Travel | Rojales, Spain

So, it’s been a while. I’ve been busy with work, a holiday abroad, and turning 19. Underneath all these excuses, I haven’t got round to writing any posts; all that being said, I’m back with a post all about Rojales, a town in the Alicante province of Spain.

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After an early morning flight, we arrived at Alicante airport at about 11:30am, local time. I love these kind of flights because then you have a whole day ahead, ready to start enjoying your well-deserved holiday. We were extremely fortunate to be able to stay with my boyfriend’s grandparents at their villa in Rojales, only about 35/40 minutes from Alicante airport, so we had accommodation all sorted. The villa has its own pool, where we spent most of the holiday, swimming and playing on inflatables. The one thing I will say is that staying in a villa at the top of a hill was exhausting, but it certainly helped me to get my steps up on my Fitbit!

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And I can’t write this post without mentioning the food. On our first day, we headed to Mercadona, a local ‘supermercado’ to pick up some bits and pieces for a BBQ at home on the first night and lovely fruit and breakfast items for the week ahead. From cured meats and baguettes, to olives and hummus, they really had it all. The fruit and vegetables were all amazing, and so fresh! Ciudad Quesada, Rojales wasn’t the most typically Spanish place, but we had a lot of nice meals and drinks out. Some of the best included the Indian restaurant ‘Punjabi Palace’ (I recommend the Chicken Palak!) and the ‘Restaurante Chino El Marques’, the local chinese. We also discovered that Stevie’s Bar was the only place with Thatcher’s cider on draft, and 2 large Baileys came to only €7. I can’t deny how ridiculously cheap alcohol was over there!

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Chicken Satay at El Marques
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Stevie’s Bar

Rojales is definitely not a huge town, but there is plenty to do, if you look close enough. There are plenty of bars (even one with a pool table), and restaurants with enough choice of cuisine for everyone. We also went walking – when it wasn’t scorching hot, which wasn’t often! There was a lovely route that led us around the golf course. There is even a driving range, for those who want to use all their pent up anger to whack a golf ball miles away.

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The weather was insane whilst we were there, nearly 40° on some days. It was factor 50 sun cream galore! (I’m so proud of myself for not getting sunburnt at all.)

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If you’re not satisfied by swimming and walking, there is also Guardamar beach only a few miles down the road and Rojales Aquapark not too far away; we didn’t make it to either of these but I would definitely like to go to them if we get another opportunity next year!

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My favourite night of the whole holiday was spent in the pool, with the jets and lights on outside, just being silly whilst trying not to be too loud and disturb the neighbours. The water was warm, even if it was getting dark outside, and it just made for a lovely evening. I managed to read 4 books throughout the duration of this trip too, so maybe I’ll write a blog post about those soon! All in all, it was a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday, and I’m sad to see the back of it. Best get planning for the next adventure!

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What is your favourite holiday destination?

Jess. X

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