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Alicante

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  • Day28

    One Down, Three to Go

    March 20 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    We awoke to cool cloudy weather and a light rain. Unfortunately, Christine was a little under the weather too.....we diagnosed too many spicy peppers. A quiet morning didn’t improve her health but she insisted the rest of us should continue as planned: a visit to the nearby “most visited” town in the province, Guadalest. It was about a 35 minute drive, mostly up the surrounding mountains. Once out of town there was virtually no traffic and we were able to stop frequently for pictures of the stunning countryside. We parked in the town and wended our way up a wide, well worn stone path to Casa Orduna. The grand house was built after the earthquake of 1644 which devastated the region. The house was burnt down in 1708 and rebuilt years later. It’s 4 levels are well preserved and now are a museum that reflect the “aesthetic taste of the bourgeoisie of the 19th century”.
    Above the house, steps lead to the Castle of San Jose. The two old men dutifully (and slowly) followed Tory to the very top of the ramparts where we were met with spectacular views only marred by the recurrence of wind and rain. We bade a hasty retreat to the first restaurant we encountered and warmed and rewarded ourselves with coffee and dessert.
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  • Day24

    Driving Day

    March 16 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    The day got off to a shakey start as there was no running water when we awoke. A call to the front desk informed us they were aware of the problem and working on it. Unable to wash or shave, we brushed our teeth with soda water and packed up the van. We stopped at a rest area for a much needed coffee but the cafeteria was crowded and understaffed. One man was making the coffee and serving the tables. On top of that, his cash register was not working. This seemed to be a local Sun. morning coffee and breakfast stop with the counter seats full. In any case, we did get coffee. Christine bought a box of cookies but they were pretty dry.

    The drive was easy and scenic and we made good time.

    The town of El Albir was easy to find and armed with a map the resort had provided we felt confident we could make it before their office closed. Unfortunately, many streets are not marked and of course our finicky GPS would not recognize the address nor the name of our resort. To make matters worse, the resort is halfway up a mountain, many of the streets are one way and the Tourist Information kiosk was closed. After 20 minutes cruising the hills we finally spotted a sign and Brian ran to the office to catch the receptionist before it closed. Once settled we drove into town (very carefully watching for landmarks so we could find our way back in the dark) and had a wonderful dinner at Lings.

    That night we received an email from the last resort asking for a €28 fee for “utilities”. We replied asking for some consideration re: the water problems mentioned above and they kindly waived the fee. Yea.
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  • Day25

    Around Town

    March 17 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    The resort is located very near a Nature Reserve with 5 different walks. Tory and Christine set out in the late morning to explore while the boys volunteered to grocery shop.
    Who worked the hardest?
    Brian and Roger discovered, the hard way that most stores are closed on Sunday in Spain.
    Despite having researched on the internet the nearest store to us and its hours, we were thwarted. Our store had gone out of business and we were left at the mercy of our troublesome GPS. To its credit, it did locate all the grocery stores in the area and dutifully directed us correctly. Unfortunately all were closed. Somewhat daunted, but refusing to give up (we had seen people walking and appeared to be carrying grocery bags) we accosted 4 women for information. Two recommended we might buy some bread in the restaurant they had just left and the other two waved in a general directions we might try.
    Our luck finally changed and we stumbled upon an open store. Of course there was no parking so Roger parked illegally and Brian ran to shop. Success and ninety minutes later we were home, having put about 100 kilometres on the van.

    For dinner, we parked in town and walked around, checking out posted menus. We settled on a Mediterranean/Italian restaurant which was fine. Afterwards, we tried to walk a little but it was turning quite cool so we drove home.
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  • Day30

    As Usual

    March 22 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    The weather returned to what we had come to expect; sunny with some clouds and 16 C.
    As usual, we left around 10 a.m. but this time checked the internet to confirm our route.
    Our day trip this time was a half hour jaunt north to a pretty town called Polop. Amazingly the van’s GPS found the town easily (it probably knew we were checking it).

    We parked near an “I” which to our surprise was open, and got a local map and a brief history of a famous Spanish author, Gabriel Miro, who had lived there. Back in the van, we wound our way through narrow streets, up the mountain (again) to the old town. We were forced to walk the last kilometre, past small houses, a church, through a small square to the remains of the castle. Almost at the top, there was a small bar/cafe. We stopped for coffee, delicious croissants and a magnificent view.

    That evening we returned to Lings, a restaurant we had visited the first night. The staff is friendly, the food delicious and it was a lovely ending to our stay.
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  • Day27

    Slow Start

    March 19 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    The cool weather is supposed to improve slightly in the afternoon so we spent the morning reading. After lunch we dropped off Tory and Christine to walk the boardwalk and then tried to go shopping. Once again the men were cursed as all the grocery stores were closed for Father’s Day. We eventually found a bakery and bought some delicious looking bread. The highlight of our walk was a celebration of someone’s 50th wedding anniversary complete with very loud fire works on the sidewalk of the busy street!

    That evening, a restaurant rated #2 on Trip Advisor was our destination. We were not disappointed. Hungry, we were at their door the minute they opened and were met by the owner who doubled as our waitress. She was lovely; advising us on the food, the wine, showing us pictures of her dog, talking about running the business, her trip next year to New York and bringing us free after dinner drinks. A wonderful experience!
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  • Day645

    Mennems in Murcia!

    March 12 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    From our base at Lo Monte campsite in Pilar de la Horadada, on the Mar Menor, we were only a few miles from friends Michelle and Shaun, whom we had met the previous year when skiing in the Sierra Nevada. A lovely catch up and lunch next to the beach was followed by a surprise visit to see Orlando, Michelle's ex-racehorse. Eager to show us what a beauty he is, she asked if we would like to ride him. It wasn't for me, not being very confident around horses, but Chris was very happy to switch from a motorbike saddle to a horse saddle for a walk around the paddock.

    It was also a great base from which to visit the city of Murcia on the banks of the Rio Segura. What a gem of a city it is; small enough to visit on foot, full of beautiful architecture and elegance, and delicious tapas.

    The 1748 baroque facade of the Catedral de Santa Maria reminded us of our time in Sicily, though this had originally been built in 1394 on the site of a mosque, like most of the cathedrals and churches in Spain. Whilst the interior was impressive, the chapels, choir and main altar were all behind black iron railings which gave a feeling of oppression rather than welcome. We found that very strange.

    Next we visited the Real Casino de Murcia (Royal Casino), which opened as a gentlemen's club in 1847, and remains so though the ground floor is open to the public. It has quite recently been restored to its former glory and given the Royal seal of approval by King Juan Carlos. The building is a melting pot of different designs and an audio guide navigated us through a colourful Moorish-style patio, a classic English-style library with 20,000 books, a ballroom with glittering chandeliers, and a ladies powder room with a ceiling fresco of cherubs and angels.

    Feeling peckish, we headed over to Piazza San Pedro which was buzzing with restaurants and tapas bars. We ordered a selection of impressive tapas including a mouth-watering ceviche that we could have eaten over and over again, cod with pork fat crumb and squid-ink sauce, and croquettes of mushrooms and black pudding. All delicious.
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  • Day653

    Jávea, Costa Blanca

    March 20 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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  • Day74

    Let's bet! (*Parions!)

    August 1, 2016 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Maintenant que l'on a atteint les 1'000 km en 1 mois!
    Combien de kilomètres pensez vous que l'on aura atteint à la fin du voyage?

    La personne qui sera la plus proche aura une récompense!

    Now that we have reached our 1'000 km in 1 month!
    How many kilomeyers do you think we will reach at the end of our trip?

    The person who is the closest will receive a prize!
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  • Day33

    Costa Blanca

    January 5 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Heute früh haben wir einen Bummel durch Alicante gemacht. Ein Parkplatz war fix gefunden.
    Nach Besichtigung der Kirchen und einem Bummel durch die Altstadt gingen wir über die Promenade zurück.
    Wir tranken noch einen Kaffee, ehe wir weiter fuhren.

    Dann der Schock des Tages, als ich gelesen habe das Benidorm das Manhattan Spaniens sein soll, lachten wir. Als wir allerdings die Hotels sahen schüttelten wir den Kopf.

    Unser nächster halt war in Altea. Wir wanderten ein bisschen die Promenade entlang ehe wir uns einen Übernachtungsplatz suchten.
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  • Day32

    Weiter gen Norden

    January 4 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    So, nun sind wir an der Costa ????. Stehen auf einem Parkplatz direkt am Meer.

    Heute früh sind wir noch ein wenig durch das Naturschutzgebiet gefahren. Keine Hotelburgen. Es war wirklich schön. Es gibt viele ausgeschilderte Wanderwege. Sollten wir tatsächlich noch einmal in diese Gegend kommen, dann wollen wir hier noch mal hin.

    Ansonsten wollten wir gerne einen kleinen Sprung über die Autobahn machen,
    In Lorca sollte es, laut ADAC, u. a. ein altes Kloster
    geben. Es war Mittagszeit und eine Pause wäre gut.
    Wir fuhren also ab, hinein in den Ort und sahen nur Läden und eine Shoppingmeile. Kein Parkplatz für uns. Es gefiel uns gar nicht. So sind wir durchgefahren, aber nicht wieder auf die Autobahn zurück.
    In einem kleinen Ort haben wir an einem Restaurant gehalten. Es standen viele Autos davor.
    Also hinein.
    Die Bedienung stellte uns eine Karte vor die Nase, erzählte auf spanisch und wir guckten schlau.
    Irgendwann hatten wir verstanden.
    Es waren 2 Gänge. Wir sollten uns jedesmal eine Sache aussuchen.
    Wir wählten einmal Braten und eine Art Eintopf. Als zweiten Gang hatten wir Fleisch gebraten mit Pommes. Vorab gab es noch einen Salat.
    Das Essen war lecker.
    Dann gab es Nachtisch.... und nen Kaffee.
    Wir zahlten inclusive Getränke 10 Euro pro Person und waren papsatt.

    Unsere Fahrt beendeten wir kurz vor Alicante.
    Am Strand liefen wird’s erst mal das Essen wieder ab.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Provincia de Alicante, Alicante, Alicant, Alacant, Alacante, アリカンテ

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