Spain usually equates to sun, warmth and olive trees? Not particularly covered in snow.
Do you remember viewing my tongue in cheek quote on Travelling Light, regarding warm clothing and how this may not be as necessary this year to pack? Just in case you don’t here it is,
“Now getting back to the dilemma about whether I need to include another warmer jacket in my luggage. Though as I have mentioned above, we hope not to repeat the -14C this northern winter. We will be in Southern Spain where it doesn’t get too cold.”
Yes, I can see the headlines now!
Well, it did not entirely break all previous records, nonetheless to see snow on Malaga beach is quite a rare event. You are more likely to glimpse pale-skinned visitors from another land bathing in the waters or sunbathing on the shoreline.
Technically we were headed towards Northern Spain with the final destination being South West France. So, yes we knew it was going to be colder than the temperate climate of Southern Spain.
BUT, it did get down to -11degs. For a short while, less than 1/2 hour to be exact. As we drove up towards the hills we were covered in misty clouds. Where a hoar frost was showing off her best side.
It was still a surprise to discover that Spain does have areas where the snow falls rather thickly on its arid soils and on top of its hills and mountains. These looked like mountains though, in theory, they are only hills as we were travelling through a gorge which made them seem so much more significant!
The reality was not quite as warm as we expected!
Here are a few more photographs captured during our roadtrip:
Nothing like snowball throwing and dodging to keep warm.
My favourite photographic subject, the tree, all pretty dressed in white.
With the amount of snow, there was very few, in fact, no places to stop and capture some of the snowy vistas, which meant that most photographs were taken through the windscreen or passenger seat window.
The sun was shining on the snow covered village, for a moment, it looked like a fairy wonderland.
Villa Nueva de Cameros