Castillo de Macenas, 'Treasure Island'February 19 in Spain
Taking the scenic route, we made our way further round the coast. The earth had changed from the colourful ochre reds and yellows to a darker greyish brown that seemed to be able to support more vegetation. Possibly something to do with retaining more water or being more stable. While you still couldn't describe the the hills as 'verdant', they were blooming with almond blossom, from striking white to deep pink.
On the way we saw so lots of motorhomes, many of them British. There was a good few cars with GB plates too. We needed to stock up on dog food before going WWOOFing and whilst in a supermarket Will met an English person who said they were staying at a caravan site for 4 months and that nobody there spoke Spanish. He told Will he had to ask the waitung staff at the on-site bar to please speak Spanish with him, to help him learn. We'd seen the Iceland supermarket as we drove by, but apparently it was part of an international supermarket combined with Waitrose.
Moving on we passed more than one beach that had been taken over by motorhomes, even at this time of year. We began to feel a little uneasy; how must the locals feel? What pressures does this number of vans put on an area and its communities?
Our overnight spot was right by a castle tower, on a long beach made up of a mixture of fine pebbles and sand. By this point we weren't surprised to see 20+ other vans there but they were spread out and the view was still great, the loudest noise being the drum roll of the blue waves as they crashed into white and surged the short way up the steeply shelving beach.
We were lucky enough to be able to stay 2 nights here; something that is a lot easier with our new leisure batteries. The sun set early over the mountains behind us but the stars on the first night were gorgeous and the sunrises were pretty stunning too. We really do appreciate being able to live the way we do and see these sights!
During our stay Will fished and swam while Vicky did Pilates / Yoga and went for a barefoot beach stroll at sunrise. The latter was a nice idea and would have been lovely if it weren't for the cactus thorns buried in the sand!
On the first morning we set off on an adventure, to find the beach that the 1972 edition of Treasure Island was filmed at. It was warm so we packed water and lathered on sunscreen before setting off along the winding dirt track. Rising up, the route took us first to a watchtower. We didn't expect to be able to access it but the external metal ladder and internal spiral stone steps took us all the way to the walled circle at the very top of the tower. From here we could see right along the coast, past the steep rocky shore to our sandy beach and the town built on the headland beyond. Beside the tower there was a perfect example of a natural archway, eroded into the stone by the incessant waves slapping against the sandstone.
After the watchtower, our track wound into the hillside where after a while we encountered a herd of around 10 chamois! Vicky spotted one munching shrubs on the road just 15m ahead of us and as we approached it leaped off to join the others who were bounding along a ledge a short way above us, the kids peering down inquisitively. Moving on we found a Lark close by, butterflies and little red beetles. Either the development or lack of vegetation in many places we'd passed through had meant we had seen less wildlife than we were used to, so it felt exciting to be back amongst these creatures.
The beach where scenes from the 1972 Treasure Island was filmed awaited us at the end of the track. Flanked on either side and behind by large rocky hills it was a wonderful suntrap and felt secluded. A few brave vans had navigated their way along but we had enjoyed the trip on foot. Will headed straight for the clear turquoise water while Vicky set about climbing the far hill for a birdseye view before returning and joining Will in the shallows.
This would be our last view of the sea for the coming few weeks but the great weather and advanture along to 'Treasure Island' meant we very much enjoyed it!
You can watch a 2 minute video of our 'Trip to Treasure Island' on VnW Travels You Tube channel: