Touring South of Spain
11 October 2014 | Torrevieja, Spain
We drove back from Barcelona to the port of Torrevieja in Alicante, where Por Dos was waiting for us. We were getting the typical autumn weather of Spain, with thunderous thunderstorms and, finally, some much-needed rain. That meant that we would have to motorsail along the coast of Spain in the calm winds between fronts and thunderstorms.
Along the Spanish coast we stopped in Cartagena, Almerimar and La Linea de la Concepcion (right next door to Gibraltar). Cartagena is a beautiful city, and, although small it has a long history. One finds sights ranging from Phoenician and Roman ruins to a Maritime Museum which contains the first motorized submarine designed and built by a Spaniard. The main downtown area is pedestrians only and, therefore, a great place to walk and people-watch. The marina was a bit bouncy with the winds that we had and, it was occasionally smelly from the fuel plant in the commercial port east of the city.
Our next stop was Almerimar, a marina in the middle of nowhere, around which a little town with plenty of boat and tourist services has sprung to life (although it was pretty quiet when we were there). The marina is huge, well protected from wind and waves, and the cheapest marina that we had encountered so far. We paid 16 euros per night including water and electricity, what a bargain! We rented a car and toured some of Southern Spain’s famous cities: Cordoba (and its mosque), Granada (and the Alhambra palaces) and Ronda (and its bull fight ring and museum). My favorite was Antequera, where we stopped to visit Neolithic tombs. I was absolutely in awe of our 5000 BCE ancestor’s ingenuity and engineering capabilities. We got a tour in Spanish by one of the archeologists studying there. It was a great school outing.
We left Almerimar and did a short overnight motorsail to La Linea, an ugly city of cheap, tall apartment blocks - the dorm-city for Gibraltar. Here we met our friends from Miss Behaving and, together, travelled by ferry to Morocco for a 9-day driving tour of the country.