I'm flying from Cardiff to Alicante, a seaside resort city on the Cosa Brava. My friend Inka, also a travel writer, will meet me there and we will go to her home in Torrevieja. Inka says her apartment opens up right onto the beach!
Torrevieja is a seaside city on the Costa Brave about 30 miles from Alicante. It was originally a salt-mining and fishing village locate between the sea and two large salt lakes. The name "Torrevieja" means "Old Tower" as until 1802 it existed as only a guard tower and a few laborer's cottages. In 1803 King Charles IV ordered that the Royal Salt Works be moved to Torrevieja and this began the history of the town. It now has a population of about 104,000. Torrevieja is still a salt exporter and you can visit the Museum of Sea and Salt. It's popular with tourists from northern Europe who live there including a lot of Brits.
Inka promises to take me on a number of excursions. These will include a visit to a pirate's island. There is lots to see and do in the area and I'll try to squeeze as many adventures as possible into the 4 days I'll be there. Another travel writing friend, Darlene Foster, from Vancouver, lives nearby so I'll get chance to visit with her as well.