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Spain Road Trip Series: Day 1 in Andalucia, Sta Olalla Spain

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a road trip through a foreign country?!

I am so excited to share this remarkable experience with you guys! Having been to Spain twice before in my life, I never managed to get to Southern Spain (Andalucia)...which was a come True!

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It all started as a last minute “business trip”, but luckily turned into an amazing one week road trip through Andalucia, Spain instead! 

me at the airport business lounge Spain trip
In the business lounge having a cold beer before take off to Lisbon! Flying First Class...up in the sky!

We started out flying to Lisbon, Portugal where we rented a Mercedes convertible and began our road trip to Seville! On day 1 it was raining a bit on our drive, but that did not impact the pleasure of it one bit, and luckily it stopped rather quickly as we drove the scenic drive through the countryside to Seville. 

me mercedes convertible road trip to Seville
I love that the Merceds Convertible was also a redhead! LOL 🙂

As we drove along we stopped along the way at whatever random “rest area” spots we could to use the bathroom, get drinks and all that jazz. We found several little spots where we stopped for coffee and bathroom breaks and made some interesting accidental discoveries. 

The thing I love about road trips is just that….finding things along the way you never would’ve seen before. 

road trip from Lisbon to Seville Spain GPS
GPS taking us to Seville from Lisbon - the scenic countryside tour

Not only was driving through the countryside simply breathtaking, but discovering these sleepy little towns and villages along the way made the drive that much more intriguing. 

Castilla Fortaleza fortress city view Sta Olalla Spain road trip to Seville

At one point we stopped for a bathroom break at a little spot off the beaten path, I could see some sort of “fortress” up on a hill in the backdrop of this little town. I stood at the restaurant we stopped at and took pictures from the distance trying to zoom in and get some shots of it, which I did rather well. Yet…I wanted more. 

fortress city view Sta Olalla Spain road trip to Seville
My zoomed in shot from the restaurant down below

After we got back in the car, I decided to take the wheel and drive for a moment and suggested we just drive up the hill through the town and see if we could get a better view of the fortress up there. I just knew there had to be a way to get up there! I wanted to explore! 

We got a scenic tour through the little town as I tried to find the way “UP”….yes, I went the wrong way and may some really ridiculous U-turns to get back, hey that’s road tripping! 

Luckily, we knew “UP” was the only way to get there so I went up the first road I could find that appeared to lead us in the right direction…the roads were TIGHT! 

This is something you’ll find in ever city…these cobblestone roads were not built or designed for cars…it was designed for horses! Female driver or not I made it up, found our way, and didn’t scratch the car, crash into anything, or anyone! Phew! (Then I let him drive us out…better if he messed up the car and not me, LOL)!

fortress city view Sta Olalla Spain road trip to Seville

 We made it to the top! Sure enough, this was a fortress built to safeguard and serve as an outer post stronghold for Seville. It was not open to walk inside, but we explored all around the fortress and enjoyed the quiet solitude of this amazing spot. 

There were no tourists, no one around except the locals who lived in this little town. Kids playing down the street, people walking down the streets going about their daily lives…it was perfect! 

Castilla Fortaleza me road trip to Seville

As we trucked up the steep incline to get to the entryway of the fortress we soaked in the amazing view that accompanied this upward climb. I imagine it must’ve been much easier on horseback! This is where you get your free exercise (steep inclines everywhere)! 

Castilla Fortaleza me road trip to Seville
Castilla Fortaleza me road trip to Seville
I knocked on the door and I swear something...knocked back! Freakkkkyyy...

Honestly this was one of my favorite parts of the trip…just finding random jewels hidden on along the way and exploring them…soaking in the history. I find myself constantly imagining what it was like centuries ago. 

Castilla Fortaleza fortress city view Sta Olalla Spain road trip to Seville
Castilla Fortaleza road trip to Seville
What a lovely fortress - so glad we discovered this along the way!

The fortress, named Castilla Fortaleza, luckily did have some nice landmark signs so we got our history lesson and the distinction that this is a “Fortress”. The function was to protect the kingdom of Seville. Accompanying this lovely fortress, as is the case in almost every single fort or castle you’ll ever find in Spain, there is a lovely chapel right in front as well! 

Now a little history lesson for those who love history as much as I do!

Castilla Fortaleza fortress city view Sta Olalla Spain road trip to Seville
Castilla Fortaleza me road trip to Seville

Nestled in the heart of West Spanish communications called Ruta de la Plata, “Santa Olalla, possesses this element’s own devotional time of pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela. On the way up to the Castle and opposite the entrance door to the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción is this eye-catching Plateresque transept with flint on cross-baluster column and Genovese capital.

Cross at Castilla Fortaleza me road trip to Seville
Castilla Fortaleza me road trip to Seville
Strategically positioned, dangerous terrain, and exotic plants would make it difficult to breach this beautiful fortress. Did I mention I just LOVE history?!

This thirteenth century Mudejar-Gothic building  was part of the line of defense against the expansionist interests of the Portuguese, Ante the ten fortified tossers, brick walls with narrow windows and the main entrance with an outer arch and covered with a vault. 

Castilla Fortaleza fortress city view Sta Olalla Spain road trip to Seville

The fortress has an irregular plant, and it protected by four circular and six rectangular towers, one of which on the NW side, has a bent entrance to the outside forming a masonry archway. The towers are made of solid stone to the height of the parapet, holding the upper third vaulted chamber, and topped by battlements some pyramidal and brick curbs. They used masonry and brick for the construction. 

During the 19th and 20th centuries the fortress largely served as a municipal cemetery, which considerably weakened the structure because of the piercing of the walls for the opening of niches. In 1949 it was declared a spot of cultural interest. 

Castilla Fortaleza fortress city view Sta Olalla Spain road trip to Seville
Cross Castilla Fortaleza fortress city view Sta Olalla Spain road trip to Seville
As an amateur photographer I just LOVE these textures!

We explored around the fortress for a while then we got back in the car, and continued our journey to Seville, saying goodbye to this beautiful little town and its amazingly still in tact fortress up on the hill! 

Welcome to Day 1 of the "Road Trip Travel through Andalucia Spain" Series!

As a major history buff, lover of architecture, and travel connoisseur, you can imagine I cannot fit even a week long trip (however sadly short that seemed) into one post…so I am going to make this a “Road Trip Travel through Andalucia Spain Series”! I have over 1,000 pictures and videos so imagine…how can I fit it all into one post?!

I have over 1,000 pictures and videos so imagine…how can I fit it all into one post?! I want to share it all with you! The beauty, the history, the culture! Spain is one of my favorite places in the world. This is my 3rd trip now, and so far the best ever! 

Join me on this amazing journey through Andalucia Spain! I will do my best to make you feel like you are right there with me!

P.S. I’ll also give you some tips on how I avoided blisters this trip, packed light, and all of my travel essentials that made life traveling on this road trip so much easier! 

Let me tell you, there is NOTHING worse than getting blisters on a trip when you are going to be walking...been there, suffered that! These links I've included show you everything I got and used to keep myself blister free and my feet feeling good!

Blisters and sore feet are no joke - protect yourself! You'll thank me later!!!

Cordoba Spain - Puente Romano - walking the bridge to the Calahorra Tower

Subscribe and stay tuned for the next Travel episodes! Heading to Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada, and Faro (Estoi), Portugal.

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January Ember

Travel and eating exotic foods can also cause some tummy issues, which I already have lots of so I got this activate charcoal and it really did help! Better than Pepto at times!

Special shout out to Dr. Scholl's - this is the first time I EVER tried these inserts and I got 3 kinds and OMG - AMAZE! I have back pain too and I added the lower back pain ones to my boots and it was life changing. I'm wondering how I have been living without these so long!

One Comment

  • Vickie Cabrera

    I enjoyed every second. Can hardly wait for the next post. I did actually feel like I was there with a very good tour guide. Thank you for sharing ❤️

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