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Spain travel has always been on my list, so I thought what better way than to spend a long month living and traveling there, while also playing my favorite sport, tennis! I was super lucky to find Tennis Holidays in Spain online, which is run by the fantastic David Webb, who uses the same program, SBI, to build his sites as I do!

David, his partner, Gareth and Gareth’s lovely fiancé all helped coordinate my trip, including highly personalized service, tons of emails and helping me figure out exactly where I am, which is Torre de la Hordada, on the Costa Blanca, in a lovely Villa.


Travel to Spain from NYC

I flew from NYC to Madrid (5 hrs) to Murcia (1 hr) on American Airlines and Gareth organized my car service (his father-in-law) for $30. About 20 minutes South East of Murcia, La Torre de la Hordada is a beautiful town right on the Mediterrean filled with Spaniards and British ex-pats. Being here in October is much like being in the Hamptons in September, right after the summer crowds have left, but the weather is still fantastic and perfect for tennis and touring!

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La Torre de la Hordada, Costa Blanca, Spain

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La Torre de la Hordada, Costa Blanca, Spain

La Torre de la Hordada, Costa Blanca, Spain

La Torre de la Hordada, Costa Blanca, SpainLa Torre de la Hordada, BoatingLa Torre de la Hordada Colored RocksCosta Blanca on the Mediterranean, SpainBiking Along the Coast with Connie and Angie

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La Torre de la Hordada, My Villa

I’m living in a lovely 2 Bedroom Villa, about a 10 minute walk from the Sea. There is a supermarket and 2 bars within a 3 minute walk, and it’s another 5 minutes to the “town square,” where there are tons of bars and restaurants.

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La Torre de la Hordada, Costa Blanca, Spain

My Spanish Villa and Pool

La Torre de la Hordada, My Spanish VillaMy Spanish Villa and PoolLa Torre de la Hordada NeighborhoodThe Kitchen in My VillaOne of My Three Outdoor Decks

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Murcia

In between playing tennis, and learning the newest sport popular in South America, Paddle Tennis, I take a few day trips through a local bus coach company, Dave’s Tours. Some are better than others, depending on the guide. This first day trip to Murcia, Caravaca and Calasparra was fantastic (and cost around $20).

La Torre de la Hordada, Costa Blanca, Spain

Murcia Spain Mediterrean Style Building

Murcia Spain Mediterrean Style BuildingLa Catedral de MurciaMurcia ShoppingMurcia PlazaCaravaca Jazz Festival Posters

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Caravaca and Calasparra

Caravaca de la Cruz is the fifth holiest city in the world after Santiago de Compostela, Santo Toribio de Libana, Rome and Jerusalem. With museum of fiesta, churches, shops, streets and quaint square. We took the tourist train ride to visit the world-famous sanctuary that houses the True Cross in its special room. Then we went to the cave church & sanctuary of Calasparra had a nice lunch with wine along the river Segura.

La Torre de la Hordada, Costa Blanca, Spain

Caravaca View From Church

Caravaca Tourist Train to Double CrossCaravaca View From ChurchCaravaca Castle – Originally Muslim, extended by the Knights Templars and later passed to the Order of SantiagoCaravaca Double CrossBull Fighting Ring

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Cartegena and Mar Menor

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Barcelona

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