Winter Sun Holidays: Destinations for Winter in Spain 2019

If you’re looking for where to avoid the bitterly cold days and the dark and grey nights, then get yourself on a flight to one of these winter sun holidays.

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Contrary to what some might think, not everywhere in Spain is warm in winter. In fact, some places in Spain can be blanketed in crisp, white snow, whilst elsewhere 20 minutes down the road, the sun is shining at a glorious 25 degrees. Isn’t Spain awesome?

To escape the winter months, many people flock south to catch some winter sun in Spain. There are several spots in Spain for winter sun which will be fairly obvious, but some of them may just surprise you. If you’re looking for where to avoid the bitterly cold days and the dark and grey nights, then get yourself on a flight to one of these winter sun holidays.

Benidorm

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Benidorm is one of the warmest places in Spain throughout the year. Thanks to the mountains that shelter it and protect it, winter just doesn’t seem to hit here like it does elsewhere.

Blue skies and beach days are all-year-round and the sun seems to always be shining at some point. Whether that’s December or Benidorm’s own winter, February.

Benidorm can be a beautiful city, but if you’re stuck for ideas of what to do you can take a look at some of my previous posts.

Murcia

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If you want to escape the cold but still be surrounded by culture and history, Murcia could be a perfect option. There are plenty of coastal resorts around this province, like Cartagena, which are significantly warmer than other places in Spain.

You can wander along the streets of Cartagena in the winter in shorts and t-shirt whilst stopping at many of the tapas bars dotted along the main road. Filled with parks, the Roman Amphitheatre and, one of the biggest ports, there’s plenty to do. It also has huge connections with the navy, so it’s worth a visit!

Tenerife

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Tenerife is the biggest of Spain’s Canary Islands. Found to the west of North Africa, it guarantees some fabulous winter sun.

Tenerife is a super popular winter family holidays choice and a holiday I remember us going on many times when I was a child. Beach days and pool days in December are definite highs amongst kids.

Tenerife offers an outstanding all-year-round climate, but it does get chilly in the evening. Other than that, the diverse landscape makes for some interesting day trips. Hiking up one of Spain’s Seven Wonders, Mount Teide or making a splash at one of the most famous water parks in Spain, there’s plenty to see and do.

Mallorca

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Mallorca in winter means that you can enjoy the beautiful island without the crowds of people. The beginning of December can bring glorious temperatures of around 20 degrees, though be aware, it is a risky one. Due to its location and little protection, temperatures can soon dip to around 10 degrees should the wind and sea change direction.

Though, don’t let that put you off though as even when the temperatures are as low as 15 degrees, the sun still shines and the blue skies are still around to lift the mood. A cool breeze makes it a perfect destination for those who don’t like to feel super hot.

Mallorca has only around 900,000 permanent residents, yet it attracts more than 12 million tourists per year, so you can only imagine how different Mallorca is in the winter to the summer. There will be no queues to the attractions, little waits at restaurants and narrow, quaint streets decorated with twinkling Christmas lights.

Costa Tropical

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Now, a trip to Granada has it all. A day in Granada visiting La Alhambra and the wonderfully narrow streets of Albaycín, then a winter skiing day in the Sierra Nevada mountains followed by lounging on the beach at Costa Tropical. In the province of Granada, you really can have all the seasons at once.

Costa Tropical is much quieter than its neighbouring beaches like the Costa del Sol, so it’s less crowded.

Temperatures are around 15 degrees in the winter meaning it’s warm enough to chill out along the beach with a drink taking in the winter sun.

Seville

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Seville, we would love it whether it was 30 degrees or 3 degrees. Thankfully, it’s more like 15 degrees in the winter.

The capital of the Andalucia region, the city is bursting with history, tapas and the sounds of flamenco dancers stomping their way around the dancefloor.

Home to one of Europe’s biggest Cathedrals and many filming locations for Game of Thrones and Star Wars, you’ll be taken aback by just how beautiful Seville is. Don’t forget to visit the Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza and Plaza de España.

Seville is one of the hottest cities in Spain, so a winter trip to Seville is perfect to bask in the winter sun.

Where are you off to this Winter?

Hasta luego,

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Day Trips from Benidorm for Christmas

Day Trips from Benidorm for Christmas – Christmas markets, Snow, Santa’s Grotto and more!

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Over the Christmas period, it’s the best time of year to do a quick day trip and experience some of the beautiful villages and bustling cities that surround Benidorm. Whether you’re thinking about taking a trip for Christmas shopping, for Christmas markets or for a change of scenery, there are plenty of ideas for Day Trips from Benidorm for Christmas.

During Christmas, most of us are fortunate enough to get some holiday time and be able to relax a little. If you’re over on holiday, you might be thinking about a change of scenery too. After all, it’s nice to take the opportunity to get out and explore the surroundings. There’s more to the Costa Blanca than meets the eye.

Alcoy

 

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I couldn’t write about places to go during Christmas without mentioning Christmas village itself. Situated up in the mountains, Alcoy is a town that is an hour drive from Benidorm. Don’t be surprised to see a beautiful Christmas market, a stunning nativity and if you’re lucky, even a blanket of snow! Home to the first King’s Day Parade, it’s worth stopping by, if you can!

Guadalest

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Guadalest is one of the most idyllic villages on the Costa Blanca and arguably in Spain. It’s a truly lovely little village that will delight you from the moment you step foot in it. With day trips offered by various companies across Benidorm and the local bus travelling, it’s super easy to get up into the mountains and experience Guadalest first hand.

Guadalest is one of those villages that each time you visit it mesmerises you a little more, with quaint streets and towering mountains, each visit is the same as the one before yet it still feels just as enchanting.

Altea

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Altea is such a change of pace from Benidorm and I’d recommend visiting it if you’re over in Benidorm. With stooping white buildings and a splash of blue, it’s a completely different alternate holiday destination to the booming and happening Benidorm. Altea also has its own Christmas parade and plenty of fireworks.

There are lots of cosy bars scattered across the beachfront and a bustling square located at the top of the hill, it’s an unmissable location.

Whenever we want a change of pace, Altea is the place to go. For such a short journey, it feels a million miles away. A calm and serene atmosphere, Altea is truly la bella.

Villajoyosa

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Home of the chocolate factory, you’re guaranteed to have the smells of chocolate fill the air and Christmas will really feel like it’s coming to life. With parades, regular live brass bands at the park and a genuine friendly community feel, it’s one of the best places to visit on the Costa Blanca.

Don’t forget to stop by Valor chocolate factory cafe and enjoy one of their hot chocolate varieties. If you’re feeling like a big treat, you can get your own chocolate fountain complete with fruit skewers!

I never tire of the coloured houses, walking along the promenade makes me feel like I’ve been teleported to the land of Beauty and the Beast. I may have listened to “Belle”, whilst walking around a few times… It’s one of those cities that has such a comfortable feel about it, everyone is smiling, everyone says hello. Villajoyosa is a delight.

Valencia

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What is Christmas without a stooping Christmas tree, a bustling plaza complete with Christmas markets and all of the favourite shops? Valencia has the answer. With some of the best Christmas lights on the Costa Blanca, a day trip to Valencia for shopping is possible, though I would recommend staying over the night! There are plenty of hotels that offer one-night stays for around 30€!

Valencia is a gorgeous city that offers it all. Long stretches of beaches, the Oceonagraphic, shopping for all and bars and cafe’s to watch the hours pass by. It won’t just look and feel like Christmas but smell like Christmas too, thanks to the street stalls roasting chestnuts, almonds and much more.

You’ll also find an intricate Nativity scene which will be placed at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento for the duration of December and early January.

Though, the biggest draw to Valencia during Christmas is Expojove, which is held from 26th December until 4th January at Feria València which involves lots of different fun activities for children. There will also be a Christmas Fair with tombolas, sweets and children’s toys.

Alicante

 

Another day, another city. Easily accessible by tram or bus, with the tram only taking an hour and being such low-priced, it’s a great place for a change of scenery in December. In Alicante, there are a range of different shops to do some Christmas Shopping, though if you’re planning to go to Primark, you’ll need to take another bus out of the centre to Gran Via, which takes an additional 20 minutes.

In Alicante, they also have Santa’s Grotto in the  Parque de la Ereta which is below Santa Barbara castle. There are lots of games and activities for children, Christmas music and the opportunity to meet Father Christmas, for free! Father Christmas can be visited from the 6th to the 23rd December from 12:00 to 20:00 and on the 24th & 25th December from 10:00 to 14:00.

There is also a temporary ice skating rink at the Town Hall, Plaza del Ayuntamiento, from 1st December until 7th January. This is open every day from 10:00 to 14:00 and then again from 16:00 to 23:00.

Feliz Navidad,

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Jo Totes Camera Bag Review: Allison Butterscotch*

Stylish and comfortable bags that keep you organised and professional.

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I recently shared a photo on my Instagram of my JoTotes Camera Bag and after the positive response from Instagram and the streams of questions, I thought it was only right to do a full-length review of the camera bag. This should help you make your decision on whether to invest. Which you totally should. 

I had been looking around for a feminine camera bag – one that was super cute, super stylish that looks like a high-end bag but would also keep camera equipment safe with all the padding and dividers to haul photography bits and bobs.

The Jo Totes brand is a fantastic brand that creates just that. Stylish and comfortable bags that keep you organised and professional. They’re perfect for wandering around new cities with your camera in tow, without looking like it! I hate the thought of wandering around a new city getting my bearings and sticking out. I much prefer blending in.

The brand launched in 2009, releasing high-quality bags that are handcrafted using high-quality materials and leather. You can really smell the leather on the bag and the zip is perfect. It’s a YKK zipper and you can truly hear and feel the quality of it. It has that satisfying “zip” sound, do you know which one I mean? It’s a true ZIP.

Each bag comes with extra padding at the sides and the bottom to protect photography equipment. I love that they’re removable and I’m able to use the bag daily. It’s become my day-time bag! It’s perfect for heading to work. There are so many compartments so I can keep everything separate and organised. It’s really light-weight as well and sits comfortably so when I’m walking I’m stocked up with my journal, a jacket, keys, phone charger and all of the other bits and bobs – yet it still feels really light and comfortable to carry.

DELIVERY DELIVERY DELIVERY

Jo Totes also have distribution centres across a variety of bases, they have centres in the USA, United Kingdom, Australia and Hong Kong. I ordered from the United Kingdom base to Spain and it arrived so quickly.

It was really fast shipping, boxed well, so I was really impressed with it. The bag also comes equipped with a handy cotton JoTotes bag which keeps your bag clean and safe when you’re storing it.

FUNCTIONALITY IS KEY

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The functionality of the bag is perfect. For me, a bag has to be functional. It has to work. I’m not a “bag person”. I don’t have a huge stock of bags that match different outfits. Bags do a job with me. They’re there for a reason. Not for a fashion statement. But, saying that, Jo Totes are functional and make a fashion statement. 

I love how functional they are. Without functionality, it’s just a pretty accessory. But, The Gracie Butterscotch has rolled it out in one. The shoulder strap is really comfortable and perches nicely on the shoulder without dropping. There is also a removable shoulder pad which helps distribute the weight when it gets heavier. The straps have perfect swivels that don’t get stuck or jammed.

It’s stable and secure which I appreciate. I don’t ever feel like it’s slipping off of my shoulders which I really value.

PERFECT SIZE AND POCKETS APLENTY

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The dimensions are 13″ x 13.25″ x 4.75″. It has plenty of space to fit an iPad, a camera and multiple lenses.

It’s a sophisticated bag with realms of pockets that serve a purpose. There are seven large, spacious pockets. Not silly pockets that you can’t fit anything in.

It’s a great bag for the ability to stuff in all of the camera equipment plus extras. I hate the thought of lumping around two bags and I feel sorry for Alex always carrying around the backpack full of stuff whilst travelling, so it’s great that I can have a bag that keeps camera equipment safe whilst being comfortable to carry.

You can fit so much stuff in, I feel like Mary Poppins constantly whipping out extra bits! The other day, I actually pulled out plasters and a first aid kit?! Me – prepared!? This has never happened before!

It’s a medium sized bag and would come in great for travelling. It will definitely become my hand-luggage bag for flying.

COLOUR

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You can get so many different colour options from Jo Totes, and I am a huge fan of the pastels and mustards that some of the bags offer, I adore the Warm Butterscotch Brown of my bag. It’s great for Autumn/Winter and goes with pretty much anything!

AFFORDABILITY

The Jo Totes bags are super affordable. For the quality of the bag you are getting, I really do think it’s reasonable. If you have camera equipment, you’ll have paid a lot of money for the body and the lenses and the equipment, you want it safe and protected.

They are high-quality bags for keeping equipment safe.

The bags are all priced in dollars, however, they are distributed from the UK, so there isn’t any customs charges or anything like that! They range from $89.00-$199.00.

ANY DRAWBACKS?

I can honestly say I haven’t had any drawbacks to the bag. It stays in place. It fits my iPad and all my extras. It doesn’t become too heavy to hold. It’s stylish and feminine. The only drawback is I don’t have all of the different styles to change it up every day!

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It goes beautifully with the autumn colours and really finishes off an Autumn/Winter outfit, which means you can go out looking autumnal and fashionable and be able to carry your camera comfortably and capture those gorgeous colours and landscapes that autumn brings.

If you want to get your own Jo Totes bag you can head over to their website here: https://www.jototes.com

Hasta luego,

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I was gifted the bag from Jo Totes.

What’s the Weather Like?

Over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, what are you waiting for?

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“El sol es nuestra estrella, nuestra
fuente de energía y de vida”

Now, isn’t that a question we all want the answer to?!

Benidorm is one of the largest tourist resorts in Spain, with an impressive climate and an array of things to do and places to see, it’s no surprise it’s a favourite.

When you’re booking a holiday, something most people like to hear is that blue skies and sun is on the cards. Getting away from the rain and the grey skies are what you’ve paid for, right? Well good news, waking up to blue skies is almost guaranteed and rainfall is in the minority.

If getting away from the rain is what you’re after, then you should be in luck. Benidorm has a low level of rainfall, the highest being in April and May, but it’s still less than 10 days… if the average is anything to go by!

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Here’s some more good news. Benidorm is a south facing city, with high mountains sheltering the northerly cold wind which helps to maintain the warmer climate, even in the winter.

You can expect highs of 20 in the winter months, but you can also expect lows of 7! Pack accordingly! But, if you’re here to bask the sun, then in Summer, you can expect highs of mid to late 30’s every day! Drink, anyone?

 

 

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If taking a dip in the sea is your idea of the perfect holiday, then in Benidorm, you’ll be pleased to know that the seawater temperature is greater than 20 degrees, six months a year.

Benidorm in Summer


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Benidorm is hot. The season is in full swing. Pool parties can be heard from hotels, entertainment can be loud and the tourism industry is thriving. But, there are still areas of quiet and tranquillity, so don’t let that put you off!

In the centre of Benidorm, it is almost impossible to escape the crowds. August is filled with locals taking advantage of the time off. Don’t expect to find a spot on the beach too easily! Car parking may just add another 20 minutes to your journey and any kind of admin work will have to wait until mañana (or September!) So if you’re thinking of obtaining your NIE, sort it before Summer!

If you’re looking for a place to cool down, the Algar Falls have very cold waters. The dip is refreshing and just what you need to escape the heat. Water parks are also a big hit. Don’t forget the sun cream!

What to pack: Swimwear (and lots of it!) T-shirts, shorts, flip-flops, sandals.

 

 

 

 

Benidorm in Autumn


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Autumn, or the late summer? September and October still enjoy the temperatures of summer, though the nights are starting to draw in. Temperatures won’t stay as high in Autumn as they did in summer so be sure to pack a cardigan or a hoodie to take the chill off.

Everything is still happening. Bars are still running, as usual, theme parks and water parks still have an operating schedule.

What to pack: Swimwear, T-shirts, shorts, shoes, flipflops, a light jacket and a hoodie.

Benidorm in Winter


 

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Benidorm can be a wonderful place to escape the cold weather in England and seek the blue skies. Christmas on the beach, anybody?

Highs of 20 aren’t uncommon, but the dips can be just as drastic. Keep up-to-date with the weather and join the Benidorm Group led by Jacqui and her team of admin, (me included!) which gives you daily weather updates. With the weather being so varied in winter, it’s good to keep up with the latest alerts.

What to pack: T-shirts, jeans, a pair of shorts or two, shoes, a coat and a hoodie. (pack swimwear too, if you’re lucky or you find a suntrap you’ll be here sunbathing!)

Benidorm in Spring


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This may well be my all-time favourite season in Benidorm. The crowds haven’t grown yet, the temperatures are hot, but not exhausting. You can sit out and enjoy the sun for long periods of time without it being too much.

The days are long in Spring, with beautiful sunrises and late sunsets. The natural colours really are a marvel to watch. If you’re brave enough, you might even be able to take a dip in the pool.

What to pack: swimwearT-shirts, shorts, spring dresses, flip-flops, a light jacket.

Ladies, if you’re looking for some Spring Style inspiration, I’ve got you covered here: #SpringStyles at Fosse.

When is your favourite time of year to visit?

The not-so-cold winters and super hot summers and over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, what are you waiting for? Come and chase the sun in Benidorm.

Direct flights run daily to Alicante from all major UK Airports. Don’t forget to add that splash of luxury to your next Benidorm holiday, book the Escape Lounge and relax in style.

 

Hasta luego,

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