I’m currently in one of those back-to-work post-holiday moods so thought I’d write a little holiday blog post to cheer myself up and let you all know what we’ve been up to.
A couple of days after school finished for the summer holidays we jumped on a plane to Alicante. Normally I’d say in search of some sun, but it was still pretty hot here when we left.
However, ‘hot’ is an understatement for the last few weeks in Spain. They’ve also had a bit of a heatwave and almost every single day of our holiday was 36 degrees or more.
Now I like the sun and normally say the hotter the better, I even sometimes think I’m solar powered, but this was HOT. The humidity was above 60% and you started sweating the second you stepped outside. Not to mention my hair which started to resemble Monica in Barbados!
Still, it was better than being cold and we had a great holiday.
We went with my parents and rented a villa on Airbnb. We stayed in a small area called Benijófar, the nearest town is Guardamar del Segura which hardly anyone has heard of. My parents used to have an apartment here and we love the area because it’s not at all touristy. It’s about halfway between Alicante and Murcia on the Costa Blanca.
The villa was in a small community of 8 houses and had a communal pool. We spent a lot of time in the pool as it was one of the only ways to cool down. Being an only child, Little H enjoyed playing with the other kids and they had no qualms about breaking the ‘no inflatables rule’!
This area of Spain is well known for its beautiful beaches with golden sand, and we spent a lot of time on the beaches near Guardamar. There’s always a lovely sea breeze so it was much cooler here, and the sea was like a warm bath.
We had lots of fun building sandcastles, lilo surfing and walking along the promenade.
Unlike previously holidays in this area, we didn’t venture too far as it was just too hot to walk around all day.
We did go on one trip which involved travelling 2 hours up the coast from Benijófar. It was a local company that we used but I’m not going to recommend them as without going into details it would have been easier to drive!
The first stop on our trip was the waterfalls at Les Fonts de l’Algar where there are natural waterfalls and pools that you can swim in. As you can probably imagine in peak holiday season it was very busy.
It’s a beautiful setting though – where the famous Timotei advert was filmed for those of you old enough to remember it!
We had lots of fun paddling (the water was freezing!) and watching the crazy hubby and my dad jumping off the rocks into the water.
After a couple of hours at the waterfalls, we headed to the mountain village of Guadalest. It’s a really pretty village, typically Spanish with whitewashed buildings and narrow streets.
We had some lunch and a walk with an amazing view over the reservoir, before heading back. There’s also a castle at Guadalest but we didn’t have the time to climb to the top.
Spain is famous for its fiestas, and we went to the Moors and Christians fiesta in Guardamar on our first weekend there. The fiesta included lots of lights, a large parade through the town with dancers from local schools and groups, bands, floats, horses and even camels.
The fiesta went on until midnight and ended with fireworks and a lot of kids still running around with way too much energy!
We also spent the day at Aqua Park Rojales which Little H loves since she has turned into a bit of a fish in the water! It’s only a small water park, but was perfect for us as all but one of the rides were suitable for children.
Towards the end of the holiday we visited the Cuevas del Rodeo – a small community of cave houses up in the hills. This was possibly the hottest day of the holiday and the cool temperature of the caves was very welcome.
The caves include craft shops and a bar, as well as a few homes and are really interesting to explore.
In the evenings we spent some time in the local village square where there’s a bar and a lot of kids running around until very late. We were so proud of Little H as she went straight up to a group of Spanish kids and introduced herself in Spanish to them. She then played with them a few evenings in a row.
Unfortuntaely the holiday had to come to an end and we returned to grey, rainy England. But hopefully, it won’t be too long before we head back to Spain and I’ll definitely be dreaming of sunny skies until then.
Hasta luego España!