My first 2 week holiday ever with the boys. Days 1 to 5.

I am the only one awake apparently in the whole of San Juan de Los Terreros. It’s 6:30 AM and as usual I have woken up early. It’s day 3 of our 2 week holiday in Southern Spain. The sun is just rising. I’m hoping to catch it popping up over the mountains and there is a bat flying around by our balcony with its nest in the eves of our apartment.


I can hear birds coo cooing , maybe doves and the constant buzzing of the crickets never stops. It’s pretty peaceful after a couple of hot days with the boys. We arrived on Wednesday to 34 degree heat….everything has been easy so far. Collecting the hire car was simple and no hassle and Free, see my planning for holiday guide from a few weeks ago. Thank you Tesco club card vouchers. I refused the excess insurance cover of 160 euros (!!) As I had already got mine in  the UK for £40. A simple 2 hour drive in Skoda ( I know!!) Octavia to the supermarket to meet our friends Nik, Dave and Lily. A quick supermarket dash for the essentials then to our apartment. Door to door a 10 hour journey. Not bad considering an average trip to my hometown of Penzance is normally 7 hours😊

Our apartment is a 3 bedroom 2nd floor place called Las mimosa.  A 10 min walk to the beach, 5 min walk to the nearest shop. It has everything you need in an apartment for 2 weeks, and air conditioning. Essential☺. We have 2 balconies, living/ dining room. Kitchen , utility room, 2 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms. It’s really nice and really only cost £630 for 13 days! The village here is a proper Spanish village with lots of locals in the bars and restaurants and lots of different nationalities staying in our apartments. Have to stop as I can now hear owls☺.

First day

We got to know the area, wondered around the pools and then went to the beach to meet Nik and Dave. And had and swim in the really warm sea, this is again very strange for me who is used to the rather chillier sea at Sennen or Porthcurnow😀. We relaxed, had dinner at beach side cabana, drank mojitos and chilled. The kids were still in the sea at 9pm.

Day 2

A pool day, a quick trip to the supermarket for essentials such as bat and ball, buckets and spade and a volleyball. And we were ready for the pool. The children literally spent 8 hours in the pool from 11am until 7pm. Lovely pools, Josh has learnt how to snorkel,  Jack was riding the inflatable shark and boat. And Dylan was jumping from the sides of the pool constantly to create the biggest splash. We drank wine and beer and had a picnic lunch. We tried to apply the sun cream every 2 hours in the blistering heat…but everyone got a bit sunburnt. Mostly Dylan across his face so today I need to locate surfers sun block for his nose and cheeks. Dinner was the local Italian, up the road. And our dinner for 8 of us cost just 65 euros for pizzas, pasta and beer!! Home again early as the kids were near breaking point and everyone asleep by 10pm.

Day 3

A day at the Aquavera water park , a short 30 minute drive away. Quite a hefty entrance fee of 113 euros for family pass for 2 days, to be used within a 7 day period. But it was a great water park, loads of slides, pools, waves, sun beds and umbrellas. And I did aquaerobics. Again the kids loved it. We had dinner in a place that can only really be described as brits abroad. English food served in a Spanish town near the aquapark. The cocktails were nice and had an Umbrella in it.

Day 4

Another pool day with dinner at an amazing Spanish seafood restaurant on the beach front. I had the most amazing giant prawns with a huge salad. The boys had sea bass, bbq ribs and a burger. All food was cooked in a huge bbq boat/fire. We will definitely go back there. And they had very tasty kiwi coladas.

Day 5

Another hot and sunny day. I was up early so I went for another early morning run another and swim. Handy as I can buy the bread for picnic lunch on the way back to the apartment. We have spent 9 hours on the beach. I am sun burnt. But it’s been great, a perfect lovely relaxing day. It’s 7pm and we are still sat on the beach. It’s definitely mojitos time.

Apologies for the lack of photos…I have many but can’t seem to insert them on my tablet wordpress app😯 I have been posting many on instagram and twitter @mrsmummypennyuk.





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