Our little weekend escape to Granada was just what the doctor ordered. 45 minutes of wifi a day, no phone signal, no make-up, no worries.
We went for long walks then came home and enjoyed long lazy dinners. Marc’s family are the foodiest of foodies, and his mum is just the best cook, so being at her house is always a treat. Dinners were tapas, loads of garlic prawns, homemade sourdough, local white wine, big fresh tomato salads, Padron peppers, local almonds, Sangria, aubergine parmigiana, baked white fish and paprika potatoes.
They chose a rural area so that they could make the most of being able to walk Mollie for a couple of hours every day. You hear nothing but the birds out here, and at night you sometimes hear the wild boar. The views of the mountains are incredible. It’s such a peaceful place to stay. If you have a book to write or something you needed to focus on, this is the place you want to escape to.
If (like me) you’re someone who can’t sit still for more than five minutes, the villa has a pool (although we weren’t quite brave enough for it) and a tennis court to keep you entertained. At night, away from the glare of the city, you can see every star as if they are within reaching distance. Some sunsets you can just about see Venus.
Rural, southern Spain in February really made an impression on me. Luckily Marc’s parents are already planning to go back next winter so fingers crossed we’ll be invited to visit them again. They’ve definitely got the right idea, making the most of their free time and of having so much of Europe within driving distance. But with cheap flights and Airbnb, it’s so easy and relatively affordable to explore a new city over a long weekend. We’re so incredible lucky to be in Europe and have so much rich history and culture just a couple of hours flight away. Not to mention much brighter, sunnier climates, even in mid February. Here’s hoping for many more long weekends exploring new places.
Where do you love to escape to for a long weekend?