Yesterday, a few friends and I traveled to Calpe to hike the infamous rock. Calpe is within the province of Alicante, but about an hour or so tram ride from the city center. The day started EARLY at 8:00 when I missed the tram that all my friends were on. Luckily, there was another tram half an hour after. after an hour tram ride to Benidorm. When in Benidorm, we had to switch trains and go to Altea. Once in Altea, we had to take a bus to Calpe. FINALLY, once in Calpe, we had to walk about a mile to where the base of the rock was. The beach in Calpe was beautiful!! It made it even better being on the beach because at home in the states, the North East was being slammed by a snow storm. (my friend Zach and I, clearly excited to be on the beach!)
Once we finally got to the base of the rock after walking along the beach, with our bocadillos (sandwich) packed by our Madre's, we began the climb up. The climb up wasn't terrible, especially being in awe because of the views surrounding us, it was "vale la pena." Once we got up about half way, there was a fence signifying that our hike was complete... coming to Calpe, the majority of us wanted to go all the way to the top. So, a few of us hopped the fence and continued our hike up to the very top! The rest of the hike after that was pretty difficult! There was a trail that we could have taken, but we decided to do the more difficult route and basically scale the rocks and climb up to the top (Probably not covered under my iNext insurance, sorry Francesca). However, once we reached the top, the views were AMAZING!!!! My photos do not do any justice to how it really looked from the top. We were on top of the world! (view from about half way up)
Once we got to the bottom and reunited with the other half of the group that opted out of jumping the fence, we stopped and got food and then returned back to Alicante.
It was a LONG but AMAZING day. You don't realize how much is out there in the world until you see it. GO SEE IT ALL!
I hope everyone at SHU enjoyed their snow weekend. I'll be honest, I actually miss the snow and cold a little bit. But when I feel like I'm missing that, I just go to the beach. Hasta luego