When you need to escape for the big city. When you feel like going for a peaceful walk. An afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of the crowd. Quietly strolling through a park…
I haven’t been here in a whileâ€¦ the truth is that work has completely consumed me this summer. The few free days I had in June and July were spent moving outside of Madrid and settling in. And suddenly we’re in September, and I find myself sitting in one place, just counting down the days to my next trip (albeit a short one).
You’re standing on a rocky hill, on the walls of a 9th century fortress. It’s a windy April day, but the sun is trying to break through from between the clouds.
You now know perfectly well what my favorite destination in Spain is – the north, with its small and large towns, and houses built in the middle of nowhere. Its somewhere I can go at any time of the year and today I invite you to enjoy a walk around Santander.
Spain has much more to offer than just sun and beaches. Even if you’re just going on a typical beach holiday on the sandy Costa Blanca, nearby you’ll find interesting places to visit, and which are completely different to the crowded coast.
Costa Blanca are mainly beaches â€“ long and sandy ones â€“ and so in this sense are some of the nicest on the southeastern coast of Spain.Â Unfortunately, most of the coast is developed with what in many cases are somewhat chaotically constructed buildings, with taller apartment blocks vying for nicer views.Â However, there are also some jewels here and there, and for lovers of minimally more active breaks and beautiful scenery, the cliff walk – Ruta de los Acantilados – in Benitachell is one of them.
Spring, Spring… Itâ€™s made us wait a long time this year. It’s delayed by a good month or so, but is finally here (in Poland). I don’t know why, but upon the coming of spring, my thoughts always turn to AlcalĂˇ de Henares and so today, we’re escaping from the city, but we are not going too far!
This coming Sunday is when Spain enters in to what is a very special time of the year â€“ Holy Week (Semana Santa). Medieval traditions come to life on the streets of the towns and villages and it’s a great time for visiting and learning about these rituals.
My next trip to AndalucĂa is fast approaching. Im really looking forward to the Spanish spring, which I fondly remember from last year and fingers crossed that the weather will be just as good! Meanwhile, I’m yet to show you all of the places which we visited during our trip last year. This time, it’s Cordoba (undoubtedly another Spanish â€śmust seeâ€ť) and because many of you would have heard about it before, I’m going to keep the descriptions to a minimum.
I’m sitting here wrapped in a warm blanket, wondering what I should post next. I’ve accumulated a lot of material over the past months and there is a long list of great places which are waiting for their chance to be shown on my blog. What is hopefully the last bout of winter weather steers my thoughts to warm places, and this time itâ€™s not AndalucĂa which springs to mind, but the somewhat warmer Extremadura â€“ one of the hotter destinations I’ve been to in Spain.Â