On the Road Again…..Lorca

On the Road Again

On the Road Again

La Torrecilla

La Torrecilla

After a few great weeks at Marjal we have moved on; Mavis was getting itchy wheels. We spent last night at La Torrecilla, a small site about 7 km outside Lorca, which is about 70 miles down the A7 from Marjal. Nia tucked Mavis nicely in to a small pitch by the reception.

Heading in to Lorca

Heading in to Lorca

There is a good cycle track all the way into Lorca. We packed the Krays in to the dogcart and set off just after we arrived on the campsite.

Lorca

Lorca

Plaza de España

Plaza de España

We had lunch in a small restaurant on the Plaza d’Espana, surrounded by old Spanish buildings. The church behind us, well swaddled in scaffolding, is the collegiate church of St Patrick.

Menu del dia

Menu del dia

I had the salmorejo, a cold vegetable soup with bits of ham, egg and chorizo floating in it. A bit like Gazpacho, delicious. And then the tuna (atun, handily an anagram of the english word). Nia had the Absetasygambas which was a sort of eggy prawny thingy, and the steak.

Plaza de España

Plaza de España

Ayuntiamento

Ayuntiamento

There are picturesque old buildings all around the plaza. The ayuntiamento, town hall, must be the place to get married in Lorca. We saw 3 brides whilst we were eating. One was quaffing a beer in our restaurant in her finery, not sure if it was before or after the event. Probably before ‘cos we didn’t spot the groom.

Alfonso X "El Sabio"

Alfonso X “El Sabio”

This is a statue of Alfonso the Wise, on the Plaza next to us…we will meet him again.

Friendly Policia

Friendly Policia

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After lunch we cycled up a very steep hill to Lorca castle. Half way up I met these two friendly coppers on guard (against what?) who kindly kept an eye on my bike while I walked back down to give Nia a hand to get the torpid terriers up the hill.

Alfonso Tower, guarding the east end of Lorca Castle

Alfonso Tower, guarding the east end of Lorca Castle

The castle was well worth the climb. Pinched from the Moors a few hundred years ago it looks out over Lorca and the mountains in the distance.

Siege Engine

Siege Engine

This is a mock up of an old giant catapult or ballista, used to chuck rubble at castle walls. It sits next to the Espolón tower which guards the west of the castle.

Inside the Espolón Tower

Inside the Espolón Tower

On Guard

On Guard

2012 Earthquake Damage

2012 Earthquake Damage

There was a big earthquake in 2012 which unsettled the tower…built by Alfonso X in the 1200’s at the same time as the other great tower, which was named after him.

Sword Sundial

Sword Sundial

Nia the Wise

Nia the Wise

A7

A7

Looking east this is the A7, just before it enters its tunnel under the castle.

Time to go back to Mavis. Afonso's tower behind me

Time to go back to Mavis. Alfonso’s tower behind me

By 5 the sun was getting low and we set off back to the campsite. There is a good viewpoint for the castle on the way down.

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

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9 comments on “On the Road Again…..Lorca
  1. Gordon says:

    Thanks for the continuing travelogue. It’s great to get inspiration for places to go… things to do…

  2. Adrian says:

    You’ve escaped…well done. Hope you both(and the Krays) are well. Look forward to following your travels…xxx

  3. Cyndi says:

    Nia, looks like a great place to shop! Don’t forget to take pictures of the food. Really would like to see a picture after seeing the menu board and your choices!

  4. nomaggsrush says:

    You were just a few kilometres away – I’m currently staying with my friends just south of Lorca!
    Daisy is having fun running round a garden … Stay well. M xx

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