We have been back from our road trip holiday for this summer. It was a lengthy but interesting drive through different cities we hadn’t been to before. We spent our summer holiday in Málaga last year, and we liked the town a lot. We’ve been to Barcelona several times, but it was not until we visited Málaga that we decided to see more of Spain. We thought we could explore or discover unfamiliar places by taking a road trip. Spain is quite big to explore so we carefully planned which cities we should be driving through. Although it did not come out ideally as planned, we had a great and memorable holiday.
Usually, we stay one day or two in a place and take time to go around, eat in a restaurant and read about the place. This time around, we planned on staying a week in an apartment hotel to spend time resting and relaxing. A place near the beach or an enclosed area with a swimming pool would be perfect. The picture above is in Vera, where we stayed in an apartment hotel for one week. It is also a walking distance of the beach, and the area has a private swimming pool. We liked most here that we didn’t have to take the car to shop for groceries or dine in any of the restaurants in the area.
Another place where we planned to stay for a week was at the beach in Cartagena. The rocky bay in El Portus made for a perfect escape from the crowded city of Cartagena. Unfortunately, we cut short our stay here ( just three days instead of one week) because of the downhill and uphill walk to the beach and back to the apartment, respectively. We didn’t know that the restaurant close to our apartment was closed for the summer holidays and the restaurant down the hill was not the one we expected at all. It’s an open-air restaurant, and we’re both sensitive to cigarette smoke. Other than that, we felt peace staying up the hill despite the considerable crowd downhill.
Other places we visited in Spain:
- Murcia and San Pedro del Pinatar
- Cartagena (city centre)
- Sevilla (Seville)
The hotels we stayed:
- Best Western
- Accor Hotels
We spent 25 days on this road trip and the longest we’ve ever had so far, breaking our record of 18 days when we took a road trip to Italy in 2014. It could have been longer if we held on to our plan but being spontaneous makes a road trip more exciting. The hotel chains we hopped from one place to another: