With a number of celebrity deaths and political upheaval, and now the chill of winter creeping upon us, you’re probably dreaming spring.
The nights become lighter, the air is warmer, animals come out of hibernation and flowers and plants begin to bloom. Why not spend some of spring at one Spain’s many hidden gems?
La Graciosa is an idyllic volcanic island some one mile north of Lanzarote. The ideal is untouched by tourism – there are no hotels, only apartments to rent – and one of few places of the world that is without tarmac roads.
La Graciosa is perfectly tranquil and a million miles away from the Canary Islands party scene. The Jurassic escape offers gorgeous sunshine and a cluster of white-sand beaches, some of which have been dubbed the most beautiful in the Canaries.
The waters of La Graciosa allow you to explore the biggest marine reserve in Europe should you to choose to go on a dive trip.
On Spain’s wild western edge is Cape Finisterre which is believed to be the end of the known world in the Roman times. Pilgrims from around the globe flock to Cape Finisterre and are known to burn their clothes and boots at the end of journey, which demonstrates how biblically important the rock-bound peninsula is.
The Baroque cathedral captures the contradicting Spanish characteristics of buoyancy and restrain perfectly. The sunset at Cape Finisterre is a must see and arguably the most popular tourist attraction.
The Camino de Finisterre hike offers stunning views of the peninsula as well as some amazing scenery. The beaches of Cape Finisterre are also beautiful and practically empty, particularly in the spring so it’s possible that you may have the white-sand and azure sea all to yourself.
Las Medulas also boasts historical Roman importance and is UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Once the Roman Empire’s most important gold mine, many Roman settlements and fascinating ancient inscriptions have since been uncovered on this amazing landscape which sits on the border between Galicia and Castilla y Leon.
Hiking Las Medulas is a tough ask but certainly rewarding, encompassed by oak and chestnut trees set against red rock, the views are breath-taking.
Binatur at Las Medulas is a great place for the family with a wide range of activities on offer, trek the mountain or horseback, explore the waters kayaking, and or even go climbing.
If Las Medulas sounds like the ideal resort for you, be sure to download the Owners Direct app and see if they have any local rentals available.
One thing for sure is that Spain is home to many beautiful nature reserves and El Parque Natural del Cabo de Gata-Nijar, Almería is one of them. It’s a world apart from the usual Mediterranean seaside resorts and you definitely won’t regret visiting.
Almeria has been used as the set for various Hollywood films and the city is certainly not bereft of scenery.
The Iron Structure of the Cable Inglés makings for a picture perfect photo, with Almeria offering stunning views all around.
Bask in the sunshine as you explore the nature reserve and get up close and person with some mesmerising plants and wildlife.