Sun, sand and even more stairs

After zigzagging our way from central France down to Spain, we continued our holiday routine of finding plenty of stairs to climb and added in a good dose of long walks along pretty (though sometimes gritty) Peñíscola beach to work up healthy appetites for delicious Spanish fare…

and fruity Sangria…

to sustain us on the return journey in the scorching summer sun, with the cool water of the Mediterranean Sea lapping at our feet.

Over the course of a week we explored near and far.

We drove 140km down the coast to Valencia, past plenty of orange groves (they must export them all because oranges were few and far between in town), and enjoyed exploring this interesting city on foot…

stopping for a pan of spicy and satisfying paella which originated in Valencia…

which we attempted to wear off by climbing the bell tower after an in-depth look through the fascinating cathedral (which deserves a post of its own).

A moonlight stroll around Peñíscola castle…

for gorgeous night views…

before a bright and early start to catch the markets at nearby Vinaros…

where we munched on fresh hot churros…

 and a local speciality of nutty meringue called Rocas de Vinaros.

Back to Peñíscola castle one last time for an inside tour and beautiful views…

 which of course entailed more stairs!

Then it was definitely time for some lunch (although way too early for the locals) of typical tapas, paella and sangria.

We took a detour on our travels to get a closer look at the intriguing castle ruins on the hill at Sagunto…

and if we had parked closer maybe we would have had enough energy to walk the whole length of this enormous castle…

We headed 70kms inland, taking the winding road to Morella castle, then continued the ascent on foot…

for sweeping views of the rugged landscape…

before sampling and stocking up on local produce.

Then all too soon our week in Peñíscola came to an end.

Next stop: Barcelona!

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About frenchfry36

South African by birth, British by right, Australian by oath, French by choice.
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5 Responses to Sun, sand and even more stairs

  1. Your blog has encouraged me to visit there one day.

  2. this looks amazing…and all that sunshine…thank you for following my blog 🙂

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