What a difference a week makes!

The start of our trip was a total washout, so it was a real relief when the forecast began to shift and the days became brighter. The weather has no doubt been helped by our journey South too – and there have been plenty of adventures along the way.

One of the highlights for me has been visiting the Alhambra. It is somewhere I have wanted to visit for years, and when our planned route was looking to take us near Granada I knew we had to fit it in somehow.

The only way we could manage to get tickets was by booking on to a three hour guided tour. I was sceptical about how the kids would cope with it, but in the end with Orson in the Integra, and Arthur surprising himself by how fascinating he found it all, we had an awesome time. There was a lot of walking though, and definitely moments when we wished we’d brought along a bigger sling to give Arthur’s legs a rest…

The other real highlight has been getting to do some swimming. We were lucky to find a couple of heated outdoor pools to ease us in – one in a thermal spa near Granada, and another on a rooftop in Almeria – and both the boys loved splashing around in the gently steaming water.

For me, though, nothing beats a wild swim – and with the help of the Solar Integra Orson was able to join us on those experiences too!              

He had his first dip in the sea near Denia, on an almost deserted beach (one of the definite perks of travelling at this time of year). The water was crystal clear and gently shelved towards the horizon, giving plenty of space for paddling.

The following day we ventured inland to the mountains and the spectacular Fuentes del Algar. Being fairly close to the major resort of Benidorm this swimming spot clearly gets swamped during the summer, and there was lots of infrastructure to support that. Again at this time of year though it was super quiet, with the added advantage that it felt a bit safer for little people than wilder locations might have done.

We found a great area for paddling, and again Orson dipped his toes in from the sling. It was a bit chilly for him to have a proper dip, but he absolutely loved watching the light play on the water and the trees dancing above.

 I’m looking forward to lots more swimming over the next couple of weeks as we explore Ibiza and Sardinia, with a stop to visit friends in Barcelona in between.

 

Sophie is travelling in Europe for eight weeks with a VW campervan, two small children, and a collection of Integra baby carriers. You can read weekly updates about their babywearing adventures here, and find out more about what they’re up to over at Raising Revolutionaries