Thursday, 21 March 2013

Exploring the Coast

Wednesday March 20

Today we, explored some quiet roads adjacent to the site, looking for butterflies, flowers, birds and photographs. Maureen noticed an olive grove with stripes of red earth between the trees, so she was out with her camera and tripod to capture this image.

We continued to the coastal region between Vinaros, Benicarlo and Peniscola. At Peniscola there is a massive castle built on a rocky headland built by The Knights Templar between 1294 and 1307 AD. In 1960 it was used as a location for the film El Cid.

The resorts were relatively unspoilt, with few high rise hotels or buildings, mainly appartments and aparthotels overlooking the promenade and an attractive beach.
We decided to have lunch in Benicarlo, and sat outside in the sunshine at a restaurant overlooking the port.
After some discussion with the waiter, we managed to decipher the Menu Del Di, and settled to an excellent lunch which included beer, bread, olive salad, starter, main course, sweet and coffee for a total 26 euros. I think we will return later in the week! 
On the way back to base we called at the supermarket, and then got lost in the dark, going miles out of our way. Once I stopped swearing at the satnav  and started trusting it, we were guided home by 7:30 pm.

1 comment:

  1. wow! those olive trees are just fabulous... and with that brilliant blue sky behind...... :) xxx