5 places in Spain you need to visit in 2019
Whenever we want a week of guaranteed sunshine we go to Spain. It has been a holiday favorite for as long as anyone can remember, and it never fails to disappoint.
From the cosmopolitan cities to the bustling seaside resorts, it is a country that ticks every box. The sun shines throughout the year, the food is incredible and there is so much to see and do. As 2019 approaches, there has never been a better time to visit.
Which of the Spanish cities and resorts should be on your bucket list? Here are just some of our favourites to whet your appetite.
Where better to start than Barcelona? The Catalan capital is awash with culture, iconic landmarks, architectural brilliance, delicious food, world class sport and it even has a beach. What more could you want?
It is one of the most-visited cities in the world and it’s no wonder. Visit the famous Sagrada Familia cathedral and Casa Batllo, both works of art by Barcelona’s favourite son Antoni Gaudi, shop on the La Rambla, dive into tapas in the Gothic Quarter and relax on Barceloneta beach.
It’s the city break destination that you’ll never want to leave.
Down on the Costa Blanca there is a city that is giving the likes of Madrid and Barcelona a run for their money. Alicante has a growing reputation as an unmissable Spanish holiday destination. It brings together the traditional and modern in a pleasant beachside location.
Overlooking the city is the Castle of Santa Barbara, a fortress that has sat atop Mount Benacantil since the 9th century while at the foot mountain is the charming marina bustling with locals and holidaymakers.
Rub shoulders with the stars in Marbella. This playground for the rich and famous is almost unrecognisable from the humble fishing village it once was. Sample the glitz and glamour of some of Spain’s most exclusive nightclubs and see if the Golden Mile really lives up to hype.
Of course, it isn’t all champagne bottles and dancing ‘til dawn. Marbella has a delightful old town known as Casco Antiguo where you can enjoy local cuisine in the quaint restaurants of the orange tree-lined square and watch the sunset with a glass of sangria in your hand.
We simply couldn’t leave Majorca out of this list. While the Balearic Islands have been wowing us for years and there are so many places we could recommend, the coastal resort of Cala d’Or is a must no matter what type of holidaymaker you are.
Known as the ‘Golden Boy’ of Majorca, it is a scenic setting of hidden beaches, a mix of local and international restaurants, lively bars and boutique shops. You can spend the day topping up your tan on the beach or watching the luxury yachts float into shore at the marina. This is why we flock to Majorca in our droves.
Meet the new coolest kid on the block of the city break scene. As the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, Malaga is a true work of art and a place that can change perceptions of the Costa del Sol. Suave, sophisticated and downright fun, Malaga should be everyone’s bucket list.
From the Renaissance architecture of the Cathedral of Malaga to the rustic nature of the craft beer bars, this is a city in touch with its artistic side. Tour the galleries, see the street murals and embrace the vibe of one of Spain’s most fascinating cities. It even has a beach!