We ran our first Summer Sun programme this week and what a week it was. Eight people joined us from all 4 corners of the UK and we were blessed with wonderful weather, except for the first day when our BBQ had to be postponed!
Sunday was back to normal with clear skies and warm temperatures. We set off from Carrascal, through the village and started our ascent.
Plenty of water-stops along the way give us time to take in the spectacular views.
It’s onwards and upwards through the Barranco Negro – quite hard going in the heat!
But the reward is worth it – Lunch at the Donkey Sanctuary
Les Murtes was founded in 1993 by Edith and Alex Aretz in an effort to save the Spanish donkey from dying out when they realised that it was becoming an endangered species not just in Jalon but all over Spain. Starting with two mares, Sarah and Bonny, it is now reckoned to be one of the largest donkey sanctuary’s in the country with over 80 donkeys.
So it’s one last glimpse of the Montgo before we all head off back down the mountain – half the group walk (after all it is a walking holiday) the other half decide the car is the better option! – no names no pack drill!
Monday sees our intrepid travellers setting sail from Denia
They cruise for about an hour to Javea aboard a smart catamaran
Then after a stroll around the port area (and the odd beer!) it’s on to our picnic spot for lunch.
We then walk down the coast to Arenal Beach for a swim – the water is pretty choppy, but it is great fun. Then we transfer back to Carrascal for a 4 course meal.
On Day 3 we have planned a walk up Calpe Rock and then enjoy a well deserved 4 Course Lunch at our favourite Seafood Restaurant
As we gain height the views are fantastic
The pathways are well constructed until you reach the tunnel!
Safely through James, Sheila and Sue take a breather
Whilst Stephen and Sally pose for the camera!
Then it’s back down through the tunnel
Sally and Susan forge ahead and wait patiently at the bottom
Lunch is served – at the Andalucia right on the beach
Great fish with copious amounts of Sangria and wine
Goes down well with everybody
Then it’s onto the beach for a post-lunch swim and back to Carrascal for a light supper on the terrace
Day 4 and our guests are off to Valencia – catching the train into the heart of the city
The architecture in the city is amazing – even the station itself is worth close inspection.
From there the walk to the Cathedral passes many famous landmarks, including the Post Office
Then the Cathedral looms large
Just beyond is the magnificent indoor market
The architecture is striking and so are the wares on sale
A wonderful walk along the river
Leads you to the Arts & Science Museum
The modern design is a striking contrast to the rest of the city.
An interesting day followed by a 4 course meal at Carrascal.
Day 5 and it’s a visit to Fuente de Algar – the spring fed waterfalls and lagoons
We make our way across the river
And up to the higher level towards the source
It’s time to dip our toes in the water – boy it’s cold!
Once aclimatised we swim upstream against the current which is very strong but great fun
Sue looks pleased to have made it through to the upper section
Then it’s the ultimate experience
Swimming under the waterfall – exhilarating stuff! Back to Carrascal for a well deserved 4 Course Meal
Our final day sees us walk from La Fuestera to Calpe
It’s a wonderful walkway that has been constructed along the coastal path
It’s hot but the views are stunning
The pathway weaves its way up and down and along the sea
Calpe Rock comes into view
It’s the final furlong with a rare photo of me looking very orange!
Around the final magnificent bay
And on to the Salt lakes to admire the flamingos. Then back to our villa
For pre-dinner drinks with great views of the Caballa Verde
A swim and a bit of chill time – with our dogs Charlie and Ellie getting in on the act
Then it’s Paella time – we cook a traditional Valencian (mixed meat) as well as a Seafood version
It’s been a great week and our guests tell us they have had a great time – we certainly enjoyed their company!