We wouldn’t normally come over to our flat in Calpe, Spain in January. But we’re here – and we’re surprised at how nice it is even though it’s the least popular time for tourists.
Why now? We have some late winter let tenants arriving in February and there have been a couple of jobs to attend to before we hand the apartment over to them. The jobs are almost finished and we’ve been making the most of being here.
Here are ten things that have pleased us:
*In the valleys and mountains behind the coast the almond trees are in blossom and they look really pretty. The blossom is a frothy pink colour.
*The sunsets across Calpe Bay have been stunning. They match – outdo! – sunsets across the Nile at this time of year.
*The gulls are standing by their nests on the Peñon, the craggy, scrub-covered rock (300 metres high) that towers out of the sea just behind the apartment. I deduce that the females have already produced their eggs among the rocks and the males are standing guard.
*There are very few tourists! It’s peaceful and quiet at this time of year.
*You get excellent service in restaurants – they are really glad to see you.
*The sun shines every day. In a sheltered spot, the sun is quite hot. If you want one, you can get a tan.
*There is never frosty weather here. A cold day is ten degrees warmer than a cold day
*You can go for lots of walks because you can’t use the hot weather as an excuse not to. The sunshine, plus cool breezes, mean it’s perfect walking weather.
*There are lots of bargains to be had in the shops, with genuine reductions of up to 50 per cent.
*You can explore Valencia, an easy trip from Calpe, or go further afield to somewhere like Granada – at this time of year overnight accommodation is cheap.