Vive l’Espagne

 

What can I say about my little trip to South-East Spain? Only that it was incredible! The sun, the pool, the wine; it was everything I could have asked for at this exact moment in my life. I went out with 3 of my close friends for just over a week of heat, adventuring and relaxation, staying at one of the friends’ family villa in the province of Alicante.

 

 

I won’t lie, most days were spent at the villa around the pool, moving only to swim, eat and put on suncream and it was perfect. The idea of a daily siesta was also one that I got behind pretty swiftly. On these ‘stay at home days’ we did occasionally venture into the closest town, Dolores, to do a bit of food shopping but also to wander around this quintessential Spanish town. Although the area we stayed in was home to a lot of ex-pats, this town was very much a Spanish town which was so wonderful and different to experience.

 

 

One day we made the decision to get up early before the full heat of the day and go walking around some mountains that we could see from where we were staying. So up we got, kitted with sun-caps, trainers and lots of water and went for an exploration and hike. The views were amazing of the Spanish countryside and looking over the town of Orihuela, it was so interesting to see the landscape from above while navigating the kind of dodgy mountain paths… (The photo below is the victory photo as myself and Amy made it back to the car park)

 

 

On our final day we ended up on a spontaneous day out in Benidorm due to the fact that the place we wanted to visit was actually way more expensive than the online price (who puts price up on a Monday??). But this un-planned day did infact turn out to be one of my favourites of the holiday. We went to the beach for a bit and swam in the sea before walking around the town which once you got away from the touristy rubbish was actually really pretty and had a lot to offer! There was one particular spot which looked out over the sea (the first photo in this post) and the views were gorgeous, the never ending blue sea was stunning. There was also an area that looked very Mamma Mia-esque and made me feel as if I should be trying to find my 3 dads…

 

 

Among all of this, we also visited Rio Safari Elche and fed giraffes, visited the local beach of Guardamar del Segura, went to a sports bar to watch England get knocked out of the World Cup and even found ourselves in an Irish pub singing along to Taylor Swift at one point.

All in all, I had the most wonderful time with some wonderful people and made memories that I will hold on to forever.

 

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