Last year for Easter, me and my girl decided to go to Spain last minute. We literally went online on booking.com and found an affordable 4 days, 3 nights holiday package to Calpe. The good thing about this package is that we just had to pay for half of the trip at the time of reservation, and the rest once arrived to our destination two weeks later.
We flew from Manchester airport and within less than three hours landed in Alicante, Spain. From here, we took a bus to Calpe via Benidorm which was an hour away. Calpe is a town found on the Costa Blanca of Spain and was once a small fishing village. It is now a bustling tourist destination known for its beaches and among many other things, for The stunning Rock of Ifach rising from the sea.
We stayed at the beautiful ‘Gran Sol Y mar’ 4 * hotel, which was a few minutes walk to the town centre and on a side, was facing the seafront. The hotel far exceeded our expectations, with lots of space, great hospitality and shops as well as a supermarket just a walk away. In addition, at an extra cost, a SPAR service as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pool was available. The hotel also had a live band in the evening to entertain guests.
Since Calpe (as mentioned earlier), is also known for its fish, we couldn’t have come back home without trying it, nothing like the fried fish and chips we have in the UK :) ( in my opinion). Interestingly, there are so many restaurants all serving different types of fish and healthy mediterranean food.
As part of our trip, we also had the opportunity to go on a tour of the ancient and new town by minibus for just 5 euros. Calpe is a mixture of high rise buildings facing the sea, as well as a place where you’ll find well maintained old masterpieces of architecture. I loved the fact that each and every building had its own characteristic ( as shown below).
The day before our departure, we also managed to go to Benidorm by bus, which is usually known as the ‘party town’. Here, we noticed that there were more young people compared to Calpe, where there were more families and adults above the age of 50. Which I guess makes Calpe more of a relaxing holiday spot.
This holiday at the time, was less than 300 pounds per person (flights and hotel included). and overall, it was the perfect break from rainy and windy Manchester at this time of the year. from this experience, we can definitely say it was worth the experience and can say it is worth visiting in 2019 not just in Easter but also in summer. Last but not least, the people we met also made us feel welcome.