We woke up today to a very overcast sky, not what the weather forecast predicted but the best weather for a game of tennis. (I won, but don’t tell Tony I told you!).
We then set off to explore more of the Costa de la Luz. We started our exploration north in the town of Chiclana mainly because there was a Lidl there and we needed some of Tony’s favourite bread!). Chiclana is quite a busy town and it looks as though they are building a tramway through the centre. The town itself reminded me of Mexico, I didn’t feel as if I was in Spain but I can’t quite explain why, just a feeling, maybe it is the name!
We then headed back down south along the coast road first of all stopping for lunch at a small isolated fishing village called Sancti Petri, just as the cloud cleared and the sun came out. The harbour now contains many more leisure boats than fishing vessels and, since the tuna-canning factory closed down, there are few jobs. The estuary reminded us a lot of Mudeford Quay and the entrance to Christchurch harbour as there is a spit of sandy beach across the way similar to Hengistbury Head beach.
A kilometre off the coast is an islet occupied by the Castillo de Sancti Petri, whose silhouette rises above the horizon. Until recently this was a ruined 13th Century castle on an offshore island that has now been restored and can be reached by boat.
My camera was set to black and white which I didn’t notice until after we had left Sancti Petri,
Further on down we came across the beautiful beach of Barrosa, plenty of golf clubs and a very well planned out and tidy resort. We sat on the beach for an hour or so reading our books and soaking up the sun.
You then come to where I have decided if I was going to retire to Spain this would be it! I am not sure I really want to let you know the name because you will all want to come here and it is just beautiful and I want it to be all mine! The small town of Roche is very upmarket with another amazing beach and wonderful villas, just glorious.
The final stopping place was at Cabo Roche a peninsula of natural beauty surrounded by pine trees, with a lighthouse at the end and overlooking Conil harbour.
All I can say about today is the beaches have just been truly spectacular. We both dipped out toes in the water and it wasn’t too bad either. The beaches are so vast that even in the summer it wouldn’t be difficult to find an isolated spot!
Back to the same campsite that we stayed at last night and heading for a walkabout in Cadiz tomorrow.