Tuesday, September 21, 2004, 5:40 pm
We just arrived in the little port town of Javea, about 75 km south of Valencia. Yesterday we drove down the coast from Barcelona, stopped in Tarragona for a lovely little lunch and had a quick peak at the remains of the Roman walls. We couldn´t find the supposedly well preserved amphitheatre though….
We made our way south along the N340 to a town called Peñiscola, a beautiful jewel on a peninsula sticking out into the Mediterranean. We stayed in a beautiful little hotel along the waterfront (for Euro 37 each) and had a great dinner at a local restaurant.
This morning we left, drove into Valencia and walked around the downtown area. We checked out the Cathedral on the Plaza de la Reina, then the Mercado (similar to the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto) where the fish market area almost made me toss my cookies.
Across the street is the Llonja, a Gothic silk market, one of the few Gothic buildings that is not a church. Unfortunately it is under renovation and all covered up and we couldn´t get in.
Then we headed out on the road again, for about 2 hours, drove through the expansive developments at Denia and ended up driving over the mountains to Javea. Javea is a beautiful little town right on the Mediterranean, at the foot of an impressive mountain called Montgo.
We´ll see what tonight holds…