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Dénia

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  • Day930

    Friends along the Spanish south coast

    December 22, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Over the past few weeks we've made our way along the southern Spanish coast, heading for Camping El Naranjal in Jávea where we shall stay for a couple of months. During our trip, we were able to catch up with friends along the way.

    First stop was la Vinuela, inland from Velez-Malaga, to see Nigel and Tracey. Over huge gin & tonics we caught up and enjoyed a few days together with great food, a walk in the campo and a proper Sunday roast.

    The journey to our next stop was through pouring rain and strong winds but we had a rendezvous with Ross & Yvonne to keep. We certainly made an entrance upon arrival at Camping Indalo in Vera. The heavy rain had made some of the ground unstable where new landscaping had taken place. This resulted in getting stuck in mud and being towed out by the campsite tractor! Even though we had covered them in mud as they tried to help us out, fellow Brits, Ian & Denise, invited us onto their motorhome for a brew as we waited for the tractor to arrive. Next day we headed over to stay with Ross & Yvonne who are on a Canary island cruise over Xmas. So, we pretended it was Xmas Day and enjoyed a delicious turkey lunch with all the trimmings, crackers, hats and pud, followed by sitting in front of the tv to watch 'Pinball Wizard' the latest film about Elton John.

    From here we checked in to the largest campsite we have ever stayed in (1300 pitches!), to see our Dutch friends, Hans & Mireille, again and together visit the beautiful historic centre of Alicante with fantastic panoramic views from the castle. We then met up with Michelle & Shaun and Bob & Diane for a superb Chinese lunch in Torrevieja to hear about what we had all been up to since we were together in Switzerland in August.

    Our last stop was Camping El Naranjal in Jávea, also home to friends Mel & Ray and their dogs Twiggy & Macy. No sooner had we arrived and we were introduced to some of their friends at their Xmas get together at their home. A week later, and we are currently house/dog sitting for them for a few days. They have a lovely villa located under the Montgo mountain with far reaching views of the surrounding area. Having one elderly, sick dog and one young, energetic dog to care for has certainly kept us on our toes. We now have an understanding of what having kids must be like!

    We shall be having a quiet Christmas Day together, with the local English supermarket providing some special treats. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all
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  • Day653

    Jávea, Costa Blanca

    March 20, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    The drive to our next destination, Jávea, took us along the coast road, past busy Alicante and even bigger and busier Benidorm, and through the centre of pretty Altea before the road became steeper and twisty as we began to climb higher before turning off and heading down to Camping El Naranjal.

    Jávea is a small town, set in a beautiful bay, that has resisted the high-rise developments. Divided into three areas; the old town, the marina and the beach, and surrounded by the mountains of the Montgó Natural Park, it is a place that we quickly felt at home in.

    Our campsite, once an orange grove and still surrounded by them, was small and friendly with the beach area and most other things just a 5 minute walk away. The old town, with its great market, narrow streets and inviting restaurants and shops, and the marina, were further away but made for a good walk which was rewarded by a cool drink and tapas overlooking the bay.

    With the bike we went to the most eastern tip at Cabo de la Nao where, on a clear day you can see Ibiza, but not the day we were there, though the dramatic cliffs and indented coves below made up for it. On another trip, we took the narrow, twisty scenic road over to Denia, a major passenger port for the nearby Baleric islands. There were some very fancy boats in the marina there, which is much larger than the one in Jávea, but the old town is very attractive to wander around with lots of interesting restaurants set in pretty squares. On the way back, we stopped halfway at the lighthouse for a fantastic, panoramic view of Javeá and the bay.

    Our visit also gave us the opportunity to meet up with friends Ray and Mel who have made Jávea their home after many years in Asia. Though we hadn't seen each other for a long time, it did not feel like that at all as we caught up on news and enjoyed each others company, as well as Mel's paella!

    As we enjoyed a sundowner, watching Montgó mountain change colour in the evening sun and with the orange blossom fragrance filling the air, we wished we could stay longer but it wasn't possible on this occasion. But that was OK because we will definitely be back.
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  • Day14

    Brunch in der Stadt....

    October 16, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Kurz entschlossen genossen wir frische, feine Waffeln. Danach schlenderten wir noch eine Weile in der Stadt herum. Dabei entdeckten wir einen Food Markt schon fast wie in Singapur, mitten im alten Hafenviertel.Read more

  • Day18

    One stop Sagunto

    September 23, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Most of the day in the van today, very hot, arrived in Sagunto, nice to have air con in the room. Went out I had Garlic Spaghetti, Kay had Salmon Teriyaki, very nice, miserable waiter serving... finally got to take Lotty to the beachRead more

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