It’s January 2018, so that’s another speedy year under our belts. By now, in all probability, you probably have a fresh set of aspirations brewing. Spain has a lot to offer to those aspiring to have a great time, and the same goes for those looking to settle on this alluring land.
If you suspect that Spain may be ‘the one’, it would be a great idea to take a holiday here. Why not come and check out the abundance of remarkable properties for Sale on the Costa del Sol while you’re here? There are so many homes for sale in Marbella and the surrounding areas, you’ll probably need to allocate some extra time if it’s a short break you’re planning.
These are five of our picks for an unforgettable visit to Spain:
- Soria, Castile and León
Although this province is not exactly overrun with visitors, if they knew what they were missing, it surely would be. This is the perfect location if you prefer ‘off the beaten track’ getaways.
It’s a couple of hours drive from Madrid, and has a very low population compared to surrounding areas. This means that the province is a lot more rustic with roads that need a little more tending to than funding will allow. Don’t let this put you off, though. The town is full of tasteful, traditional shops, and despite the low population, the night brings out all the locals and visitors; there is a great vibe to be shared.
Soria is a haven for creative types who come to be inspired by the incredible landscapes. Architecture includes a 12th century monastery and some Romanesque churches. Even if you’re heading for the Sunshine Coast, It’s surely worth a detour!
Aragón is situated just West of Catalonia. Here you will find a town by the name of Teruel, and it has some pretty special architecture. The Mudéjar architecture can be found only here in Aragón, which alone makes it worth a visit.
Then there’s the Ordesa National Park, and you can also visit the picturesque villages by the names of Alqúezar and Albarracín. Like Soria, Castile and León, the place doesn’t have as many visitors as one might have imagined with hindsight. Those that do visit are almost certainly going to return.
To get here, fly into the capital, Zaragoza. This city is worth a visit too; it’s the hometown of the famous artist Goya and has museums, monuments and more dedicated to him.
- Playa de Mónsul, Andalusia
Playa de Mónsul is an absolutely stunning beach – one of many, in fact – in the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, located in the southern province of Almería. The park itself is so worth a visit; it was protected fiercely by environmentalist Francisca Díaz Torres until the day she died (five years ago), so no development happened and the public were always welcome to this breathtaking area.
The land is dotted with cactuses, palm trees and agave plants, but buildings are scarce. The land is said to be similar to Mexican and Texan landscapes, and there is a nearby desert that is popular with film crews; it has been used for countless shows, adverts and music videos. Visiting this place means you get the best of both worlds: lush nature combined with the untainted beaches.
- Inland Andalusia
Andalusia is one of the most popular regions to visit in Spain, but most people make a beeline for the coast; they want to soak up the sea air, which is understandable. However, Andalusia has a lot more to offer than just captivating coastline.
People also check in frequently at the more popular pueblos blancos (white villages) like Ronda; but they don’t realise that they’re missing out on comparably stunning villages in the Córdoba province. There will be less of a crowd here, so it’s probably going to be a more peaceful experience.
This region is responsible for the production of Spain’s finest olive oils. If you get a chance to visit the nearby province of Jaén, do; the sprawling olive groves are a sight not to be missed, and the same goes for towns Baeza and Úbeda with their captivating Renaissance architecture.
Around an hour outside Seville (to the North) there is a tiny, tranquil white village at the bottom of a Limestone ridge. Cazalla de la Sierra has pretty cobbled streets that invite you to wander. It even has a miniature bullring, and a lovely plaza to sit and watch the world go by.
There’s so much more to Andalusia; more than we can fit into one article! Come and see for yourself, and while you’re here, don’t forget to visit Marbella. If this place doesn’t wow you, we’ll be wowed ourselves! Paradise Marbella are here to help you find your ideal spot on the Costa del Sol, so come and pick our brains any time.