And vacation time arrived, going to the Castilla’s of Spain!

And I am back from another wonderful , exciting, great trip to my beloved Spain. Deciding where to go is difficult from our base in France, but Spain hit the button again, and we repeat in same area for our first time in our lives. The best decision we have made, Spain is well, everything under the sun. Even with those that wants to disturb the human race goes on without fears , and we enjoyed it fully.

We went by car, the best way to travel if possible (can drive over water lol! ) leaving early from home by 6h40 (6:40 am) we were out on the road. We took the trip into two parts; one was the one to go without paying tolls into our night hotel for rest and a break on the long sideways roads trip.

First, we took the trip from home to Pau, where we stayed at the same hotel we had stayed in our previous visits to the area, this is the Ibis Budget hotel by blvd de l’Aviation. Simple and nice for a couple of days just at the beginning at going straight into the city center/downtown of Pau; we stayed for one night this time on two rooms for 84€ total bill. Their site is here:

There is an Auchan hypermarket at a bit over a km from it and just what you need to get some groceries snack food for the night and next day’s trip. The trip lasted on about 678 kms for 10h35 of duration. If with tolls you can do it in about 7h35…. but we always try to avoid tolls.

It takes you by the Nantes airport area that I am very familiar with on the D201 into the N844; from getting around here on the D137 direction La Rochelle, there are briefs roading on the D763 and D1173 which are basically the same road direction La Rochelle and then around Niort; you get back into La Rochelle on the N237 and later connecting on the A837 direction Rochefort nord before getting back on the D137 direction Saintes, La Rochelle, Rochefort Niort etc; you go into Saintes and continue direction Bordeaux, Pons, Jonzac. We continue on the D137  until going thru Saint-André-de-Cubzac on the D1510 to connect here briefly with the A10 and getting off the exit A62 to Toulouse, Pau getting off in the exit 1,1 for Langon, Pau and getting into the D1113 direction Pau, etc. Go into Langon always direction Pau , here get into the D524 and go into  Bazas, getting out on the D932 but quickly taken left on the D934 to go into Villeneuve-de-Marsan out of it get on the D824 direction Pau. Go into Aire-sur-l’Adour and continue on the D2 always direction Pau; go thru Auriac on the D834 and follow direction Pau into the boulevard Olof Palme and get on the direction Toulouse, Tarbes, Lourdes. Get into Pau along this beltway that is the D834 direction Pau Centre on the D943 to our hotel and on bld de la paix you can go on into old town Pau.

The next day we took again without paying tolls on familiar roads into the Pyrénées mountains.  Before we got there we had our breakfast in our usual place now the boulangerie  Laloubére facing the mountains where pastry, coffee and orange juice cost 2,30€! Taking the inner beltway of the D817 by Bizanos and Mazéres-Lezons into the D802 direction Zaragoza (signs in French says Saragosse) passing great wine country of Jurançon and Gan along the N134, follow Laruns on the D934 into the mountains looking for the col du Portalet mountain pass wonderful views real driving pleasure and into Spain on the N260 to Huesca to take the N330 into the wonderful road A23 to Zaragoza here take the beltway of the city, the Z-40 direction Madrid but get off on exit 28A to Teruel/Cariñera and then exit 176 into the N211 direction Montalban/Caminreal/Alcaniz.  Near the town of Caminreal take left on the N234 ,and near Monreal del Campo continue on avenue de Madrid still on the N211 passing by nice Molina de Aragon  (gas/petrol  station here) to connect with the CM210 that becomes the CM 2106 into the Serrania de Cuenca mountains and our home at Las Majadas!

We rented again from the same wonderful folks owners of Casa Rural Pitu in Las Majadas (highly recommended and a must if you are into nature and walks ) at town in the mountains of the Serrania de Cuenca at about 1400 meters and 36 kms from the Unesco world heritage city of Cuenca. house site here :

We arrive in town early by 14h15 so we had our late lunch in the town of Vega del Codorno right next to the natural environment of the birth of the river Cuervo! Restaurante El Nacimiento del Rio Cuervo! highly recommended, see the nice lunch food served. On the site of rural houses here:

and onwards to the AlCampo hypermarket for groceries for the next few days, this is the French chain Auchan (meaning to the fields) and have discounts for gas/petrol paying only for diesel 0,988!!! per liter. More on it here:

Finally, we headed to check in at our house, four bedrooms one full bath, kitchen , pantry, living and dining room right in center of town near the library and pharmacy as well as restos/bar. Sad to hear the bakery closed down but they deliver bread to the school in summer vacation time.  The owners are more than good ,they are excellent human being. Upon our repeat visit they had a Tarsus 1999 Ribera del Duero red wine for me as welcome! This is Casa Rural Pitu, at Calle Anastasio Lasso street. More on the site for rentals of these houses in Spain Top Rural:

See the pictures on the house and the town several businesses catering to tourists and locals going into the mountains, lots of walking trails and nature lovers’ paradise.

Already all set for our wandering walks, car rides, into the Castilla’s of Spain: Castilla y Léon, Castilla La Mancha, and Madrid!!! Stay tune lots of photos over 900 and the choosing will be difficult. Cheers and hope all had a wonderful summer vacation wherever you are!!!

Aire su l'Adour Aire su l'Adour Barsac  Bielle col du pourtalet col du pourtalet col du pourtalet molina de aragon molina de aragon Monrepos  Pau  Pau Saintes Saintes Una  Vega del Codorno

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One Comment to “And vacation time arrived, going to the Castilla’s of Spain!”

  1. It all looks wonderful, especially the food!

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