60km Villajoyosa – Cap de Santa Pola
Another hilly day dawned for us. Although the climbs weren’t quite as steep as yesterday, the road took in plenty of rolling hills throughout the day. Alicante was our lunchtime stop – surprisingly not quite as tacky as we’d expected. The seafront area is quite nice and with the mountains in the background it’s not hard to see how it’s become so popular. Lunchtimes by the beach are becoming a ritual for us. Soaking up the sun over the noon hour almost makes dealing with the traffic along the Mediterranean worth it. The traffic was particularly heavy coming out of Alicante but it started to die down once we got past the airport and it wasn’t long before we discovered a nice little detour to the Cap de Santa Pola. With its lighthouse and view from the cliffs over the sea and the Illa de Tabarca, it’s well worth the stop. We made our supper there, before slipping down the road and into some of the woods on either side, to make our camp for the night.