Our Holiday to Spain

Our Holiday to Spain

You might have noticed that I’ve been away from blogging for just over a week, I did the odd bit of Twitter checking whilst away, and let Buffer take care of my Tweets and WordPress scheduler take care of my Linky #fortheloveofBLOG post release, but other than that it was great to have a break from blogging for a week.Β What I was doing was something far more exciting, we were enjoying our first holiday abroad in Spain as a family of three with our little one, and we loved it.

My Mum and Dad have a villa in a town called Denia on the Costa Blanca so we spent the week there (here’s a little map to show where Denia is).

Holiday

They were also joining us on our trip and flew out the day before which was brilliant, as it meant that they could go to supermarket to get all the supplies for us and the little one before we arrived. This included the ingredients for a spaghetti bolognese, nappies, wipes etc, and beer and wine for us after a day travelling. This was really handy especially as the supermarkets are closed on Sunday’s (our arrival day)..

I have written down in diary format what we did every day, which was alternating between days on the beach, and spending the day walking around Spanish towns, but instead I’ll write this blog post to include the highlights of the week.

The Beach – Playa del Arenal, Javea

This is one of our favourite beaches to visit when we come to Spain on holiday, purely because it has nice sand, good sea – not too wavy and not too flat, and lots of restaurants for us to take our pick from for lunch. We visited this beach 4 times altogether, it is really easy to get to being a short drive from the villa in Denia over the Montgo mountain – the road is pretty windy with breathtaking views, and luckily our daughter was not travel sick at all in our rental car.

Holiday

We have taken our daughter to lots of beaches in Wales, but this time would be different, as she would be out of her pushchair sitting on the sand – so I had no idea how she would react to it. Good news is she liked it. She was a bit nervous at first whilst sussing out where she was, but eventually she started crawling and putting her hands in the sand. A baby that is wearing suntan lotion, and covered in sand is not nice, but she didn’t seem to mind. She also had her first experiences of putting her feet in the sea, she’s not walking yet, but that didn’t stop us dangling her legs in. She was really interested in everything that was going on around her, pointing and waving, and loved seeing the little birds pecking at the sand.

We enjoyed some lovely meals at lunchtimes at Acqua, Lungo Mare and Chabadabada on the promenade eating tapas, burgers, pizza, and more tapas. As it turns out our little one is also a lover of tapas too, enjoying Patatas Bravas and Iberian Jamon Croquettas.

Trip to the old town & market, Javea

Every week there is a market held in the old town in Javea, this markets sells everything from kitchen homewares to fruit and veg. We had a wander around the market, picking up a few bits and pieces, and headed back into the narrow cobbled streets of Javea for lunch. I loved walking around the traditional Spanish streets in the hot sun, taking photos and admiring the architecture whilst the little one slept. We managed to enjoyed a 3 course Menu Del Dia lunch for 12 euros in a lovely restaurant called Mi Lola just down from the old market hall.

Wandering around Denia, old town, and port

I have been to Denia so many times, and this time it felt like it had really changed with a new port recently completed. We enjoyed walking around looking at the boats, having a coffee, beer and lunch at a new restaurant called Mr Fisher with a fantastic view looking back across the marina towards Denia, the castle and the Montgo (mountain).

Holiday

Holiday

Holiday Denia Marina

On this trip we also discovered the old town (I’m not sure how we had never been before) with its narrow streets, fisherman’s houses, churches, convents and loads of tapas bars.

Holiday Denia Old Town

Holiday Denia Old Town

Holiday Denia Old Town

Our little one loves the water

We were given a good tip by my mother-in-law before we left to purchase a small paddling pool. My parent’s bought one and it was so useful for my little one to play in whilst we sunbathed or went swimming ourselves. She really enjoyed this, splashing about with her toys and playing with a toy watering can. Looking back I don’t know what she would have done when we were enjoying the pool, if we didn’t have a paddling pool.

Date nights

Whoop! Not only did we have one date night, but we had two! 10-months after having my little girl we finally had a night out just the two of us. Now that she is sleeping much longer stretches at night we were confident that she wouldn’t wake up until the early or late hours of the morning, so my Mum and Dad were on baby duties.

Holiday Date Night

We enjoyed one meal at Republic a restaurant at Denia Marina starting off with a Kir Royal. I had a lovely alternative take on Gazpacho soup to start which was green instead of red, made with cucumber, basil and iced beetroot, and my husband had a breaded prawns that were presented on a huge prawn cracker. For the main course I enjoyed a steak and my husband had a tuna steak – all very delicious. We then shared a dessert, a spiced brownie which was a little weird tasting, but beautifully presented.

Holiday Date Night Steak

Holiday Date Night Dessert

Holiday Date Night View

We also had a second night out at a restaurant called La Seu in Denia old town, having another lovely meal with wine. We enjoyed Croquettas and Tempura Vegetables to start, and we both had a steak for our main course which was divine – so much so that it melted in your mouth. At the end of the meal we were treated to a glass of champagne on the house. On both occasions it was lovely to have a some time away from the baby, and not having to watch her on the video monitor throughout the evening.

Grandparents time

Lastly it was lovely for my Mum and Dad to spend 6 days with our daughter, they loved it and my daughter loved it too. It was great to see them getting to know each other, as often they have only seen her for the odd day here and there. It was also good for me and my husband to not be the only people constantly having to watch her, pick her up etc which can Β be quite exhausting now that she is on the move.

We had a lovely first family holiday abroad in Spain, and I’m already looking forward to going back. Watch this space to read all about our airport and plane experience, new blog post coming soon.

Claire x

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  1. Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum June 14, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time and looks beautiful where you were staying. Glad you had a lovely family break xx

  2. Emma Plus Three June 14, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    Lovely photos Claire! I’m glad you got a couple of date nights in. Also, it’s nice to see your face! I don’t think I’ve seen a photo of you before x

    • The Pramshed June 14, 2016 / 9:55 pm

      Thanks Emma, there is one on my About page….again wearing sunglasses ha ha! Must find one without sunglasses x

  3. theirishbabyfairy June 15, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    Sounds like a great holiday, always good to have granny and grandad on hand too. x

  4. Sarah@teammomlife June 15, 2016 / 5:51 pm

    This sounds so nice. Especially going with your parents so they could help out. We have a family Beach trip planned next month and I’m so excited. Yay for date night! Love all the pictures. #TribalLove

    • The Pramshed June 15, 2016 / 6:17 pm

      Thank you Sarah, we all had a fab time. Have a great trip to the beach, looking forward to hearing about it xx

  5. justsayingmum June 15, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    Oh Claire I love this – am so please that you had a good time and it’s not a post full of woes about what went wrong! Love the photos, love your clothes and your sunglasses and love that you had such a gorgeous time. Welcome back though lovely #triballove x

    • The Pramshed June 15, 2016 / 8:30 pm

      Thank you Helen for your lovely comments! Clothes are all H&M and Primark (ha ha). Really need some photos of me without the sunglasses, I think I am wearing them in all of them x

  6. bridiebythesea June 17, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    Aww looks like a fab holiday – I want to go back to Spain! And how wonderful to have date nights together, that is just fabulous πŸ™‚ #triballove

    • The Pramshed June 17, 2016 / 9:17 pm

      Thank you Bridie for your lovely comments xx

      • bridiebythesea July 2, 2016 / 4:16 pm

        Just popping by again from #fortheloveofBLOG – ahhh someone take me to the sunshine! Thanks for hosting lovely x

  7. thefrenchiemummy June 18, 2016 / 11:12 pm

    I looks beautiful. You had sunny days! While it was not great back in the UK. Plus a date night with personal babysitters, what else to ask?! #KCACOLS

  8. Coombe Mill June 19, 2016 / 12:38 am

    I’ve never been down to that part of Spain but it looks so pretty. How lovely to have your parents too and a date night or two. #KCACOLS

  9. Squirmy Popple June 19, 2016 / 11:08 am

    It looks like you had a great holiday! It’s fantastic that your daughter loved the beach – I took mine when we went to New York and she HATED it. I think it’s because she only learned how to walk a few months ago, and the sand felt very unsteady to her. She was happy enough if we held her, but there was no way those feet were going to touch that sand. Maybe next year…#KCACOLS

  10. crummymummy1 June 19, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    My mum and dad have an apartment in the Costa Brava and we’re going for a week in August – really looking forward to some date nights! #KCACOLS

  11. Emma Jones June 19, 2016 / 4:36 pm

    Love a holiday posts & fab pictures. So glad you had a lovely trip & adult time amongst the familyness. #kcacols lifeinthemumslane

  12. Claire at Tin Box Traveller June 19, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    I think we must have been in Spain at the same time. We were in Barcelona for a couple of days pre and post-cruise. What a great holiday in a lovely location. And hooray for a couple of date night! It’s looks like you had a fab time πŸ™‚ #KCACOLS

  13. Rebecca | AAUBlog June 19, 2016 / 11:22 pm

    we’re going to Costa Blanca next week, you’ve got me even more excited! Your photos are lush #KCACOLS

  14. nsalama1 June 20, 2016 / 2:21 am

    Spain is such a beautiful place to visit. We were there a few years back and had a wonderful time. Looks like you had a great trip. #KCACOLS

    Nicole| The Professional Mom Project

  15. Madeline (This Glorious Life) June 20, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    Sounds like you had a fab holiday! Such a gorgeous collection of photos too, so many memories for you to look back on! x #KCACOLS

  16. Emma - meandbmaketea June 20, 2016 / 7:42 pm

    Claire what a fab holiday! and two date nights, lucky you! I really want a holiday! #KCACOLS

  17. Rachel (Lifeofmyfamilyandme) June 20, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    It sounds like you had a wonderful holiday and two date nights wahoo!! The old town looks like a very peaceful place to visit. I remember the sun cream and sand situation haha! It gets everywhere!! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.

  18. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons June 22, 2016 / 11:00 am

    Oh, this looks like such a lovely holiday! Isn’t it lovely to go with grandparents too – we just got back from our holiday and we also managed two date nights, it was lovely! I wish I’d read your tip about the paddling pool though, such a good idea. Your photos are lovely – it all looks stunning! #KCACOLS

  19. practicalbydefault June 22, 2016 / 12:40 pm

    This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing the map, I would never know where in the world it was. It looks like you had a blast! #KCACOLS

  20. Kerry June 23, 2016 / 6:08 am

    It looks lovely! I haven’t been to Spain for years but you’ve really made me want to go back now! #KCACOLS

  21. A mum track mind June 27, 2016 / 8:43 pm

    Sounds like you had a completely gorgeous week Claire. So good that you got out on a few date nights! Fab pictures too! #KCACOLS x

  22. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops July 1, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    Wow it sounds like you had an amazing week and hurrah for Date Nights! I have never been to Spain but I would love to visit #KCACOLS

  23. colleyswobbles July 2, 2016 / 8:23 am

    Grandparents on holiday aren’t they just wonderful. We did the same last year and it was great to be able to go on a date night whilst knowing the kids were OK. A great opportunity for the grandparents to spend quality time with them too. It looks like a beautiful place and like you had a wonderful time. I think you may need to consider doing travel blogging. Gem X #fortheloveofBLOG

  24. thefrenchiemummy July 2, 2016 / 8:55 am

    Hope it’s not too depressing to be back in the rainy UK now #fortheloveofBLOG

  25. mumzilla July 2, 2016 / 9:09 am

    Lovely spot for a holiday! Glad you had a lovely time and look forward to the plane posts πŸ˜€ #fortheloveofblog

  26. Baby Anon July 2, 2016 / 9:24 am

    Looks like you had a fab time, Denia looks gorgeous. So nice to spend time with family too – and to have some date nights! Your pics are fab. We’re off to Italy for a first hols abroad as a three and I can’t wait! x #fortheloveofBLOG

  27. Mouse, Moo and Me Too July 2, 2016 / 9:42 am

    Oh wow, this sounds lovely. I love having a good mooch around local markets, we went on a cruise last year and managed to get to a couple of markets at some of the ports but it’s not QUITE the same with a toddler to keep under control! #fortheloveofBLOG

  28. Mrs Lighty July 2, 2016 / 10:13 am

    Ah glad you had a fab time! I stayed in Denia with my family when I was a kid…it looks like it’s changed A LOT!! The old town looks lovely! Thanks for sharing with #fortheloveofBLOG

  29. Laura: Adventures with J July 2, 2016 / 11:56 am

    I am sure my best friend’s mum lives in Denia πŸ™‚ I’ve always fancied a trip there and your photos show just how beautiful it is! So exciting having 2 date nights!

  30. Sarah - Mum & Mor July 2, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    I’m glad you had a good time. Denia looks gorgeous! I went to Benidorm 11 years ago. It was very touristy but still nice. #fortheloveofBLOG

  31. Tracey Bowden July 2, 2016 / 2:01 pm

    It looks like you had a lovely time, what a great tip about the paddling pool. It’s made me a bit jealous as my holidays are far from as relaxing as yours was as it can get lol #fortheloveofBLOG

  32. thetaleofmummyhood July 2, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    Its so great going on holiday with Grandparents isn’t it, you get date nights and they get to spend time with their grandchild! It looks absolutely glorious in your photos and it sounds like you had a really great time πŸ™‚

    #fortheloveofBLOG

  33. aliduke79hotmailcom July 2, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    What a lovely week you had. I bet it was lovely to have some time just the two of you. The paddling pool sounds like such a great idea, I bet the little one loved it x

  34. Jakijellz July 2, 2016 / 11:11 pm

    So glad you had a lovely time. I think it’s good to get the abroad holiday out of the way early as then you don’t panic about it so much. We’ve been abroad three times since having our little one – each time a different experience because he was a different age but each time thoroughly enjoyable. I’m no longer worried about going. He loves it, as do we. #fortheloveofBLOG

  35. Lydia C. Lee July 2, 2016 / 11:14 pm

    How lovely to have those nights alone again!! I’d love to go to Spain…#Fortheloveofblog #KCACOLS

  36. thebritishmaple July 3, 2016 / 1:48 am

    Wow…looking forward to European family holidays again! #fortheloveofBLOG

  37. Nursery Whines July 3, 2016 / 7:31 am

    Sounds like you had a lovely time, especially the dare nights, lucky you. #fortheloveofBLOG

  38. alisonlonghurst July 3, 2016 / 9:12 am

    You paint such a perfect picture that I want to be there right now! It looks gorgeous. Lovely to have your parents – I remember any help at that age being an absolute treat. We’re off to Spain in August and now it can’t come soon enough! Alison X #fortheloveofBLOG

  39. powerporter July 3, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    Oh it sounds like a lovely trip! And that steak made my mouth water haha!! I loved making those first memories with our little girl on holiday. They grow so fast so savour it while you can haha #fortheloveofBLOG

  40. From Day Dot July 3, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    Looks like a lovely place and must have been so nice to get away (and have a couple of date nights!) So many of my best memories are from family holidays so it’s lovely that you’d started it with your little one, sounds like a dream! #fortheloveofBLOG

  41. Jane Taylor July 3, 2016 / 10:32 pm

    Ah, how lovely to get away to sun, sun, sun! And to get to have a few date nights! We’ve been to Javea and that is one of the only places we’ve been to in Spain besides Barcelona so that’s a bit spooky. So glad you’ve had a break from blogging and enjoyed some family time. #FortheloveofBlog

  42. Double the Monkey Business July 4, 2016 / 8:43 pm

    Ah this looks really lovely and sunny πŸ™‚ Always good to have a blogging break too! xxx #fortheloveofBLOG

    • The Pramshed July 6, 2016 / 11:53 am

      Thanks Yvonne! A blogging break is always good to refocus x

  43. Silly Mummy July 9, 2016 / 1:52 am

    Sounds like a lovely family break and looks beautiful there. #fortheloveofBLOG

  44. Suburban Mum July 9, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    Sounds like you had a lovely holiday – glad you made the use of your parents and got some date nights in too! Sorry my comment is so late! This is for last weeks #ForTheLoveOfBlog

    • The Pramshed July 9, 2016 / 10:28 pm

      No problem Maria! Don’t worry we are all so busy πŸ™‚ Thanks for your lovely comment and for reading πŸ™‚ xx

  45. Mia Young January 16, 2017 / 3:32 am

    Wow you really explored! The old town market in Javea is so amazing, I love it!

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