Alicante, day 5.

Day 5 in Alicante and Denia was our destination of choice. Denia is a huge town on the coast and seems to have the whole package: a beach, port, ruined castle and a beautiful old town. It was on these narrow streets where groups of Spanish men would sit in dappled shade smoking cigars playing chess. The bustling noise of street-food sellers and shoppers searching for the latest fashions was the town’s soundtrack until we reached the castle which sits neatly above the town hall, market square and church of the old town.

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We headed back down the hill from the castle where we found a lovely street leading off from the main market square where there were restaurants galore! We found a lovely ice cream parlour where the vendor sat out front chatting with everyone until a customer came at which point she hurried back around the counter to serve. It added charm and highlighted the laid-back character which was evident everywhere in Denia!

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After a day of prancing round the streets of a town and inspecting the castle and church it was time to let our hair down and reunite with the sea and head to another of Denia’s lovely (and astonishingly empty) beaches.

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I had my Honey Ryder moment finding big rocks to hold down my flailing beach mat!

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