Monday, October 22

Trip Report – Cullera Castle and Albufera

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On Wednesday 6th June 38 members of Calpe U3a set off from Calpe to visit Cullera and Albufera.

We arrived at Cullera Castle at 11am and were lucky to have a lovely sunny day and blue sky.  We were given a guided tour in Spanish and Christa translated into English for us.  The castle is a Caliphate building (10th century).  It was built with the aim of controlling and defending the territory, especially the coastal zone and the mouth of the river.

Photo by David Stockton

After visiting the castle and church on the hill we started our journey along the coast to Albufera.  On arrival we walked to the El Palmar restaurant where we all enjoyed a traditional lunch of tapas to start, followed by paella.

Photo by David Stockton

 

 

 

 

 

The best was yet to come with a boat trip on the lagoon.  We all managed to fit on one large boat and started off on our adventure.  Unfortunately, not long afterwards the rain came and gradually got heavier and heavier.  A chorus of ‘singing in the rain’ was heard above the sound of rain and thunder.  Some people anticipated the rain and brought along umbrellas and raincoats.  Others weren’t so fortunate and got a good soaking.  Everyone took it in great spirits and overall enjoyed the day out.

Photos by David Stockton

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