Goodbye English Festivals, Hello Spanish Festivals

We love Spain it is one of our favourite countries to visit during the summer months. The warm temperatures, delicious food and the refreshing Sangria is enough to make us return almost every year.

We have been to Spain almost every year since we were little. We have visited lots of different parts of Spain and also visited for many different reasons. We have been to Spain on family holidays, Hen do’s, city breaks and to a music festival which was so much fun.

If you have not heard of Benicassim before then we would definitely recommend checking it out. Benicassim takes place in July just a short ride away from Valencia and Barcelona. There are lots of bus transfers from the airport so it is definitely worth booking one of those as it will be much cheaper than a taxi. This year it starts on Thursday 19th July through to Sunday 22nd July you can purchase a 4 day ticket for 155 euros which also includes camping but you can also purchase 3 and 2 day tickets.

Forget about packing welly boots and a rain coat like you would when attending an English festival! This festival definitely won’t be a wash out like a few of the England festivals we have attended in the past! What you will need is a bikini, flip flops and lots of sun cream.

The great thing about Benicassim is that the music starts at about 6pm giving you the entire day to enjoy the sunshine. We used to take the bus down to the beach and spend the entire day enjoying the sunshine.

We paid about 12 euros for a week’s bus pass which was unlimited and you could use to get to and from the beach from the campsite. The bus also stopped at the supermarkets at well which was incredible. We used to go to Lidl to stock up on our supplies as it was far cheaper.

The bus will drop you at the drive way to the festival and we are not lying when we say this drive way is LONG! Carrying 2 litre bottles of water is NOT fun especially in the heat but it is worth it when you get back to your tent and you are not having to spend a ridiculous amount that the festival tents charge.

We decided to glamp at Benicassim we couldn’t think of anything worse than waking up in a hot tent with a hangover! We paid for the tipi tents which cost about £150 extra each (prices may have gone up a little bit by now as we went a couple of year ago). Inside the tipi tents were blow up mattresses with duvets and pillows it was fantastic.

We were also provided breakfast and a coffee in the morning which was delightful! The breakfast was a selection of pastries and bread with jam etc. There was also a giant paddling pool which someone unfortunately punctured on our first day! DOW!

The showers at the campsite were incredible we had about four showers a day because it was just so dam hot! There were so many showers and they were located outside set up like scaffolding, they were far to begin with from where the sun had warmed up the water and then after a while they went cold which was so refreshing.

The music was great and we enjoyed Benicassim so much, if was our first festival abroad and definitely won’t be our last. We really want to go to the La Tomatina Festival next!

Spanish Sidra Avalon & Tapas @ Camino

We visited Camino a Tapas restaurant to try out their new Spanish Sidra Avalon which we were really excited about! When we go out for dinner we will most likely also have a nice alcoholic beverage with our meal too. We aren’t really fussy drinkers and will often drink something that compliments the food we have ordered.

Camino Kings Cross was hidden out of the way from the high street but close enough to the station if you wanted a pre train meal. We also commented it would be a great place to go for a date as it was the perfect atmosphere.

It was a beautiful day and the sun was shining and we were really craving a refreshing drink in the sunshine. The Spanish Sidra Avalon is on draught in the four incredible Camino venues across London.

Avalon is a refreshing, crisp Sidra with clean aromas of summer orchard and hints of applewood. A pale colour, the delicious ripple has a slow release of fine bubbles. It was delicious and wasn’t too heavy.

The nice thing about going out for tapas is that you get to try and eat a large range of dishes, this makes eating tapas much more exciting and means when with a group everyone will be happy. However with such a large selection of food how can you decide what to drink, however the good thing about this Spanish Sidra Avalon is that its super light and therefore will go with any food your order off the menu.

The staff at Camino were very polite and helpful when we asked them to recommend dishes that went well with the new Sidra Avalon.

There is literally so much choice on the menu and its split up in sections, fish & seafood, meat, nibbles, vegetarian etc so its easy to pick what you want. We went for jamon serrano, potatas bravas, iberico meatballs, chicken skewer and arzua ulloa. Basically we ordered in the same order, slices of serrano ham, potatoes covered in tomato sauce, meatballs, chicken skewers and fried cheese with chutney jam. We definitely ordered the perfect amount of food for the 2 of us and a good selection of meat and vegetables.

The food was served as and when it was cooked as all dishes are freshly prepared. Being typical bloggers who wanted to photograph the food we were waiting to tuck in as we wanted to photograph all the dishes together. The Waitress spotted that we were not eating the food and said she could bring us out fresh dishes if we wanted, it was not her fault and we didn’t want the food to go to waste so we declined the offer but it was lovely of her to offer.

There are 5 Camino Tapas restaurants in London; Kings Cross x2, Bankside, Monument and Shoreditch.

There was an outside seating area at the Kings Cross branch which we were very happy about as it was a beautiful day. We also spotted the bar garden around the back which was for drinks only and that was in the sunshine.

The Avalon draught is gluten free and has an ABB of 5.5%!

We had a fab afternoon and we will definitely be visiting Camino again and drinking Sidra Avalon!