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!

Delights On The Iberian Peninsula

We have had our eye on visiting Iberian Peninsula, a bit of a random choice you make think? Read this blog post to see why we REALLY want to visit and why you should as well!

So maybe we should start by telling you what the Iberian Peninsula is. The peninsula is the westernmost point of the continuous European continent. When most people think of the Iberian peninsula, they tend to think it comprises of two countries: Spain and Portugal. We didn’t actually know until we did a bit of research that Andorra is also located on the peninsula and so is a small portion of France and Gibraltar.

So why should we visit we hear you asking? It really does seem like there is something for everyone to do! It’s doesn’t have to be your typical beach holiday (although the beaches do look beautiful). There is so much more to the region. That’s why it’s good to shed some light on the other types of holidays available in the area, as there’s a very good chance some people just don’t know about.

SKIING
Andorra, the tiny country is particularly well known for the quality of its ski slopes and nearby resorts. The skiing holiday industry in Andorra is booming, and there’s a range of slopes offering different challenges for different levels of expertise. We would love to get ourselves to Andorra to experience the skiing there.

Sierra Nevada resort in Spain is another well known skiing resort on the Iberian Peninsula.

It’s also worth knowing there are also skiing resorts in Portugal, So while one might not imagine a skiing holiday when considering a trip to the countries on the Iberian peninsula, there are actually plenty of options you might want to consider exploring.

HIKING
There’s plenty of options across the Iberian peninsula for hiking.

La Concha mountain is known for being a wonderful place to hike. It overlooks Marbella, which is a wonderful destination in itself. The combination of the lively nightlife of Marbella and the mountainous background is truly spectacular; you may even find yourself tempted to look for property for sale in Marbella so you can visit again and again (we can keep dreaming)!

If you’re feeling brave, then hiking the Caminito Del Rey is a must-visit. This hike has been dubbed one of the most dangerous in the world, and actually had to close for renovations to try and improve the safety. Don’t worry, though; the work was successful, and this truly amazing route was reopened to the public in 2015.

Climbing the famous Rock of Gibraltar is also a worthy hike, especially if you’re an animal lover. You’ll delight in the Barbary macaques that line the most common routes, and the view from the top of the Rock is spectacular.

BEACHES
There are so many incredible beaches we would LOVE to visit! We sure do love a good beach:

Playa de Mazagon is on the western coast of Spain, not far from the Portuguese border. It is known for its golden sandy beaches, clear waters, and the gorgeous cliffs and pine trees. The nearby resort has all you could ever need from a relaxing beach holiday, including luxury hotels and excellent dining facilities.

If you’re looking for a beach in Portugal, then look no further than the Algarve region. The Algarve is a familiar destination for thousands of holidaymakers, but its popularity doesn’t diminish the fact that the area makes for a truly outstanding destination. If you’re looking for a classic sun and sand holiday, then any of the resorts on the Algarve will more than meet your needs.

It is impossible not to mention the Costa Del Sol. The Costa Del Sol is, as the name suggests, a beautifully warm and sunny place to visit, and a huge amount of effort has gone into ensuring that tourists feel as happy as possible when visiting the area. We mentioned Marbella above as a hiking destination, but it’s also an excellent choice if you’re looking for a convenient beach holiday where the weather is good, the water is warm, and there’s plenty of nightlife to keep you entertained- sounds like the perfect destination to us.

HISTORY
This is an area where the Iberian peninsula truly flourishes! Find some of them below, but we think this doesn’t event touch the surface:

Grenada might not be the most well-known Spanish city, but if you are a fan of history and culture is definitely going to want to visit. The city is home to the Alhambra, a particularly impressive palace and fortification that still stands in remarkably good condition.

A visit to Sortelha in Portugal is always going to be an excellent choice. It is a well-preserved ancient fortress which would make for an incredible day out. There are tons of bars, cafes and hotels in the area so it would also be the perfect place to stay.

We would love to visit the city of visiting of Cadiz, it has some incredible culture and it has an old style feel. There are lots of museums j. The city and while not necessary historical there is also the Saatchi gallery in Cadiz.

The Iberian peninsula should be able to satisfy all kinds of travellers. So whether you decide to head for Spain, Portugal, Andorra, or even the small sections of France and Gibraltar the Iberian peninsula truly is the travel destination that has it all.

So do you think you might be tempted to visit one of the countries on the Iberian peninsula in future? We know we certainly are!

Why we have chosen to go to Spain this summer

We have started thinking about summer already and if you are anything like us you will have started thinking too! Spain is one of our favourite destinations and that is why we have chosen to visit twice this summer! There is so much to see and do that it leaves you spoilt for choice.

IT’S CLOSE
A flight from London to Barcelona or malaga is only a two hours away, so you don’t have to worry about being bored and restless on a long haul flight for a whole day. It’s simply like watching a movie – and then you’re there. This is also why things are so cheap, because it’s not far to get to. Just think in the time it takes to drive to the seaside in the UK you could be in Barcelona!

THERE IS SUN
Let’s face it, isn’t this the whole point of a holiday? The sun! Leaving the miserable weather of Britain behind and working on a tan and sip on Sangria all day long. Spain is one of Europe’s sunniest countries as it’s on the border of the Mediterranean – you can expect more than 300 days of sunshine every single year far into the winter season.

IT’S CHEAP
Spain is by far one of the best value destinations when looking in Europe. So when thinking about spending money as well as having to pay for accommodation, you could actually be saving a lot more than if you were looking to go somewhere else. You can look at Spain Villa Rentals on Interhome.co.uk for some ideas on the cost as well as the ratings. Essentially you can book somewhere of luxury for an affordable price without having to worry about it breaking the bank.

THE BEACHES
Spain has over five thousand miles of coastline, and that means that it has thousands of magical beaches that vary from golden sands and sapphire seas, to hidden rocky coves that allow you to explore the mystical marine life. Spain has been said to have the best beaches on the whole planet, so you won’t be disappointed.

CYCLING ROUTES
A place in Spain called Majorca (we visited last summer) has one of the best routes for cyclists to ride thanks to terrain that suits all kinds of cycling, as well as people’s different abilities and skill sets. Even if you’ve never ridden before, you can hire a bike and set off all around the town – we love cycling and even more so in a hot country!

THE MOUNTAINS
Spain offers you the rare mix of magnificent mountains with hidden beaches, all in the same proximity. You can expect to see lofty limestone peaks and high altitude pastures within a mere thirty minutes from the main beaches. There is so much to see as you drive down the bendy roads through the middle of mountains.

THE DANCING
Nightlife in Spain is an awfully exciting one. You can walk up the strip with the warm evening air brushing against your skin, browsing over all the different bars as well as the music coming out of them. You have a selection of the kind of vibe you would like to have each night. If you feel like having a go at a little flamenco or salsa, go to the local bar and within a matter of minutes, you’ll be pulled up onto the dancefloor!

THE FOOD
Other than the delicious Spanish wine, you can expect salty Parma ham wrapped around beautiful slices of sweet fresh melon that gives you a combination of the best tastes in your mouth. Don’t forget the array of over fourty artisan cheeses that have all been produced within the area, as well as freshly caught seafood every day and of course paella. If you’re a foodie, then you will be in your element in Spain.

THE SURFING
If you like to catch a wave, then surfing is a very popular activity in Spain because there is so much life in the waters. People travel down for that reason alone, because with hidden coves comes various winds, giving the water something to talk about. And this provides you with tremendous waves to fly on.

So what more are you waiting for? Book your holiday in Spain and have one of the best holidays you could ever imagine!

EIX Alcudia Hotel Review 

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During our trip to Mallorca we decided to stay in Alcudia a seaside resort about 45 minutes away from Palma. The hotel we stayed at was called EIX Alcudia. It was in fact an adults only hotel which we have never stayed in before so we were interested to see if there was any difference in our experience.

Upon arriving at the hotel the reception staff handed us each a cold glass of cava, this was a lovely surprise and incredibly refreshing seeing as we had just driven 45 minutes in a taxi with no aircon. We booked the hotel directly through the hotels website as they promised a free airport transfer. We did try and get in contact with the hotel before our stay to book the transfer but we didn’t hear back from them so unfortunately we did have to pay for a taxi.

We were able to check into our room slightly early which was a result and meant we could settle in right away. Our rooms were a decent size and very clean, we were particularly impressed to see we had been given a room with a balcony overlooking the Swimming pools.

We didn’t realise the hotel had two pools, there was a large rectangle pool and also a curved pool which were separated by a bridge. We spent the majority of our time by the smaller curved pool as we preferred the atmosphere and the steps that led you into the pool where perfect for sunbathing on.

The hotel did state they had a gym so of course we had to check it out whilst we were there. We wouldn’t really call it a gym it was the smallest hotel gym we ever seen the cross trainer was practically next to the jacuzzi, needless to say we didn’t go back. When we were taking a look we did happen to notice the spa facilities on offer at the hotel. There was a jacuzzi as mentioned previously but also a sauna and steam room.

The breakfast choice was amazing they had everything you can imagine on offer (minus smoked salmon). The fry up was pretty impressive if you are into them, imagine 3 or 4 different types of scrambled eggs, bacon and sausages. They had an egg chef that would prepare made to order omelettes, he was also in charge of cooking pancakes, waffles and friend eggs. We also happened to notice they had cava on offer which is something we haven’t seen before.  We also loved the fact you could sit outside and enjoy your breakfast in the sunshine.

The Internet connection at the hotel was amazing, we got so much work done on this holiday and we were able to upload our vlogs go YouTube daily which was amazing.

We had a cloudy day in the middle of our stay and one of the reasons we booked this hotel was because we knew they had bike hiring facilities. We went to reception to book our bikes for the day and we were picked up in a minibus and taken to the bike shop. It was ridiculously cheap only costing something like €10 for the entire day.

We mentioned earlier about the free shuttle bus service that came with the hotel, the day before we departed the hotel we spoke to the receptionist who contacted the shuttle bus service and arranged our transfer. There was a bit of confusion at first as the shuttle bus company couldn’t find us on the system, but once we explained that no one replied to our email about use arranging it they seemed fine.

If we were to go back to Alcudia we would definitely stay at this hotel again the location was perfect, it was less than a five minute walk to the beach, shops and restaurant which was ideal.

If you have any other questions about the hotel please do let us know, so we can answer them for you.

 

Barcelona Brunchin’

There seems to be a theme going on here, first we had Budapest Brunchin’ and now its off to Barcelona for a spot of brunch.

As with the visit to Budapest we found all our brunch places in Barcelona from Instagram. We used the hashtag #barcelonabrunch and #barcelonacoffee and our list of places to go just got longer and longer. Sadly we only managed to visited 3 places for Brunch (we were only there for 3 days!), however will also share the other places we wanted to visit, and you will have to let us know what you think/share photos to make us jealous!

1) Brunch and Cakethere are 4 Brunch and Cake’s in Barcelona (Brunch and Cake, Travel and Cake, Cup and Cake, Brunch and Cake by the Sea) but we decided to visit Brunch and Cake by the Sea as this was the closest one to our hotel, and it had outside seating too. The pictures on Instagram of this place looked amazing and we wanted to go there long before Zanna mentioned it on her vlog! However after she visited, we knew we had to as we knew it would be good! The food was so colourful and the menu was expansive and there was so much to choose from. However one issue we did have and we will be honest here is that you cannot make alterations to ANYTHING on the menu which we think was a little silly. Okay, we understand for the food as it does make life easier for the chefs, but for the drinks too….. really? All we wanted to do was have almond milk instead of coconut milk in a smoothie but no. Anyway rant over, at least if you are to visit you all now know that you cannot change any dishes or drinks and have to take them as they are. This means you may want to look at the menu in detail before going. On a positive note the food and drinks we enjoyed were delicious and most certainly an Instagramers dream. Definitely check this place out if you are off to Barcelona.

2) Mr Robinson – this place is tucked away and isn’t somewhere you would just stumble across. There is inside and outside seating and the decor is amazing and the staff are lovely. We loved our brunch here and again the menu was amazing with so much to choose from and dishes to suit all needs. We would 100% recommend the smoothie bowls if you go as they we DELICIOUS!

3) Alsur Cafeoh wow this cafe is so cute situated on a beautiful square with an amazing outside terrace. The food here is very unique and quirky we loved the waffle sandwich it was divine. Again so much food to choose from that you want to spend the whole day here eating and drinking.

4) Topico BCN – We didn’t have a chance to visit here, however their Instagram is so bright and colourful it looks amazing, everything seems to be served with flowers! If we had another day here we would certainly be taking a visit here.

5) Green and Berrythis place was a little too far away from our hotel to visit for brunch and we were also too far to have the food delivered by Deliveroo (trust us we did look into it as we wanted to sample the food so bad!). Described as a health food store the food and brunch in particular looks amazing from here, their Instagram account leaves us drooling!

6) Flax and Kale – we literally love their Instagram account and spied their healthy ice cream so we HAD to go! There is Flax and Kale and also Flax and Kale a porter (takeaway). We really really wish we had a chance to return here and sample their brunch as it looks amazing. The cafe is pretty big and there is outside seating too which is a bonus.

7) Cocuy Cafe – Another cafe that looks like Instagram heaven, here you can get brunch and also bagels and smoothies too. Just stalk their Instagram and it will make you instantly hungry!

8) El Flako (Cornflakes and co) – this is basically a cereal cafe and as we are both cereal lovers we wish we could’ve visited here too. Guess we will just had a to make a return visit to Barcelona. If you love cereal, then this is the perfect place to grab some breakfast/brunch

9) Milk – located in the gothic quarter is this quaint cafe that also serves brunch. We opted not to visit here as we wanted to brunch at places with outside seating. However their menu and food looked divine.

Formentera

We had researched this beautiful island and were told it was the european version of the Seychelles, beautiful white sandy beaches on a secluded island. Now we’ve never been to the Seychelles but we can tell you this island is simply stunning.

We enjoyed an hour and a half boat trip to the island, which was lovely in itself. Sailing along the coast of Ibiza and stopping at 3 places to pick up more passengers was a fun adventure whilst enjoying the breeze from being at sea and topping up the tan.

We arrived to the port and headed straight of the boat to the bike shop to rent some bikes for the day. We were initially told it was 10 euros each, but we knew from research we could get it cheaper so we walked away. This worked and the man said we could have them for 6 euros each – which is what we had seen online! We hired 3 bikes and off we went.

Formentera is designed for bikes and all we had to do was follow a line drawn on the road and that was our route sorted. We headed north and to the famous beach of Playa de Ses Illetes along a dirt track, obviously taking lots of selfies as we went, we even tackled cycling whilst holding a selfie stick – its thats not multitasking what is?!

We chilled on the beach and had a cheeky dip in the sea (it was cold!). We were starting to feel peckish so tucked into our sandwiches that we had made (cough stole!) from breakfast!

After this it was back on the bikes with the intention of heading to Es Pujols the next village along the coast…… Now it wouldn’t be a trip with us three without a bit of drama, we were minding our own business and cycling along the road back from the beach when a taxi was letting its passengers out. Annabel was cycling in the front and thought the taxi was pulling out, she swerved to avoid and and next minute limbs are everywhere and she is crashing to the floor! She stands up quickly and dragging the bike along the gravel goes over to the taxi man to give him a piece of her mind! The poor passengers were so confused and bewildered not knowing what to do!

Anyway, its time to get back on the bikes and continue with the ride, however the back wheel doesn’t move, the hub cap thing has moved and the wheel is stuck underneath it and the breaks have also moved and are locking the wheel in a strange place. Now just imagine, three girls looking at a bike not knowing what to do. We are shoving the wheel and trying to move parts of the bike to free the wheel with no luck.

Luckily a lovely Spanish man helped us fix the bike, well I say fix he managed to unlock the break so the wheel could move again.  We thought it would be best to stop off at the bike shop and swap the bike before we carried on our adventure.

Next up we decided to cycle where we intended on going, although it would be a 6km ride due to the slight incident ! The route to the beautiful little village called Es Pujols was stunning, we saw so many salt lakes which were shimmering pink in the sunshine. The sun was scorching hot and we needed some shade asap. As soon as we arrived at the village we stopped off at a little cafe and ordered three iced coffee.

The boat was leaving to get back to Ibiza at 5:15 and it was already 3 o’clock so we had a quick walk around the village snapping away on our cameras and browsing in the local shops. If we were to stay on the island we all agreed we would definitely choose Es Pujols as it was a lot quieter and the beach was absolutely stunning, not to mention the variety of shops and restaurants, there ever appeared to be a club!!

We had a down hill cycle on the way home which was lush. When we were nearly back we stopped off at one of the salt lakes because we has been fascinated by them all day. The salt marsh looked incredible and was an incredible dusty pink. Even though there were signs telling you not to trespass we quickly picked up a teeny bit of salt to smell and taste – rebels!

We gave the bikes back and still have just under an hour until the boat. We wandered the super expensive market and then this amazing ice cream shop caught our attention and we just had to try it. The concept was ice cream that had been set in a ice lolly shape. The ice lolly was then dipped in melted chocolate and then covered in a topping of your choice and frozen instantly. It was so cool and super tasty too. There were lots of flavours to choose from including, pistachio, yoghurt, banana and chocolate. The ice cream could be covered in cookies, nuts or fruit.

It was finally time to get back on our boat and enjoy the breezy journey back to Es Canar. Whilst on board we treated ourselves to a corona each. This was an experience in itself where the staff member carved a slice of lemon out and then proceeded to shake our corona bottles – it was all very odd, but of course we managed to capture the whole thing on video.


Formentera is such a stunning island and we would love to return. It would be great to spend a long weekend on the island exploring everything it has to offer. Maybe one day when we are rich we could even take our yacht to the beautiful island, although we would need to make sure our yacht had a slide!

Escaping the British weather- Ibiza 

The British summer will begin tomorrow, it has to right? This is what we kept on telling ourselves for several weeks until quite frankly we felt like a record stuck on repeat. That’s it we are going on holiday!

We didn’t really mind where we went as long as it was hot and sunny, because what else do you need on holiday? We did a bit of research and it looked like Ibiza would be the perfect destination. We booked to go for five days and we decided to stay in a little town called Es Cana as far away from San Antonio as possible.

Booking last minute holidays is great! We literally had 3 weeks to wait until we were boarding the plane and getting the hell out of here. We were planning and researching what we could do when in Ibiza as we wanted to make sure the five days we had there were the best five days ever.

The hotel we stayed in was all inclusive and for the price we paid it was dam good! It was not your usual hotel building instead we were staying in little bungalows. The complex we were staying at was called ‘Club Punta Arabi’ and it felt like a little village.

The hotel was not luxury but it was very clean and the location was great. The menu for lunch and dinner changed daily which was great and there was always so much choice. The snack bar only served food like chips and burger which is something we left feedback on.

For the majority of the time we lounged around the pool drinking iced coffee and Sangria. It was great and we didn’t want the holiday to come to an end. The view from the swimming pool was utterly BEAUTIFUL, it over looked the sea what more could you ask for?


One day we decided to go on a boat trip over to the island Formentera- blog post to follow. If you ever get the chance to visit you must GO!

Ocean Beach club was the only day we ventured over to San Antonia, we had heard good things about it and wanted at least one day were we could dress up and drink champagne. It was amazing and luck was definitely on our side that day!

We chilled, we laughed, we ate, we drank, we cried, we tanned but most importantly we had the most amazing time EVER. We cannot wait for our next adventure. Where are we going next?



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