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.

View from Ca's Curial suite balcony #mallorcatrip

Looking toward the mountains from Soller

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

Pt Soller #mallorcatrip

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.

View over city from Castrelos Park, Vigo

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.

Tombola beach on Cies Islands #vigoalive

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.

Walking toward Maspalomas Dunes, Gran Canaria

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?

Restaurant terrace at Lopesan Baobab Resort


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.

Girona city walls "Girona city walls"

The Girona city walls

It’s also pretty along the riverside.

Girona riverside

Girona riverside


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.

Malagueta Beach in Malaga

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

Looking down on the Rose Garden from the Alcazaba, Malaga, Spain

Looking down on the Rose Garden from the Alcazaba

What’s your favourite destination for holidays in Spain?

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About Karen Bryan

Hello, I'm Karen Bryan, I created Europe a la Carte in 2002 to highlight the best places to visit in Europe with travel tips, photos and no fluff reviews. I’m also an artist; my artworks are often inspired by my travels