Península de Santa Marta, BaionaApril 11 in Spain
After all the chilly weather in the northern hills, it was a relief in terms of the temperature to drop down to the warmer coast, where we enjoyed highs of 16°C. As we progressed down the winding hill roads towards the sea, our surroundings unsurprisingly became more urbanized. The settlements merged into one another but we had programmed in a spot in the Baiona area. After a couple of attempts we found a narrow road leading onto a raised peninsula. The road ended in a small gravel parking area outside an old stone church. There was enough lush grass around to keep Poppy amused and we had views of a pale sandy bay leading out to far off green islands, against which huge white Atlantic surf crashed.
The islands provided a breakwater, meaning the bay area was calm. From our vantage point we watched a few small boats pottering and some wetsuited swimmers dragging bright orange buoys on a long distance swim. The only through traffic was made up of mountain bikers, dog walkers and runners using the pedestrian track. It rained on and off but in a dry spell Will took his fishing rod to the rocks and enjoyed the fresh air.
We'd planned to move on the following day but Vicky was unwell and Will felt unusually tired so we stayed. It could have been travel lag, the change in the weather or the knowledge our Spanish adventure would be coming to an end in less than 2 weeks, but a restfull day and a second night undoubtedly did us both good.Read more