A few years ago I headed to Valencia and Benicassim Festival with some friends for a long weekend. Valencia is a gorgeous Spanish city. Beautiful buildings, sculptures and beaches. We wandered around exploring the city, caught the tour bus, spent the day at the beach, ate paella and spent the evenings watching flamenco and visiting bars. After a couple of days in Valencia we caught the train to Benicassim festival where we camped and partied for a long weekend. It is a fantastic festival where you spend the days at the beach and the evenings watching bands and dancing until the early hours. The camping was rough... the ground was hard and rocky and after not much sleep you were woken up early with the heat... but it didn't seem to matter too much when you were having fun. If I went again I would certainly consider a villa (I'm getting old now!)... but I wouldn't say no to another festival of beach days and hot evenings dancing the night away...
Barcelona has to be one of the coolest cities in Europe and one of the best places to photograph! Incredible colourful markets, street performers, beaches, funky architecture and amazing food! I was lucky to go for my friends hen party and extended the weekend by a few days to explore with my friend. We didn't stay or eat anywhere too interesting or plan too much, we just went with the flow and it was fab!
When most people thinking about Ibiza they think about clubbing, it is famous for its big clubs and parties! I'm not sure how many people know it is an equally laid back beautiful island. One of my colleagues had a timeshare in Cala Llonga and offered it to me for the week for nearly nothing, so my sister and I bought some cheap flights and headed into the sunshine for our first holiday together.
I had no idea what to expect... we had been told the taxis from Cala Llonga were about £50, entry into clubs about £50 and then approx. £10 a drink... I'm really not that into clubbing! We decided to opt for a quiet beach holiday with some nice meals out and a few drinks at the local bars... it was all very civilised. Ibiza is absolutely beautiful and clubbing definitely isn't the only reason to visit. We had a lovely little apartment with a pool and a beach below, stunning views, some pretty good local shops and bars and you could catch a little boat to other parts of the island.
Every morning we headed down to the little shop where we bought fresh croissants, baguettes, cheese and fruit for our breakfast and lunch which we ate on our balcony. We spent all day swimming, reading or sun bathing and went out in the evening. One day I caught the boat to Punta Arabi, a huge old hippy market for the morning, it was great, but VERY crowded! We also caught a boat to a beautiful harbour for a really good dinner and some cocktails. We didn't actually make to Ibiza Old Town but have been told it is also definitely worth visiting... another reason we need to go back! If you're looking for a totally chilled holiday, I can highly recommend it!
We stayed at: El Dango 2