Río Sella: A famous descent in “piragua” down this Asturian river

When I studied abroad 10 years ago, I backpacked Europe. I did the cheap hostel slumber party with strangers, bread and cheese and 1€ bottle of wine dinners. I saw all the cathedrals, did all the walking tours and saw all the sights. My travel priorities have changed. Sometimes we are thrifty but never when … More Río Sella: A famous descent in “piragua” down this Asturian river

Stew is life: Asturian “pote” and some other good eats

Northerners brave long, cold rainy seasons and it’s no different here on the Iberian Peninsula. The rolling hills/mountains flaunt their lush green layers in Summer thanks to all those dark, wintry days. Winter is the reason that stew exists. And stew is life. Only in Morocco will I drink boiling mint tea in the middle … More Stew is life: Asturian “pote” and some other good eats

Moncayo: a classic, non-Pyrenean peak in Northern Spain

San Miguel which belongs to the Moncayo massif, is the tallest peak in the Iberian System mountain range. This lesser known range is 50 kilometers more extensive then the highly famed Pyrenees and absolutely worth visiting. Moncayo which stands at 2,314 meters tall, shoots up from flat terrain just on the border between Aragón and … More Moncayo: a classic, non-Pyrenean peak in Northern Spain

Faja de las Flores: a classic hike in Ordesa Valley

With year-round accessibility, this stunning hike culminates in a stroll along a narrow ledge (“la Faja”) cut into the mountain face. It’s a 13-17 km (8-11 miles) route that can be circular* if you so choose, and has a cumulative elevation gain of about 1000 meters (3200 feet). *Should you choose to ascend or descend … More Faja de las Flores: a classic hike in Ordesa Valley

Picos del Infierno (3081m) by way of Refugio de Bachimaña

It had been a year since visiting this part of valley and when Jorge suggested climbing “Los Infiernos” I obviously agreed with great excitement, forgetting about the overly-rocky terrain and how hard the descent was on the knees (and feet and toes and quads and..) from Garmo Negro. Los Picos del Infierno are composed of … More Picos del Infierno (3081m) by way of Refugio de Bachimaña

Garmo Negro, 3051 m: our first “tresmil”

Tallest peak (actually a volcano!) in Spain – Tenerife, Canary Islands Teide = 3,718 meters (12,198 ft) Tallest peak on the Peninsula – Sierra Nevadas, Granada, Andalusia Mulhacén = 3,482 meters (11,424 ft) Tallest peak in the Pyrenees – Spain / France Aneto = 3,404 meters (11,168 ft) I’m a California native and I grew … More Garmo Negro, 3051 m: our first “tresmil”

PAELLA: hot tips + best wood-fired Paella restaurant in Benicássim (Valencia)

Let’s be clear: Stove-top paella is decent. Nothing beats wood-fired paella. Paella is easy to fuck up. Be patient, the learning curve is very steep. If it’s got chorizo in it, it’s NOT paella. A perfectly executed paella is what Spaniards may call a “manjar.” A delicatessen that will silence the entire table. It represents … More PAELLA: hot tips + best wood-fired Paella restaurant in Benicássim (Valencia)

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

Pico Vallibierna 3067 m & Tuca de Culebras 3062 m from Refugio Cap de Llauset

When we have the time to visit Benasque Valley, we really try to make it count. This is the furthest valley in the Aragonese Pyrenees from home and we still have a lot of summits to bag in this area. In the early summer of 2017 we crested two beauties in Posets-Maladeta Natural Park. They … More Pico Vallibierna 3067 m & Tuca de Culebras 3062 m from Refugio Cap de Llauset