Spain’s Beautiful and Longest Beaches

Spain has an incredible amount of beaches which cover its almost 5,000 km of coastline (4,964 km.) From the Bay of Biscay in the north, heading east to the Atlantic Ocean, down and round to the Mediterranean Sea tiny, rocky coves, fishing villages and large expanses of white, sandy beaches adorn the shore.

There are more than 180 beaches in Spain which are over 2km long but there are some even longer. The Guiness Book of Records has three entries for the three longest beaches in Spain. Playa de Castilla is the first, in Huelva province and measures an unbelievalbe 17 kilometres. Can you imagine the view?

Beach Huelva

The second one is Playa El Cofete which is in Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands, which is nearly 14 km long.

Playa El Cofete

The third is Playa de Nueva Umbria which is 12km long and is also in Huelva in Andalusia.

Playa de Nueva Umbria

I find it hard to imagine a beach 2km long let alone 17km in length, that must be a sight worth seeing and also make Huelva, one of the lesser touristy, quieter spots in Andalusia, the south of Spain, worthy of a visit.

So if you’re looking for Spain’s most beautiful and longest beaches you know where to go! Huelva sounds like the best spot on the mainland or Fuerteventura for a visit to one of the Spanish Islands.

What to Do & When to Visit the Canary Island – Fuerteventura

It seems to be Canary Island season as we’re now going to take a look around Fuerteventura (the last post was about La Gomera.) Fuerteventura is known for its almost daily sunshine,gorgeous beaches and jammed packed with events, this Spanish Island which is actually nearer Africa than Spain is just a four hour flight from the UK.

The sizzling and bustling summers brings Fuerteventura to life and attracts jet setters from around the globe. With plenty of local festivals, sporting challenges and local island traditions.

The Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahіa Real

Where to Stay on Fuerteventura

The Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahіa Real makes a fabulous base offering a perfect haven for visitors seeking a touch of luxury to explore from. This multi-award winning hotel has one of the island’s most comprehensive spas, six exquisite restaurants with some of the island’s best local gastronomy, as well as an Ibiza-style beach club and lounge, Coco Bahia.

San Juan Festival

San Juan takes place every 24th June to celebrate the summer solstice. It starts with a large bonfire, a candle and a salt ceremony followed by a dip in the sea as the final part of the cleansing ritual. Those who stay at Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real can enjoy the celebrations at their very own beachfront club, Coco Bahia, and also sample some of the best mojitos on the island.
More information here.

Corralejo Night Run

On 30th June hundreds of runners fill Corralejo town centre for its annual night run along a five kiolmetre stretch of the coastline. There’s a Children up to the age of 13 can also get involved in some sporting fun, completing a one kilometre kids night race. Visitors will be able join in with street parties, musical events, whilst enjoying local Canarian cuisine and wine until the early hours.
More information here.

The Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahіa Real

Our Lady of Carmen
From 8th to 16th July Corralejo is full of locals and visitors from across the islands, who gather on hundreds of flower embellished boats to honour the patroness of the town the religious figure – Lady Carmen which is paraded through the towns, along with traditional music and Canarian song.

Once at the beach the figure is placed on a boat and sailed around the harbour. An age old tradition, the festival and its patroness are believed to bring good luck to the fisherman of the sea, making it a great spectacle for all.
More information here.

Just a short review of what to see and do while on holiday in Fuerteventura.

Where to go for Watersports in Spain? The Canary Island La Gomera

Spain’s Canary Islands guarantee sun and swimming season from May to January making them the ideal go to place for watersports.  But La Gomera is tops, with clear waters that hardly ever drop below 20 degrees Celsius,  in the Atlantic Ocean offers all season, year-round watersports like Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Canoeing, Snorkelling & Diving, Deep Sea Fishing and Boat Excursions.

La Gomera

Stand-up paddleboarding  gives you an all out workout as it’s a high- intensity exercise which derived from ancient Polynesian roots. Its popularity began when surfers started to use oars in training to increase their balance.

There are three companies on La Gomera which provide all you need for  paddleboarding or canoeing and they are in Valle Gran Rey, San Sebastián and in Playa Santiago.

Snorkelling & Diving

La Gomera has  been the location for underwater photography and free diving championships because of its diverse natural resources. The island was named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2012 for its subaquatic flora and fauna.

It’s an ideal location for beginners but also for the more experienced and adventurous divers. There are drift dives, caves and deep reefs to explore, as well as the impressive  huge volcanic structure at the Natural Monument of Los Organos  that continues underwater.

La Gomera, watersports

Deep Sea Fishing

La Gomera’s rich marine life make it one of the best destinations for deep sea fishing. It is the home to many species such as blue marlin, white marlin, spearfish, tuna, blue fin, big-eye, yellow fin and albacore as well as hammerhead and mako sharks, dorado and more.

There are many charter boat services in San Sebastian’s marina with world-class boats, equipment and expertise for big game fishing, bottom fishing, jigging and blue marlin fishing.

One of the most important fishing events of the year  ‘Isla de Gomera’ Deep Sea Fishing Championship takes place here.

Boat Excursions

With 90 km of virtually unexplored coastline,  the island’s marine life is rich and abundant. Schools of  fish, barracudas, rays, turtles, dolphins and whales  can be seen near the coast.

La Gomera is one the world’s most important places for whale and dolphin watching with 30 different species inhabiting the waters, almost one-third of the 87 species worldwide.

Several companies provide boat excursions, most of them depart from the port of Vueltas (Valle Gran Rey), but  also from San Sebastián and Playa Santiago.

La Gomera

These are just some of the reasons why  La Gomera is a top spot for watersports but it’s a great place for hiking, star gazing and relaxing too if all that activity sounds too exhausting.

 

May, The Best Time to See the Wild Flowers in Andalusia, Spain

May is the best time to see wild flowers in Andalusia and I find myself coming home from walking every morning with a fistful of wild flowers. Right now living in the Sierra Sur de Jaen, northern Andalusia, luxury is being able to walk in the sunshine, through the olive groves. Breathe in fresh air and see the magnificence of the countryside. A patchwork of colour. A work of art by nature.

The dictionary definition of Luxury is ‘a state of great comfort or elegance, especially when involving great expense.’

Wild Flowers, Jaen, Andalusia, Spain

Great expense for me is actually tearing myself away from my laptop and going out for a walk while it’s still cool.

I started off counting the different wild flowers I picked. I only go for pink, purple and white ones (I can’t abide yellow and pink or purple together.) But soon lost count and couldn’t have comfortable carried a bigger bouquet. Bouquet because I did actually arrange each one in place as I picked it.

Luxury means different things to different people and right now, this morning my little bit of luxury was free and healthy. That’s not always so!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Show Weekend in Ibiza

The second edition of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weekend will be held in Ibiza and is to feature top Spanish labels Alvarno, Andrés Sardá and Jorge Vázquez as well as 2nd Skin Co. and Custo BCN as well as beach and swimwear by  London-based Melissa Odabash.

These top labels in Spanish fashion will return to strut the catwalk  this summer resort collection at the Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel on 25th May.

Custo BCN

This year will see a more comprehensive collection of labels, a greater number of catwalks and more presentations from Spanish brands. The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weekend or MBFWIbiza for short,  has become the country’s second biggest Spanish fashion show after the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid.

Andrés Sardá beachwear

The catwalk programme offers a unique opportunity to discover the most cutting edge and top class brands in Spain in a Mediterranean beachside setting. Bringing not only the most current labels to Ibiza but also  marking one of the biggest social gatherings in Ibiza. It will also position the Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel as a meeting-place for key fashion influencers from around the globe.

Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel

Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel the luxurious 416-room hotel features the Ushuaïa Club, with an amazing poolside stage, and The Ushuaïa Tower, with breathtaking views. Ushuaïa is designed for the traveller seeking the fun and entertainment associated with Ibiza. Ushuaïa offers Swim-Up room options, daytime parties hosted by celebrated DJs, “chromotherapy,” the ability to set the room-mood with LED lights, ensuring that the party never stops.

Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel

Its range of dining options is one of the island’s best, from Ibiza’s first premier steakhouse Montauk Steakhouse Ibiza and Minami Japanese Restaurant to The Oyster and Caviar Bar beside the pool, the relaxed Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Club providing the perfect fuel for Ibiza party-goers and Sir Rocco Beach Club serving the best Italian cuisine.

Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, The Tower Restaurant

Visit http://www.ushuaiabeachhotel.com

Only YOU Boutique Hotel & Thai Room Spa

The Spanish hotel chain Palladium Hotel Group has over forty  years of experience with more than fifty hotels in six countries. One of its brands – Palladium Boutique Hotels opened the luxury Only YOU Boutique Hotel in Madrid which now offers  The Thai Room spa.

Only YOU Boutique Hotel, Madrid

The Thai Room spa is a wellness centre which offers exotic and authentic Asian massages and treatments. The creator and director of the Thai Room concept, Vicente Martinez, said:

“The wellness concept is integrated into the Asian way of life. They live in a simple way with what they have and embrace the present as the best way to relieve stress. Our aim is that when the client experiences the treatments, they feel a sense of this philosophy and of this mental state, so genuine of the East.”

A member of the International Spa Association, The Thai Room Spa offers guests the ultimate experience of Asian therapy and the ancestral customs of India, Bali, Hawaii, China and Thailand.

Only YOU Thai Room spa

A selection of massages and treatments which include Ayurveda yoga, Chinese medicine,  Jamú massage, an Indonesian tradition, Thai massage and other South East Asian therapies.

Only YOU Thai Room spa

All your senses will come alive at the Thai Wellness Room. Natural oils, soulfulTibetan flute music, Thai harps, mantras, steam showers and silk cocoon wraps. Let the highly trained, experienced therapists rejuvenate you, mind, body and soul. By using their fingers, hands, elbows and at times their entire body, they will relieve every muscle and leave you feeling like never before.

Only YOU Boutique Hotel, Madrid Thai Room spa

As Only YOU’s PR Manager, Marta de Andres said:

At Only YOU we pride ourselves on offering the best experience to our clients so we are truly delighted to be able to extend this to a unique and quality wellness experience. The new services at Only YOU Boutique Hotel are designed to meet the growing demand of clients seeking unique experiences at the hotel and we believe the Thai Room will offer our guests “the road to a new YOU”.

Only YOU Thai Room spa

Doesn’t it sound like somewhere you should visit?

Only YOU Boutique Hotel.

 

Two Small & Luxurious Inland Hotels in Rural Malaga

If you’re looking for that perfect small, luxury hotel in inland Malaga that offers personal service, home cooking and a touch of luxury away from the hoards of beach-worshippers you need to head inland from the coast to the mountains or in this case the Serrania de Ronda.

Cartajima, Serrania de Ronda

Inland Malaga province has vast and beautiful swathes of nature, from rolling hills and moutain ranges to the stunning karstic limestone landscape of El Torcal.

El Torcal, Antequera, Andalucia

I’m going to introduce you to two very different yet equally lovely small, rural hotels. The first one in this post is Hotel Castaños in Cartijima in the Serrania de Ronda near the town of  Ronda north-west of Malaga airport.

Hotel Los Castanos,  Cartajima, Ronda, Malaga

Cartijima is a charmingly small, unspoilt town in great walking country. Walk from the doorstep and lose yourself in pure nature, or follow waymarked routes for as long and far as you please.

PR A 222 Parautas walking route

After a day’s walking just relax on the roof terrace or in the hotel lounge  and dine on  Di’s home award-winning  Mediterranean-fushion cooking while sampling local wines or unusual gins.

Each room is individually decorated with views of the town and/or the horizon-reaching mountains. For even more impressive views the pretty plant-filled roof terrace provides a great relaxing, star-gazing, painting or drawing setting. For those who can doodle, you don’t even need to bring your own materials, they are provided in your room.

Day or night the roof terrace is one place you will certainly spend some time. I did. I couldn’t take my eyes off those views and although I took lots of photos I really wished, up there in the silence and warmth of siesta time in rural Spain, that I could draw well.

When life is slowed down for you by your surroundings you learn to appreciate the simple things of life. The peace, the lack of rush, hustle and bustle. When you’ve visited Hotel Los Castaños you will want to return. Everybody does.

See Hotel Los Castaños on Only Spain Boutique Hotels my boutique hotel collection.

The second small and luxurious inland hotel will be Cortijo Sabila in Villanueva del Rosario, Malaga – coming soon. Or see it now on Only Spain – Cortijo Sabila.