Our Spain travels will be posted a little out of order but for good reason! Looking at these pictures from Calpe make me laugh and that's a good thing right now! So, when planning our Spain trip, I wanted to be on a beach that had beautiful elements...white sand, turquoise seas and stunning landscape. Well Calpe checked all of these boxes so I chose a nice little hotel on the beach. If you google Calpe you will more than likely see this limestone formation in a majority of the photos. In my research, I found out that the "rock", the Penon de Ifach, was actually a natural park and the rock could be climbed. So I marked it down on my itinerary for us to do and never thought much more about it. I mean...it really didn't seem that high and Van and I are young....of course we could climb it!
We took off Monday morning down the promenade to take a morning hike up the rock. As we got closer, the rock started to look a LOT bigger and more and more intimidating. And then there was the fact that Van had only brought golf shoes and flip flops....and he was wearing flip flops. No biggie right?
We arrived at the park and started up the path. The signs said that once you arrived to the tunnel portion of the path, children and those with improper footwear should turn around. The rest of the path would be extremely dangerous and difficult. I blew it off...like we got this..no big deal. Ok, well it was a big deal....it was the scariest climb I have ever taken! And Van, the mountain goat that he is, just climbed it with no concerns...in his flip flops!!
I actually have no photos of the "path" that we took because I couldn't hold my camera. The path was extremely rocky and slippery and just plain terrifying. My legs were shaking just about the entire time and I just focused on following Van the mountain goat.
Well, we made it to the top and it was totally worth it. The views were INSANE. You really can't even imagine how high it was. We could even see Ibiza from the top. We sat up at the top and took in the views and let our muscles rest.
|Cray cray mountain Goat|
|Our hotel is the black one in the upper left|
The climb down was easier but OMG my muscles were done when we reached the bottom. Luckily we found the perfect spot to park ourselves afterwards with a nice jug of sangria. I am so glad I stuck with the climb and completed it. The views and the feeling of accomplishment were well worth it. And so was the sangria :)