My latest adventure to Spain was filled with food (although it didn’t survive long enough to be pictured), exploring and, of course, sun.
Murcia, much like a lot of Southern Spain, is filled with vast expanses of barren ‘desert’. However, we found little oases and pockets of life in this searing region.
Cartagena is a port city nestled inside 5 mountains and carefully hidden within nature’s arms of the Sierra Minera, the Mar Menor and a now dried up Lagoon. This city oozes character and charm, yet is clean and crisp throughout.
Its port, still working today, is naturally protected and enclosed by a defensive formation of hills, only leaving a small opening at the mouth of the sea. These unique geographical features, not only create an all-natural intrigue , but the ideal place for settlers, even in pre-historic times. The oldest human remains being discovered here at 1.3 million years old.
It is steeped in history: from the Neolithic man to the Romans and the Austrias . All of those presences can be easily seen and enjoyed, especially through the large museum in the centre, crammed with well preserved artefacts.
The Romans ended the rule of the Carthaginians in 209 BC and led Cartagena to flourish and develop in a period of wealth and extravagance, the Amphitheatre being one sign of this.
Cabo de Palos is your typical Spanish port town, with fishing rooted at it’s core. Seafood restaurants line the harbour’s edge making a perfect place to dine. I love the Spanish food, to say the least, especially the fresh fish, and a picturesque backdrop definitely makes it even tastier.
As you can see, I love a good sunset. The clear skies and mountainous backdrop pair together for a beautiful scenic shot. And when the dying light hits the water, well, need I say more?
Nothing is better than blissfully bobbing on the Mediterranean whilst lapping up the sun. Boat days really are unbeatable. We were lucky enough to enjoy snorkelling amongst all the fish, of which there were thousands thanks to the areas being environmentally protected. Coaxing them to the surface with bread (and an unorthodox helping of paella-oops) we quickly become engulfed in schools of dazzling silver. Amazing, yet a little unsettling.
It wouldn’t have been a holiday in Spain without a trip to the beach, the only question is: which one?
This long and twisting track led us to a beautiful stretch of beach in the middle of Calblanque‘s Nature Reserve. The cliche stands true: sun, sea and sand really is the golden trio.
Spanish evenings are unlike any other, with their warmth and festivities continuing into the early hours, or in a lot of cases starting then!