Friday, 10 August 2012

Altea, Murcia and Surrounding Areas Spain

Hello! Just back from a weeks holiday in Spain, feeling refreshed but a bit depressed to be back at work.

I just wanted to tell you all about the area I visited. It's always nice to hear other people's experiences on holiday.

So, we've been to the region a few times before and actually got married there last year. This was a bit of an anniversary trip!

We flew into Alicante airport (Murcia also an option) and drove to a resort called Los Alcazares. It's a beach resort, but not your typical crowded, high rise, horrible place like Benidorm. Spanish families also holiday here.

We got a really good deal on an apartment on Roda golf course from a private rental. £300 for 5 days (for 2 couples). The apartment was great value. Pic below...

This area has amazing value on eating out and groceries, particularly alcohol! We spent £400 between us for the whole week. I couldn't believe it.

Driving will help you make the most of the area. Nearby there is a small port city called Cartagena. It's really beautiful and relaxing with loads of nice eateries and good shopping. Murcia city is also nearby and is lovely, but way too hot in the middle of the day.

There were a lot of families in the area and options for a quiet or lively nightlife. Shopping centres in Spain are also amazing. So many shoe shops!

For the last 2 days of our trip we drove up the coast to a town called Albir (near Benidorm). There is a lovely beach here too. The resort seems to be full of scandanavian tourists, but also has some english/irish comforts around - can't go anywhere without seeing an Irish bar right?

We stayed in a lovely 4* hotel called Albir Playa Hotel. It's about 10/15mins walk to the beach.

About 10 minutes drive from Albir is the old town of Altea. I'm in love with this town. It's just so spanish and absolutely beautiful. Last year we stopped off here to get wedding photos. During the day there are only a few coffee shops open and it's nice to have peace to look around. In the evening, it becomes very lively. Full of restaurants and little quirky shops. Seeing Altea is a must if you are ever in the area, it's a real treat. I would recommend getting a taxi up, so you can enjoy a nice meal with wine :)

We went to a restaurant right next to the church, it had the most amazing mountain views. Bliss!

Another treat, is to take a drive to a town in the mountains called Guadalest. Once you get there, there is a short uphill walk through the town. Again there are many lovely shops here, with really cool housey items. Once you get to the top, there is a really amazing view of a resevoir down below.

The Albir/Altea region really has a special place in my heart. I wish I had stayed there a bit longer. On the downside, it is slightly more pricier than Los Alcazares.

Any questions about the area, just let me know :)

Would love to hear of any cool places you have been to...

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