Five of my Favourite Holiday Spots in Spain

Five of my Favourite Holiday Spots in Spain

Spain is a hot favourite with British travellers. No wonder, there is a diversity of attractions: the fab beaches, great food and wine and plenty of culture and history. Spain’s also easy to reach with competitively priced direct flights from all over the UK, plus it’s one of the best value for money countries in the Eurozone. Below are five of my favourite holiday spots in Spain.

Soller, Mallorca

We stayed in Soller in north west Mallorca on a self guided walking holiday. My husband did a couple of difficult walks on his own and we did the easier ones together.

Five of my Favourite Holiday Spots in Spain

Looking toward the mountains from Soller

There’s a beach at Puerto de Soller, a short drive from Soller.

Five of my Favourite Holiday Spots in Spain

Beach at Puerto de Soller

We also did day trips to Puerto Pollensa and Deia in our hire car.

Vigo, Galicia

I’ve had my eye on Galicia for ages, so I was very happy when I was invited on a press trip to Vigo earlier this year. There are fabulous views over the city from Castrelos Park.

Five of my Favourite Holiday Spots in Spain

View of Vigo from Castrelos Park

We sailed to the Cies Islands, where Las Rodas was named as one of the best beaches in the world by the Guardian. I don’t have sea legs, but with the assistance of sea sickness pills, I’m so glad that I managed to get there.

Five of my Favourite Holiday Spots in Spain

Looking down on Las Rodas Beach

I only wish that I’d been there for longer to see more of the surrounding area.

 Gran Canaria

I’d been to Tenerife a couple of times and to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura before visiting Gran Canaria; it’s now my favourite Canary Island due to the lovely beaches, even in the capital of Las Palmas, the impressive mountain scenery in the interior and lots of flowery bushes.

Five of my Favourite Holiday Spots in Spain

Maspalomas Beach

I loved staying at African themed five star Lopesan Baobad Resort in Maspalomas which had fantastic swimming pools and sculptures of animals dotted throughout the grounds. Can you spot the giraffe in the photo below?

Five of my Favourite Holiday Spots in Spain

Restaurant terrace at Lopesan Baobab Resort

Girona

I’ve been to Girona three times. We discovered the city after a late Ryanair flight into Girona which necessitated an overnight stop before we headed north for France.  What I most enjoy doing there is walking the city walls.

Five of my Favourite Holiday Spots in Spain

The Girona city walls

It’s also pretty along the riverside.

Five of my Favourite Holiday Spots in Spain

Girona riverside

Malaga

Although I’d flown into Malaga several times for package holidays on the Costa del Sol, I’d never visited the city. When I won the prize of a one week stay at an apartment in Malaga in a Facebook competition, I was pleasantly surprised by the city’s winning combination of beachlife and culture.

Five of my Favourite Holiday Spots in Spain

Malagueta Beach in Malaga

Visiting the Alcazaba Moorish fortress was the highlight of my trip. Read my tips for things to do in Malaga.

Five of my Favourite Holiday Spots in Spain

Looking down on the Rose Garden from the Alcazaba

What’s your favourite destination for holidays in Spain?

Five of my Favourite Holiday Spots in Spain

8 thoughts on “Five of my Favourite Holiday Spots in Spain

  1. Lisa

    Great selection! I am happy to say I have visited all of these lovely places, lived in 3 of them and currently live 20 minutes from one :)

  2. Matthew Hirtes

    Some great choices here, Karen. Love Vigo and Málaga. Have yet to travel to either Girona or Mallorca, but am even more keen to do so after reading this. And as for Gran Canaria? I’ve lived here for the last eight years. However, I wasn’t that sold on the Baobab after staying there. Much prefer the relatively nearby Bohemia Suites in Playa del Inglés and Radisson Blu in Arguineguín.

  3. Karen Bryan

    Lisa, where do you live at present?

    Matthew, Do you like living on Gran Canaria? It must be wonderful to have sun all year around but I’m not sure I’d like to live on a small island.

  4. Matthew Hirtes

    I’ve grown to like it, Karen. Wrote a book about it: Going Local in Gran Canaria. The all-year-round sun is a little bit of an exaggeration. Especially if you live in the capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Ordinarily the panza del burro, donkey’s stomach, blocks out our summer sun. However, this year was an exception that proved the rule. We tend to have a fair amount of rain in November and December, although it tends to brighten up for Christmas, as it’s doing now. Where are you based, Karen?

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