It´s officially fall, and while I want to welcome it, I hate to see summer go. Some parting shots and a bit of a recap is in order as it was a wonderful summer in Northern Spain.
Summer in Northern Spain is about warm weather, beach time, family time, lots of unique local celebrations, barbecues, river swimming holes, and happy animals.
June started out great, Lynne and I returned from the Camino de Santiago in mid June just in time for summer. The Camino is a pilgrimage route walking across Spain, she wrote a great post about it here if you want more info. That time of year beautiful is here with Spring having left everything green as ever and it´s just us locals around here.
The end of June brings the longest days of the year and plenty of daylight to enjoy the outdoors to the fullest.
You also get lots of beaches virtually to yourself.
July brings more heat, but it never really gets that bad around here since our climate is Atlantic unlike much of the rest of Spain. The animals and plants are happy and show it.
August brings more folks to the area and lots of celebrations as most towns get into full swing of their particular fiestas, something that is never missing in Spain.
We humans get ourselves worked up and out to enjoy the fun. The weather keeps heating up and its hard to say no to a idylic swimming hole or the fun glassy surf of summer.
As summer winds down the animals have had just about enough of the heat they can take by the end of August, although the wilder ones don´t seem as lazy.
As summer tails off and the days get shorter, things start to change around Northern Spain. Everyone scrambles to get one last bay crossing, bike ride, sail, hike, surf or stag party before summer ends and they have to go back to work or worse back to Madrid or some other interior city (not knocking Madrid, love to visit it and it is one of the great cities of the world, but my head and heart are in Northern Spain).
By mid September the changes are noticeable. Fall begins to rear its head leaving us morning mists and some of our best sunsets and moonrises which happen as summer finally peters out… see you next year in Northern Spain, thanks for the great goodbye, Summer…