Category: Spain

Top 3 Barcelona surprises

Top 3 Barcelona surprises

Hopping on a jet to Barcelona at the spur of the moment during the height of tourist season is not a smart move. I did it anyway, and my first 48 hours in town could inspire a whole book of travel “don’ts”. Yet even dumb choices can have wonderful outcomes. In this case, leaping before […]

4 ideas for October half term

4 ideas for October half term

Are you thinking of escaping with the family this October half term but still yet to book somewhere? If so, don’t despair… it’s not too late! What’s more, if you look carefully, there are some bargains to be had. For most UK schools, the October half term is just a one week holiday, so these […]

5 luxury Autumn breaks that won’t break the bank

5 luxury Autumn breaks that won’t break the bank

An Autumn getaway is an appealing idea. You can find far cheaper flights and accommodation and enjoy some real relaxation now the screaming children are safely back in school. From October onwards the weather tends to be more unpredictable but if you know where to go you can still find the sun. Here are five of […]

Two October foodie events on Mallorca

Two October foodie events on Mallorca

October is a great month for visiting Mallorca – particularly if you’re a foodie. There’s lots of room on the beaches, the sea is warm, the island is lush and green, and there are two upcoming events that could tempt you to book a last minute short break on the Spanish island, which remains mainly […]

5 of the best sunsets in the world

5 of the best sunsets in the world

One of the most magical moments of any holiday is watching the sun set over stunning scenery. The sunset becomes part of the daily routine, as you sip a cold cocktail or crisp glass of wine while watching the sky become a canvas of crimson, orange and pink. Here are some of my favourite spots […]

The world's most luxurious spa pools and baths

The world’s most luxurious spa pools and baths

Some of the world’s most opulent hotels seem to be competing for bragging rights on the most over the top Jacuzzis and spas. But what really makes a bath or spa pool luxurious? A key feature of the Presidential Suite at the Intercontinental Hotel in Hong Kong, for example, at more than $14,000 a night, is […]

10 of the best places to stay in Europe for post-Summer sun

10 of the best places to stay in Europe for post-Summer sun

Wondering where the sun has gone? As we say goodbye to Summer and enter much cooler weather, it’s useful to know where you can travel and yet still enjoy some post-Summer sunshine. So here are 10 European ideas to help you extend your Summer into the Autumn months and enjoy the sun’s rays for that […]

Top 5 Autumn experiences in Andalucia

Top 5 Autumn experiences in Andalucia

While most visitors to Andalucia will be sure to include a visit to one of the popular historic sites such as the Alhambra in Granada, the Mezquita in Cordoba or the Cathedral of Seville, countless experiences await the traveler who looks just a little further beneath the surface of this beautiful and culturally rich region […]

No kids allowed - holidaying in Europe after the school holidays

No kids allowed – holidaying in Europe after the school holidays

We come to the end of yet another peak holiday season and, as school term-time starts again, it’s finally time for the adults to plan their own great escape. But, with so many options to choose from, where should you go? Follow our top tips for some utterly blissful holiday escapes – without the children. […]

Where are the best places to visit in Autumn?

Where are the best places to visit in Autumn?

For many destinations, Autumn is by far the best time of year to visit. Take the Middle East, for example; the temperatures during the day decrease to a more comfortable level, making Oman with its rugged coastline and Abu Dhabi with its glamorous hotels and beach-resorts ideal for the Autumn months. Must stays: Six Senses […]

Top 5 coastal bike rides in Europe

Top 5 coastal bike rides in Europe

There is something special about biking along the coast. Maybe it is the refreshing salty breeze keeping you cool, the sunlight sparkling like diamonds on the vast blue sea, or the possibility of a refreshing dip when the ride is done. Europe has the most gorgeous biking locations in world, and this includes some fantastic […]

A new luxury micro- and mini-bikini brand from Barcelona: BE YOU MINI

A new luxury micro- and mini-bikini brand from Barcelona: BE YOU MINI

Born in Barcelona in 2013, as a the result of a long family tradition of custom tailoring, BE YOU MINI is a new, luxury, micro- and mini-bikini brand distinguished by its minimalism, luxury and exclusivity. It is not only elegance and minimalism, it’s a range of new sensations for women. Feeling confident and sexy is […]

5 favourite music festivals on Mallorca

5 favourite music festivals on Mallorca

Culture may not be something you immediately associate with Mallorca, but the Spanish island has a thriving cultural scene – including art, ballet, opera, and music of every genre. There are several annual music festivals, each comprising a series of concerts over a certain period. These range from the intimate weekly open-air jazz concerts of […]

Photograph of the week: León Cathedral, Spain

Photograph of the week: León Cathedral, Spain

Of all the remarkable cathedrals in Spain, one of the best is in León. One of the problems with late medieval church architecture was how to support the weight of the ceiling. Early on, the solution was very thick walls with very small windows. But late in the Gothic period came the wonderful development of […]

Suite of the week: Imperial Suite, Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, Marbella, Spain

Suite of the week: Imperial Suite, Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, Marbella, Spain

Suite name: Imperial Suite, Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa Location: Marbella, Spain Size of accommodation: 125 sq m Cost per night: 2,200€ – 3,500€ depending on season, depending on the season Who’s stayed there: This suite is the top choice for the hotel’s most discerning guests, honeymoon couples and, of course celebrities, but they value guests’ privacy highly and […]

Top 5 destinations for villas with a view

Top 5 destinations for villas with a view

Though there’s no guarantee of the perfect holiday, choosing somewhere to stay with a stunning outlook is a good way to start. Fortunately you’ll no longer have to spend hours trawling the Internet for just the right place, since the launch of Beach Tomato’s new offering of online bookable villas & holiday home rentals, all […]

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