Category: Spain

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How to spend Halloween in Barcelona: History and traditions

Halloween in Barcelona is known as “Dia de los muertos”, in English; ‘Day of the Dead’, or ‘All Souls Day’. Instead of just a single- night celebration, here it is spread over three days! Although the kids in Spain do go out ‘trick or treating’, known as “truco o trato”, and the people still dress […]

Why Sitges is the perfect Spain holiday destination

Why Sitges is the perfect Spain holiday destination

Sitges, just 30 minutes from Barcelona, is a beautiful seaside town and a top-rated tourist destination for a good reason. It is located between the shimmering Mediterranean Sea, a vast national park, and the vineyards, which means there is something for everyone. It is known as the Spanish St. Tropez for its yachting and sailing […]

Short stay: SO/ Sotogrande, Sotogrande, Andalucia, Spain

Short stay: SO/ Sotogrande, Sotogrande, Andalucia, Spain

SO/ Sotogrande is the tenth and newest addition to Accor’s SO/ hotel brand, with fifteen more scheduled to open. Set in an exclusive gated community in Sotogrande, this is a luxury brand but with a distinctly rebellious twist – each SO/ hotel has its own unique identity and flair, whilst still acknowledging its roots. In […]

The sophistication of Sotogrande: the very best of Andalusian style

The sophistication of Sotogrande: the very best of Andalusian style

Hidden away in eight square miles of Andalucia is arguably the most exclusive resort in the whole of Spain – Sotogrande. This upscale destination on the Costa del Sol is a haven for the rich and famous and ten times the size of Monaco. Development of the resort began in the 1960s when Filipino-American entrepreneur […]

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La Mercè Festival, Barcelona: History and tradition

La Mercè is an annual festival that takes place in Barcelona, Spain. It has been an official city holiday since 1871, when the local government first organised a program of special activities to observe the Roman Catholic feast day of Our Lady of Mercy, or La Mare de Déu de la Mercè in Catalan. The […]

Hotel Do Placa Reial in Barcelona

Our favourite luxury hotels in Barcelona

Any time of the year is ideal to take a holiday in Barcelona. However, if you are chasing the sun then the months of May through to September would probably suit you better. Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain, and the capital of the region of Catalonia.  Located on the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona […]

Top 10 things to do in the Canary Islands this Autumn

Top 10 things to do in the Canary Islands this Autumn

The Canary Islands are known for being the sunshine centre of Europe, offering mild temperatures of 22 degrees centigrade, nine to ten hours of daily sunshine and a variety of stunning natural attractions. If you are planning a trip to the Canary Islands, take a look at the target destinations and top 10 recommended things […]

Gran Hotel Son Net, Mallorca

Grand first impressions at luxury hotels in Mallorca

They say that first impressions are lasting impressions.  The drive (or walk) up to the hotel or into the main entrance gives an expectation of what guests can anticipate to experience when exploring the hotel further after checking in. Here are some of our favourite ‘first impressions’ at luxury hotels on the Spanish Balearic Island […]

Top 10 countries in the world to go skinny dipping

Top 10 countries in the world to go skinny dipping

Though swimming naked is still taboo in some countries, it is perfectly acceptable in many parts of the world to bare it all and enjoy a swim without fear of judgment. But where are the best countries for skinny dipping? New research from Outforia has revealed the world’s top 10 skinny dipping countries and France […]

7 Canary Islands, 7 volcanic landscapes

7 Canary Islands, 7 volcanic landscapes

Millions of years have passed to make the Canary Islands as they are today. The seven main volcanic islands once slowly emerged from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, to later become one of the most biodiverse places in the world. Boasting imposing volcanoes, dramatic cliffs, lush forests and beautiful beaches, the volcanic origin of […]

Luxury yacht charters around the incredible Balearic Islands

Luxury yacht charters around the incredible Balearic Islands

Spain has an enviable reputation when it comes to art and architecture, and the added natural beauty of the Balearic Islands has made it attractive to celebrities, culture seekers and party-goers who want to have it all – and can- on a luxury yacht charter. Far from being limited to a couple of destinations accessible […]

The best beaches near to Barcelona

The best beaches near to Barcelona

There is no shortage of excellent beaches in and around the Catalan capital. Most visitors to Barcelona will be aware of the city beaches, such as Barceloneta, that are just a stone’s throw from the centre. While these beaches that neighbour the city are great for a last- minute decision to have a beach day, […]

La Palma: The best destination to watch the 2021 Perseids meteor shower

La Palma: The best destination to watch the 2021 Perseids meteor shower

Known as the Isla Bonita, the beautiful island, La Palma has all the makings for a perfect night sky; altitude, dry air and a lack of light pollution, and local legislation ensures it will stay that way, making it the perfect location to watch this year’s Persiods meteor shower, one of the best celestial displays […]

H10 Atlantic Sunset Hotel in Tenerife

Some of our favourite luxury hotel rooms in Tenerife

Tenerife is the largest of the Spanish Canary Islands, and has been a favourite destination for the holiday maker for both summer and winter sun.  The Canaries are year-round destinations to jet off to with wonderful temperatures throughout the year. With so many luxury hotels to choose from in Tenerife, we have selected just 10 […]

The first Rosewood Hotels & Resorts property to open in Spain

The first Rosewood Hotels & Resorts property to open in Spain

The most iconic hotel on Madrid’s Paseo de la Castellana boulevard – Hotel Villa Magna – is to become the first hotel in Spain to operate under Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. Situated in the heart of Madrid, Rosewood Villa Magna is located among renowned and architecturally impressive restaurants, shops and attractions. With a refreshed contemporary […]

5 things to do in Palma de Mallorca

5 things to do in Palma de Mallorca

Since the advent of mass tourism in the 1950s, Palma has been transformed into a tourist destination. This has contributed to a huge change in the city’s traditions, its language, and its economic power. The boom in tourism has caused Palma to grow significantly. In 1960, Mallorca received 500,000 visitors, in 1997 it received more […]