As some of you will know I spent Christmas in Spain and despite becoming ill (a la the Exorcist) I managed to explore and take some photos . I stayed in a small and vibrant town called Calpe in the Mediterranean area of the Costa Blanca. The town consists of beaches, shops, beachfront apartments and residential areas including the Old Town. The Old Town area of Calpe consists of lots of small plazas and narrow streets with bars, restaurants, shops and houses. The pic above is of a long flight of steps that have been painted with the Spanish flag down the length of them. This photo was taken from about half way up and there were narrow doorways all the way up the steps with lush pots of plants and flowers.
The next two photos are of typical streets in the Old Town area. The top one shows a fountain and there were many water features dotted in small plazas or in front of buildings. Although it was warm and sunny for the majority of the time I was there (apart from the days it rained!), it wasn't particularly hot, but I could imagine that when it becomes very hot in the summer these fountains would provide a cooling effect. Walking around the Old Town they provided a soothing sound in the quiet streets during siesta. Apparently in the high tourist season it can get very busy in the Old Town so I was pleased to seemingly have the place to ourselves, apart form the local residents going about their business.
In the photo above you can make out the start of the mountains in the background that provided a scenic backdrop to the town. The photo below shows another small plaza with apartments and on the right is a church. I very much enjoyed walking around the Town which rises from sea level, and climbs steeply up the main street to the Old Town. I took many more pictures which I will share with you next time...
I would also like to thank all of you who were kind enough to leave supportive comments on my last post. They were greatly appreciated.