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A Costa Blanca Vacation

I spent a week with my family on vacation in Calpe. Located  in the northern region of Alicante, Calpe a fishermans town that has two bays right on the water.

We were stayed in a large villa up in the mountains in an urbanisation called Maryvilla. Used mainly as holiday homes for the Spanish people and homes for many who have retired out in Spain, Maryvilla is a quiet place with only one bar, a couple of restaurants and a lovely beach at the bottom.

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Little did I know until I got there that Costa Blanca is actually the perfect place for sport climbing, water-sports and outdoor activities. Known to have some of the best beaches with clear water and plenty of sand and further out small coves and caves making the Costa Blanca perfect for rock climbing over the sea (water soloing).

There is a warm climate for most of the year and with many resorts, restaurants, bars and shops remaining open throughout the winter months, Calpe and surrounding towns have become  a popular destination for families and many couples looking for a weekend break.

If you love going for a swim then head down to the local beach or watersports centre where you can kayak, learn how to paddle board, snorkel or do I what did and have fun on a giant inflatable sea assault course.

Playa De La Fossa, Levante and Arenal-Bol are the main beaches in Calpe but are only just a few of the beautiful beaches across the region. Hire a boat or pedalo and explore the tiny beaches or sail down the coast to the larger resorts and towns.

beach.jpgAlongside the beaches and boat rides, wandering The Old Town was a highlight of the holiday as it features Mudejar-Gothic architecture and historic sites. If that isn’t enough for a history buff then the Calpe is also home to The Museum of Archaeology which has an array of artifacts and also has the ruins of a castle.

If you fancy a crazy night then head over to the Benidorm, in particular English Square, for a night of drinks, tribute bands and 24-hour fry ups. My one night in Benidorm was definitely an experience! Popular with stag and hen parties the cheap drinks, hilarious comedians, and the general atmosphere give Benidorm it’s British reputation but I can’t deny it was one of the funniest nights of my life!

Calpe has something for everyone, whether you are looking for a rock climbing weekend or a laid back beach week, Calpe and the rest of the Costa Blanca will not disappoint!

Things to do in Costa Blanca:

  • Visit the beaches
  • Explore the variety of water-sports
  • Climbing
  • Visit Benidorm for a wild night!
  • Go to the archaeological museum in Alicante
  • Aqualandia waterpark
  • Book a boat ride

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My Mykonos Retreat.

After spending eight days on the beautiful Cycladic island of Mykonos it is safe to say I have the post holiday blues after falling in love with such a visually breathtaking country.

We stayed in apartments overlooking Paraga beach, each day we had authentic homemade Greek food for breakfast and lunch made by our lovely host Anna.

 

We explored the island on a rented quad-bike and visited the many beaches Mykonos has to offer. In the evenings we headed into Chora and wandered down the narrow alleyways looking for places to eat and hunting for Pedro the famous pelican!

As we visited in May it is just before the party season picks up, however the beach clubs and bars are still open late and we definitely enjoyed some cocktails (mocktails for me) on the beach under the blazing sun.

Walking through the town was charming and everything I imagined this part of Greece would be. The square shaped buildings teamed with bright white and blue accents sit quaintly and make this scenic island a perfect backdrop for your holiday pictures.

Eat seafood on the port or try the greek speciality of gyros and then indulge in some shopping in the little boutiques.

I bought a platinum sterling silver necklace with the greek eye on and also purchased some local honey, olive oil and olive soap.

If you are fancy a splurge visit the Louis Vuitton, Tommy Hilfiger and Dsquared stores. Many of the small designer shops also hold collections of Chanel and Balmain for those of you that have been saving!

It is easy to see the whole island in five days by car, quad or bicycle and that is one of the things that attracted me to Mykonos. It is not often you can go on holiday and tour across the whole country!

Must see:

  • Little Venice
  • Windmills
  • Agio Sostis beach
  • Paradise beach
  • Delos (island of ancient ruins and birthplace of Apollo)
  • Mykonos Town (Chora)

 

 

A tiny island in the Aegean sea, Mykonos offers authentic traditional food, cultural landmarks, sandy beaches and stunning architecture. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation accompanied by incredible views and chic beach bars than Mykonos is the place for you.

See more of my pictures on Instagram and comment below and tell me all about your Greek adventures!


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