Spain - Portugal
Part 2: Alicante
Close to the heart of the summer I'm leaving beautiful Valencia behind heading to my next destination: Alicante. The first 50km are rather boring but that's not the main issue - that's the fact that it smells like shit. Literally. Blame cow industry for that. Top WTF time. It fortunately gets better and more scenic later with quite nice temperatures close to Mariola and Maigmo mountains. Speaking of temperatures there's a terrible heatwave about to arrive and I already think about spending my time somewhere high at Nevada till it cools down a bit. Right now is still OK and allows me to enjoy a pleasant city like Alicante. Part of "pleasant" belongs to my wonderful friend Mar who hosts me at the top floor of her sweet house with enough space for me and my iron horse. I also had a balcony with view at my exclusive disposal:
The other part of "pleasant" belongs to Alicante's location. This city is designed for swimming being surrounded by sea and long beaches. It's funny to see a vast part of the local population walking around in swimsuits through the day. I rush to taste the whole thing myself:
As you can see it is impressive to be able to swim or sunbath with no one around in a radius of 30m during high season in a city! Sweet.
Time to explore the city so I take the tram. I avoid public transportation when I explore cities but I was staying several kms away from the center at the East new part of the city so I had to make an exception.
Enjoy the tram ride:
Looking the city through the tram's windows I am firstly impressed by those ultra high buildings. Looks to me like during the 70s they had a skyscraper boom. I mean...
Ugly? Impressive? Interesting? A bit of all together. The location of Alicante is so privileged that the above pharaonic giants of concrete cannot spoil this charming city. The latter was celebrating the beginning of the summer - see the result in the following images:
This cross between kitschy and funny put a smile on my face during my extended walk around the city's center. Kinda liked it :) Not sure this guy did though:
Bulls on parade, definitely not from Rage Against the Machine:
I am always attracted by the persisting nature in the heart of cities: