The places we visit, even if it is for a short time, can leave us with long lasting memories. During the worse and coldest winter days, we can close our eyes at our daily commute and transport ourselves to these fantastic places.
With a good planning, you could make a visit to Alicante an unforgettable valentine’s get away. However, you will have to think outside the box to make out the best of your purchase. Forget about popular Benidorm’s beach apartments and think of rural country life. There are plenty of small hotels that you can combine with wine touring and dinning. In addition, do not forget that Spain celebrates Carnival during this weekend. That is why you will find yourself enfolded in a fascinating vision of colour and culture.
Fiestas of Xalo 2013 by Manu Ortega
Alicante has one of the mildest winters in Europe, and its mountains views are equal to none. Why not to consider a visit to Xalo, in the Alicante Wine region of Marina Alta? You could flight direct to Alicante airport and drive 90km to Xalo, close to” Sierra Bernia”, at 1,128 meters above sea level. It offers great views and fantastic hikes, as well as plenty of vineyards and wine cooperatives to visit.
Choose one of the picturesque hotels in Xalo to rest at the end of the day. One of my favorites is “Cuatre Finques”. The vineyards and almond trees are already starting to blossom with colour pallets, which range from white to lilac, surrounding this old redesigned finca. They give the land a delicate scent that will infuse your senses with a desire to discover the best wines of the region.
You could end up your weekend with a visit to Bodegas Xalo, so you can sample a different concept of wine-making. This cooperative style Bodega offers some of the best Eco-friendly wines in the region, which are distributed locally. At the end of the day, do not forget to put your feet up and watch the sunset from the mountain.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”