San Juan de los Terreros Travel Blog› entry 3 of 23 › view all entries
The flight over was fine - uneventful and slightly stomach-turning, but apart from that, fine! Above the clouds it became blinding white, so I put the window blind down and opened it on the descent into Murcia. It was beautiful. It looked as if someone had decided to recreate the Amazon rainforest in candy floss. There were valleys and mountains of cloud, stretching away to beyond the horizon. Above it all, the sky gleamed pale blue.
Around the airport the land's very flat and has a really "Spanish" look to it, with pitted and sun-baked flat-roofed houses, groves of citrus and olive trees and long, straight, dusty roads. After finally retrieving our rental car after a painfully slow queue at the airport, we got on to the motorway - only to get lost somewhere on the outskirts of Cartagena!
Another part of the journey - and experience! - was, or is, the different smells. Flowers and plants, summer heat - the scented sultriness of a hot night - even the (odd) smell of peshwari naan bread, and a definite pig farm! After much to-ing and fro-ing (and driving over a big yellow snake) we found the right turning for Aguilas and San Juan. As you head further south, the region gets quite mountainous - several tunnels we drove through have actually been blasted through the mountainsides - and much drier, taking on an arid and almost lunar desert landscape! On the approach to Aguilas at night, the castillo (castle) is lit up and you can also see the lights of the town.
Dinner tonight was anchovy pizza from a restaurant in San Juan called L'Escala. The food was great - and tasted even better after the journey! After half-heartedly attempting to unpack (in 28C heat at midnight!) we gave up and collapsed into bed.
I've got a feeling the air con's going to come in handy in the middle of the nights here!