We spent the last couple of days at the Calig campsite exploring Vinaròs and Cervera. We cycled back to Vinaròs on Wednesday to pick up a Sim from the local vodaphone shop.
Handily, there was a cafe just by the vodaphone shop where Nia settled down whilst I talked gigabytes and euros with the vodapeople.
The waiter was charming, and determined to speak English.
‘I am learning English. We speak in English’
Nia:’Two glasses of white wine please’
Waiter: ‘Red wine.’
Nia:’No, white wine please’.
He turned up shortly with a bottle of red wine..’This is very good Valencian wine…’
Nia didn’t have the heart to ask for white again…and it was a nice drop of red…but we had to decline the bottle.
He then turned up with a dish of olives…’Be careful, these olives have bones…’
Bones…stones…no big difference.
After the wine tasting we walked around Vinaròs for a while then had lunch on the front, at a good restaurant called El Barco…the boat.
There is a long breakwater to cycle along at Vinaròs for a bit of post lunch exercise.
On Friday we cycled to Cervera del Maestrat which is an old hilltop town about 7 miles away. The route there is along a fairly main road but there was little traffic. We were passed by a couple of cheerful be-lycra’d pelotons.
We stopped by this orchard on the way, for a breather and photo opportunity.
There is a lot to see in Cervera .This gaudiesque building is half way up the village and sits opposite a beautiful cactus garden.
We abandoned the bikes towards the top of the village and walked up past the old church to a ruined and part restored castle on the hill top where we had our picnic lunch.
We cycled back for a barbecue…chicken kebabs and roast red pepper.
We left Camping L’Orangeraie on Saturday morning heading towards Alcossebre, 30 miles down the coast. The site pool looks very inviting but we never took the plunge…a bit early in the season.