In under 3 hours there are an array of beautiful, warm destinations we can visit from the UK. This week we’re heading for a touch of winter sun on Spain’s Costa Blanca with fine art photographers Verona Lain.  Forget packed beaches and fry-ups, this is all about the real Spain, with beautiful white-washed villas, cobbled streets and mountain views.  Blissful.

DESTINATION: Costa Blanca, Spain

We wanted to go somewhere where it is still warm in September, not so far from UK and has beautiful surroundings. So we thought that Spanish coast was the right place for us


We rented an apartment in a small fishing town called Santa-Pola near Alicante. We wanted to stay in a quiet place with local people.


We definitely recommend to visit small villages such as Altea, Xabia and Denia. There is also a very beautiful island called Tabarca. If you travel off season you can enjoy the quietness and the landscapes of this place. It is surrounded by very clear water and has some nice small beaches and caves. When you are tired of sun and beach visit a mountain nature park. We went to Sierra Espuna in Murcia. It’s great for walking and has high peaks and green forests.

Spain is very famous for paella, but it’s not the only dish you should try. To start a day we had a fresh orange juice, coffee and Churros (fried-dough pastry). And fresh fruits! A lot of fruits!

During the day when it’s hot and you don’t really want to eat a lot we loved different tapas such as Tortilla Espaniola (Spanish omelette), cured meats – jamon, chorizo, salchichón, olives and fresh bread. We would also have a glass (or two) of a traditional sangria. It’s very refreshing.

In the evening you might want to eat something warm as bean stew, paella or any kind of sea food.  Each region has its own traditional dish, so we would suggest to ask people around what they suggest to try.

If you’d like to see as much as we did, we definitely recommend to rent a car. Especially, if you prefer to stay in a small village where the public transport is not as good as in a bigger cities. We didn’t have any problems with getting to the capital though – it took us just 2 hours to get from Alicante to Madrid on a comfortable train.


At least two bikinis, cool linen clothes, comfy shoes, sun-cream, sun-hat and a jumper. Yes, jumper! It is cold if you go high in mountains. And don’t forget about snorkelling equipment including water shoes.


Yes, we really loved it and would love to come back again


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