Alicante, Spain was our next port. It is the second largest city in Spain’s Valencia region, one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Europe. It is a historic port city with a population of approximately 350,000 and another 500,000 in the surrounding area. The city has been growing quickly over the past decades as the entire region expands with tourism and retirees locating to the area in search of warm weather.
Castillo de Santa Barbara.
It did clear later in the afternoon, but we were happy to stay on board and view the castle from the distance as we sailed away. You can see the wall snaking up the side of the mountain on the left.