Every Wednesday, San Miguel de Salinas play host to a local market packed full of vibrant, fresh fruit and veg, mouthwatering pastries, olives and other Mediterranean delights!
Look at the size of those grapes! Everything was ripe and delicious looking, and I still can't get over the sheer size of their fruit and veg compared to the pathetic peppers and measly melons we see on the supermarket shelves back home.
After our adventures in Cartagena, the rest of Gordon's birthday was spent doing our favourite thing... eating! We devoured ice cream at La Zenia Boulevard to satisfy our tummies before yet another siesta. Gordon had chosen to go back to our local BBQ joint for his birthday dinner later in the evening. We tucked into some succulent BBQ pulled chicken buns with fries and the world's biggest onion rings at Brooks, washed down with a few beers, cosmos and Long Island Iced Teas! The perfect birthday party for two.
Taking advantage of the hottest day of the week, Thursday was a day of rest. A stroll along the canal in the sunshine was the highlight. A nearby English butcher shop helped us stock up on sausages and chicken skewers, ready to fire up the barbecue for lunch. I made extra skewers with chorizo and the giant peppers and juicy tomatoes we'd bought from the market the day before.
Top tip - do NOT barbecue chorizo!
Gordon was in his element playing with fire and manning the grill, while I relaxed in the glorious sunshine, bikini clad, with a copy of Women's Health in one hand and a giant glass of sangria in the other... This is the life.
Of course the white sands of the Spanish coast are not to be missed and our penultimate day was spent getting to know them better. The day started off with a stroll along Punta Prima. I reckon this is the more "upmarket" of all the Costa Blanca beaches. The restaurants seemed much nicer than the basic tourist traps at the likes of Torrevieja.
We started our walk from Restaurante Punta Prima and eventually stopped off at Nautilus, at the very other end, for a bite to eat. When I ordered the pineapple chicken curry, I did not expect it to arrive on a giant shell platter, served in an actual pineapple! I was impressed. A simple dish, sweet and full of flavour, made extra special with beautiful presentation!
Torrevieja was my second favourite beach. While I like the non-tourist aspects of Punta Prima, I like Torrevieja for the opposite reason. Yes it's mainly tourist focused, but in a good way. It's full of seaside attractions - a little funfair, boat rides, and water sports.
It's a little quieter in the winter season, but it's still worth a visit. Sip on cocktails, overlooking the Med, browse the quirky gifts at Ale-Hop, grab an ice cream and dip your toes in the clear blue sea. This is what Spanish dreams are made of.