Before our week was up in Peñíscola, Spain, we took a day trip to explore the historic walled city of Morella, about 70km inland.
After a scenic winding drive we hiked uphill under the hot Spanish sun to the top of Morella castle, perched 1072m above sea level.
The panoramic views of the harsh landscape is no doubt the very reason that this spot was fought for time and again over the centuries. There was definitely a feeling of “I’m the king of the castle” and the history of battles to claim this vantage point – strategically located between Aragon and Valencia – raged in my imagination.
I guess that’s the thing that strikes me when travelling in Europe – the evidence of a long and colourful history – which is such a contrast to Australia, so young in comparison. And when you visit these places for yourself you can almost feel that history.
Hopefully these photos will convey some sense of that.