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

Canal Roya peak (2345m): classic winter initiation route for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing

If you drive past Formigal (the second largest Pyrenean ski resort offering 137 kilometers of marked slopes) just over the the Spanish-French border, from atop Col du Portalet a gorgeous valley lays out before you. At the center of it all, standing 2885 meters tall, is the “Riena” of Ossau Valley: Midi d’Ossau. One of … More Canal Roya peak (2345m): classic winter initiation route for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing

For some of the best views of Tena Valley, climb these peaks: Pico Arriel (2824m) & Petit Arriel (2684m)

How we ended up climbing these two peaks is a simple story. Jorge pulled out the map of Valle de Tena and said, “this one.” We looked it up on the internet and were instantly allured. Then I read a blog post (in Spanish) about someone else’s experience and this hiker so appropriately described Pico … More For some of the best views of Tena Valley, climb these peaks: Pico Arriel (2824m) & Petit Arriel (2684m)

Sorrosal Waterfall: Hidden gem in Ordesa & Monte Perdido National Park, no hiking involved

SNOW IS HERE! As we are preparing for wintry mountain outings, I can’t help but think of past excursions. Here’s one that requires no gear and no special clothes… just motivation to be out in the cold for about 20 minutes. If you’ve been in the Spanish Pyrenees or are planning a trip, you’ve undoubtedly … More Sorrosal Waterfall: Hidden gem in Ordesa & Monte Perdido National Park, no hiking involved

Picos de Europa: Torre de los Horcados Rojos 2506m (central massif)

In our last trips to Asturias, we didn’t get to climb any mountains. We played with the resident cows of Covadonga lakes, we descended the Río Sella in kayak, we swam and ate; we did all the things we love to do in the north. But with the Picos de Europa always looming in the … More Picos de Europa: Torre de los Horcados Rojos 2506m (central massif)

Asturian coast: beaches for all tastes

“Asturies que guapina yes!” Most people know that various regions of Spain have co-official languages along with Castellano (Castillian Spanish). But did you know that apart from Catalan, Galician and Basque, numerous other regions have native languages? Valencian (which is spoken in Valencia), Balear (spoken in Balearic Islands) and Aranés (spoken in parts of Cataluña) … More Asturian coast: beaches for all tastes

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

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