Thursday November 26, 2015
Bob is loading the car and we will soon be on our way to Valencia. This is the view from our balcony. As you can see, we were right on the edge of Los Alcázeres, just fields beside us, so it was a nice quiet location.
Before long we are passing lots of salt pans, which are large shallow ponds of sea water. The water evaporates and leaves behind the sea salt, which is then harvested and piled into these enormous piles of sea salt. Seems strange to think that the salt we eat is produced in this fashion. I had visions of workers out raking up sea salt from the salt pans, not bulldozers and big machinery. A bit naive on my part I think.We stop to stretch our legs and have lunch near this beach. It is certainly not as pretty as other beaches we have visited.The view in the opposite direction. This is an area full of condos and apartments and partially constructed buildings.
We stopped for another break a bit further on…
and found these strange hairy balls, hundreds of them all over the beach! Some of them were several inches in diameter. Does anyone know what they are?
We detoured into what we thought was a little town called Alcoi, thinking we could go for a walk in a park area near the town, but we got a bit lost in what turned out to be a rather large city. We also discovered that the park didn’t have any easily accessible areas for walking, so we were soon back on the road. Next stop was the town of Xativa where we visited the ruins of a once grand castle with 30 towers.
It was getting late in the day and we only had just over a half hour before closing so we saw as much of the castle as we could before the sun set and the castle closed. This was one of the water features in the garden area of the castle. The view from the castle was quite spectacular.
There are numerous orange orchards and the trees are absolutely loaded with oranges, so many that they are falling on the ground. Sorry for the blurry image, this is another photo taken from the car. I never did find a place to pull over and get a good picture of an orange orchard. Too bad…
Thanks to our trusty iPad and its GPS we find our next Airbnb apartment in Valencia and we were pleasantly surprised to find that our host had very kindly stocked it with all sorts of groceries! It also has lots of artwork as our host’s husband is Nico Munuera, a Spanish artist.