We’ve spent the last three days at Camping Rio Mar, lazing on the beach and doing a fair bit of cycling, 8 miles each way into Denia along a quiet road with a good cycle path (probably manically busy in the summer) stopping at a quirky little bar, Jamaica Inn in Denia for a very good cup of coffee, before heading back again and then yesterday cycling into Las Verger to grab the cycling kit bargains at Lidl!
Yesterday afternoon we had some entertainment on the beach when a novice paraglider turned up with all his gear, crash helmet, kite, full harness and parachute. Bearing in mind the beach was empty apart from us and a couple we have befriended on our holiday, Peter & Beryl, who were sitting behind their windbreak just where this guy decided to try his skills by jumping off a sand dune directly in front of them. We were in stitches at the thought of him landing on them but his flying skills never really took off! So you will see that he looks like a struggling chicken trying to fly for the first time. Joking apart, we were full of admiration for him as he was doing this for over an hour and that was enough for Tony to applaud him as he departed.
The weather has been great but the forecast for the weekend is a bit cloudy with possible rain showers so today we left Camping Rio Mar and headed for Xabia (Javea) about 10 kms south of Denia.
Before we left Denia, we took our time exploring the old town and the ruined castle that sits on top of the hill above the town. There are great views of the port and the whole of Denia from here and well worth a visit. Tony pointed out three doors built into the castle wall and said that even on a 400 year old castle they had toilets for hombres, senoras & disabled!
In the old town there is a street called Carrer Loreta which is very good for tapas and I know this because I overhead a tour guide telling this to some tourists, so it must be true and it was certainly packed with restaurants. There is also a splendid display of old trees (possibly lime) that extend the length of the main shopping street.
We found a selection of sculptures, wall art and even a pair of figures sitting on a first floor window ledge.
We left Denia along the coast road and took a small diversion to Las Rotes, a headland dotted with small rocky coves and a restaurant with a lovely terrace overlooking the sea.
We continued over the headland, quite a scenic ride with plenty of hairpin bends and have arrived at our current campsite, Camping Javea, which on first impressions looks fantastic. There is free tennis, which we have taken advantage of already this evening, the pitches are of a good size, however the access roads to the pitches are quite narrow but there are a number of larger motorhomes on site, giving Tony plenty of campervan envy, in fact we feel as if we have arrived at a motorhome show! The washing facilities are excellent and the best that I have seen so far in Spain.
Compared with last year, there seem to be a lot more English on the campsites, even a lot of caravans, Mick & Jill!
We are looking forward to exploring Javea over the next few days and may even venture inland to the scenic mountains and hilltop villages in the area.