El Campello, Guadalest, Javea and Peniscola
The weather has taken a positive turn for the better recently and we are now enjoying temperatures between early to late 20’s. We are yet to pack away the warmer layers but I’m pleased to say the winter boots are firmly locked in a storage crate! Hopefully it’s shorts and T shirts all the way now.
From La Manga we made tracks north intending to stay at La Mata but when we arrived it seems that all motorhomes have been moved on so we kept going and instead and called in at El Campello for one night. A resort just north of Alicante with a good long wide beach and numerous bars and restaurants. It’s possible to get the train from here into the city for a visit although we didn’t on this occasion. We parked alongside a dry riverbed near to the beach and town (GPS N 38.250636 W00.233391), admittedly not the prettiest of spots, but as we were only intending on staying one night it was fine for us. We enjoyed a walk along the beachfront in the sunshine stopping for a drink and to listen to some live music along the way.
A few years back when my Aunty Jan and Uncle Ric lived on the Costa Blanca they had taken us to a small hillside village called Guadalest unfortunately on that occasion it had been bathed in clouds so we missed the views, so today we have decided to re-visit it. We parked Boris in the large castle car park and for 2 euros could have stayed overnight. The town is set on a hillside with a castle dominating the skyline. The views on a clear day were certainly worth re-visiting the place!
Visit to Guadalest
Another hours drive back to the coast took us to Javea where we had arranged to catch up with some friends of my aunts and uncles (Yvonne and Steve) who have lived out here for 12 years. We decided to park Boris up on a campsite for a few days so that we could take advantage of the facilities and catch up on washing etc. The camping Javea site (17 euros per night with ACSI card) is located a short walk from both the old town and the port of Javea with the beach area of Arenal being easily reachable on bikes. The site was small and well maintained with good facilities and a lovely pool area.
Javea and the smallest caravan EVER!
After 3 nights we hit the road again and ended up at Peniscola a small town built on a rock which juts out into the sea. We parked at an aire (camping Vizmar N40.393600 E0.407730 7 euros per night) about 3 km from town and decided we would cycle in the following day. As it was still hot into the evening we dug out the BBQ and cooked up some fresh salmon with a sprinkling of piri piri and salad. Unfortunately when choosing our camp spot for the night we didn’t realise that we had parked next to a menagerie of animals. The night was filled with sounds of dogs barking, cockerels crowing and even a donkey eee awing!! Despite the lack of sleep the following day we were up early and cycled to Peniscola along the beach front and walked up to and around the castle through the pretty little cobbled streets. After lunch back at Boris we packed up ready to move on in search of a peaceful night’s sleep.
I wonder where we will lay our heads tonight?
Until next time Andi & Paul x