Around 35 guests joined together for our group holiday to El Portús, near Cartagena in Spain. For many it means meeting up again in familiar surroundings with old friends and for others a completely new experience

There were plenty of fun activities for the group to opt into as they wished, including two coach trips. The first began with a trundle up a mountain on a mini train to the silver mine at La Unión where a competent guide walked us through the tunnels and explained what life for the historic miner was like. There were opportunities to disrobe in the mine and many were so comfortable they didn’t want to dress again. This was followed by a spectacular trip to Calblanque nature reserve where beautiful coves stretch along a protected area of coastal land. Our explorers and beach lovers removed their clothes, took their picnics and walked or relaxed bathed by the sun.

The next day took us to Licor 43, and a very professional tour of museum and liqueur factory was followed by tastings. The coach then dropped us in Cartagena for a walk around the historic centre and then we lunched in a restaurant where the seafood platters were endless and plentiful and the bottomless beer jugs kept on coming, alongside bottles of red and white wine.

The traditional paella evening was very popular at Moncho’s on-site restaurant and bar, where the group naturally gathered in the evenings. There were many other activities including aqua aerobics, quiz nights and an offsite Naturist walk. There were plenty of chances for taking time out at the beach, sitting on sunny terraces or swimming in the pool. Many are already planning their return visits and other group holidays including the next one to El Portús this September…