When I was invited to experience “the other side of Benidorm” I have to admit, I was sceptical that such a thing existed. As a famous spots for ‘Brits abroad’, Google does it no favours. Search the news tab for this seaside spot in the south of Spain and you will find stories of drunken shenanigans (usually involving nudity).
Earlier this month I spent four days there and I cannot tell you how much beauty there is. Mountains frame the ocean, with natural beauty spots dotted around the town waiting for you to discover them.
While there’s nothing better than eating your body weight in local food and drinking the all-inclusive cocktails at a resort, we can often come back from a holiday feeling worse than when we left – or like we need another holiday to recover.
When researching things to do in New York City, as well as where to stay, eat and drink, I never thought I’d end up sitting in a cave with a stranger watching porn.
Photo by Colton Duke
I have never visited a place and hated it. I even visited Benidorm, notorious for drunken (often nude and rude) Brits abroad, and found some places to fall in love with, but I did not like the Old Town in Dubrovnik.
Slow travel wasn’t even in my vocabulary before I went on holiday to Santorini and it certainly didn’t seem practical.
You see, as a travel blogger and journalist I feel a lot of pressure when I am on holiday to see all the sights, take amazing photos and record every minute. Let me tell you how that all changed…