#spanishexperience @ #giselasolivegarden, April 22nd – 29th 2017

The project of Gisela’s Olive Garden began in late summer 2013, when my partner and I started to rent rooms for holiday makers in the outskirts of Alicante, Spain. Living in San Vicente del Raspeig for a year brought us a whole new experience in managing a small B&B business, traveling within most parts of the Spanish peninsula and having the chance of meeting locals who became dear friends and who I don’t want to miss in our life.

Despite the fact of having made an unforgettable experience and having improved the Spanish language a lot, we decided to return to our roots and to rent out the whole property for family, friends and other holiday makers from all over the world through different websites.

We have been very lucky that the renting concept to holiday makers has been made easy thanks to dear friends from the neighborhood who helped with the cleaning, garden and swimming pool a lot. Thanks to them the house has become our second home and chill out place every time we come back to Alicante.


New experience of learning Spanish 

For our 4th season in 2017 I try to tackle new possibilities and would like to offer a Spanish learning experience. Taking up again the initial idea of the B&B, my focus is to provide a new and exciting “Spanish experience” with a 5 day Spanish course by a certified teacher giving classes in the house. The group would consist of a minimum of three and at the maximum of six students.

In addition to the Spanish course,  different half day excursions within the region of Alicante are included in the price:

Wine tasting and explanation of the wine production (English or Spanish), half day excursion with a local tour operator in Spanish, tapas cooking class in the house in Spanish  and learning local and traditional tapas recipes, visit of a spectacular cave full of stalagmites and stalactites with guided tour in Spanish. Two dinners are served in the house. Enjoy the time relaxing in the lush garden, explore the city of Alicante or enjoy the beautiful beach in San Juan.

The city centre of Alicante is 25 minutes away by tramway. The bus line  is even quicker. Alicante offers plenty of restaurants, shops, bars and has a beautiful beach right next to the historic center.

Castillo de Santa Barbara overlooks majestically the city and is a must when visiting Alicante. From the top you can enjoy a spectacular view over the whole city, mountains and the Mediterranean.

My goal is to give you a full Spanish experience during your week at Gisela’s Olive Garden and to show you the reason why I love the region so much. Take the chance and experience  a week of local culture combined with a relaxing atmosphere and the chance to speak and improve your Spanish! I am looking forward to providing you a full Spanish experience and am excited to welcome you soon in my second home.

The full Spanish Experience at Gisela’s Olive Garden in detail: three to six guests

  • B&B (two single rooms/ double rooms with en suite bathroom, 7 nights

  • B&B (one single room/ double room with private bathroom across the corridor, 7 nights 

  • 5 Spanish courses of 90 minutes conversation (min. 3 students/ max. 6 students) 

  • short trip to Castillo de Santa Barbara, incl. transport

  • half day trip with local tour operator, incl. transport (Altea region) 

  • wine tasting experience and snack, incl. transport (Bodegas Mendoza) 

  • cave visit, entry and guided tour, incl. transport (Cuevas del Canelobre) 

  • Tapas cooking class at Gisela’s Olive Garden, food and recipes provided

  • 2 dinners at Gisela’s Olive Garden

  • Single or shared rooms available for the week 

Price single use room / minimum 3 participants: April 22nd – April 29th 2017   € 1260.-

Price shared room / maximum 6 participants: April 22nd – April 29th 2017         € 850.- 

not included: air fare and transfer Alicante-Elche Airport to Gisela’s Olive Garden (Taxi  €25.- /20 minutes)

Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information.

Hasta pronto chicos en Gisela’s Olive Garden,


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My Fifty Shades of Alicante

I can call myself very lucky to escape some days from the cold, wet and grey weather back home. An only two hours flight brings me to beautiful and sunny Alicante and back to summer.
Very much indeed, while other shiver and struggle with the flu, I’m enjoying my fifty shades of Alicante! As soon as I touch ground, I can’t help than…

1. Be astonished how much warmer it is here than at home when stepping outside the airport.

2. Fetch the bus from the airport to Alicante.

3. Look at the endless Mediterranean while getting to Alicante Postiguet beach.

4. Gaze at the many palm trees on the ride.

5. Do a night walk at the port and the Esplanada. 

6. To find the perfect pick for some tasty tapas.

7. Support some newcomers who tour Europe with their new CD.

8. To have a glass of Monastrell, a tasty red wine.

10. To find new bars and restaurants in Alicante which opened recently.

11. To walk around the barrio and find out what has changed since the last time I came.

12. Do as many beach walks as possible to soak up the sun. This time I went to Playa San Juan and el Cabo.

13. To test the Med’s temperature. Though, still chilly at this time of the year.

14. To do a morning run in San Vicente. This is where Gisela’s Olive Garden is.

15. Fill up the fridge with Spanish specialties.

16. To eat heaps of Manchego cheese.

17. To check the garden and plants how they dwell since I’ve left.

18. To feel right at home when I open the door.

19. To stay up late and sleep in next day.

20. To chat with neighbors and find out about the latest rumours.

21. To sign up for a painting lesson with the neighbor.

22. To paint a picture with oil-based paint.

23. To learn from a gifted painter and follow her instructions.

24. To make myself tostadas with tomatoes and cheese for lunch.

25. To listen to local radio stations and swing along some new spanish songs.

26. To enjoy the silence in the garden.

27. To put on lots of sunscreen.

28. To be amused about the barking dogs when walking in the street.

29. To count dog shit when walking along Avenida Haygon. This time I counted 3… Not bad. 😉

30. To take a tram ride to Alicante with Linea 2.

31. To watch a movie at Megarama at Outlet Stores Alicante. You figure our which film it was this time… 😉 .

32. To be amused how little people go to the cinema during the week. I counted 10 peeps included me for a supposed to be blockbuster.

33. Try to understand as much as possible of the film.

34. To eat a bucket of popcorn during the film.

35. To feel bad when eating junk food after the film.

36. To improve my Spanish by talking and listening carefully to people.

37. To meet up with friends from Ibi and Castalla.

38. To have dinner with them. What about Sushi?

39. To sunbath and nap in the garden.

40. To try out our Ecuadorian hammock.

41. To change from winter clothes to summer clothes.

42. To find clothes I left at Gisela’s Olive Garden last time and I have forgotten about. Yeah!

43. Always to wear my sunglasses when I’m outside.

44. To count the many “For Sale” signs in the area.

45. To have breakfast in the garden every day.

46. To chill on the sunbed and read a good book.

47. To take too many pictures of everything.

48. To eat dulce de leche ice cream in the barrio. 

49. To drink lots of Spanish wine.

50. To wish my next stay to Alicante comes very soon.

Can you feel me? 😉


Tasty tapas!

You experienced Spain to the max when you tasted the vast variety of tapas! A 5 minute-walk from Gisela’s Olive Garden you find the excellent Bar Restaurante Haygon with traditional Spanish dishes and good wine!

Check it out!


Enjoy the sunshine today.