Posted by: Stevie D | May 11, 2012

In the lap of luxury.

After a couple of days we left Benicassim, the main reason being that the campsite was, shall we say, not all it might be. We headed south once more until we reached a town called Calp, midway between Valencia and Alicante. Calpemar Camping it was called, and it was like a 5star hotel for campers. And there we stayed for a week.

Right next to the town and only ten minutes walk from the beach, Calpemar’s showers and ,well, you know, everything, were fantastic. Better than at home, Jayney was too quick to point out.

Calp is famous mostly, for its rock. Not the sugary stuff you eat on Blackpool beach. No, this rock.

The Ifach Rock towers over everything.

It’s an imposing sight from all angles.

We had been recommended to try a certain road for a good scenic ride while we were there, so after a day of strolling around the town and getting used to our new surroundings, we set of on the road to Guadelest and beyond to see what there was to see.

First thing we saw was a Motorcycle Museum, an unexpected bonus. 6euros each and we were in, viewing a whole range of motorcycles of a bygone age. It was surprising how many Spanish marques were represented, many of which I had never heard of before. With my riding history, however, it was the smattering of British and American makes which wetted my appetite.

A Henderson, a motorcycle rarely seen in my homeland.

This BSA 500cc Single was a forerunner of the famous Gold Star.

After an interesting hour strolling amongst the exhibits, it was back on the road, to Guadalest.

The road to Guadalest.

Guadalest proved to be just another mountain village with a selection of bars and restaurants for the tourists, but nothing to rip us off the bike at that moment, so it was straight through and on up.

After Guadalest, the road winds ever upward.

The riding through the hills was exciting, to say the least, with endless hairpin bends to keep the unwary alert.

Empty solitude at the top.

We also took a ride up the coast to Cabo de Nao. From here you can see the party island of Ibiza nestled in the shimmering Meditteranean. The ride up was spoilt somewhat by rather too frequent speed humps in the road, but the cape itself is a beautiful place.

A view from Cabo de Nao.

Looking over the cliffs at Cabo de Nao.

Another day in the heat for the Harley.

All too soon it was time to move on, and we left Calp behind for one of our most spectacular destinations so far.

Adios Calp and Muchos Gracias.



  1. Thanks for taking me along on the trip. It’s cool!

    • It’s cool of you guys to tag along. I’ve no time whilst travelling to check out the blogs I used to visit when at home, so it’s really appreciated that you stick with mine.

  2. I feel like I keep repeating myself, but once again, the pictures are incredible. I’ve never even heard of the rock! How amazing! And I loved the last shot of the coast with the rock in the background. Thanks again for sharing your experience with us!

    • Hi Shadowrun. I’d never even heard of Calp before, let alone it’s rock. Great place for a visit though. Otherwise, my reply to Gene above applies equally to you. Thanks for tagging along.

  3. WOW!! Suzy Q and I have our bags packed and ready to ride!!! I guess I better start collecting cans on the side of the road to pay for this trip, lol….. Keep the trip coming brother, I look forward to seeing what y’all are up to.

  4. In reality BM, this thing is turning out better than I could have ever dreamed. Jayney and I are having a ball. (Touch wood). Thanks for dropping in and keeping up with events and glad we’re stirring your throttle hand.

  5. Reblogged this on notwithoutthebike.

  6. Looks like an amazing place. Glad you’re enjoying yourselves.

    • So far,Erica, things really couldn’t be going much better. Thanks for dropping by.

  7. More good stuff.

  8. Thanks John. When is it you’re heading over here?

  9. Brilliant pics as always Steve. Can you parcel up some of that sun and send it fed-ex to Ashburton for the weekend,

    • Will do Ian. Hope it all goes great for you guys this weekend. Have a pint for me.

  10. Always a good read….

    • Thanks B. Always a good comment…… 🙂

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