Category: Spain

Short stay: 4-bedroom apartment, Isla Playa, Cantabria, Spain

Short stay: 4-bedroom apartment, Isla Playa, Cantabria, Spain

Our first stay on our trip to Cantabria in Northern Spain was at a self-catering apartment in the Spanish resort of Isla Playa, just a 45 minute drive to the east of Santander, organised through HomeAway UK. This is a largely Spanish resort with two distinct areas of beach and a number of restaurants, cafés […]

From chaos to calm: how our latest trip nearly didn't happen

From chaos to calm: how our latest trip nearly didn’t happen

It started with a bang. A very loud bang. And it didn’t take us long to realise what had happened. The boat trailer that we were towing had become detached from our car and one of the boats on it had come straight through our rear windscreen. Panic set in. We were due to catch […]

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12 classy European destinations that celebrities love

Dramatic shorelines, Mediterranean elegance, iconic walled cities and a quaint Irish town with a friendly dolphin are some of the many attractions that draw celebrities to these classy European holiday destinations. Follow in your favourite celebrity’s footsteps to one of these wonderful European locations, in search of beauty and chic, and live it up like […]

The definitive guide for UK drivers travelling in Europe this Summer

The definitive guide for UK drivers travelling in Europe this Summer

We are heading to Spain shortly with our car and a boat trailer, taking the ferry crossing from Portsmouth to Santander with Brittany Ferries. Our sons are competing in a sailing World Championships for their class of boat so it’s set to be an exciting trip! It’s a trip that’s also required a lot of planning, though, […]

8 under-the-radar European destinations

8 under-the-radar European destinations

Summer is here (sort of) and so begins the pretty predictable exodus to the popular parts of Europe, from the Spanish Costas and cypress tree-dotted hills of Tuscany to the beaches of the South of France. These places are popular for a very good reason, but for anyone seeking even a smidgeon of originality (or […]

The 6 best clubs in Barcelona for Summer

The 6 best clubs in Barcelona for Summer

Many people come to Barcelona for its nonstop energy, eclectic style and vibrant nightlife. The clubbing scene is Barcelona is known as one of the best in the world, with endless options to suit every different type of partygoer. However, when you want to party like a VIP there are a few that stand out […]

The cheerful chiringuitos of Malaga, Spain

The cheerful chiringuitos of Malaga, Spain

Time generally passes slowly in Andalucia, which is perhaps why so many people flock to the pastoral hills and shimmering shores of this southern most region of Spain for rest and relaxation in the seemingly endless sunshine. The blazing summer sun inches unhurriedly across the sky with the pace that for many has come to […]

5 Summer music events not to miss on Mallorca

5 Summer music events not to miss on Mallorca

Plastic ponchos or umbrellas may be a wise precaution for anyone attending outdoor music events this summer in parts of northern Europe but, on Mallorca, you’ll be soaking up only culture under the stars. With balmy evening temperatures, a relaxed ambience, and some stunning locations, the Spanish island certainly lends itself to some alfresco entertainment. […]

5 vineyard villas ideal for wine lovers

5 vineyard villas ideal for wine lovers

While some enjoy spending their holidays in the quietness of the mountains and others prefer hearing the waves breaking on the beach, to wine lovers there is no better place for a retreat than in the middle of rolling hills and beautiful vineyards. From Spain to South Africa, through Italy and France, some very impressive […]

Turning Japanese in Malaga, Spain

Turning Japanese in Malaga, Spain

The culinary scene in Malaga has been on the ascendancy for years already, with more and more Michelin stars each season and increasing international attention. With some of the busiest fishing ports in all of the Mediterranean, Andalusia’s Malaga province, on the southern most Spanish coast, has a long established culinary tradition of super fresh […]

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Secrets of Spain: Tamariu – a tiny, precious jewel on the Costa Brava

They say that the best things in life come in small packages, and certainly when it comes to the tiny coastal village of Tamariu this is definitely true. Smell the wafting aroma of the pines overhead as you lie on the beautiful horseshoe shaped beach, and listen to the lapping Mediterranean waves. You don’t need […]

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Take time to relax in Barcelona’s top luxury spas

Barcelona, a city known for its adventure and culture, is slowly becoming a haven for relaxation seekers worldwide. Barcelona’s beaches, gardens and café-in-the-square charm make it the ideal place to unwind from the stress of everyday life, and there is no shortage of lavish spas and resorts to pamper a tired traveller’s every need. The […]

New luxury comes to the Mediterranean

New luxury comes to the Mediterranean

Dutch designer Marcel Wanders is the name behind the new IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous. Overlooking Majorca’s idyllic beaches, it is one of the group’s most luxurious accommodation options for adults only. Majorca has something to celebrate: next month, the Balearic-based group IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts will be opening its first hotel on the island […]

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A romantic city break in Barcelona

Want to impress your loved one by whisking them away for a romantic break? Barcelona is the perfect place for a well deserved getaway with your partner thanks to its impressive selection of intimate eateries, cosy bars, and spectacular landscapes for you to admire hand in hand. There’s a reason why it’s internationally renowned as […]

The best beaches in the world

The best beaches in the world

With more than 8,000 km of coastline, Spain has long been a primary destination for European sun and surf seekers. In fact, Spain is the third most visited country in the world, thanks in no small part to its seemingly endless beaches and sunshine. But it’s not simply the quantity of hidden coves or vast […]

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Secrets of Spain: fabulous Frigiliana

Frigiliana is officially one of Spain’s most beautiful towns. A whitewashed village that simply oozes charm, Frigiliana is perched in the Sierra Almijara mountain range, overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean, located 300 metres below. Only a few minutes drive will take you to the gorgeous seaside town of Nerja, located just 6 km away. A stay […]

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