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  • A Grand Tour of Spain

    L'Alhambra, Granada

    Parque del Retiro, Madrid

    Parc Guell, Barcelona

    San Sebastian

    A Grand Tour of Spain

    14 nights and 15 days
    Spend two weeks discovering the highlights of Spain with this whistle-stop tour which takes in nine great Spanish cities. Begin near Spain’s most south-westerly point in Seville, before travelling up to Madrid and Barcelona. From here, head back west to San Sebastiàn on the north coast and follow the Saint James pilgrimage route further west to Santiago de Compostela.

    Our suggested holiday itinerary includes travel by rail and by car, taking advantage of convenient rail connections for some journeys and allowing you to travel at your own pace for others. Start with two nights in Seville in southern Spain, where you soak up the Andalusian culture and visit some well-known tourist attractions, which bear the eccentric mark of traditional Moorish influence. Next, spend one night in Granada, amidst the glory of the Alhambra Palace. The Arabic influence on this region continues in Còrdoba and the Mezquita. From here, travel north to Madrid, and spend two days exploring the extensive artistic heritage of the city before travelling eastwards to Barcelona. Spend a few days in this cosmopolitan seaside city, meandering around its several distinct and vibrant districts, before heading northwest to the Basque Country. Two nights in San Sebastiàn allow you to get a taste for Basque cuisine, as well as sample the delights of the vivid blue ocean. From here, travel westwards through historic cities in northern Spain, stopping off at a 17th century palace in Lerma, in the historic of León, and ending your holiday in Santiago de Compostela in the western region of Galicia.
    Click here to download a pdf about this touring holiday.

    Prices start at £2,820 per person, based on two people sharing a double room.

    What’s included:
    • 2 nights bed and breakfast at the Corral del Rey in Seville
    • 1 night bed and breakfast at the Hotel Alhambra Palace in Granada
    • 1 night bed and breakfast at the Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia in Córdoba
    • 2 nights bed and breakfast at the Hotel Urban in Madrid
    • 2 nights bed and breakfast at the Grand Hotel Central in Barcelona
    • 2 nights bed and breakfast at the Villa Soro in San Sebastián
    • 1 night bed and breakfast at the Parador de Lerma
    • 1 night bed and breakfast at the NH Collection Plaza Mayor in León
    • 2 nights bed and breakfast at the Hotel Spa A Quinta da Auga in Santiago de Compostela
    • Flights with Easyjet from London Gatwick to Seville, and Santiago de Compostela to London Gatwick
    • Standard Class rail travel from Cordoba to Madrid, Madrid to Barcelona, and Barcelona to San Sebastián
    • Group A Car Hire for eight days (three days in Andalucía, and five days in Northern Spain)

    First class rail travel also available.
    Flights from Santiago de Compostela do not run everyday of the week.
    It is also possible to travel between destinations by car instead of by train, but additional stops may be required as driving distances are quite long.

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    A Grand Tour of Spain

    Day-by-Day Itinerary

    DAYS ONE: Arrive in Seville
    Begin your touring holiday by flying into Seville, and travelling to the Corral del Rey hotel, where you will spend two nights. This boutique property is set in the city’s historic quarter, and is therefore the ideal place from which to begin exploration of Seville, the capital of Andalucía and Spain’s fourth largest city.
    DAY TWO: Seville
    Art and architecture are of the utmost importance here, and the centre is formed of a maze of narrow lanes and hidden plazas. Be sure to explore the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the most popular neighbourhood in Seville, characterised by pretty lanes lined with trees, shrubs, and the traditional white Spanish houses. This neighbourhood is also home to the Real Alcázar, a royal palace of Moorish, Muslim origins. This building remains one of the most beautiful sights in Seville, with its highly embellished cusped and keyhole arches, its intricate golden ornamentation, and the pools that occupy its inner courtyards. Also surrounded by landscaped gardens, the Real Alcázar is the well-suited for an afternoon’s stroll. The Cathedral and La Giralda bell tower also possess traces of Moorish influence. La Giralda itself resembles the minarets of Marrakech, while the main building is punctuated more obviously by traditional rounded archways and vast stone domes. The eccentricity and variety of architectural styles and features displayed on this cathedral make it an essential landmark to visit as part of this tour. The market stalls around the Plaza del Salvador offer a wide selection of colourful local produce, from the vibrant palate of fruit and vegetables, to the brilliant examples of local art, including the azujelos – locally-made glazed ceramic tiles. Your hotel is an intimate building, whose interior seems to have been inspired by Seville’s entire heritage combined. Winding wooden-floored corridors lead you up to the bedrooms or down into the arched dining rooms, and intricate carvings, paintings, and embroidery, decorate each of the spaces with a uniqueness that feels quintessentially Sevillian.

    DAY THREE: Seville to Granada
    Collect your hire-car and drive approximately two and a half hours eastwards to Granada, passing through the undulating Andalusian landscape and past miles of olive groves. En-route is the town of Osuna, with its grand church and ornate Palacio del Marques de la Gomera, which may serve as an ideal stop-off point. Further on is the town of Estepa, famous for its biscuits. Once you reach Granada, head straight for the Hotel Alhambra Palace, a well-established hotel on the hillside within the grounds of its namesake. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening exploring the Alhambra Palace and gardens. Officially dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries, this collection of buildings, forming almost an entire walled town in itself, was the jewel in the crown of the Emirate of Granada, and now it stands as a testament to the beauty of Arabic art. Its name comes from the red colour of the material that was used to build the original 9th century building that once stood in its place. The vastness of this complex calls for in-depth self-guided exploration, and we would highly recommend spending time in the Palacio de los Leones in Alhambra, and the Palacio de Carlos V. The former is encircled with some 124 thin columns, while the latter is evidence of some later Renaissance development, which breaks the flow of the rest of Alhambra, but nonetheless forms a formidable edifice. Within Granada itself, visit the Generalife, also formerly belonging to the Nasrid Kings, offering them a welcome retreat from the politics of the palace. To complete your experience of Granada, perhaps on the morning of your fourth day, trace the narrow streets of the Albaicin quarter, rich as it is in the shared Spanish-Arabic heritage.

    DAY FOUR: Granada to Cordoba
    Just two hours’ drive northwest of Granada is the city of Córdoba, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drop off your hire car on arrival, and navigate the city by taxi or, to make the most of your time here, on foot. Your hotel for the night is the Hotel Las Casas de la Judería, a charming hotel that occupies a fortress in the city’s Jewish quarter. Traditional Moorish keyhole arches in the lounge, and dark wood beams in the bedrooms, hint at the more exotic roots of the hotel and the city as whole. At the city’s heart is the astounding Mezquita de Córdoba, a mediaeval mosque turned Catholic cathedral, characterised particularly by the rows of red- and white-striped stone pillars that fill its central hall. Its golden altar, though now pertaining to Catholic saints, serves as a beautifully intricate and ornate centre-piece which certainly draws the eye, accompanied by portraits, and the carved crossed-arches that define the ceiling. Other highlights in Córdoba include the fascinating Jewish quarter, laced with uneven stairways that snake their way down narrow streets, and the abundance of Roman ruins.

    DAY FIVE: Cordoba to Madrid by rail
    Catch a late morning train to Madrid, arriving around two hours later. Stay at the five-star Hotel Urban, located within easy reach of the city’s three world-class art galleries and the relaxing Parque del Retiro.

    DAY SIX: Madrid
    You have the whole day to explore the city, with its many attractive plazas and museums. The Prado Art Gallery might be the first of the three that you visit, and houses a vast collection of works from between the 12th and 19th century, including works by Goya, Rubens, and Murillo, all within a magnificent classical building. Next, walk ten minutes to the Reina Sofia gallery, which specialises in modern art, ranging from paintings, including Picasso’s ‘Guernica’, and sculpture, to film, such as a collaborative work of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí. Finally, walk to the Thyseen-Bornemisza, believed to be one of the best private collections of 13th to 20th century art in the world, featuring masterpieces of Goya, Degas, Renoir, and Kandinsky, among others. As this is a private gallery, it is essential to book your tickets in advance, and consider organising a tour to ensure you get the most out of your trip. The hotel itself sits in contrast with the other hotels visited so far on this touring holiday, though its focus is still on indulgence and luxury, it is highly modern in design. Sleek, chic bedrooms are decorated with dark wood floors and beautifully tactile furnishings, as well as having brand new state-of-the-art technology. To put it simply, the rooms are a multisensory delight. The main façade of the hotel, as well as the dining room, are predominantly made of glass, as is the canopy that covers the half-indoor half-outdoor terrace. In Old Madrid, visit the grand arcaded Plaza Mayor at the centre of the city, and the Royal Palace, official residence of the Spanish Royal family, which is often open, at least in part, to the public. Inside, pay particular attention to the use of Spanish marble, the ornate stucco carvings, the frescoes painted by the likes of Giaquinto, Tiepolo, and Bayeu, and perhaps spend time in the Royal Armoury or Royal Pharmacy. Outside, the Plaza Oriente is lined with statues of the Gothic Kings in the central garden, while the Campo del Moro gardens are interspersed by fountains, trees, and statues as well. If time permits on your sixth or seventh day, consider making a quick trip to Toledo, a historic city around 30 minutes away by train which is known as the City of Three Cultures due to the co-existence of Christianity, Islam and Judaism; or, alternatively, travel to the large royal residence and monastery at El Escorial, located about 45 minutes away.

    DAY SEVEN: Madrid to Barcelona by rail
    We recommend catching a morning train to Barcelona, arriving around three hours later. Stay at Grand Hotel Central, a luxury five- star hotel in the Gothic district close to the Picasso Museum and historic cathedral.

    DAY 8: Barcelona
    Spend the day, and the whole of day eight exploring Barcelona, a dynamic and cosmopolitan city which is full of charm and bustle. The capital of Catalonia is famed for its staggering concentration of Gothic architecture such as the cathedral in the heart of the Gothic quarter as well as the Sagrada Familia and other works of Gaudi. Discover the city's unique architecture and rich culture, dine in gourmet restaurants or shop in designer boutiques near Las Ramblas. Divided into a number of different ‘quarter’s, the capital of Catalonia is a city made of many cities. In La Ribera, the former palaces of merchants have become museums, such as the famous Museu Picasso. This quarter is also home to the cavernous Santa Maria del Mar, and the Modernist Palau de la Música Catalana, which is fantastically mesmerising in its interior detail. El Raval was once the most prolific red light district in the Mediterranean, but its heritage now lies with the Romanesque monastery of Sant Pau, and Gaudi’s Palau Güell. For those who were prompted by their stay in Madrid to look further into Spain’s contemporary art, the glassy, modern Museu d’Art Contemporani, is a fantastic afternoon’s visit. Along the shore, Barcelona boasts of six Blue Flag beaches, and this is also the place to taste some of the best seafood in Barcelona, with the exception, perhaps, of the oysters at La Boqueria market on Las Ramblas. The Eixample is Barcelona’s Modernista centre. For the fullest experience of this quirky and remarkable architectural style, walk along the Passeig de Gràcia, and visit the Manzana de la Discòrdia, Le Pedrera, and of course, Gaudi’s most famous temple, the Sagrada Familia. Its startling interior, modified gothic architecture, and incredible impact on Barcelona’s skyline, make it Barcelona’s most iconic monument, though it stands at a shorter height than Montjuïc Castle, just outside the Montjuïc quarter. Also in Montjuïc is the recently established Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, beautifully landscaped gardens, and the minamilist, white Fundació Joan Miró, which exhibits the best of its namesake’s work. In the Zona Alta, slighty out of the central city, sit the colourful mosaics of Parc Güell and Horta’s Labyrinth. The density of traditional gothic architecture in the Barri Gòtic also gives Barcelona some of its fame, so we would highly recommend spending some time amidst those winding, maze-like streets. Finish off the day dining back at the hotel, or in one of the gourmet restaurants near Las Ramblas.

    DAY NINE: Barcelona to San Sebastian by rail
    In the afternoon, catch a train northwest across the depth of the country passing the undulating lands of the ancient provinces of Aragon and Navarre, crossing the Ebro valley near Zaragoza and then entering the Basque country to reach San Sebastián. The journey time is about 6 hours and you arrive in the early evening. In San Sebastian stay at the beautiful 19th Century Villa Soro, surrounded by pristine gardens and lawns.

    DAY TEN: San Sebatian
    San Sebastián is an elegant, cosmopolitan seaside resort set on a beautiful bay only a few miles away from the French border. Of particular interest are the golden town hall, which was formerly the city’s Gran Casino before it closed in 1924, and the spa building, La Perla, built for Queen María Cristina, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Many mansions and palaces, such as the Palacio Miramar, summer-house of the royal family in the 19th century, are available for visits, and offer a glimpse into the traditional architecture influenced by the proximity of the French border. Soak up the unique Basque culture, and perhaps dine in one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants which all serve innovative Spanish cuisine. Be sure to visit la Concha beach and the old-town with its lively tapas bars. Off the coast, visit Mount Igeldo for unrivalled views of the sea and the city, accessible via a funicular railway which is the oldest in the Basque Country, running since 1912. Recently named European Capital of Culture 2016, there is much in the way of art and culture to visit, from the striking San Telmo Museum to the small contemporary art galleries hidden away on the streets of Donostia (the old town). During the hot summer months, the town is host to festivals of jazz, theatre, classical music, and film, which only adds to the city’s cultural and artistic feel.

    DAY ELEVEN: San Sebatian to Lerma

    This morning, leave San Sebastian after collecting a hire-car for the two hour drive southwest to Lerma, a town just south of the historic city of Burgos. Perhaps stop off en-route to see the cathedral, dedicated to Our Lady of Burgos, dates back to the 12th century and reputedly depicts the entire history of European Gothic art in its architecture, and unique collections.1 kilometre to the west of Burgos will bring you to the Abbey of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas, which is a former monastery of Cistercian nuns. The complex is comprised of a church, monastery, and the walled premises that offered the nuns protection. Its cloister and inner courtyards provide beautifully serene places to stroll of an afternoon, while its halls and chapels convey something of a more rustic attitude. While the Chapter Room is distinctly austere, the 12th century sacristy door is decorated in a more ornate Arabic design. From here, drive south to your hotel, the Parador Hotel in Lerma, set in the beautiful early 17th century Ducal palace. This places you perfectly to spend a few hours on the vast Ducal square, once fully arcaded, which has the austere collegiate church of San Pedro on one side. From here, navigate your way down to the Arlanza River for a pleasant evening stroll, before retiring to the angular towers of your hotel. Take a relaxed drink in the hotel’s atmospheric, high-ceilinged lounge, that really captures the palatial history of the building.

    DAY TWELVE: Lerma to Leon
    Continue following the route of Saint James as you drive two hours westwards to the mediaeval walled city of León, whose 13th Century cathedral is renowned for its stunning stained glass. Stay at the NH Collection hotel which has a fantastic location on the city's Plaza Mayor central square. Leon's Cathedral is often referred to as The House of Light due to the magnificence of its stained-glass windows. The panes are numerous and cover a large proportion of the building’s wall space, filtering the light through their radiantly colourful glass, and casting a golden glow on the cavernous interior. To continue part of the discovery of Barcelona, León is home to the Casa de los Botines, designed by Antoni Gaudi. Though this building is somewhat reserved in comparison to his other works, it has a soft, rounded appearance that is typical of his style, and very pleasing to the eye, as well as tall, thin turrets with curved roofs. León is also home to the revolutionary MUSAC. Its unique outlook on contemporary art means that many of its exhibitions are very experimental, which adds intrigue to your visit, as well as making it even more memorable. 

    DAY THIRTEEN: Leon to Santiago de Compostela

    Your final city on this grand tour is Santiago de Compostela, the Galician capital and at the end of a drive through stunning green scenery. You spend two nights at the relaxing Hotel Spa A Quinta Da Auga, which is located just outside the city centre.

    DAY FOURTEEN: Santiago de Compostela
    Santiago de Compostela’s main sight is the majestic cathedral, which is the supposed resting place of Saint James the Apostle, and endpoint of the Saint James Pilgrimage, but there are numerous other historic buildings located throughout the city. The Romanesque cathedral dates back, originally, to the 11th century, though work was not completed until the 13th. The wealth of decorative and iconographic exterior additions were not carved or put in place until the beginning of the 18th century, though this façade is now what the cathedral is known for. The sight of its intricacies, that seem to cover every exposed inch of the stone, is not to be missed. Within, its Plateresque cloister is one of the most important in Spain; rooms such as the library, Chapter Room, and Chapel of Relics annex it, though its beauty is great enough to stand alone. During the summer, the cathedral plays host to a number of concerts. It is well-worth driving westwards to the Atlantic coast, either in the evening of day fourteen or before departing on your final day, where you can enjoy the phenomenal scenery of the Rias Baixas inlets, for which Galicia is known, and try some of the excellent shell-fish and white wine.

    DAY FIFTEEN: Return to the UK
    Return your hire car to the airport and catch your return flight from Santiago de Compostela to the UK.

    Travel times for this touring holiday:
    Seville to Granada by car: 2 hours 30 minutes
    Granada to Córdoba by car: 2 hours 15 minutes
    Córdoba to Madrid by rail: 1 hour 40 minutes
    Madrid to Barcelona by rail: 2 hours 45 minutes
    Barcelona to San Sebastián by rail: 5 hours 40 minutes
    San Sebastián to Lerma by car: 2 hours 35 minutes
    Lerma to León by car: 2 hours
    León to Santiago de Compostela by car: 3 hours 30 minutes

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    A Grand Tour of Spain 2

    Hotel Information

    These are the high quality city hotels that are featured in this vast touring holiday. Alternative hotels are available in some destinations – please contact us for full details.

    Corral del Rey
    Corral del Rey strikes the perfect balance between old and new. Among the narrow, cobbled streets of the historic Barrio Alfalfa quarter at the heart of Seville, this small, luxury, boutique hotel occupies an ancient setting, where chic interiors are a stock contrast. This 17th century Casa Palacio has been harmoniously restored to retain the character of its original features which now sit harmoniously alongside contemporary installations. Enter through heavy, fortified doors and emerge under the foyer’s coffered ceiling into an atrium flooded with light from its glass ceiling. Here, Roman marble columns and arches meet carved wooden beams and the exposed brackets which support the inner gallery. A feeling of casual elegance and friendliness strikes you upon entry, a characteristic befitting an intimate, family-run hotel. Glass windows look into a ground floor café and bar, where Spanish wines and light tapas dishes can be sought throughout the day. Accommodation ranges from superior and deluxe rooms to suites, while fully-serviced apartments are also available. Each room is styled around its individual dimensions, with exposed beams and rustic shutters contrasting elegant fixtures and contemporary light fittings. A rooftop terrace with plunge pool is an exclusive addition, and massage and yoga therapies are also available. Corral del Rey’s stripped-down experience is pleasantly understated, though the service is of the utmost quality at this highly sought-after address.
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    Hotel Alhambra Palace
    Having adorned the hillside like a gem for over 100 years, Hotel Alhambra Palace is an established symbol of colonial opulence in Granada. The hotel’s earthen-hued walls are a commanding sight, teetering on the hillside, just within the grounds of its ancient namesake. From here, astounding views spread across the urban rooftops to the distant peaks of the Sierra Navada Mountains. The promises made by the grand façade are fulfilled within; wherever you look, the lavish interiors glint and sparkle in imitation of the excesses of the ancient palace nearby. Moorish influences are seen in details such as columns, horseshoe archways, authentic chandeliers, decorative wall tiles and ornate carvings. The effect is luxurious and elegant. The restaurant at Hotel Alhambra Palace is no exception, where high ceilings are supported by broad columns, and peach-coloured walls feature stained glass windows. This is a refined environment for dining on international dishes of local produce, which are served alongside regional wines. The best tables spread into a conservatory-like area lined with windows that confront the stunning scenery as it spills away from the hotel’s feet. You can also enjoy the sight from a terrace that spans the width of the façade. By evening, retire to your accommodation for sublime rest in the quiet of the 115 guestrooms and 11 junior suites. This is when Hotel Alhambra Palace’s removal from the centre is best appreciated - after a day amid the hubbub of the city.
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    Hotel las Casas de la Judería
    A sublime maze of patios and courtyards, the four-star Hotel Las Casas de la Judería occupies a charming fortress palace in the Jewish quarter of Córdoba. Located midway between the Alcazar and the Mezquita, this boutique hotel exudes refined elegance - and a tangible sense of its own history. This is owed to a respectful refurbishment, in which the building’s original charm has remained intact due to scant modern embellishment. As befits the Andalusian tradition of outdoor living, Hotel Las Casas de la Judería holds a nexus of covered patios, terraces and flower-filled courtyards. These cute nooks, filled with archways and columns, are the perfect place for quiet reflection accompanied by the gentle soundtrack of water features. It is a pleasure to disappear here from the chaos of the bustling streets, while a small outdoor swimming pool is an exclusive addition at this central address. There is a type of simplicity in the hotel’s interior design that refuses to detract from the original character of the property. The galleria shows this best with its frugal decoration, featuring wooden floorboards and beams separated only by white walls; the feeling is almost mediaeval. By evening, dine on a menu of revamped Andalusian flavours in the converted stable buildings of Restaurante La Caballerizas de los Marqueses before retreating to guestrooms decorated with regal bed linens and views across the ancient rooftops of Córdoba to the majestic Mezquita.
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    Hotel Urban
    The grand, luxury, five-star Hotel Urban promises a type of style and sophistication that befits its name, located in Madrid’s financial, political, commercial, and cultural centre. In the thick of the city-centre bustle, and surrounded by bars and restaurants, the building’s 21st century façade is a vision of glass and industrial grey tones. Inside, you will experience absolute luxury on a boutique scale, making it easy to feel very at home. The design theme is ultra-contemporary, with materials such as glass, steel and leather giving a sleek and business-like quality. Ambient lighting ensures that public areas remain welcoming, while an atrium at the centre of the building is illuminated from sunlight through the glass ceiling high above. Taking inspiration from the cultural artwork that can be spotted in the guestrooms, throughout the public areas and in the museum which is located in the basement, an earthy colour scheme can be seen to pervade throughout the hotel. Choose from rooms and suites which range up to the exquisite offering of the Suite Lofts, which offer living and sleeping spaces spread across two floors. Some guestrooms look out onto the atrium, whilst others enjoy views of the surrounding suites. You might be surprised to find that there is an outdoor swimming pool hidden within this metropolitan base, located on the hotel’s rooftop terrace where you will also find a number of sunbeds. The terrace is also open in the summer months to those looking to dine in the open air La Terraza del Urban, with its outstanding views and exotic menu. Come nightfall, enjoy a cocktail under the stars here or in the Glass Bar, which is the only oyster bar in Spain and fosters an underground, club-like atmosphere. Meanwhile, Europa Deco Restaurant is the place to be for more substantial dinners of creative Mediterranean cuisine.
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    Grand Hotel Central
    Perfect for a stylish city break to the artistic city of Barcelona, the five-star Grand Hotel Central embodies a sophisticated aura that harks back to the building’s 1920s beginning. Having been sympathetically renovated to complement the building’s original style, Grand Hotel Central now strikes a compromise between old and new. Grand doorways open to reveal spaces that blend chic modern décor with original features. Bold blocks of colour, contemporary lighting and a minimalist scattering of statement features contrast high, coffered ceilings and soaring columns. Each of the 147 guestrooms is minimal and comfortable, decked with fine linen, top quality fittings and soothing colour schemes to create a relaxing space in which to unwind after a day travelling this most vibrant Spanish city. Situated beside Barcelona Cathedral, the Grand Hotel Central occupies a prime location for exploring the city. Stroll out the hotel’s doors and find yourself on Via Laietana, which runs from the seafront to the old town. When you get tired of exploring by foot, guests at the Grand Hotel Central can retreat to a rooftop terrace to gain an aerial perspective of Barcelona. A chic and sophisticated space, it is without a doubt the statement piece of the entire hotel. Here, a slick infinity pool stretches to a spine-tingling drop at the building’s edge, providing vast, one-of-a-kind views over the city. Skybar is a marvellous addition that reflects the sleepless city’s cosmopolitan appeal, with its stylish and contemporary atmosphere. Angular wooden benches are angled towards each other to create intimate booths that are lit by candlelight and mood lighting. Neon blue lighting can be seen to mirror the city lights that surround this rooftop spot. Avalon Restaurant and Café is another location in which to indulge at the Grand Hotel Central. Overseen by the two-Michelin starred chef Ramon Friexa, divine cuisine is served in a fashionable and sleek space decorated in a deep colour palette. The hotel’s Wellness Suite offers an altogether different menu of sensory and indulgent experiences. Enter this aromatic space and be pampered after a tiring day of exploration.
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    Villa Soro
    San Sebastián
    In the very heart of cosmopolitan San Sebastian, Hotel Villa Soro is a four-star gem within walking distance of the Old Town and Zurriola beach. Enjoy the city from the dignified distance of Hotel Villa Soro’s enclosed gardens and marvel at the stately villa that takes pride of place in front of a sweeping driveway and pristine lawns. With just 25 rooms split between the splendid villa and the old stables, this is a boutique property with a bygone charm, having been installed here in the late nineteenth century. Interiors are elegant and refined, yet without pretention, as the glow of intimate lighting and log fires settles on precious woods, parquet floors and grand arm chairs in the two living rooms. There is a sympathetic combination of traditional comforts and contemporary features at Hotel Villa Soro to make guests feel quite at home. The marble floors, grand stairwell and art nouveau-style shaped doorways add a style that suits the property’s history. The homely warmth reflects a welcoming attitude felt from the staff, which provides a service that seeks to cater to guests’ every desire. Although there is no restaurant at the hotel, you will feel little loss in a city renowned for its gastronomy – and with the famous Arzak Restaurant just 500 yards away. There is, however, a breakfast room where you can prepare yourself for a day of exploration, perhaps making the most of one of the hotel’s bicycles for free – a marvellous addition to a splendid hotel.
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    Hotel Spa A Quinta da Auga
    Santiago de Compostela
    Just outside Santiago de Compostela, the four-star A Quinta da Auga Hotel Spa Relais & Châteaux is a delight to behold, its gardens filled with the lull of the River Sar’s waters. This grand Galician house is evocative of a Provençal manor, its window boxes an explosion of colour beneath terracotta roofing tiles and its stone facade creeping with foliage. From the one-hectare grounds and manicured lawns, to the refined service, attention to detail is key. Guestrooms are installed with fittings of the utmost quality, including chestnut shutters, oak wood floors and marble bathrooms. Throw open the latch windows to see luscious garden views and invite in the sunshine and the trickling sound of the river. The 18th century stonework is visible everywhere, the history of which is juxtaposed against a contemporary colour scheme, luxurious linens, and mood lighting. Dine on innovative and traditional meals at Restaurante Filigrana, where the elegant dining room spills through patio doors for al fresco meals. Lantern light illuminates the tables by evening, while the fragrance of vivid purple and white petunias fills the senses by day. For indulgence by another name, seek the serenity of the spa, where access is available at a supplement. Cutting-edge facilities here include an indoor pool circuit which is located in the attic space with views over the rooftops to the woodland beyond. You can also participate in a range of massages, therapies and beauty treatments. A Quinta da Auga Hotel Spa offers all you could desire for a restful retreat not far from the historic sites of Galicia.
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  • Luxury Al Andalus rail holiday departure dates 2020

    The luxury Al Andalus train departure dates for 2020

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  • Cookery Holidays at Eremo della Giubiliana Sicily

    The Eremo della Giubiliana has announced the themes for its cookery lessons

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  • New Family Aqua Park at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino

    The redesigned Aqua Park at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino opens end of April 2019.

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  • Creative Writing Holiday East Winds in St Lucia

    A week long Creative Writing Retreat at East Winds, November 2019.

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