Sierra de Algairén – Hiking in the high-desert wine country (Calatayud-Cariñena)

Who is tired of talking about the weather??? We haven’t been climbing in the Pyrenees since the beginning of 2018. Cue the broken record: bad luck with timing of storm patterns basically every free weekend since the turn of the new year (we’re on call 26 weeks a year!) + a quick and magical trip … More Sierra de Algairén – Hiking in the high-desert wine country (Calatayud-Cariñena)

Cabrera Peak (1433 m): hometown hiking around Calatayud

And on sleepy Saturdays when the weather’s too shitty to head up to the Pyrenees, sometimes we hike around town. And sometimes we trick our amigos into going with us 🙂 I’ve mentioned the “Sistema Ibérico” quite a bit on the blog. It’s one of the major systems of mountain ranges on the Peninsula, stretching … More Cabrera Peak (1433 m): hometown hiking around Calatayud

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)

San Roque: fiestas in our pueblo, Calatayud (the REAL Spanish fiesta)

August Ask any native or true Expat about the legitimate Spanish fiesta and you won’t hear the word “discoteca” once. In the fiesta’s host city, there won’t be a metro, or a double-decker tourist bus. The population will most likely be under 25k and the hype before the fiesta is almost as exhilarating  as the … More San Roque: fiestas in our pueblo, Calatayud (the REAL Spanish fiesta)

Hundreds of Rock Climbing Routes in “Torcas de Chodes” near Morata de Jalón village (Zaragoza)

Outside of the Pyrenees, Torcas de Chodes is one of the most popular rock climbing zones in Northern Spain. Grand limestone walls surround beautiful orchards where the Río Jalón flows through. The ambiance is spectacular. Here is some technical information about the routes. Settled between Chodes and Morata de Jalón, there are around 500 climbing … More Hundreds of Rock Climbing Routes in “Torcas de Chodes” near Morata de Jalón village (Zaragoza)

Sierra de Armantes: red-clay, geographical wonders in Calatayud (my pueblo)

It gives me great pleasure to share with the world this magical wonder of “Armantes” which we have right in our backyard. I reside in a small Spanish town (20k population) that goes by the name of Calatayud. It’s a long story (how I got here AND how the town came to be) so here … More Sierra de Armantes: red-clay, geographical wonders in Calatayud (my pueblo)