B e n i : t i m e s

[Benicassim festival  |  La Terraza Avinguda de Salvador Ferrandis, 12560 Benicasim, 964 304 292 España]

What makes the perfect summer [festival] holiday?…

A small town in the autonomous community of Valencia,  during the summer transforms into a 4 day non-stop music|party|dance|food|beach|camping frenzy where we rest & eat by day and party into the night and early morning…

‘Benicàssim (SpanishBenicasimArabic: بنو قاسم according to Numismatic findings [1]) is a municipality embracing a beach resort located in the province of Castelló, on the Costa del Azahar in Spain. It is located 13 km north of the town of Castelló de la Plana, on the north of the Valencian Community. It has a population of 18,098. Its main economic activity comes from tourism; most notably the town is famous for the Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, one of the most important summer music events in Europe.’  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benicasim)

Its quite out of this world, really quite something…The only camping music combo I’ve participated in was Meredith… which was also a beautiful/surreal experience.

Being first timers, [for me even to set foot onto the country] I don’t think we were quite ready for the 4 days ahead. Sometimes it felt like time was going incredibly, unimaginably slow, and others went so fast- it was 4 am before we knew it and we were vibing!

Still very warm into the night, often beni punters were scantily clad dancing hypnotically, in an amazing heat|music induced trance.

And after a quick nap in the morning, post dancing, you were awoken by the intense heat of the sun. Sometimes your ‘core body temperature’ [thank you Romeo 😉 ] reaching something in the ‘deathlies’.

Time just seemed to roll into one experience. And one never to forget. 🙂

Arriving at 3 am or so to Beni, after a manic effort collecting the team at various airports ;), resulted in us being refused entry… but we were delirious and decided a creepy, meandering, NO ENTRY ‘road’ was the way… and somehow we scored entry and were on our way trolloping through campfib looking for shelter and somewhere to rest our asses! To our surprise, we were in what seemed to be little UK |OZ…

did someone say we were in Spain?  maybe we were so tired, we drove to London instead… ? 😀

As we tended to doze off around 6am… breakfast really was an all day tapas event ending in dips in the warm beni water, and soaking in the beautiful soothing sun as we all dozed… it was truly something amazing.

We, like pigs, feasted on these amazing paellas, cheese platters, bocadillos, spanish tomato puree pizza thing. [La Terraza Avinguda de Salvador Ferrandis, 12560 Benicasim, Spain 964 304 292] Washing it all down with an icy cold Cerveza, Sangrias and Agua con gas. Perfect food for when feeling a little rough :). What a holiday!

So I guess for the perfect summer [festival] holiday…

Add 4 days of warm glorious sun

Sprinkle an awesome Lineup

Scatter around festivals enthusiasts from all around the world [mostly UK and OZ haha]

Tents to taste

Alcohol of choice

Mix together in a crowded, yet lively beach scene*

and roll around in Beni, be sure to mix well!!

ENJOY!

*Beach style: No tan lines…

And always be sure to enjoy safely, and remember to look after each other AND your passports! 🙂 [esp in Prodigy….the circle…]

………………………………………………

Tastefully yours,

Joanna

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