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Travel with Tessa



Spain – Cuenca

The drive from Albarracin to Cuenca is stunning. Towering rock formations, canyons, rivers, and lakes kept our attention riveted on the scenery as we wound our way around steep bends into the mountains, down into valleys and through farming communities. A narrow country road led…


Teruel – Aragon

The town of Teruel (Capital of Teruel Province) in the Aragon region of Spain, was occupied by Muslims for several centuries until the late 12th century when it was conquered by Alfonso II of Aragon. Most of the Muslim population continued to live in Teruel…


Puglia – The Salento
From Otranto to Gallipoli

The Salento, extends from Brindisi, along the coast of the Adriatic Sea, to the tip of the boot of Italy, and along the coast of the Ionian Sea, to Taranto. From the inland town of Lecce – famous for its iconic Baroque architecture – we…


Lecce – Puglia

Lecce -once a center of Spanish art and culture overflows with Renaissance, Gothic, and Baroque architecture. It’s a treat for lovers and students of art history. Spend a day and stay overnight before exploring the coastal towns of the Salento, from Otranto to Gallipoli. Otranto…


Locorotondo – Puglia – Italy

Twelve minutes (8.7 km) from Alberobello known for its ancient trulli dwellings; thirteen minutes (9.2 km) from Cisternino known for its medieval center and “bombette” – thin slices of wild boar wrapped around cheese and roasted over hot coals; and thirty-four minutes (27.1 km) from…


Bilbao – Basque Country

On a late autumn morning flooded in sunshine, we crossed the Nervión River via Puente de La Salve/ Bridge into the city of Bilbao, which lies cradled by the green mountains of Basque Country. The banks of the river below the bridge were once a…