I’m very pleased to have returned from a two week holiday in Spain with a very good sun tan! I’ve not had a decent tan for a few years now, so it feels good to have a lovely colour on my skin (plus my arm hairs have been dyed by the sun, so they are currently blonde). It was nice to have two weeks off work and spend some time relaxing and exploring a part of Spain I hadn’t been to before.
I stayed in a villa with my parents, a few friends and my dog Barney. The villa was beautiful with a much needed swimming pool and air con in all parts of the villa, including the bedrooms. Every day it was hot and sunny with the temperature increasing while we were away. The hottest temperature while I was there was 39 degrees, which was during the second week of the holiday. We all made sure that we stayed hydrated, had plenty of sun cream on and avoided being in the sun for too long. Barney was in the swimming pool most of the time to stay cool!
The villa was just on the outskirts of a town called Peñíscola. We did walk into the town on our first visit, but it was a rather tidy step and the heat didn’t help either, so we drove down for future trips. Peñíscola is not quite a tourist hot spot yet – the beaches were very busy but the castle was fairly quiet and there were some nice bars and restaurants in the main town. There was also an outdoor market on Mondays which we all had a good look around.
As I love exploring, I paid a trip to the castle in Peñíscola. It isn’t one of the most grandest castles I’ve ever visited, but it was interesting to look around and the views from the top were amazing, such as the one in the photo below.
Since the castle is only small, it didn’t take too long to look around the ramparts and in the main citadel. There are some quaint streets which I enjoyed walking down, and some shops which I had a look around too.
We found some decent beaches which my dog Barney could go on. We spent a couple of days during the holiday relaxing on several beaches and swimming in the sea. Barney loves swimming so he joined in too and swam for long periods of time (I held him now and again in the water so he could have a rest!). I had an explore along the coast as well while we visited the beaches. The views of Peñíscola are stunning along the coast.
One of my favourite parts of any holiday is trying out local cuisine and drink. One lunchtime we visited a restaurant near the castle which we all called the ‘meat place’. You could have a platter of different cuts of Spanish cured ham with sheep’s cheese. I shared one with my father, which came with two different cuts of Spanish ham, a helping of cheese and bread covered in a tomato sauce (which looked more like strawberry jam but still tasted good).
My father decided to have a go at making paella at the villa one night. He included chicken thighs, chorizo, mussels, prawns, squid and cuttlefish. For a first attempt, it was delicious. One of my friend’s bought my father a paella pan off the market in Peñíscola, so I’m sure he will cook another paella at home sometime soon.
I drank sangria and lemon beer, but also tried out an alcoholic drink called tinto de verano. Suggested by a colleague at work, tinto de verano is similar to sangria but I much preferred the taste and found it more refreshing than sangria.
The past two weeks have flown by, but it won’t be long until I’m away on holiday again. I’m off to Benidorm for a short break in September. I love the television series Benidorm, so I’m going to experience what it’s really like. I imagine it will be a short break full of laughs and probably plenty of drinking! It will be my first time staying in an all inclusive hotel, so I’m very excited!
Happy reading and blogging!
Clare Bear 🙂