Sparkling Codorniu – Wine Tasting

Visit the Codorniu cellars for a cork popping cava sensation, sparkling white cava and rose to tempt your tastebuds. Buy a case or two from the pioneers of sparklers.


The incredible cellar was designed by  Josep Puig i Cadafalch,  one of the leading representatives of the great Catalan modernist architectural school along with the genius Gaudi.

Daily visits are possible check out their website for directions and details.

Top Ten – Jaen Castle Hotel

Tripadvisor named the 4* Parador Santa Catalina in Jaen one of the top ten castle stays in the world. I have to agree, as my nearest Parador and one of my favourite views and coffee haunts, under a 20 metre high vaulted ceiling, I may be baised. I might even see you there.

Who wouldn’t fancy knights in armour, two-inch thick doors and windows plus dining in medieval style. This hotel really does have one of the best Parador views in Spain. While some say the standards of the Paradors are slipping as the staff have jobs for life, you cannot fault the ambience and decor of this castle in the air, Jaen Parador.

Luxury in Glorious Seville

The gorgeous 5* Hotel Alfonso XIII was commissioned by the Spanish king in 1928 to be the most luxurious hotel in Europe. Today eighty years later it still holds that magical allure, sense of quality and style and many of the original antiques and cristal chandeliers.

Located in the heart of the beautiful city of Seville the regional capital of  Andalucia Hotel Alfonso offers a magical stay, dine on the patio under the stars or enjoy the live piano music and a tapas or two at the pool-side.

Luxurious Spanish Retreat

The contemporary 5* Intercontinental Mar Menor Golf Resort & Spa offers a cool and modern luxurious stay. With an indoor pool, outdoor pool, state-of-the-art gym, Espa Spa and a Par 36 nine-hole golf course surrounding the hotel. Plenty for both him, her and even them!


In your bedroom wallow in a hydro-massage bath with the Moorish style wooden screens open to the window wall view beyond. This is under-stated luxury in the warmest corner of Europe.

Boasting 3 restaurants and 4 bars there’s no need to leave the hotel, this Intercontinental Hotel is a fabulous short-break destination.