Saturday 10 August 2013

A holiday in Calpe, Spain


Wall to wall sunshine, private beach and pool - what not to like!  We liked playing in the sea when the waves were high with the grandchildren's inflatables, watching from the balcony with the binoculars, eating out .....

 Penon de Ifach which dominates the resort

From the front balcony there was the ever changing scenery of the Med and the back balconies overlooked a salt lake; a haven for wildlife.
A paved walkway by the sea joins the new town to the old town.  This was used by joggers in the early morning and strollers in the evening.

Calpe is still a working fishing port and a fish auction is held every day at 5 pm.  The transactions are now digitalised, but interesting nevertheless.



 The fishing boats bring their catch into the port where it is unloaded by the crew and family.  The fish are sorted according to type into plastic trays which are placed on the conveyor belt. As the trays begin to move they are weighed and on the screen appears the picture, the type of fish, who caught it , the bidder and the price it went for.  The bidders have black, palm-held sets by which they communicate their purchases.  Once bought, a printed ticket fall on the tray from a machine, a shovelful of ice is applied manually and the tray is moved to a pallet.  The restaurants will be serving the fish that evening.

We also visited Mundo Mar in Benidorm.  The park was well organised and the fish and animals were well cared for.  We saw a sea lion show, a dolphin show and variety of animals and birds.  A welcome fine spray of water was applied to the crowds to stop them overheating.  I was also impressed by the planting in the park.  The kids loved it!

All too soon it's time to go home.

“The sea is their grave but this Memorial sculpture is, in many ways, a headstone for the lost trawlermen”

I have always been impressed by the architecture in the centre of the maritime city of Hull, especially the old buildings with their carving...