The Balearic Islands are small and manageable. In addition, rich and relatively independent of the mainland. Ideal conditions to change something. Now the islands have taken a course on sustainability and ecology. I love both: eco and the Balearic Islands. So look no further than what's going on there in terms of the environment.
Seductively greets the blue of the Mediterranean on approach to Valencia, the dazzling metropolis on the east coast of Spain, notorious for its picturesque beaches, its rich cultural life and the lively inhabitants. But for more than a short "hello" is no time, because my journey leads out of the city, into the hinterland of the Region of Valencia. I'm looking for peace, nature and have my hiking sandals in the luggage.
A detour into the fascinating semi-desert of Bardenas Reales in Navarre.
In my head is a melody by Ennio Moricone. I'm in the middle of the world of good old westerns. As in the film, the window of the grocery store, on which I march in amazement, hangs half off its hinges.
"That can not be true ... ?!", I run confused over the paving stone, through the small winding streets. "Is there really no sun hat to buy in Alaró? Where are all the tourist booths? Where is the market? "The small town is dead. At 35 degrees in the shade, that's not surprising.
"The location of the campsite is ideal because there is a nice private path to the beach, which really makes you relax. Especially at the season you have the beach to yourself. Then it takes 20 minutes and you are traveling in 2000 meter high mountains. "
The construction of dams, reforestation and reforms have led to a veritable rural exodus in Spain, in the 1960s and 1970s. Hundreds of mountain villages stood empty for a long time until they were occupied and revived in the 1980s.
From Calle Pastora, I hear an unrhythmic clink of glasses. It smells of liqueur-soaked wood in the narrow alley, you approach it from the further north market. In the face the windbenders of the nearby lake.