Benidorm Live

Benidorm On Stage


Ok this post is rather off-topic….. and it’s about Benidorm the TV Show or rather the Live Stage version. If you aren’t interested feel free to leave and come back in a month or so when I get a bit more cavey again 🙂
(You Have been warned !)

November 14th 2012 was the day I signed contracts on my Spanish Cave House so it stands to reason that exactly six years later I should be right up the front at Benidorm Live.

Benidorm Live

Benidorm seems to be one of those Marmite programmes people either Love or Hate and to be honest it isn’t the kind of thing I would normally enjoy, I listen to Punk Music and Reggae and my comedy taste is generally a lot more Sweary and a lot less Variety. I must confess I love Benidorm partly because it always gets me in the mood for herding myself back to Spain although I have no real intention of ever going to Benidorm itself as I prefer rural areas with less English people, No Offence. To be fair though I am always going to have a place in my heart for a British/Spanglish tv show that can get a joke in relating to Animal Farm.

Ok so we were both disappointed when the last series ended, we actually watched the last episodes in a bar in Granada on the iPad, I don’t care if you think I’m tragic some of you lot probably play golf, now look who’s tragic?. Anyway the live show was announced late 2017 and I picked up front row tickets for Rachel’s Christmas Present, pretty much forgot about it until about 6 weeks ago then realised I was on earlies (4:00am) for the whole week.

We train tripped over from Southport to Liverpool at about 6:00pm while I felt myself getting more and more tired. Town was busy and the Empire was pretty much packed out so I was pleased we had booked well in advance. We made our way to the front and found our seats and were greeted by this 🙂

I have to say that loved the Art Deco styled set and was quite happy to look at it for 15 minutes until the show began.

The show was absolutely stunning from start to finish, amazing production with super quick set changes that worked better than the adverts on tv, It felt like a whole series being played out in front you from Asa’s singing to Kenneth and Liam’s bickering being overseen by Jacqueline  to Sam and Joyce’s hotel management differences and of course Mateo’s excellent flirting, dancing & bar tending skills. The chemistry between the cast lot is a thrill to watch, particularly Liam and Kenneth ….

A good strong and very typical Benidorm storyline combined with singing and dancing at Neptunes made this rather an emotional show for both of us…… particularly because series 10 felt like the beginning of the end and this felt like the End of The End.

I highly recommend this show and would happily watch it again tomorrow and maybe on Wednesday too.   On a final up note I did get a warm feeling that Benidorm wasn’t quite a closed book just yet, call me astute/call me a nob but either way……I still don’t play golf.
Oh and I managed to be up for work at 4:00am revived and smiling.

“don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”

Tickets and more info from the official website: Benidorm on Stage

Summer Visit 2018 (avoiding Cat-Talk)

A somewhat random post that covers our recent trip and some thoughts that have been with me since I got home.

We booked flights for late July for another 10 days in the place I sincerely want to call home someday. I had arranged to meet up a few people who I had met on social media (not girls, already done that and got the t-shirt 🙂 ).

I love Granada Airport particularly because there is nowhere to get lost and everything is close to hand. On arrival I collected my bag and went to sort out our hire car, I was ready to collect the girls as they arrived out of the Arrivals gate probably no more than 10-15 minutes later. The rest of the journey consists of crossing the road to where the car was parked, jumping in and driving for about an hour to Mercadona at Baza. I must add here that I love the drive, you skirt the edge of Granada City and head up and between the Sierra de Huétor mountains then as leave the mountains you are greeted by The Hoya de Guadix (which is a natural plain). The scenery changes from snow, greenery and craggy light coloured rock to orange and yellow sandstone plateaus and troughs with pale green poplars in the lowlands and this is where the cave houses start appear in almost every spot imaginable spot and plenty of unimaginable ones too. The A-92 skirts Guadix and as you are leaving you may spot the Railway Station on the right which was used as a location for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade or The Old Sugar Factory which was used as a location for Sergio Leone’s “Duck You Sucker/Fistful of Dynamite” (actually there are few locations in and near Guadix used in this particular film)….. digressing again…
The last bit of the trip is up and out of Guadix and on towards the lower edge of the Sierra de Baza, the scenery now changes into dry valleys and flat plateaus with pretty little dilapidated farms and small holdings scattered among olive and almond groves followed by the imposing greenery and craggy peaks of the Sierra de Baza on the right. Another 10 minutes and a little bit of normal road driving and we are at the Mercadona (or maybe Lidl because we like to mix it up a bit).

We went to a music night in the Cortes at Jairo’s Bar which was very well attended by immigrants/expats or whatever you want to call them and plenty of locals. There isn’t a massive  British community here, which is one of the reasons I like the place so much but it was however interesting to see so many of them all in one place at the same time…… still disappointed that I am missing the Fiesta though !

We had also arranged to hook up with Danny and Josie who run the One Foot in the Cave blog for a bit of exploring. This was a great afternoon shuffling around Baza and being shown things that I had either heard of but not seen, not heard of and not seen. I will say here that the Arab Baths are well worth a visit partially because what looks like a public toilet block from the outside is actually very nice on the inside and it’s free to visit which is always a bonus. The Alcazaba is worth a look to even though there is next to nothing left of it… the views of the Sierra de Baza are fantastic. Danny takes a lot of interest in his surroundings and local history so was a great guide and host. I did my usual thing of expecting to go exploring when the temperature is in the 40’s and immediately found myself in the position of wanting to sit down and sup cold lagers, fortunately this is Spain and it’s accepted here.

We did a little more cave viewing at various friends houses and both got the standard issue “Cave Envy” that seems to rear it’s head when you see other peoples places. They are all so different. It’s nothing like viewing “actual houses” the different curves, arches, niches, quirks and odd little things that make caves so special really don’t happen the same in “actual houses”. To a passer by cave houses are anything from a Hole in the Hill to the front of a Villa slapped
on the side of a cliff but all you’ve seen is the outside. I guess the years of hard working families tinkering about to make them suit their needs, digging out a new room, an animal feeder, an almond store or a shelf is what makes them all so unique.

Just go and stay in one, in fact go and stay in lots…… some are going to be like glamping and some are going to be like palaces with everything in between.


4 Kittens in the Wheelie Bin

Our summer trip this year was destined to go wrong because I was left to organise it. I had arranged to meet a few people that I had met online, I’m not one for meeting random people off the internet unless of course you count my fiancee Rachel and I class that as her fault not mine, she should have been more cautious as to who she let in to her life 🙂 . We headed out from Southport at 3:00am for Manchester Airport, It’s not got a famous persons name as Liam Gallagher is still alive as I write unlike Federico Garcia Lorca in Granada……. alas I digress…..
We arrived at the cave at around 2:30pm, got set up beds, beer, wine etc and had a rest in the sunshine. When we decided it was time for some food we headed up to one of the bars, we had just left our hill and I heard wailing coming from one of the Wheelie Bins that are dotted about, I had a look inside and found 4 very small Kittens with their eyes still closed. Although I don’t like Cats, I couldn’t walk past and leave them to die in 40 odd degrees so we scooped them up and took them back to the cave. Fortunately we were able to contact a friend who was able to assist us (well the teenager) into the best course of action to follow…..
which was to get into Baza and grab some kitten formula, feed them every 3 hours and stimulate them into going to the toilet…. herewith follows the perfect way to distract a teenager away from the lack of 3G/WiFi etc. The long and short of this is that the Kittens are doing very well, Clia (the Teenager) is knackered and we have some fantastic friends in Cortes.
but also please stop being so awful to animals…..

April 2018….. the collapse of the chimney and other nicer things (a couple of Days in Granada)

This year we flew into Granada for the first time, we knew it was a lot closer to the cave but had never tried this run previously, we are definitely coming this way again at every available opportunity. We picked up our pre-booked hire car from AVIS who were very helpful and didn’t try to hassle us in to buying upgrades or extras, the car was better than adequate (bearing in mind we always use the cheapest cars we can get our hands on). We were out of the Airport within 1/2 an hour and on the road. The scenery along this route is amazing, you’ve got the edge of Granada City then the Mountains of the Sierra de Huetor and the snow capped Sierra Nevada followed by the Red and Orange, Outer Space like scenery of Guadix and then finally the Altiplano in the Baza Region – We arrived at the cave within 1.5 hours.

On arrival we heard from the locals that this was the coldest spring they could remember and that it had been snowing overnight in Castril, we ended up getting getting handed three days of cold winds, cloud and light rain. This then picked up and turned to intermittent sun and cloud. 

A few weeks before our arrival we were informed by Clive that he had found some issues with the chimney, basically some of it had collapsed. It was around the chimney where my initial water leak had appeared back in 2014 (catch up with the original Story Here). To cut a long story short, this area of the cave had been left until last and when attempting to fit the new woodburner the mantelpiece collapsed bringing with it a big pile of mud,clay and stone. I hasten to add that I didn’t like the existing fireplace so I was somewhat happy to have it worked on. I am very happy with the outcome and it is nice to get some more organic curves replacing harsh straight lines. 

This visit also saw the last few bits of furniture being delivered from the UK, stuff I’ve had stored firstly in Devon and then in Merseyside since 2013. The Cornish Methodist Chapel Pews for the dining room, a double mattress, a Moroccan brass table, an odd hall stand, pictures, lamps and various other bits and bobs to scatter around. Finally the dining room looks like a useable part of the house rather than a dumping ground and walk through to the other half of the cave. Clive had also fitted the Candle Lanterns that I converted to electric in the kitchen and got all the electrics working in the master bedroom. I would like to add here that for the first time ever It actually feels like a home rather than just a place we go on holiday.

We spent the last two days in Granada City, right in the heart of the Albaicin at an apartment with a roof terrace that looked directly over the Alhambra and Mirador San Nicholas (Check Our Apartment Out HERE, it is well worth a Look). The owner asked us to meet at the edge of town so her husband could guide us in, which is just as well as we would never have made it otherwise. The route went from normal road into winding single track cobbled streets that reminded me of James Bond car chases, we only had a small car but it was still pretty hairy after the luxury of the empty motorway. This area is a fantastic place to explore and we spent our time doing nothing more than bar hopping around colourful shady streets listening to and watching the large variety of buskers and street performers who seem to mainly be working hard in the sunnier plaza areas. We found some lovely interesting shops, bars and restaurants all dotted about in the maze of tiny streets….. I don’t like towns in general but I love Granada and even after the second visit there is still heaps to explore ! 

A visit to Cortijo Búho (The Bird of Prey Experience)

April 2018 and we visited Cortijo Búho’s Bird of Prey Experience.
Not being seaside attractions kind of people: Kiss Me Quick Hats, Slot Machines and Benidorm Karaoke (you get the picture) we were very excited about this trip, particularly because it is only 20 minutes away from our cave.

Cortijo Búho is just outside Benamaurel, a reasonably large and typically rural Spanish village in cave house territory with quite possibly more bars than people. They run what they call a “Bird of Prey Experience” which is aimed at small groups and families, forget waiting around for 20 minutes for the people in front to get a move on so you can have a look in the next cage….. This is actually Really Quite Special !!!

We were booked in for the 12th April, It was a dull grey and cloudy day but it had at least given up raining.
On arrival we were greeted by a Mat and Lawrence who immediately invited us in to their fantastic Vaulted Cave House which dates from the 11th Century, I’ve yet to see two identical cave houses but this one is spectacular. We were given a rough itinerary as to what we should expect…. It Pretty Much went as follows: 1: Meet some Birds. 2: Have some Food. 3: Meet Some Birds. (I must stress here that this is nothing like meeting birds at a Benidorm Karaoke).

First of all we got to meet and handle the Barn Owls Molly and Magic, a lovely pair who quite happily demonstrated their silent indoor flying skills and their ability to chose who to land with, somewhat dependant on who had a little treat for them. Next up was Mystic a gorgeous 2 month old White Faced Scops Owl who has recently learned to fly but seemed to quite enjoy walking around on the table and being very attentive to anything that moved.
Time for Dinner……. WELL WOW ! Three Course Thai meal, created with organic produce from Mat and Lawrence’s own garden….. This was certainly one of the best meals I have had in Spain in the seven years I have been visiting. During dinner Mystic fell asleep on top of a candle but had to be woken up so she could be put away as it was time for Matty to arrive.
Matty is a young European Eagle Owl, Eagle Owls are really impressive to see and handle up close, their sheer size and power is really evident when you are nose to beak with one. Amazingly given her size and weight (2 metre wingspan and almost 6.5 kilos in weight) Matty was able to fly with total confidence inside the cave and land happily on the chiminea at the far end.
Lastly It is the turn of “Sasa” the Harris Hawk, again really impressive up close and a so obviously a true hunting bird.

Just to summarise:
Mat’s Cooking is second to none and the fact this unique experience is aimed at small parties means you won’t get forgotten and will get looked after superbly.
Lawrence is a total mine of information about these creatures and he loves to share his knowledge, we found ourselves totally immersed in the whole experience and time literally flew.

The Birds are exceptionally well cared for and are quite obviously part of the family as are the other animals you will almost certainly encounter (Dogs, Cats, Tortoises and even a newly acquired Pony).

Important: Due to this experience being set up for small groups Please Make sure you book in advance as you will not be able to just turn and expect to be fitted in.

Cortijo Búho Website
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This week I have mostly been flicking through this: Once Upon a Time in Almeria by Mark Parascandola

I stumbled across Mark’s Blog about a year ago while looking into the possibility of visiting “El Condor” (the remains of the purpose built filmset Fort used for the film of the same name). His blog had a post talking about his visit to the site then going on to explain that the land owner had turned up with a gun and loosely threatened to shoot him. Obviously I was rather put off by this idea as I never trained to be a teacher in Trump’s America and would therefore be unable to overpower him. Reading on I discovered that Mark was a photographer with a fondness for the Almeria region and also a huge interest in Spain’s historical Spaghetti Western film history.

He has spent many years documenting the villages, forts and farms that are slowly being reclaimed by nature. So much so that to the untrained eye there isn’t a village with a bar, a church and a ferreteria at all where Alex Cox filmed his 1987 movie “Straight to Hell” and previous to that Charles Bronson took the lead as Chino in “Valdez the Halfbreed” in 1973 right beside the  Autovia A-92 just outside Tabernas……

……. after reading through Mark’s blog I discovered that he had book that was very close to being published featuring lots of photos of his visits and naturally I had to own one.
To cut a long and tedious story of how my mind (doesn’t) work it arrived at the beginning of this week and It is fantastic…. Lots of lovely photos of places I’ve visited and some that I haven’t  that aren’t all totally overexposed like mine always are.

Credit: Mark Parascandola

Fun Fact: The “Flagstone” Set for Sergio Leone’s 1968 Once Upon a Time in The West Movie was also used in the KLF’s 1991 White Room Film (find it here on Youtube).

If you have any interest in the Spaghetti Western genre then this is a great book to have,
It’s about £25 (find it here on Amazon)

** I’m not selling it by the way **
** I’m just informing you because I like it very much 🙂 **

Paper over Board, 10 X 12 In. / 148 Pages / 70 Color Photographs
ISBN 9781942084396

Post Office

Pop’s Cave Story and a nice bit about The Correos (Post Office)

I felt I needed to write some more but as I haven’t been over to Spain for a while I thought I’d be lazy…..

I met this Guy on Facebook who lives in my village and he seems ok (which is a bonus).
It turns out his cave is a couple of hundred yards down the Rambla from mine, he and his wife moved over from the UK a Year ago this very day…… this is their story 🙂

Pop & Gelda

After 40 years living in Kingsthorpe, raising 3 sons who are all married with children of their own, my wife and I decided to follow a dream that had long been on our minds and moved to Spain. Friends of ours had bought 2 cave houses in Andalucia, near Baza, and intended living in one and renting the other, and were happy to let us stay in their second cave while we looked for a place of our own. So on a cold, damp morning in late February we boarded a plane to Malaga, collected a rental car and drove through stunning scenery, past Granada and the snow capped Sierra Nevadas, to our temporary home – a 2 bedroomed cave with a large open fire, fairly basic cooking facilities and a bathroom with shower. Over the next few weeks we opened a bank account, bought a car, obtained our NIEs (identity documents) and looked at a number of caves in the region, some of which we liked but never quite ticked all the boxes for us. Then we were shown a 4 bedroomed cave home, with 2 bathrooms, a large wood burner, carport, good sized garden and views across a valley to distant mountains – and we fell in love with it. It came fully furnished – a great help as we brought no furniture with us, just books, records and the like. It’s a short uphill walk into the village of Cortes de Baza, with 2 small supermarkets, a bank, bakery, builder’s yard, and 5 or 6 café bars. Everyone says Buenos Dias to us as we walk around, and the market on Saturday is a bustling little affair, with vegetable, clothes, plant and shoe stalls. There is a small post office open from 9 – 11am in the week, all mail is delivered there and we call in to see if there is any post for us. Spanish lessons are given free in the town hall on a Wednesday evening, something we’re taking advantage as we feel we need to speak the language well to become part of this community which is so welcoming to us. Within an hour’s drive there is the large town of Baza, with shops selling everything we might need, beautiful lakes with watersports facilities, thermal pools where we can swim with the fishes, and everywhere we look are dramatic landscapes of cliffs, ravines, ridges, rivers and waterfalls.

It was a wrench to leave our family & friends, especially the grandchildren, but already we have had one son visit, friends coming over in a couple of weeks, two of the grandchildren booked in for a fortnight in summer, and look forward to many more visitors.


Correos (The Spanish Postal Service)

Here in Cortes de Baza the Correos, or Post Office, is not much larger than a broom cupboard and it’s run by Pedro, who was delighted when he found out that we shared the same name in different languages. There is no postal service to our cave so we go there a couple or so times a week to see if there’s any post for us by looking through the pile of letters Pedro hands over from the ‘Inglaterra’ section on his shelves.
Iccy: I know this Post Office well, the very first time I plucked up courage and translated all the words I thought necessary to see if there was any mail for me I was handed a bundle of about 30 letters which I duly thanked the postmaster for. Feeling very pleased with my new found bravery and the ability to make myself understood I proceeded to try and leave the premises while being shouted at by the Postmaster……not angrily but he obviously thought I must have been mad as I had tried to walk off with all the letters I now know to have been for the “English”.

Post Office

The Local Correos

One morning I got to the door of the Correos and Pedro asked ‘Tocas guitarra?’ (Do you play guitar?). I replied that I did, then he said ‘Esto debe ser para ti’ (This must be for you), and handed me a letter addressed to ‘El hombre Inglés que lleva camisas de colores brillantes y toca la guitarra, Cortes de Baza, Spain’, which translates as ‘The English man who wears brightly colored shirts and plays guitar’ Pedro was delighted that the letter had found its way to the correct recipient and asked one of the women waiting outside to take a photo of him and me and the letter. I went back to our cave, opened the letter to find it was a Father’s Day card from our youngest son, Nathan, and inside he’d written that he wanted to see how well we’d settled into our new home and whether the locals knew who we were. My wife, Gelda, and I had a laugh about it, I mentioned it on Facebook and told our friends in the village in the bar that night, but then thought no more about it.

The next morning I found that I’d been sent a link on Facebook to the Correos Facebook page, where there was the photo of Pedro and me holding the letter, and a report on how the mail had got through to the right person. The next day I was walking through the village when Jairo, who runs our favourite café bar, called me over and showed me the Spanish newspaper, , with a full page report on the letter and the photo. The day after this I received a Whatsapp message from Mario, who knows everyone, speaks good English, and gets things sorted out if there’s any trouble – the sort of person who crops up in any novel about Brits abroad. It was asking me to be at the Correos about 11am because an interviewer and camera team were coming from Canal Sur, the Spanish TV channel, to shoot a piece about the letter to ‘El hombre Inglés que lleva camisas de colores brillantes y toca la guitarra’. This was great fun – I put on my brightest shirt, and had to drive up to the Correos, get out, walk over and say Buenas Dias to Pedro, then they filmed Pedro talking about the letter followed by an interview with me in my best basic Spanish telling them how pleased I was to receive the letter. We watched the programme in the bar in the evening of the following day with a few of the locals who thought it was great fun, and who called me ‘El hombre famoso’. I went to the doctor earlier in the week to get my blood pressure checked – as I walked in she said ‘Ah, el hombre famoso’. It happens all over, too, even in Baza, the large town 20km away.

So what started as our son’s attempt to see whether we’d settled into the area means that nearly everyone in the village knows us – they always said Buenas Dias, but now they know my name as well, usually my nickname of Pop spread by Pedro, Jairo, and others. When we moved here 4 months ago many people said we’d bought Carlos’s cave (the previous owner), and I wondered how long it would be called that. Well now everyone knows it as Pop & Gelda’s cave – and we’re very happy that it is.

Our Friends Eco Campsite Project in Vera

I haven’t updated in a while…. as there hasn’t been much going on in my life cave-wise since I was last in Spain, today however I thought I’d pass on some information about a project one of my friends in has been working on.

Camping VerdeVeras

The plan is an eco friendly (offgrid) campsite on a piece of land that she has recently purchased in Almeria Province.  She has been planning the site for over two years but now the purchase of the land is complete it is finally moving along and will almost certainly be an interesting place to go and stay.

Situated on the outskirts of Vera the site is a sunny, level plot about 14 minutes from the sea, just under an hour to San Jose, The Cabo de Gata and Almeria and good place to start if you are wanting to explore the Spaghetti Western locations in and around Tabernas and the Cabo de Gata. Vera town itself is just a short walk away and is full of the usual amenities, Supermarkets, Bars etc.

The site is taking shape slowly but surely but at present she is looking for some help doing stuff clearing, heaving, building and generally being helpful (obviously having a skill in eco stuff would be more than handy)…. there is already a small team onsite doing stuff but any help would be or could be useful…… so if you have some time free between now and next summer and fancy a cheap holiday in a lovely part of Spain get in touch via the Verde Veras Facebook Page.

When the site is open it will be a great spot to base your explorations in this area of Spain…..

There are several Airports within fairly easy access: Almeria 50 Mins / Murcia 1 hour 22 minutes / Alicante 1 hour 56 minutes / Granada 2 hours 10 minutes / Malaga 3 hours.
and of course the drive from the ferries in the North is well worth the experience.

Also if you are in anyway interested in exploring this region pop in and LIKE the Facebook page for updates
Camping Verde Veras

The Winter Blues are setting in already…but there is stuff on Telly :-)

I always suffer a complete sense of gloom at this time of year in the UK, partially because I know I won’t be going back to Spain until the spring and partially because I know it is going to get darker and wetter here for the foreseeable months. It’s usually about now that I will start practicing learning Spanish again, I find it much harder to concentrate between Spring and Summer because I am always too excited about flying out again. So this week I have been back on DuoLingo and also catching up on the British TV shows about people moving to Spain (A Place in the Sun, A New Life in the Sun etc). These little things just make me feel closer to this part of the world that I adore.

Anyway…. Yesterday I was having a little break from moping and spotted a facebook post from Cuevas Helena which is about 15 minutes from my place, talking about a TV show that they were featured in.
Channel 5 – Our Dream Hotel. This is a great watch if you are interested in Cave Houses (or of course holidaying in one). Lovely to see such passion not to mention a fantastic finished cave. I am always grateful to see Mt Jabalcon too as it reminds me of another home 🙂

You can watch it on catchup at Channel 5 – Our Dream Hotel


August Holiday and a Trip to Granada

Well we popped over for 11 days in early August for our second and final holiday of 2017.
I was armed with bits and bobs along to decorate a little and put a bit more of a mark on the place (mainly vinyl albums in frames but also some other junk I had collected from charity shops over the past few months). The weather was brilliant, mid to high 30’s the whole time and the jacuzzi was even at 35c when I first turned it on…. more importantly though, My first bit of Great News was that Clive had fitted the new hot water boiler so we now have Hot Running Water, this might not seem like much but it has never worked properly since we bought the place, partially due to me not having cash and partially due to other things that were more important.  The excitement of having hot water forced me to buy a portable washing machine from Amazon and have it delivered to one of the local bars so this was also waiting for us at a friends house on arrival. This was a great addition to the house and meant I was able to leave a full 10 days worth of CLEAN clothes behind thus meaning I can take more junk next time. Clive had also worked on the arch in the large bedroom and made some nice little cubbyholes with sockets inside (just big enough for a cup of tea and a mobile phone).

Our neighbour had told us that “Donk” the Donkey had reappeared and was living in the Old Bullring so we bought a big bags of apples and carrots from the Mercadona in Baza and took her an evening feast (the following day she got sold to another farmer so we ended up with a heap of apples and carrots we had to throw out).

We didn’t really have any plans for this holiday other than going down to Granada for a night. Granada is about an Hour and a Half from Cortes de Baza and we had booked a little apartment on the hill below the Alhambra. I’m not really a city/town person but I loved it there and really look forward to exploring further, our main goals were to visit the Alhambra and Placeta Joe Strummer (Joe Strummers memorial plaza). However I have recently taken an interest in the Spanish Civil War and the story of Federico Garcia Lorca which means we have far more exploring to do in the future. Granada is very hilly and when we visited  the temperature hit 44c so I would advise using the busses or taxis around the town (even though we didn’t). There are mountains of interesting Bars and Restaraunts and the Alcaiceria is certainly worth an hour of your time. We pre-booked tickets for the Alhambra (and I would strongly advise that you do to, if you want to guarantee entry) but by the time we arrived we were so hot and tired that we didn’t queue for the palaces but instead had a cerveza and partook in some much needed people spotting. There are some fantastic views of Granada and the surrounding area from the Alhambra so it is definitely worth taking the time to visit.
Granada Photos Below:

Quick Rundown:
Day 1: Went to the Supermarket
Day 2: Fed Donk and got Got Burnt
Day3: Donk left 🙁
Day4: Went to Granada, got Hot and Tired
Day 5: Came Back from Granada
Day 6: Went to Rachel and Shawn’s for dinner (Lenny the giant dog did not steal my food)
Day 7: Our other friend Rachel arrived from the coast for a few days.
Day 8: Had a look around Baza.
Day 9: We all went to a Barbecue at Bob’s House.
Day 10: One Rachel left and one of the other Rachels came out for lunch at Hotel Galera (for my Birthday).
Day 11: Drank and Ate too much.
Day 12: Did some tidying and washing before setting off home.

I managed to get the drone out briefly but it was a bit breezy and I got scared (footage below).
Drone Footage August 2017

and finally the most recent Cave and Holiday Pics. ….. Thanks for taking the time to have a look.