It’s 2022 and the travel mode is back on! This time for a short trip to Andalusia, Spain. Since my Mom lives here, I’ve visited this part many times. Now it was time to discover the more unknown Southeast of Andalusia.
Driving through the mountains of La Alpujarra
From the coastal town Motril, we drove up North, stopped at the reservoir and shortly after took the exit A-348 towards Lanjarón. From here the windy mountain roads took us along many small towns and panorama vistas. Driving through the mountains we also came across a shepherd with his goats crossing the road, for which we needed to stop the car. After a long day we ended up in Almeria to spend the night.
Presa de Rules Dam
One of the towns in the Alpujarra
The shepherd with his goats crossing the road
Desierto de Tabernas
The desert of Tabernas is the only desert in Western Europe. Many saloon filmsets are located here, but I prefer a more realistic experience. When driving towards “Oasys MiniHollywood” don’t stop at the parking but keep on driving, this took us to an almost abandoned dirt road up the mountain to the viewpoint “Mirador Desierto de Tabernas”. How I loved that almost nobody was here and we had this scenic road all to ourselves. Along the way to the top we even stopped at these ruins.
We also had a quick stop at the “Texas Hollywood” sign.
Texas Hollywood sign
National Park Cabo de Gata
This National Park in the Southwest corner of Spain is worth a full day visit (or more). We started the day in Mojácar and drove South along the coast. Another day of beautiful views! In this area it’s more green and lush and with the lighthouse of Cabo de Gato as the last stop through this park.
The last days we had more relaxing moments in Roquetas de Mar and of course Malaga, from which I took my flight back home.