Orbajena del Castillo: turquoise swimming holes on the banks of the Ebro River, Burgos

I’ll keep this short and sweet. Swimming holes are where it’s at. But the internet makes these special spots less charming. It’s a catch 22; all the information, but with all the visitors. If you find yourself on the National Highway N-623 heading north from Burgos, do yourself a favor and stop in Orbaneja del … More Orbajena del Castillo: turquoise swimming holes on the banks of the Ebro River, Burgos

Embalse de Llauset: Pyrenean reservoir, no hiking necessary!

In the Pyrenees there are a select number of (glacial) lakes in which you can swim. Obviously this depends on each explorer’s tolerance to freezing cold water. It’s easy science that at higher altitudes and no matter how strong the sun is shining, the creek/basin/spring/pond/river/lake/lakelet/lagoon/tarn/loch water is going to be cold AF. Like many mountaineers, … More Embalse de Llauset: Pyrenean reservoir, no hiking necessary!

Lago de Alhama: Europe’s second largest thermal lake (Zaragoza province)

To me, Aragón is many things. To most people, Aragón = Mountains & snow sports. Let’s be real, I big heart the Pyrenees more than anything else on this great Peninsula, however, Aragón is full of magic that often goes unlooked or unrecognized. After living in Barcelona and Bilbao, I was resistant to move to … More Lago de Alhama: Europe’s second largest thermal lake (Zaragoza province)

Fuente de los Baños: Valencian gorge tucked away in the rolling hills of Alto Mijares offers kilometers of crystalline waters

September 2016 I’ve been here once. And at the time only had a crappy temporary mobile device. OK, my phone still blows, but we are going to buy a van and I swore I’d go back this summer (with a digi camera) so the pics will be improved. We happened upon this spot at the very … More Fuente de los Baños: Valencian gorge tucked away in the rolling hills of Alto Mijares offers kilometers of crystalline waters