|Looking up to the Castle on the hill|
The Mediterranean Sea was for my goal for my second week in Spain and I decided to visit Alicante. The weather was awesome after the cooler gloomy rainy weather in Madrid so it was a very welcome change. I choose a hotel that was across from the train station, so I was able to get in late afternoon check in and explore just a bit.
In the morning I set off on the bus to visit Santa Barbara Castle which was across from the sea. Admission is free but the ride to the top is not, however I was able to travel for free as a Senior. It is on top of Mount Benacantil and it is one of the largest medieval fortress in Spain built in the 9th century by Muslims. The views from the Castle were superb and I was enjoying the sun at last. Children were being having a tour and they were given capes to wear while the leaders told them stories.
|Kids listening to stories and getting involved|
|cat hanging in the castle|
|Cricket on top|
|view from the Castle|
After visiting the castle I walked back to the old town and through the streets of Plaza del Carmen which were beautiful, I walked up to the Basilica of Santa Maria and down narrow alleyways and up many stairs. I sat and rested for awhile in square where the little fountains put on a little show, and the I continued on. There were a lot of outdoor cafes set up for lunch and I was getting hungry from all my walking. I spotted one where the menu was in both Spanish and English and the man there was so sweet he welcomed me with to the table and I ordered my lunch. It was a great meal of soup and a glass of white wine and Paella and a dessert could not beat 10 euro at the Restaurant Casa Mayor. I returned to the restaurant several days later and the man welcomed me with open arms and I had another meal this time it was beef steak a huge salad and of course a glass of white wine.
|The Basilica of Santa Maria|
|owners of the restaurant|
|oh so yummy|
|colorful tiles makes walking a bit dizzy|
|San Nicholas Cathedral|
|beautiful ceiling of San Nicholas Cathedral|
|the Courtyard at the Cathedral|