spain’s most popular world heritage sites easily accessible by rental car.
Gaudi’s seven works of wonder, Barcelona