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January 26, 2019

Memories forever, Las Majadas!

And on this sunny bright cool  8C day in my new Morbihan breton dept 56 of Brittany, in my belle France; I like to be nostalgic if I may please. Spain is in me no matter where I go, or live, and so lucky to found a French women who spoked Spanish and like the idea of vacationing there even already thinking of retirement. Well the luck of the devil it could not be done as she passed away last April 30th 2018 from pancreatic cancer. My hopes were dashed and a new life is slowly coming together. However, the memories ,the souvenirs, the joys of the past with my dear late wife Martine will always be there intact.

las majadas

I like to bring back our magnificent lately Summer vacations we had in Las Majadas, Serrania de Cuenca, Province of Cuenca in the Castilla La Mancha autonomous region of the Kingdom of Spain. I have several entries on the area around Cuenca.

We have come here in 2016 and 2017 , we love it!!!  My dear late wife Martine did not mind coming back again to same house, she love it too . We always  enjoyed our summers family vacation . We quickly always decide it must be Spain again !!! There are other places in Europe but when it comes to decision time, it seems we have a magnet on Spain, and a lot of blood roots!!!. Last year 2018, we did not go as was too sad for me and the boys to go back, maybe next time.

We always sit around the kitchen table and decide where to go in our long Summer vacations , but at the end we came back to the same place as always with little exceptions over the years. The house we always rented from Luis and Maria Isabel is wonderfully roomy cool and in the center of the town; the owners are wonderful human being very laid back country folks who enjoyed talking and sharing stories.

las majadas

The town is Las Majadas in the Serrania de Cuenca mountainsabout 1400 meters up and 36 kms from the Unesco World Heritage site of the city of Cuenca. The house is Casa Pitu at calle Anastacio Lasso near the clock tower which houses the pharmacy and library of the town.

las majadas

For a change , will post some webpages that will help you plan your trip here, and I highly recommended.

The city/town hall of Las Majadas has a site in Spanish here Ayuntamiento de Las Majadas

Casa Pitu again is here in Spanish Official Casa Pitu in Spanish

The autonomous region of Castilla La Mancha has more in Spanish here Castilla la Mancha on Las Majadas

The Guia Repsol (sort of the Michelin of Spain) has more in Spanish here Guia Repsol tourism on Las Majadas

Serrania de Cuenca site in Spanish where on the bottom you can print in pdf a brochure on the mountains is here: Tourist office of Castilla La Mancha on the Serrania de Cuenca

And the province of Cuenca tourist site in Spanish in here  tourist office province of Cuenca

The town is very friendly and easy to walk, with great pathways into the mountains for the courageous runner/walker/hiker is a paradise.  We were always tucked to the city and the great bars and restos in it. Sad to hear the bakery has close down and now bread is deliver after 10h at the local school.  We were at 1400 meters altitude (about 4593 feet) and the driving down and up is winding and zig zag’s roads with gorgeous mountains views with lookout stops along the way to enjoy the scenery more.

In all, it was a great place to be at. We are always remembering and réminiscences of times past where we had so much family joy here. It will be with me for the rest of my life. There are several posts on the Las Majadas/Cuenca area , but sorry if it is repeated, I will never be tired of writing about it in my blog. For now ,enjoy Las Majadas, Province of Cuenca, autonomous region of Castilla La Mancha in the  Serrania de Cuenca mountains of my beloved Spain.

las majadas

And this was our first impression from the first visit in 2016: Just to say it has been our best vacation ever ,not only because the location was great, the house fanstastic with all the trimming ,and the price right, but the host Luis and Maria Isabel were fantastic beyond the call of duty to make our stay a wonderful one full of great memories and even friendship. You will do well to rent from them in the future as we will definitively look forward to another opportunity. And we did!

And this is one way on how I wrote to get there from south of Pau by 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!

And this is how I wrote one way back to France: This time we headed first to Guadalajara , passing by one special town of Calatayud. This is the town I stopped with my then girlfriend for gas and something to eat at the next door restaurant/hotel that had a wedding going on ! appropiate it seems.  We sat in the middle of the restaurant with the wedding party on one side and always remembered by us. At the end of town  ,we link up with the A2 direction Zaragoza that we bypass on the beltway road Z40.  We took the A23 direction Huesca where we link up with the N330 direction Jaca passing by Sabiñanigo.  We continue on the N330 direction France and the Somport pass tunnel. This was memorable too as when I first started traveling by car between Spain and France there was no tunnel but had to go on first gear with a VW Golf  (owned by my girlfriend later wife Martine) up the Pyrénées mountains over the Col de Somport mountain. Here passing Castiello de Jaca, and then Vilanua ,a great memory as usually we had stayed at the Faus Hutte mountain hotel here,now it is call Lacasa. We remember arriving very late like 10PM or 22h and the hotel owners opens up the restaurant to give us something to eat and stayed for the night before continuing on to France !!! Memories never to forget.

So travel soothes everything and is doing me so, writing this blog helps a lot. Las Majadas will be forever in my mind. Thanks for the memories!!!!  I thank you for your support. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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