March 9, 2024

Day 71: La Rabida (Drive)

Too much phaffing led to yet more night time driving, which ain't fun when the roads are unfamiliar, in a very poor state of repair and it's pishing with rain! I didn't arrive here until roughly 9pm.

Indeed, the roads I've travelled on today, west of Seville heading towards Portugal, have been some of the worst, in terms of their condition, I've encountered in Spain - is it because they're close to the border?

It's been a day of chores but, at the end of the day, they are all complete and, as such, I'm all set for a jolly into Portugal.

Apparently, Christopher Columbus set sail from hereabouts on his first voyage to the Americas in 1492. Three ships deemed to be replicas of those used during this voyage are moored nearby. Also, in La Rabida is a Franciscan Friary (founded in 1261) where CC was made welcome prior to his departure. The Friary houses "Our Lady of Miracles Saint Mary of La Rábida", which is a venerated catholic image, crowned by Pope John Paul II on June 14, 1993. Clearly there is lots here to see and do for the history buff!

  • Distance driven: 144 miles
  • Distance cycled: 0
  • Weather: Four seasons in one day!
  • Location: Google Maps
our Lady of Miracles Saint Mary of La Rábida On June 14, 1993, it was crowned by the Pope John Paul II,