Costa del Azahar

Sunrise . Well just after maybe.

Sunrise . Well just after maybe.

We are on the Costa del Ahazar, or, in English, the Orange Blossom coast. We are in the sun at last tho’ it has been a bit windy.

En route to Peñíscola

En route to Peñíscola

There is a good cycle track from Benicarló to Peñíscola and yesterday we cycled the 8km or so along the coast to the old castle and harbour here.

Castle at Peñiscola

Approaching Peñiscola along the cycleway

Castle guarding the harbour.

Castle guarding the harbour.

Peñiscola is a fortified harbour; the castle overlooking the port was built by the Knights Templar in the 1200’s.

The Castle

The Castle

Lake in Peñiscola

Lake in Peñiscola

We stopped for lunch overlooking the harbour and chatted to a friendly couple from Toronto, recently retired from Air Canada, who divide their winters between Spain and Miami. They told us its a little cold in Toronto just at the moment.

Lemon Tree alongside our cycle ride

Lemon Tree alongside our cycle ride

Local Bike Shop

Local Bike Shop

There are hints of the current invasion of Brits here and there.

Slow down Nia!

Slow down Nia!

Speeding not allowed on the cycle track.

The Fishing Fleet

The Local Fishing Fleet

We cycled back and watched the fishing boats return to harbour in Benicarló.
The site here is English run, very friendly and easy-going. They had put on mixed paella and sangria for supper in the bar that night……very tasty.

Route to Benicarló

Route to Benicarló

These are the last couple of legs on the Spring tour. Today, Thursday, we plan to move inland a few miles.

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Rambling about Europe with the Kray Twins (Colin and Penny).

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7 comments on “Costa del Azahar
  1. Liz throup says:

    Good morning from Yorkshire!
    Joe and I are enjoying your marvellous blog.Your charm,tact and poisonality shine through the lovely pictures and witty comments! You are eating well–don’t forget old Colin ‘s diverse tastes in grub.
    Arthur seems to be ok–we may go up yonder later in the month. Joe is dreading the imminent gardening season,but resists all offers of help.perhaps some fresh air would calm his old bones and muscles.
    Have a great time!
    Love, Liz& Joe xx,

  2. Jim Palmer says:

    Some years ago we had a walking holiday in inland Valencia where there is some spectacular limestone scenery, so if you get bored with the coast head for the hills ! We were taken to a desolate valley which was the last refuge of the Moors before they were finally kicked out for good by Ferdinand and Isabella. Strangely the valley also contained a Roman aqueduct which was still in use for irrigation, not required the day we were there because it rained, but don’t let that put you off. Its still wintery here but we are promised better things for the weekend which is just as well because we are off to Northumberland for a week, J+V

  3. David and Ginny says:

    Hi Peter, I thought I had left a comment a couple of days ago but looks like I messed up! Followed your route down through France, it was a good run through for us also. We stayed at le Orangerie in 2013 and look forward to returning on this trip as it’s such a lovely site. Enjoying the blog, say hi to Chris and Jenny from us both.

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