With our motorhome parked, in the very well frequented Las Moreras camperstop,(N40.24530 E0.27162), just set back about 500m from the sea front, high on the hills I can see something, that must be worthy of a visit !
Oh and we’ve been much out-vanned by the beauty next door, complete with smart car in garage!
The Ermita is one of the most prominent landmarks in Alcossebre. If you look up from anywhere you will see it glistening white on the top of a hill
More than 300 meters above sea level and on the foothills of the Irta mountain range, is the legendary Ermita de Santa Lucía in Alcocéber.
Only one slight problem, Google says it’s about 6km uphill !
Armed with the promise of a cold beer for when we get back Michele reluctantly agreed that we could tackle the walk.
Although most of its construction in places dating to the late seventeenth century, there are some background bits and bobs such as a watchtower that could be traced back a century earlier.
This is deduced subjectively because some remains were found in one of the back parts of this Hermitage.
It is said to have been built because of a promise.
Apparently, there were a few fishermen who wanted to thank the virgin as they had been left unharmed in the face of an aggressive storm that unexpectedly emerged one morning while they were fishing.
Grateful to be alive, they set out to seek the highest point possible on the coast, and built this hermitage in order to be able to venerate their virgin. Finally, they choose the mountain of San Benet for its construction.
From the top of the mountain range, the Ermita de Santa Lucía in Alcocéber offers spectacular views, and from there you can see this vast panorama in the most beautiful views of the town, and also Peñíscola and even the Islands Columbretes, if it had been a clear day !
Bonus pic of the lighthouse……