Au revoir France – hola Spain!

After lingering in France at a fabulous market in Gruissan, we crossed the border into Spain. And instead of heading straight down the autopista (the AP-7 tollway) directly to our destination of Peñíscola (notice how I make sure to write it in Spanish to gloss over its dubious spelling and highlight the correct pronunciation of pay-nees-cola) we took a turn-off towards the coast and came upon Blanes (pronounced blah-nes, I believe) and climbed the rock Sa Palamero

which is the official start (or end, from our point of view, coming down from France) of the rocky Costa Brava – translated as “Wild (or rugged) Coast”.

We would have liked to see more of the gorgeous coastline, but there was not much of a view from the road (although the train looks like a great way to travel) and it was a little slow going so we linked back up with the inland main highways and took an unplanned and perhaps unwise detour through Barcelona on the Ronda del Litoral (ring road) – giving us an exciting preview of the cruise ships in the harbour, where we would be embarking in another week’s time – then drove another 240km further south down the coast to Peñíscola on the Costa Del Azahar (or “Orange Blossom Coast”)…

and, after some difficulty negotiating the zigzagging Avenida Papa Luna, we found our timeshare resort (situated closer to Benicarlo than Peñíscola centre): Aparthotel Jardines Del Plaza – where you check-in at the flashier Peñíscola Plaza Suites next door.

Perfectly clean and comfortable (except for the divan in the living area)…

and directly across the road from a wide sandy beach…

from where Castell del Papa Luna (the castle of Pope Luna) beckons in the distance…

we knew our week there would be great fun.

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About frenchfry36

South African by birth, British by right, Australian by oath, French by choice.
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