100 Day Tour

100 Days for 10,000 Euros

On the 21st of September 2017, Steve Hall will start off on a 100 day virtual tour of Spain.

Yes, a digital tour where he will be viewing the four corners of Spain through the eyes of local hosts and writers. It will be a virtual tour of Spain which should be of interest to thousands already here in Spain and those thinking of coming. He will be shown what is the very best of Spain and what makes Spain unique. He will be “staying in” favourite but modest hostels in Calatayud and Barcelona and magnificent hotels in Madrid and Ronda. He will take a look at some of the most exquisite properties on sale as well as the most stunning sunsets and mountainscapes through words, images and video. He will “mingle” with the tourists in Benalmádena and the locals in Zaragoza. He will “catch” trains and boats and planes and, no doubt, a few ALSA buses.

His company along the way will be the ladies of Costa Women who are “partners” for the tour and the members of www.myexpatsworld.com who will be sponsors. Notionally, he will be “driving” in the car kindly supplied by Coys of Torrevieja for the journey. Steve is famed for his staple diet of pizza (the food of the gods) and coffee (the drink of the gods) so I know that Lauren Aloise and her team at Devour Tours will, no doubt, help him to understand the finer points of Spanish cuisine.

The Virtual Tour

The journey will start on the twenty-first of September in Madrid.In fact it will start in the very epi-centre of Madrid. No, not at the Moncloa or the Plaza Mayor but at his favourite bar in Spain, the Gastrobar Ópalo where the owners and staff are offering superb support. For a an who survives on pizza and coffee, he has become a huge supporter of their vegetarian food and alcohol free beer. The good news is that they serve GREAT meat and fantastic cocktails too!

It will move north to Bilbao and then west to Galicia. After visiting Santiago de la Compostela at the end of the “Camino” he will go inland through the west of Spain down to Andalucia and Gibraltar before taking the ferry to the Canaries. A few days later he will return to the mainland, visit Granada, Almeria and Cartagena and then spend time with his friend Keith Nicol in Torrevieja where Steve lived for many years. He will be at the Expat Spain Exhibition in the Salt City on the 11th/13th November before he goes to the Balearics. On his return to the Levante he will amble up the coast to Denia, Jávea and Calpe before he arrives at Spain’s third city, Valencia. After a few days in a favourite part of Spain, he’s off to finish the tour in Barcelona.

The highlights of this virtual/digital tour will be ironically some “in real life” visits …. in Madrid where he will attend an ACN International Event, the Torrevieja Exhibition and at and the Writers and Bloggers about Spain Annual Retreat in November. See you on the way?

So, what is this journey? Why is he doing it?

At least half a dozen reasons, I am told.

#Something of a homage to Spain. A pilgrimage to Spain, if you like. He has lived here 15+ years and is embarrassed that there are still provinces in the north that he does not “know” despite spending a lot of these years “on the road.”

#He aims to raise 10,000 euros (100 euros per day) for the AECC (Spanish Cancer Charity) via Rock Against Cancer Charity

#Equally over this period, he has had contact with hundreds of ebuddies who he would love to meet. (I wonder how many know how deaf he is!) He is active in a writers’ group and he would like to spotlight their work. One of his friend’s is Jorge Varo from Regus and Steve will be visiting every Regus in Spain …..and Gibraltar!

#He is a passionate “Remainer” and is fascinated by people’s hopes and fears of Brexit. He will be looking for reactions.

#He is also planning to walk the Camino del Norte once an injury clears, so this will be great preparation.

#Most of all, he hopes that you, the reader, enjoy this 100 day tour of the Kingdom of Spain.

#The route is going to take in a lot of Spanish football grounds …..watch this space!

Please follow him as he travels his journey through Spain. The journey will be charted on www.thisisspain.info, www.HotCosta.com and will be shared on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, G+, Pinterest, Instagram, EmpireKred and many other social media channels. At the end of the journey he will produce an e-Book which will be sent to every single supporter. Obviously, this makes it a great opportunity for Tourist Information Centres, town councils, travel companies and even commercial entities to become involved. Please, shout if you have any suggestions.

In 2010 Steve did a similar journey but this time on a cycle and “In Real Life” as he cycled around the United Kingdom to raise awareness for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. That was a journey of four months and 5000 kilometers. Then in 2015 he did a 90 Day Virtual Tour of Spain that was very successful on every level. This latest tour of Spain with more supporters and more focus on the Charity fundraising looks a little easier!


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