Blue water, blue skies
Trip Start Apr 10, 2012
64Trip End Jul 13, 2012
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The mountains in the distance are rocky. The ocean is never far away, which is a nice thought, as today was 30 degrees. We travel from one beautiful or interesting old town to another, and in between we see some very ordinary ones. Even some less than ordinary ones. Lots of factories. Hard to understand why unemployment is high.
On the agenda today is Peniscola. The old part of this town stands on a rocky outcrop 64 metres above the sea. At the very top is an old castle which has a long history. It was a Templar fortress after being an Arab stronghold and eventually became the residence of Pope Benedicto XIII (who was not actually a pope).
An isthmus joins the old town to the much larger new town and beach area. We had no idea how large the town was until we looked back from the old city walls. The breeze by the water was beautiful, so after a drink by the beach, we drove a few more kilometres to our stop tonight by the beach at Oropesa.