Every year for as long as I can remember myself and my family have been on holiday. My parents took us aboard at quite a young age as well as little trips to the seaside, we’ve been on many caravan holidays which were some of the best I’ve ever had. We were even luckily enough to be taken to Disney Land Paris which unfortunately I have little memories of but I’m excited return and see the magic. Trips to the Canary Islands have been pretty popular in my family the last 5 years. We’ve visited a lot of the islands and stayed in some beautiful hotels. I’d like to be able to say I know a lot about the Spanish culture but I really only know the basics. Even after learning the language for 3 years in school the only words I can remember are Hola, Gracias and Adiós – words I learnt before school anyway. If I was to visit Spain again I’d love to see Barcelona, I’ve heard so many great things about it, the dream would be to stay in a Spanish Mansion, completely out of my price range but I’m always stunned by how beautiful they are and the character that goes into the design. I wanted to share with you the gorgeous Spanish locations I’ve visited and what they have to offer.
FUERTEVENTURE – 2014 & 2016
I think we’ve visited this island 2 or 3 times, definitely in 2014 and again in 2016 both times staying in Princess hotels which were absolutely gorgeous, they’re the kind of hotels you don’t need to leave while you’re there. I spent most of my days laying by the pools reading books and listening to music. The majority of the princess hotels I’ve visited have been right next to beaches so if I wasn’t sat by the pool I was on the beach and in the sea jumping waves. Going all inclusive was always the best, unlimited ice-cream? Yes please! When I was younger I never used to eat a lot and it became a thing that I ate incredible well at these hotels – I’m sure my parents used to just book them to get me to eat. The Island is full of attractions like the Oasis Park which I visited when I was younger and took a ride on a camel up a very steep cliff which I’m pretty sure has scared me for life but at least I say I rode a camel!
LANZAROTE – 2016
This was a holiday my family all came together for my mums 50th, there was 10 of us and although it wasn’t a Princess hotel it was very similar, all inclusive, lots of pools, near the beach, tasty food and good cocktails. One thing I do remember well about this holiday is the wind being pretty bad for the time we went. Our huge umbrella ended up getting picked up and flown across the resort, it was just ours so I think this had something to do with my uncle messing with the screws earlier that day than anything. The beach and the main town was just a short walk away from the hotel this was lovely in the mornings and evenings. While out for dinner one evening we ended up being on the table right next to Gary Hollywood who plays Dino in Mrs Brown’s Boys, our families ended up talking for ages and really got on well, I watched the show loads but I wasn’t too fused about getting a picture with him but just as we were leaving he asked me, I thought this was nice and he was very down to earth.
ALICANTE – 2017
Alicante was definitely my favourite Spanish holiday, not only did I spend it with my family but Dom came along too and it was our first holiday together. Discovering the city and the stunning architecture was my favourite thing. We ate in many different restaurants and tried lots of different Spanish food which I’ve always enjoyed. I eat a lot more fish when I’m away which is one of my favourite foods and something I’d like to eat more of at home. Tapas is another popular Spanish food, I eat more of it in the UK than in Spain though. Me and my friend tend to go for Tapas every couple of months and this was weekly back in the summer, safe to say we were their best customers. If you are planning on visiting Alicante I recommend visiting the Castle, it was only a couple of pounds and really worth it for the views. We actually spent a good couple of hours there, lost track of time and were a little late for dinner but it was worth it.
This was the first holiday in a while that we didn’t go all inclusive at a hotel, we explored more of the surrounding area and ate at a different restaurant nearly every night instead of sticking to just the hotel. I really enjoyed doing a bit of site seeing as well having time to relax. Me and Dom did quite a few shoots while we were there and I was so happy with the photos we came out with – I’ve had most of them printed and pinned on my wall.
Although Spain is a gorgeous country to visit for a week or two, I don’t think I could permanently live there, personally their lifestyle doesn’t appeal to me. The sunshine is great but I’m not sure I could work full time in such humid conditions. A lot of the cities still have a siesta where all the shops close around 1pm and re-open 4 or 5 which I guess is something you’d get use to but again I much prefer the way UK hours work and I love having different seasons throughout the year with autumn and winter being my favourites. It’s definitely a fab place to go on holiday though and a very popular location.
Let me know if you’ve visited Spain before or the Canary Islands and what your experience was.
*This post is sponsored but all opinions are my own