Friday, June 29, 2012

Spain - I

We've been back a week, so before I forget all the details from our holiday on the Costa Blanca in Spain I need to write them down. We had an amazing week on the east cost of Spain at Steve's sister & brother-in-law's flat which they really kindly let us use. The flat, part of a large resort called Condado de Alhama was perfect for the two of us with self catering facilities (that we used a bit) and a pool in each jardin of flats (that we used extensively!) and loved. We may even have been motivated to swim weekly at our local pool, but we'll keep you posted on how that goes.

We flew direct Bristol - Alicante on Easyjet and picked up a hire car at the airport that was really essential to getting around especially as we were inland and were hoping to explore the Costa Calida area a bit, over the week. The days were long and relaxing and we rarely woke before 11am or later and had a late breakfast and swim. Because the Spanish don't eat lunch till about 2:30pm it still left loads of time to go out after, or even if we left about 5pm following a siesta we had all evening to explore before tapas o'clock at 8 or dinner at it was perfect!

We started in Aguilas on day 2 where we went to a weekly market and got the local rotisserie chicken which is stuffed with a bush of herbs and cooked in the open and served with grilled potatoes. Food was definitely a highlight of the holiday especially the incredible sea-food and I'm a bit sad cos I have almost no pictures of food at all so you'll have to imagine it in your head.

We then headed north along the coast to the beautiful little bay of Cabo Cope (pictured above,right and below) and turned west into the mountains, driving through the Parque Regional de Cabo Cope y Puntas de Calnegre. It was beautiful, and a little scary and it slightly amused me that the picture of the view below is exactly the same as the one in our little guide book.

This was also the day we found our first country restaurant and stumbled across the fabulous Menu Del Dia. This fixed price meal is a fixture at most restaurants in Spain. It's a great way to taste the local Spanish food, without the worry of a long menu. The Menu del Dia is a 3 course meal and the price almost always includes salad, bread, water and wine or beer with a coffee at the end - they really are very good value at as little as 8 euros in inland Murcia. When the waitress first plonked our bread and salad on the table Steve spent ages saying in English that we didn't order them, and she spent ages talking back at us in Spanish (probably calling us fools) till a kind English speaking customer came over to explain.

We followed the coast north and spent the evening on the beaches of a little town called Bolnuevo. I don't think that's a bad view for a holiday, do you?

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