Sunday, 2 September 2012

Charm in the shadow of Benidorm

Day 132 1.09.12 Albir and Altea

Traditional Spanish whitewash houses in Altea, Spain
Views out to the sea in Altea, SpainAfter a morning of writing and reading we grab lunch and walk along the coast to nearby (but not as nearby as its looks) Altea.  Once again we’re pleasantly surprised by the restrained tourist influence along the beach front as we head through to the hilltop village behind. 

The steep cobbled roads are lined with traditional white washed houses, many blossoming with vivid coloured climbing plants.  As we climb the views over the bay get ever more impressive as we stop off at the pretty little parks along the way.  At the top we reach the lovely church with bright blue domes glistening in the sunlight.  From here the views down the white washed streets to the azure sea are just what I’d hoped Spain would provide.  Even the cafes in the pretty little plazas are typically Spanish despite numerous tourists.  It’s heart-warming how well this gorgeous village has maintained its identity and charm in the face of its proximity to horrific Benidorm!  It’s an adorable picture-postcard place, well worth the climb.

Altea church / cathedral, Spain We spend a good little while roaming the winding streets and enjoying the ever changing views down to the bay and up to the mountains behind, it really is a spectacular location.

Afterwards we head back to the van (via Internet Bench) and settle down to do some writing, for me blog entries and for Chris his book.  In the evening we settled down for dinner and a film - The Crow (*cough* not goths *cough*)

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