I spent 3 nights in Alicante which, though very touristy, is still very Spanish. I had my bike serviced and needed a new rear wheel. I did a little sunbathing for the first time in Europe.
Then on to Benidorm where my cousin Albert and his partner Dot live. What to say about Benidorm....there are many Spanish still there of course, but at times their numbers seem overwhemed by package-holiday British. Lots of "English Pubs". Little bits of charm but overall an ugly place. And they're still building.
I stayed longer than anticipated as I caught a throat infection - and it was east to do so as Albert and Dot spoilt me.