L'Escala Travel Guide


  Last month my boyfriend and I travelled to L'Escala in Spain for a week in the sunshine. This was a place my boyfriend used to go every summer with his family, but for me it was my first time. I have never been to Spain before and I was so excited to experience the food, culture and beautiful surroundings. Upon coming back from my trip I thought it would be a good idea to compile a travel guide, since L'Escala is a popular tourist destination with many beautiful beaches, amazing restaurants and fun activities.

We used booking.com to find a nice hotel with flights included and our trip in total came to £850. We stayed in Hotel Nieves Mar, which was situated right on the beach and you had best believe we paid an extra £60 for a sea view! The hotel itself was a 5 minutes walk along the beach to the main town and had a nice buffet restaurant and large outdoor pool. The room itself was minimalistic and clean, with a gorgeous balcony overlooking the pool and sea. Our package included a buffet breakfast, which had lots of options, especially for me as I am gluten free.
L'Escala itself is a small fishing village and is surrounded by several large beaches, offering a variety of water-sports and activities. The main beach had a selection of rentable jet-skis, powered boats of various sizes and pedalo's. The beaches itself also had deckchairs and umbrellas if you wanted to lounge on the beach without getting sandy. My boyfriend and I spent the majority of the week exploring the beaches and walking, but there were activities such as waterparks and the historical ruins available if exploring wasn't your thing. We did go to the Luna Park arcade which is right in the centre of L'Escala one evening, and it has every activity you could think of from Go Karting and Bungee Jumping to table football and pool. We had great fun here and it is definitely a brilliant place to take kids too.

As I am gluten free, eating out abroad is always difficult as there is a language barrier and menus don't always display allergen information. However the majority of the restaurants on the L'Escala strip offered gluten free alternatives, as well as English menus. There was a wide variety of restaurants, from tapas bars, to Italian pizzerias and American style Grills. Most restaurants offered gluten free pizza and pasta, as well as bread and desserts. Even the ice cream shops offered gluten free cones! My boyfriend, who is not gluten free also enjoyed the crepes from the authentic stalls which came with a hundred different topping options (I WAS SO JEALOUS).
One of our favourite restaurants was Pizza Pazza and we returned there several times throughout our trip. You know a restaurant is good when the bring complimentary olives and crisps! The menu was so long and had every type of pizza topping possible, as well as pastas, meats and vegetarian meals.
Whilst we were away the World Cup was on and as my boyfriend loves football, we had to find a bar to watch the matches. We found Okeanos, a little bar on the beach front that had cheap beer and cheap sangria! There was a giant flat screen TV outside of the bar and you even got a bowl of nuts with every drink (Can you tell that I love free food?). The atmosphere was great and we came here most nights to watch the games.

Like I mentioned before we spent the majority of our trip exploring and on one particular day we hired bikes from the tourist information point for only 10 euros for 8 hours and cycled all the way from one side of L'Escala to the other. We saw some amazing scenery in Montego Bay, where we found a cliffside trail that had incredible views. We then cycled all the way to the campsite La Ballena Alegra, where my boyfriend stayed with his family every year and explored the beaches there too. In all honesty, I think we cycled about 15 miles and I have never been so hot and sweaty in my life, but it was definitely worth the views.

Overall, L'Escala really was a beautiful destination and we will definitely be returning next year. It is a great place for people of all ages and offers a variety of activities, restaurants and scenery. For more information on L'Escala click the link here for more details. All relevant websites have been linked in pink.

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