Yalcin and Carlijn’s two-storey finca has a distinctively Mediterranean feel, with rendered walls and Roman tiles, and is surrounded by a walled garden with mature palm and olive, pepper and cypress trees. It’s private and very peaceful and there are two further single-story casitas with private terrace.
You have a choice for breakfast: a healthy version with granola, yogurt and fruit; a Spanish option with ham, cheese and olives; or Shakshouka, a spicy Middle Eastern egg dish. Dine outside in the loggia, which has a summer kitchen and an honesty bar.
Drive to Benissa in 10 minutes – the town is surprisingly rich in culture and has an old town, a cathedral, museums and restaurants, as well as regular fiestas and a lovely beach. For longer days out, Valencia and Alicante are each an hour way. Return for an afternoon swim while you gaze out at uninterrupted views of low scrubland with distant views of the sea.