Mrs. 44 and I just returned from a very nice trip to Spain. Took over 500 photos and 3+ hours of video. If you're interested in visiting this country, or simply in checking out some of the sights, food, and atmosphere, keep an eye on my blog. It'll be plenty of Spain for quite a while. Rest assure, upon returning to Aruba, it'll be geared up for that, too.
In the mean time, enjoy the journey because there are no destinations, only places to refuel.
Of course the Roman aqueduct in Segovia is a major attraction, and for good reason. This was my second visit to this city and I remain impressed with the structure. To think that it was built nearly 2000 years ago and still stands and functioned for dozens of centuries is incredible. What lasts this long during the computer age?
At any rate, I made a short video that shows the aqueduct. There was a local craft market going, along with rides for children. You'll see a piece of the merry-go-round in the corner of the frame. Here's the link: http://bentpage.wordpress.com/2010/0...oman-aqueduct/
The Carihuela section of Torremolinos was my destination of choice for many years. Travelled twice a year from 1977-2005. Found things to be too expensive when the Euro came in. Made many great friendships over the years and truly miss it. Now it's Aruba.
I found the south coast to be over-built and very expensive as you mention. Hence, Aruba as well. Still Spain has plenty of affordable destinations, especially in the countryside. Today I posted about Alarcón. I tiny town with great castle walls and such. Good place to relax and write.
I remember in the early 90's when the exchange rate was around 200 ptas for the dollar. You really had to work at spending money!!! Those were the days. La Carihuela is an old fishing village and still retains some quaintness. You are right. If you get out of the tourist areas, there are bargains to be found.
I will be in Sevilla next week and I cannot wait. We will be traveling around Portugal and Spain for three weeks taking many photographs and drinking ALL types of wine. Cannot wait to try my new Canon 5D Mark II...