Pedraforca, Spain – The Double-Peaked Mountain

Pedrafroca, located between the Provinces of Barcelona and Lleida in Spain, is a mountain in Catalunya. Mountains in Catalunya, you say. What is so special about a mountain when the Pyrenees run along the northern border? What makes this mountain not only special but also a symbol of Catalunya is its rare shape. It is a … Continue reading Pedraforca, Spain – The Double-Peaked Mountain

Como, Italy – Italian riches

When taking a long road trip (for example, from France to Liechtenstein), it is always a good idea to have a point to stop, stretch one's legs and see something interesting to break up the monotonous hours of motorway/autobahn/highway travel. This specific stop was a nice city on the Swiss-Italian border (on the Italian side): Como. … Continue reading Como, Italy – Italian riches

Riu de Jan, Andorra – High in the Pyrenees

High in the Pyrenees, nestled amongst the peaks in the Principality of Andorra, lies a river on the Andorran-French border known as the Riu de Jan. The turnoff to get to this remote area is just north of Meritxell, the famous Andorran sanctuary. With a spring high in the mountains, this area is a great place … Continue reading Riu de Jan, Andorra – High in the Pyrenees

Vaduz, Liechtenstein – A tiny capital for a tiny country

Vaduz dates back to the 1100s (at least, it appeared in manuscripts from the time); a castle dates from 1322, but the Swiss completely destroyed both in 1499. Until 1719, the Hohenems family held Liechtenstein. This is when the Liechtenstein family purchased it. The family originally came from Castle Liechtenstein in Lower Austria. They wanted … Continue reading Vaduz, Liechtenstein – A tiny capital for a tiny country

Steg, Liechtenstein – Halfway up the Liechtensteiner Alps

Making our way up from Triesenberg, the next stop in our trip through Liechtenstein was in Steg, a small village in the Liechtensteiner mountains. It is accessible only through a tunnel. Steg is so small that its population is simply added to the municipality of Triesenburg rather than counted separately. The grand total population therefore … Continue reading Steg, Liechtenstein – Halfway up the Liechtensteiner Alps

Santuari de Meritxell, Andorra

In the mountains in Andorra lies a village called Meritxell (the 'tx' is like the 'ch' in English) with 66 inhabitants. So why is it one of the places to go when visiting Andorra if you want to get a feel for the people? The answer lies in the Santuari de Meritxell, a sanctuary basilica. … Continue reading Santuari de Meritxell, Andorra

Parc national des Écrins, France – Hiking a glacier

On the French-Italian border, above the Parc Natural de Mercantour and below Mont Blanc/Chamonix, lies the Parc national des Écrins. Within this park, I came face-to-face with something I had never experienced before: a glacier. It was amazing! Until 27 August 2018, I had never seen a glacier before. Well, that is not true. Hiking … Continue reading Parc national des Écrins, France – Hiking a glacier

Loarre Castle, Spain – The final defence

Loarre Castle is quite a special place due to its history; it is not only one of the oldest castles in Spain, but also a fortified abbey. Originally built as the line of last defence in northern Huesca (Aragon) against the Moorish invaders. Then it became a fortified religious site and expanded over the next … Continue reading Loarre Castle, Spain – The final defence

Triesenberg, Liechtenstein – Beginning the ascent of the country

Just south of the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz, there exist two towns with similar names. The first is Triesen, which like Vaduz, is located next to the Rhein River. Triesenberg (as the name suggested if you understand German), sits above Triesen on the side of one of the mountains in Liechtenstein. It is hard to … Continue reading Triesenberg, Liechtenstein – Beginning the ascent of the country

Balzers, Liechtenstein – On the valley floor

Balzers is a small town in Liechtenstein that is located in the south-west portion of the country, across the border (and the Rhein River, which is the border) from the Swiss town of Sargans. Balzers (like all places in Liechtenstein) is a small town a few thousand inhabitants. What sets it apart is the castle, … Continue reading Balzers, Liechtenstein – On the valley floor

Castell Ddinas, Wales – Ancient defences

Castell Ddinas was the highest castle in England and Wales. It dates back to the Iron Age, which in Britain was between 600BC and 50AD. Along with many castles in Wales, such as Caerphilly Castle, the Normals built the now ruins during their conquest of Wales in the early 1070s. A Norman castle The Norman … Continue reading Castell Ddinas, Wales – Ancient defences

Montserrat, Spain – One of Catalonia’s religious mountain

So you have visited Barcelona and, frankly, you have seen it all in the city. Are you bored of the sunshine, the moonlight, and the boogie? But what else is there to do? Well, if you can take day trips (either in your own or public transport), Montserrat is the place to go! But what … Continue reading Montserrat, Spain – One of Catalonia’s religious mountain

Pyrenees Mountains, Spain – Hiking the border

If you are ever on the Spanish-Andorran-French border, you have to be blind to miss the Pyrenees Mountains. Or I guess you are passing through the tunnel that now runs underneath the mountains on the motorway. The mountains rise high in the sky. Much of the Pyrenees Mountain range is in national parks; the respective … Continue reading Pyrenees Mountains, Spain – Hiking the border

Sierra Nevada, Spain – The foot of the peninsula

The Sierra Nevada Mountain range in the province of Granada is 100% worth a visit. No matter who you are, if you like the outdoors, you will find what you are looking for (skiing, hiking, climbing, stargazing, etc.) The Sierra Nevada has the third highest peak in Europe, called the Mulhacen, which rises over 3,450 … Continue reading Sierra Nevada, Spain – The foot of the peninsula

Sierra Nevada Mountains in the Province of Granada

So I have talked about the Alhambra and Granada Capital (the city) in previous posts, but what about the province itself? Is that worth visiting at all? What about the Sierra Nevada Mountains? A view of the city of Granada from near the Mulhacén mountain in the Sierra Nevada. YES, YES, YES!!!!! Especially if you love … Continue reading Sierra Nevada Mountains in the Province of Granada