August 7th, 2017
The last week of July, I was in Spain with my boyfriend for a week just enjoying life! Since we were in Alicante for a week (and this was definitely not the first time we were there) we decided to make a mini trip up to Elche. Elche is this “your typical Spanish town” kinda place but then again not really. Because Elche is also happened to be the home to the palm grove (I’m talking about 200.000 palm trees here!!!) that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So when you put palm trees next to that number and it’s in Spain? I WILL BE THERE! My fascination and obsession with palm trees (and tropical plants in general) knows no boundaries, so this was a must-see in my book!
When we were in Alicante last summer, we took the train up to Elche to visit the Palmeral of Elche, and OMG! That day was definitely a highlight in my life – even my boyfriend was surprised by my intense excitement when we stepped outside the train station and there it was… PALM TREES AS FAR AS MY EYES COULD SEE! You can peek at some of those palm trees here – we obviously had to do a photoshoot haha!
On that very same day, after visiting the Palmeral of Elche having near death experience due to intense excitement (cause of death: too many palm trees), we came across another garden (not again, my heart heart can’t take it anymore). It was the Huerto del Cura (The Priest’s Garden) and it’s home to so many palm trees, other Mediterranean tropical plants, Spanish plants and so on… Unfortunately it was already closing, and this obviously broke my heart and we said we’d come back whenever we’re back in Alicante. There’s more though… Elche is like a gift that keeps on giving, seriously! Next to this beautiful garden that we couldn’t make it in time, there was this hotel that is semi-part of the garden (more like an extension) – it looked incredible with all those giant banana trees, palm trees, and all that greenery was just out of this world! We decided to go in to have a look, because this was not just another hotel… The reception area gave me slight dizziness, but it was about to get worse (I mean, heavenly) because when we made it to the other end of the hotel, that opens up to their garden and the swimming pool… I just lost it! Then we said, whenever we are back in Alicante we just have to stay in this oasis one night!
Fast forward to this summer, here we are back in Alicante! After enjoying couple of days here eating our weight in tapas and salmorejo (stepping up from our o.g. love for gazpacho), we headed to Elche – excitement levels are too damn high! It took us about 30 minutes by car and it was some sight… driving through all those palm trees put me right in the mood!
I was so so so excited that we finally were going to stay in this Spanish oasis, that is so peaceful, so quite, so serene… it felt like heaven on earth! The walk to our room was through the garden that is full of palm trees and tropical plants, creating the most beautiful shadow/light that I honestly didn’t need much – just point and shoot and you have the most gorgeous photo ever! The room we were staying in was more like a house – I’m not even kidding – it was out in the garden, felt like we were living there. I really liked the room but I liked what was outside more, so just unpacked and immediately went out for a walk. We made it – this time – on time for the Huerto del Cura, and saw the most unique palm tree I’ve ever seen – a date palm with seven branches that looks pretty ginormous with all its glory! I even copped a mug – to remind me (not that I’ll ever forget) that extremely peaceful day!
Later in the evening, we headed to the town (I had to be dragged out as it was so hard for me to be away from this zen/tropical garden) for some typical Spanish food and ended up going to this iconic restaurant – and the food was divine, still dreaming about that lobster salad!
The next day, I was basically a poolside bum – all I did was swim, soak up the views (swimming under the palm trees), sunbathe, swim and soak up the views some more… It was a-mazing, it was the best… ugh, I did NOT want to leave at all! Later that day, we headed back home to Alicante… just in time for salmorejo + jamon!
Spain is so good to me, I love Spain so much… so this trip in no way an exception – in fact it totally topped all those Spain trips that we’ve made! Staying in a Spanish oasis, never thought I would, but so glad we did – now totally hooked to that sight + feeling, already dying to go back one day again!
No that I am back from Spain, and there’s no more summer vacay-ing for me, I kinda wanna wrap it up and move on to autumn… I’m dreaming about wearing my trench coats and boots already! Because, these weird 19 degree not-summer-not-really-autumn-either days are not my cup of tea *eye roll*! Are you over and done with summer or still enjoying the last bits?