OG Post: March 24th, 2017
Denia Day4 (Wednesday)
We woke on Wednesday morning sore and tired from all the activity of climbing those castles. Some restoration was badly needed so of course, we head to the gym. Evidently inside there are some nice saunas, pools and spa things. While Red and Kevin and Susan all headed inside I stayed at the cafe by the pelota court. After a coke light and some Lucky Strikes ordered pan con tomate and a cafe solo for breakfast and wrote my update on my iPad. I've decided I like carrying around my iPad versus a full computer. This this the most I've actually used it, but now I want a keyboard for it.
After everyone was refreshed we ventured to the other side of Denia and up to the Torre de Guerra which is an ancient watchtower on the high point of the Mediterranean shore in Denia. It was quite the adventure getting up to to the top but the views were awesome. That, however, was enough exercise to get us limbered up for the day so we went back to downtown Denia. After navigating the streets we found a parking spot and headed out for lunch.
To get to the restaurant we passed by a place with really great street art that led up to the tunnel that passes straight through the rock and under the castle. The tunnel was built evidently right before World War II when Hitler was given permission to practice war maneuvers by dropping bombs on Spain. The people needed shelter during this so they dug the tunnel under the castle. It now serves as a very handy way to get from one side of downtown to the other.
We the strolled a very short way down the Ruta de Tapas Guiame (Tapas Trail) which is a string of 40 restaurants that annually have food celebration. You can during the festival go down the street and at each restaurant enjoy a beer (or whatever you want to drink) and a tapas plate for 3€. We made our way inside Ca Pepa Theresa and sat down for a six course meal. The first course was a Mediterranean salad with bread and olives of course. The second course was potato and cod croquettes, next was lightly breaded and fried sardines. The fourth course was a lamb and chicken paella for Susan, Red, and I and Kevin had the carne plate. Last was the dessert course. Red and I both had the tiramisu, Susan had the death. By chocolate brownie and Kevin had the tarta de limon.
Very stuffed we returned to the car. We had thought about going back up to the Denia Castle and meeting our friends Rolf and Luana there but after the morning hike and a huge lunch we decided to instead head back to the house. After a quick trip to the grocery store for veggies and beer Rolf and Luana came over and we had a great night of conversation and fun.