You might have seen on Instagram that we’ve just enjoyed a little babymoon in Estepona, Spain!
Our second trip away since falling pregnant earlier this year.
When we boarded the plane to Malaga we were 22 weeks pregnant, so the likelihood of us getting the chance to take another holiday before the baby arrives was slim, so we decided to make the most of this short break away.
When we left the UK it was wet, windy and the temperature was a measly 6 degrees, when we got off the plane in Malaga it was warm, sunny and to our surprise a staggering 28 degrees! Bliss!
We hired a car and drove around an hour, south-west along the coast of Costa Del Sol, to the peaceful and authentic Spanish town of Estepona.
We were spending the next four nights in a gorgeous three-bedroom villa, Villa Semper, courtesy of James Villa Holidays.
The villa was grand, we were greeted by a huge entrance hall opened onto by big wooden doors.
Once we stepped inside we explored the three floors of bedrooms, bathrooms, a games room, kitchen and perfect sea views.
The two balconies looked out across the private pool and further out on to the sea, the perfect view to awake to each morning of our stay!
James Villa Holidays even left a gorgeous welcome basket in the kitchen for us, complete with everything we needed to settle into our new home for the next few days.
On our first morning, we were greeted by Nikki from James Villa Holidays who gave us an informative overview of the local area and all the things we could see and do during our stay.
Although we were only there for a short amount of time, we made the most of our few days away… because a few days in the sun are definitely better than none!
We spent time exploring the local old town of Estepona, beautifully preserved to keep its rustic charm.
With colourful flower pots adorning every street and cute tapas bars nestled from corner to corner, it was exactly what we were hoping for.
We stopped one afternoon for some fresh Paella, Spanish croquettes and a local beer (for Dan), whilst watching the locals of Estepona go about their busy day.
On Sunday there is also a great market down by the port.
We spent the morning soaking in the sun whilst browsing the many stalls of pretty clothing, hand-painted porcelain-ware and cashmere soft throws.
One day we also took an hours drive up the mountain to a local town called Ronda.
Home to some of the most beautiful bridges and views we’ve ever seen.
The Puente Nuevo is the newest and largest of three bridges that span the river in this area.
It literally took our breath away when we took the short 20-minute walk to the famous viewpoint.
Top tip: take a coat with you as the town and viewpoint can get quite windy and cool!
Whilst the short trip to Rondo is worth it for the cute town and breathtaking bridges, it’s a bonus that you get to marvel at the magnificent views during the car journey up and back down the mountain!
We must have stopped over eight times to take photos and admire the views back across the mountains to the sea.
The rest of our time in Estepona was spent relaxing at our villa, by the pool with a good book and an ice cream in hand!
As this is the last proper break we’ll get abroad before the baby arrives in February we decided to treat ourselves to plenty of rest and downtime.
Sometimes we prefer a short break, it’s the perfect way to unwind and relax from everyday life but then easily readjust when you’re home again.
A huge thank you to James Villa Holidays for helping us organise our little babymoon!
From start to finish the process was simple, informative and personalised, taking all the hassle out of it for us and maximising our relaxation time… perfect!
This post is sponsored by James Villa Holidays, however, all views are our own!