We have crossed the border into Spain! Apologies for the delayed post but since getting to Spain we've been on the move nearly every day, with a large distance to cover in just one month.
Firstly we decided to stop in Barcelona to meet a friend Georgia from a previous workaway, and we loved the city when we visited it 3 years ago. We explored the Gothic Quarter, marvelled at Gaudy architecture and revisited the musical fountains at night. A highlight was finding a local tapas bar on the outskirts of the city where we got free tapas with every beer for €1.80!
From Barcelona we had one week to drive over 700 miles, down the coast and inland to Murcia where we had arranged for some volunteering in the Andalusian mountains.
The first day we drove 6hrs to just outside of Valencia, parking for the night by the beach in Bennacissim. From there we had another long day on the road to Javea where we had read up on the best beaches in Spain. And we were not disappointed with our second stop at La Granadalla Beach.
With so many beautiful coves to see and such little time we skirted round the coast enjoying the vista's, warm weather and bracing ourselves in the Mediterranean Sea. Happy with our decision to be in Spain for November!
En route to our workaway we met up with a reader of the blog, Phil, who happened to be in Alicante. We had a great night with a beer and dinner at the marina before heading off to Murcia. Thanks Phil!
Our workaway was in the remote Andalusian Mountains, the nearest village of Velez Blanco being nearly an hour away. We spent 2 weeks here helping with a permaculture project for one of the artists. The place was an Eco art retreat with beautiful landscape to inspire its resident artists, and we got to share their inspiration and had a great time with them which we won't forget.
With the weather still hot and sunny we couldn't resist another trip to the coast to check out a 'pirate hippy bay' recommended to us by our friend in Bordeaux. We had to see it with our own eyes to believe that there were a group of hippies inhabiting an abandoned pirate cove since the 60s. Not only this but that the only way to get three was by boat, or an hours trek over the mountains...We were excited.
We learnt several stories about San Pedro's history; it being abandoned by locals moving to the larger town nearby, or a fishing village hit by a devastating storm, or a safehaven for pirates to launch their attacks! (this is the one we liked the best). What we found was today a truly unique community of people are living a simple life in abandoned caves and ruins and even some in tents, with a natural spring for water and a secluded cove for their doorstep...Paradise?
As much as we would've loved to stay, vans not allowed so we had to find our own slice of paradise around the next bay with our own ocean doorstep.