The pictures say it all: Cycling the Spanish coast

Sun, sea, sand… The week or so we spent cycling the Spanish coastline between Barcelona and Alicante was (mostly) made up of the three holiday essentials. It also contained the only fall (Debs) and the only puncture (Debs) of the whole European trip. 8 days where the only navigation we had to do was keep the sea on our left. So for this blog post, it’s only really the pictures that matter….

 

Keep the sea on your left……
 
 
Sunset over the ampitheatre remains in Tarragona
 
  
Peníscola old town
 
 
Not too difficult to find a nice spot for lunch every day
 
 
Taking an evening stroll in beautiful Benicassim
 
 
Sunrise from our beach camp spot
 
 
Finally a few hills near Dénia
 
 
After riding through empty resort towns, Benidorm was one of the strangest places to arrive on a bike
 
 
Evidence of thr financial crash was visible in unfinished beachside apartment blocks and even whole resorts
 
 
Between the built up areas there were empty beaches and miles of bike lanes right by the sea
 

I’ve no doubt that cycling this stretch in high season would be a totally different experience, but at times it felt like we had the coastline to ourselves. Of course there are many resorts with countless high rise apartment blocks, and the main road away from the front was often a never ending strip of supermarkets, shopping malls and billboard adverts in English aimed at the ex-pat needing items to fill their new home (though I don’t know how they can need THAT much outdoor furniture). Yet it wasn’t too hard to escape all of that and find a totally empty beach. Maybe not in July though…
Thanks for this stretch to Antoni and family (and the English corner attendees) in Tarragona; Miguel for letting us stay in his empty flat in Ulldecona; Paula in Benicassim; Martin and Sara in Valencia; and all the pro cyclists on their training camps who sped past us and gave us something to chase…

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