Viva Spain; Short, Sweet and Chic Guide

In perpetually sunny Spain, every day is a fiesta. Diverse in landscape, language, culture and cuisine, Spain is a country that is proud of its rich history and heritage, as well as its ability to continually attract vast numbers of tourists every year. Each region invites you to enjoy magnificent cultural sights, mouth-watering gastronomic specialities, and unlimited new experiences. There are fabulous hotels that offer comfortable accommodation to suit every budget. Whether you’re exploring a vibrant city or one of the many islands, it’s easy to blend in with the locals and to experience authentic Spanish life. Check out our selection of must-visit destinations, to help you decide where to begin your exciting adventure…

Casa La Concha – Malaga

Set aside any preconceptions that you may have of Marbella, and the iconic Golden Mile of the Costa del Sol, and experience the peaceful tranquillity of Casa La Concha’s idyllic paradise. The boutique hotel is set in a charming Andalusian finca that boasts a boho-chic vibe, a tropical garden and a yoga retreat. There are 4 luxury suites located in the main house, and 6 cottages dotted around the landscaped grounds. When not topping up your tan by the outdoor pool, you can relax in a gently swaying hammock in one of the private chillout spaces.

NOA Boutique Hotel – Santa Cruz, A Coruña

Four-star comfort awaits you at the NOA Boutique Hotel. The chic property is situated in an enclave, within close proximity to the historic castle of Santa Cruz. There are 32 elegantly furnished guest rooms with terraces that overlook the shimmering turquoise sea. The retreat prides itself on offering the very best in relaxation, gastronomy and luxury, and features a Wellness Club, a rooftop infinity pool, and an air-conditioned restaurant serving delicious modern Galician cuisine.

Portals Hills Boutique Hotel – Mallorca

Situated a short walk from Mallorca’s prestigious marina, Portals Hills Boutique Hotel oozes glamour and sophistication. Its exclusive hillside location offers the ideal spot in which to enjoy high-class service, top-notch cuisine and a cosmopolitan ambience. The property boasts 29 chic suites that are furnished with designer FENDI furniture, and a luxurious penthouse where you can live it up just like the rich and famous. The lavish resort also has a restaurant, rooftop terrace, Fitness Centre and Wellness lounge.

Divina Suites – Menorca

The adults-only Divina Suites Boutique Hotel is set in a beautifully converted and restored 17th-century palazzo that is situated close to Menorca’s historic and impressive Gothic cathedral. Four-star accommodation is offered in 8 luxuriously spacious suites that feature designer décor inspired by the themes of Heaven and Angels.

Jardin De La Paz – Tenerife

If you’re looking for a special place that offers elegant and sumptuously comfortable accommodation, beautiful subtropical garden surroundings and exceptional ocean views, Jardin De La Paz definitely ticks all the right boxes. The 12 sea-facing apartments and villas are well-appointed and feature stylish décor and contemporary furnishings to make you feel right at home. Enjoy peace and privacy with panoramic views and the perfect climate, along with access to an on-site Spa and tapas evenings.

What To Do

Whether you’re travelling as a couple, going solo, or with the family in tow, Spain offers unlimited options of things to do, interesting places to see, and a great choice of local eateries to visit.

Immerse Yourself In Malaga’s Café Culture

Image Courtesy of Cafe Central Malaga.

When you think about trendy café culture, Spain may not be the first country that instantly springs to mind. The coffee culture in Spain is rapidly evolving in the vibrant cities, and in Malaga it’s easy to immerse yourself in the experience. Start your day with a morning coffee and sugary churros at Cafe Central, which is conveniently located by the Picasso Museum.

Enjoy a caffeine pit stop at the Mia Coffee House. The tiny little coffee shop that is tucked away in the quaint Old Quarter is considered to be the best in Malaga. Not sure what to order with your delicious pastry? Let the knowledgeable baristas choose for you.

After a busy day of activity, take a break at the Santa Canela Café. The hipster pavement coffee shop is located in Malaga’s artsy Soho neighbourhood, and is the perfect place to soak up the boho vibe, and watch the world go by.

Sample The Local Specialties

Eating, drinking and socialising all play a big part in Spanish life. Every region of the country boasts its own gastronomy, with many dishes influenced and inspired by traditional peasant food. The Mallorcan capital of Palma is heaving with diverse culinary options for you to sample. The best restaurants are concentrated in the charming historic Old Town that flaunts a labyrinth of narrow alleyways that lead to elegant plazas. You can enjoy a world-class fine dining experience in a variety of alfresco terraces that adjoin chic hotels. In the La Lonja neighbourhood, you’ll find a plethora of traditional restaurants and tapas bars where you can feast like the locals.

If you want to indulge your taste buds, Mallorca boasts no fewer than seven Michelin-starred restaurants offering Spanish culinary excellence. Set in the 5-star Castell Son Claret country house hotel, the two Michelin-starred Zaranda Restaurant serves innovative cuisine that is perfectly paired with wines from its impressive cellar.

In Menorca, you can enjoy a unique ‘pomada’ cocktail at La Cova d’en Xoroi, which is concocted with gin that is exclusively made on the Balearic Island. At the hip cliff cavern hangout you can sip your drink whilst listening to live music and admiring the stunning sunset.

Soak Up The Sunshine In Tenerife

The black sandy beaches that slope inwards towards the lava-carved forests and sleepy towns, in Tenerife, are an unusual sight to behold on a first visit to the island. On the south coast there are beautiful golden beaches, like Las Vistas (Los Cristianos), Playa de Las Teresitas (San Andrés) and Playa Del Duque (Costa Adeje), where you can feel the warmth of the sand between your toes, swim in the calm sparkling sea, and soak up the sunshine.

Explore Off The Beaten Track

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If you’re looking for a unique experience and photo opportunities, you’ll need to venture off the tourist track. Malaga’s Caminito del Rey (King’s Pathway) is an 8km trail that features a swaying wooden plank walkway that is suspended 100 metres above the flowing river. You can expect an adrenaline rush and breathtaking views of the scenic landscape.

Tenerife’s magnificent volcanic terrain offers unrivalled hiking possibilities. The trails in Parque Rural de Anaga lead you on a discovery of geological formations, laurel forests, black sandy beaches, and rich and diverse flora and fauna. The Biosphere Reserve overlooks robust mountains, and 26 tiny villages and hamlets that are still populated. You can also explore on a mountain bike or horseback.

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Andrew is a firm believer that travelling like a local inevitably leads to the best off-the-beaten-path finds which truly make a destination remarkably more memorable. From traditional Indian festivals in humid Hyderabad to fresh seafood pasta by the Sorrentine Peninsula, he appreciates variety when travelling. He hasn't been everywhere, but it’s on the list.