It was quite a chilly start when we woke up after our night at Terque. The thermometer reckoned it was just 2.1C outside at 9am – that is Scottish weather. Although we are quite high in the mountains we are still fairly close to the sea. To get here we climbed much higher on a minor road over the Santillana Pass (1320m or 4270ft) and then drop down the other side into the high valley behind. We are staying at
We left Archena a bit late as we walked in to town to go to shopping at Mercadona to stock up first. We knew there would be little retail opportunity at the seaside aire we were going to. It was a bit further to Mercadona than we had expected and also rather more uphill. We came back a different way to avoid the noisy traffic on the main road and came through the old town and along the river path.
Midday on Saturday we left Ricote on the long drive (10kms) to Archena via the Aldi supermarket in Archena. I can’t believe the difference that short drive has made. Archena is a medium sized town that lies at the point where the Segura river leaves the mountains and starts on its journet across the coastal plain. The whole place is busier and several degrees warmer – it feels so different. The aire is a large carpark next to the town