Alicante

Well it was Easter again, and as has become tradition, we ventured to Alicante, to the holiday home, for a nice 4 day break on the Mediterreanean coast. In 2012, the weather was indifferent, but 2013 was a different story. Glorious 25 degree averages. Perfect for walking around in t-shirts like we can’t do at home.

Campello beach

We arrived late on Thursday, after a faily turbulent flight. Landing at Alicante around 20:30, a quick walk to the luggage and the hire-car ensured we were out by 21:00. Our first destination wasn’t the apartment though, oh no, we needed supplies – and lots of them. Bread, milk, ham, crisps, salad, wine, water, chocolate, etc. You get the idea. Thankfully, the Carrefour Planet is open till 22:00 so we had time to spend a lot.

On arriving at the apartment, it was the first time we’d ever arrived with luggage AND shopping at the same time. Get in, turn the electricity back on, turn the boiler on, unpack, turn the Sky TV and I installed my new Raspberry Pi and 1TB HD. We had lots to watch. Good times.

We were pretty tired so we grabbed an early night, waking up to a glorious day on the Friday – so we decided to head to Alicante harbour and grab a rather exquisite seafood platter, some wine, some bread with aioli. Heavenly.

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Friday evening was just spent chilling, reading and relaxing.

Saturday took us to Benidorm to see how the other half live – and not the usual other half you refer too in that phrase. Walking down the Playa Levante beach in 27 degrees of gorgeous Spanish sun, we certainly saw some sights. 30-somethings in tandem mobility scooters, 60-somethings dancing to no music outside a bar in bikini tops and denim jeans, the ultimate cringe. But it’s good to see people having a good time – we had a great time laughing at, no, watching them. On the counter side, there were famiies there enjoying the Easter warmth, playing football on the beach. You can’t get that in the UK at Easter.

To round off the day, we went to Tony Roma’s on the Calle de Mediterraneo. If you ever get near a Tony Roma’s, I’d strongly advise you to go in and order a Chicken Caesar Salad, some Carolina Honey Ribs and some Cajun Ribs with a stack of Onion Rings. The food is stunning and superb value. It filled us for the night, so we headed back and relaxed.

Sunday was a little overcast and had some light showers, so we took a drive down the N332 by the coast. South of Alicante, towards La Zenia and towns around there. It was hard to gauge how they’d be in the summer, but the beaches really looked great. When we got home, Ana made us a stunning prawn and pepper pasta dish. It really was incredible.

Monday. Home day. We met some friends for breakfast in Valor cafe – I had churros in dipping chocolate, Ana had a lovely chocolate crepe. We spent a couple of hours with them – and headed back to enjoy the last of the chilling before packing and departing for El Altet airport at Alicante.

The hire car we had was a Peugeot 308. Or as I referred to it, The Shitbox. Good engine, terrible interior, even worse gearbox. No fluidity to it all. But, it was cheap and got us around OK.

The airport was over quickly, a checkin, Starbucks, and board. Landing in Liverpool was freezing. 1 degree. Car was iced in the car park. Holiday was well and truly over. Spain, it was a pleasure as always and we’ll see you in August, after Florida.

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