Mar 04, 2004
Jul 02, 2005
On our Ryanair flight Tina and i discussed how Valencia didn´t seem like it would be an interesting city and we got some weird looks for our fellow passengers. We arrived and understood why. Valencia is a beautiful city with and interesting past, with the requisite churches and UNESCO World Heritage site to prove it, but also a city charging into the future. It has innumerable cool bars and cafes, is going to host the 2007 Americas Cup and best of all, had the vision to build the architecturally stunning City of Arts and Sciences with its spectacular futurist layouts, concept and content. You´ll have to see the pics. Its like something right out of Minority Report. We spent a couple days here seeing the sights, then decided to camp our way down the Costa Blanca. The camping, sad to say is uniformly bad compared to Canada or NZ. No kitchens and if you get dirt instead of rocks to set your tent up on, you´re happy. Luckily the beaches are far better. Devesa was deserted except for 4 naked Spanish women and nearly naked us. Then Benidorm was the extreme opposite; the biggest resort town in Europe, it was packed solid with Brits, most of them topless regardless of age or shape. It reminded me most of Surfer´s Paradise, and you know how I felt about that place if you´ve been reading this travelogue for awhile. Still this megabeach type holiday was all new to Tina and fit in well with our theme: Weve decided to stop focussing on history so much and get to know modern Spain. Its the best bit anyway and frankly no history can compare with what we saw in Italy. We are now in Cabo de Gata national park in Andalucia soaking up the sun and relaxing before a big week of fiesta in Madrid.