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DRIFT Travel Spring 2019

  • Text
  • Napa
  • Wine
  • Paris
  • Africa
  • Magazine
  • Magazine
  • Travel
  • Drift
  • Wines
  • Winnipeg
  • Resort
  • Calpe
  • Spain
  • Empress
  • Belize
  • Safari
In this issue DRIFT takes the family on vacation. From the wilds of Africa to an iconic luxury hotel that caters to kids, there’s a perfect family destination waiting for you. Come along on the journey as we discover a world of fun and adventure.

We flew from Toronto,

We flew from Toronto, Canada to Alicante, Spain via Iceland and it was magnificent. On our way to Spain, we landed (very early morning) at Reykjavik Keflavik International Airport and had a 10-hour layover in Iceland. So we rented a car and went to explore Reykjavik, which is about a 40-minute drive from the airport. It was the perfect amount of time to explore this small Viking inspired city, experience an Icelandic meal, do a little bit of shopping (save room in your suitcase for an Icelandic wool sweater or blanket), and finish with a leisurely drive back to the airport to board our flight to Spain. It was early October and the weather on the Costa Blanca was glorious (warm and sunny) but the tourist mobs had retreated for the season. I recommend Spain this time of year – locals are more relaxed, there are no lineups and deals are a plenty. We landed in Alicante, rented a car 20 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM

and meandered along the coast with stops in Valencia, Sitges and Barcelona before driving to Cartagena and Malaga before ending back in Alicante for a sojourn. Truly, I could write an entire feature just about our Spanish experience on the white coast but for this article – and I will at a later date – but for now, I wanted to share just one of the gems on our road trip – Calpe. Calpe is in the province of Alicante region of Spain, and is a tiny Mediterranean hilly beach town nestled at the foot of the Natural Park of Penyal d’Ifac. The waters are blue, the beaches are white and although it is a bit of a sleepy town, it doesn’t lack in things to do and see. Calpe has a rich history and because of its coastal location has attracted many different settlers over the centuries including Iberian tribes, Romans, Christians and Moors. In its more recent history, Calpe was a productive fishing village that progressed into a lucrative TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 21


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