In September 2015 I received the amazing news I had won the Licor43 competition in association with Mr & Mrs Smith hotels, for a 3 night stay for two in Spain!
I have always been fascinated in Spain culture since spending a short time there after university and had always wanted to revisit the areas I had never seen so winning this competition really was a dream come true!
I choose my mum as my guest and we flew to Alicante where we were picked up by our lovely taxi driver and taken to the region of Murcia where we were staying at the luxurious ‘Principe Felipe 5* Hotel, La Manga Club Resort.’ This hotel is set in a 560-hectare golf resort and is an upscale villa-style hotel. The complex is huge and you can explore the sights by foot or bus depending on how near each amenity. Unfortunately, we weren’t staying long but we saw the immaculately manicured golf courses and explored the town where you can have very reasonable meals and drinks at the cafes, bars and restaurants.
We then went to the Licor43 distillery and had a private tour of the Experiencia 43 in Cartagena, accompanied by a very knowledgeable guide. The history of the Licor was fascinating and we came away really appreciating the process involved in crafting this liquid gold! A generous highlight of our tour was watching the cocktail making and getting a few drinks in ready for the long trip across the other side of Spain!
We then headed for the region of Andalusia, where we could view the majestic snow-capped Sierra Nevada along the way. We then had a day long taxi drive to our final destination the authentic and beautifully rustic ‘Casa La Siesta hotel’ in the quiet village of Los Parralejos, Cadiz. The hotel was a picture-perfect home surrounded by sun drenched hills, horses and lemons! The food was home cooked, healthy and local and the presentation and tastes were exquisite!
Casa La Siesta Hotel is situated a short drive from the hilltop town of Vejer de la Frontera, which we visited on a day trip and had a hearty local dish served by one of the locals in the courtyard of her own home! We sat watching the world go by against the white washed walls and I couldn’t have thought up a better Spanish setting and a perfect final destination to our mini magical mystery tour of Spain!