We left Granada on Friday and headed for the coast. Jenny and Allan, whom we had met in Cordoba said that the area around Denia was worth a look, it was nice and flat for cycling and plenty of beaches, so that is where we headed.
We stopped off at Calp first because Tony wanted to take a look but decided it wasn’t for us and carried on to Javea and Playa del Arenal. After a very scenic drive over Cap de la Nau we arrived at the campsite, booked in for one night and took a walk out to the beach. A lovely beach with plenty of restaurants on the seafront but sorry Jenny and Allan, we couldn’t find Scallops! Don’t know how we missed it because when we go back to the campsite they said it was on the beach!
We stayed one night and then moved on to Denia, again after a very scenic drive over Cap de San Antoni, we sauntered through Denia which looked lovely and carried on the coast road towards Oliva where we knew there were five ACSI sites to choose from and have found a small campsite on the beach that we really like. Camping Rio-Mar. Okay, we are only one of two Brit vans on the site that we can see but it is very friendly and there is a small restaurant and bar at the entrance to the site overlooking the beach.
Once settled in we took our chairs to the beach and soaked up the sun for a good 3 hours then had a BBQ in the evening.
Today, we took the bikes off the rack for only the second time and followed the coast along as best as we could to Gandia. We stopped just short of Gandia at Guardamar de la Safor and had our lunch, a rest on the beach and Tony even went in the sea!
Despite the terrain being very flat here, it still took us about 2 hours to cycle to Guardamar de la Safor, we had no map and just followed the coast as best we could but at times we had to head inland and cycle past orange groves to enable us to cross various rivers and dry river beds, so thought it was better to head back rather than continue to Gandia on the bikes. We stopped at Oliva for a beer we were both glad to get back to the campsite as we are both feeling a little saddle sore so as you can guess Tony is having his siesta and I am writing this blog!
This is a great area for beaches and cycling, at this time of year, the roads are very quiet and there are also lots of promenades that you can cycle along safely.
The sun is shining, it is lovely and warm and are planning to stay here until Thursday when we will start our drive back up through Spain and France and plan to meet Liz outside Paris on Saturday afternoon.