Just three days till Christmas and the shops are still quiet here in Spain. It’s still nice and sunny and temperatures still at 22 degrees. Just not Christmas at all. You would thik that after 8 years here we would be used to it, but not at all. Last year we were in Ireland and stuck in Dublin airport due to snow going to Glasgow for Christmas. This year we are staying in Spain and wishing we were in Scotland, but thanks to Ryanair and the cutbacks we could not go.
We were at the last Spanish lesson before Christmas and we all had to take something from our country to eat or drink. We took shortbread and Bars Irn Bru traditions from Scotland, the German student brought an assortment of cakes and hot wine from a flask, the Belgiun students had Champaign, the English had cakes and the Spanish had white wine and traditional cakes and sweets. A good time was had by all and if you speak a little Spanish you will understand what is being said in the video below.
Semana Santa in Alicante during April, the summer is coming back and the temperature is warming up just nice. It is time for the large parades and fiestas to celebrate this very special week in the Spanish calendar.
We call it Easter and we give presents of Easter eggs to the children, in Spain it is a religious occasion and they celebrate it somewhat different.
Located in the Sierra de Aitana just 24km inland from Benidorm on the Costa Blanca South. Guadalest is a very beautiful village with a historical castle which dates from Moorish occupation in the 8th century.
Guadalest is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Costa Blanca, seeing many visitors from all over the World throughout the year.
Occupying a stunning position nicknamed the Eagles Nest, is carved into the very mountain itself. Precariously perched on the top of the mountain, giving stunning views of the valley below leading to the Mediterranean on one side and a large colourful reservoir on the other. A breathtaking drive up the mountains winding road with fabulous views make the journey worthwhile.
The video gives you an idea what to expect but until you see Guadalest personally you will not see it’s true beauty.
The video was shot in January.
The village has cobbled footpaths, museums, gift shops, crafts, restaurants, bars and whitewashed buildings showing its Islamic origin. There is also a solar boat trip available on the reservoir below, yes a boat powered only by solar power and so quiet you can hear yourself think. The winding pathways you must take to reach the top of Guadalest are lined with charming little shops, full of local product and gift items. You can carry on to the village square at the top, where you will get spectacular views of the mountain and the turquoise reservoir , absolutely stunning and worth a visit.