So last Friday I jetted off to Spain, the Costa Blanca to be precise to celebrate my Mam turning 50. My family have a villa in Murcia so it’s a home away from home for us really, a peaceful get away every now and again to say the least. There was eight of us travelling, all close family members and friends, the perfect equation for a girlie weekend away.
We had an early morning flight from Newcastle to Alicante which wasn’t too bad since we landed at 11:00 making the flight quite speedy, plus after a hearty breakfast and a lack of sleep I slept most of the way there. When we arrived it was slightly over cast but by 2pm the sun was shining, I’d like to say it was 30 degrees and sunbathing weather but it wasn’t it was a little chilly but pretty much our British summer weather so it was better than being in the frost at home! We got settled in the villa then headed to La Zenia Boulevard for a spot of lunch. The boulevard is a new addition to the Orihuela Costa and is the largest shopping complex in the province of Alicante. We went to a traditional Tapas restaurant and enjoyed the local delicacy. It was amazing, my favourite being the Spanish chorizo! It just doesn’t taste that good at home! After dining alfresco we had a browse around the shops and before we knew it, it was time to head out for a few cocktails and food (again!).
The next day Saturday, we wondered around the local Spanish market of which unfortunately I don’t have any photographs of as I was too scared to get my phone out in case I put it down somewhere or got mugged (haha!). The rest of the day involved napping off last night’s hangover and then getting back on it! Saturday evening was spent at a complex called VillaMartin which is named after the neighbouring famous golf course. The centre is host to a number bars and restaurants including Eduardos owned by TOWIE star Elliot Wright, which we visited. The place is very plush, describing itself as exquisite cuisine with a second to none service. We had a fabulous meal, I couldn’t fault the food and they made my Mam feel so special on her birthday bringing us over a bottle of Cava and putting a candle in her cheese board. The rest of the night was then history, dancing away.
Sunday, we were up bright and early heading to the Thalasia Hotel & Spa to soak out any toxins we’d had from the night before. I dipped in the many salt baths they had to soak my skin, making it feel refreshed and relaxed. They had a few whirl pools which vigorously massaged your body as you lay on the underwater beds. It was very scenic! We then had a buffet lunch in the hotel which was lovely but there was too much choice. Around 2PM we headed back to the villa to relax before our last night in paradise.
We headed out to a local restaurant, more food… the more I write this the more I realise we ate a lot on this break. The meal was spectacular, check out a few of our dishes! Delicious.
A short but sweet visit to Spain, I can’t wait to book my next holiday for 2017. What are your travel plans for 2016?