Somewhere for the Weekend

  • Somewhere for the Weekend: Atzaró, Ibiza

    Atzaró is an ‘Agroturismo’ family-run hotel, located in the heart of Ibiza and built on a stunning orange farm. Open all year round, it is unique in both design and the experience it offers and is undoubtedly one of the island’s gems.

  • Somewhere for the Weekend: Sitges

    The vast majority of visitors to Barcelona don’t leave the city. Which is a crying shame when you consider that less than an hour away in any direction there are coastal walks, boutique wineries, medieval towns and the cutest beaches. Believe it or not, Sitges has 26 beaches in all, looped along an 18km stretch with the little town in the middle, gleaming white as a pile of sugar cubes against a deep blue Mediterranean sea.

  • Somewhere for the Weekend: Valencia

    Filled with elegant, orange-tree lined streets backed by handsome Modernista townhouses contrasted by some of the country’s most dazzling modern architecture in the shape of Santiago Calatrava’s City of Arts and Sciences, and fringed by miles of gold sand beach with acres of green space, you could say Valencia is one of urban Spain’s best kept secrets.

  • Somewhere for the Weekend: Poble Sec, Barcelona

    You know a neighbourhood has arrived when it gets its first boutique hotel. Barcelona’s Poble Sec was always something of a well-kept secret, but these days its star is rising fast. Hotel Brumell is a smart, light and airy hotel with lofty dimensions and a vibe that’s already a hit with PoSe residents for lazy breakfasts, market fresh lunches and killer cocktails.

  • Somewhere for the Weekend: Santa Gertrudis, Ibiza

    Inland Ibiza has its own special magic. The flat-roofed, white washed towns and villages that define Ibicenco architecture look almost Moroccan creating a unique flavour and character to the place that could not be anywhere else. And piercing the very heart of the island is Santa Gertrudis.

  • Somewhere for the Weekend: L’Escala and Empúries

    The North Costa Brava may not have the soaring cliffs and fjord-like coves of the south, but the pay-off is that the bay of Roses is dotted with some of the regions most authentic towns. Best of all, because everything is packed into a comparatively small area, it’s great for a short weekend break with the added allure of a couple of nights at the Hostal Empúries, a sustainable boutique hotel that occupies centre stage of the area’s prettiest beach.

  • Somewhere for the Weekend: A stroll among the vines – discovering the Alt Penedès

    The problem with the Penedès was always that there was nowhere decent to stay, which rather put paid to any fantasies of Sideways style wine-tasting adventures. Happily that is no longer the case, with The Mas Tinell Winery Hotel being the perfect place to lay your head while you explore the area’s potential.

  • Somewhere for the Weekend: There’s more to Ibiza Town than meets the eye

    It’s easy to make assumptions about Ibiza. It is one of the world’s most popular party destinations after all. But, there’s much more to the white island than that, starting with their diminutive little capital or Eivissa as the ancients called it.