Spanish resorts you must visit according to locals and travel bloggers

We’ve been speaking to locals, ex-pats and travel bloggers on social media to find out which Spanish towns and resorts they love and why. Check out their favourite destinations below.

Donostia, San Sebastian

From Heather (UK ex-pat, now living in Madrid)

Nested in a beautiful bay, this quaint town offers an array of pinxtos (little snacks). Preferring to wander around a new place, I took a recommended Pinxto-tour, picking and choosing my own route through food heaven. If you like seafood, travelling to this part of Spain is a must. After feeling sufficiently stuffed, there are plenty of coastal walks to take in the breathtaking views of the Bay of Biscay and rugged characterful coastline. It was from here that I begun my four day mini Camino de Santiago hike.

 View of the bay

View of the bay

Playa de San Juan, Alicante

From Heather (UK ex-pat, now living in Madrid)

A tram ride away from Alicante town, my boyfriend and I enjoy this clean, calm and vast beach. Sip on a cold beer at a chiringuito beach bar (which you will often have to yourself) and take in the spectacular views of the Valencian mountains and Punta de L’Escaleta!

 Pristine sands

Pristine sands

Madrid

From Heather (UK ex-pat, now living in this beautiful Spanish city)

You will look up as much as you look forwards when meandering through the streets, old and new. The neo-classic buildings somehow compliment the graffiti-filled, boutique-style shops and streets below. Take in city views with a gin and tonic on a rooftop, or order a cana at one of Madrid’s oldest bars such as Los Gatos, or Dolores in Barrio de las Letras, before ambling through the classically kept Parque de Retiro. The best part of Madrid for me are the many indoor food markets, or mercados, and endless plazas and bars with terraces. Try Plaza de Olavide for a truly Spanish atmosphere!

We visited Heather in Madrid earlier this year; read our blog here.

 Jardines de Sabatini

Jardines de Sabatini

 Parque de Retiro

Parque de Retiro

Toledo

From Lee @whywouldyougo (Website - www.scruffyaudionetwork.com/wwygt)

Toledo is a short train ride from Madrid, perfect for a day trip or overnight stay. The train station is gorgeous! This beautiful medieval city sits on top of a hill beside a river. With cobblestone streets and narrow alleys it has a much slower pace than the big cities. It has two beautiful churches with great views of the city. Of course the food!

To hear more, check out Lee’s Spain podcast following the link on his Twitter profile.

 Toledo’s train station

Toledo’s train station

 View of the city

View of the city

 View from the top of one of Toledo’s churches

View from the top of one of Toledo’s churches

Ibiza

From Gunel @simpleadventure (Website - www.mysimpleadventures.com)

Everyone has their own reasons to love Ibiza! It’s what you want to make of it – beach parties, wonderful family holidays, stunning landscapes - it’s got something for everyone. I went to Ibiza last year for the first time, and have fallen absolutely in love with the White Isle. I love house and dance music, and it's the mecca of dance music. However, Ibiza has also got plenty of unspoilt scenery, stunning landscapes and beaches to explore, and of course...those truly magical sunsets. I'd say everyone needs to experience Ibiza - at least once in a lifetime!

For more adventures and travel stories, have a read of Gunel’s blog on her website!

 Quaint rooftops

Quaint rooftops

 Sunset at the beach

Sunset at the beach

Barcelona

 Parc de la Ciutadella

Parc de la Ciutadella

From Jessica @SeasondTravelr

(Website - www.seasonedtravelr.com)

I first visited Barcelona many years ago and completely fell in love as I wandered aimlessly through the medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter, surrounded by Christmas lights and scarfing down some churros con chocolate (hot, freshly-made churros served with a rich chocolate sauce to dip). I am now going on my 5th year living in the surrounding area, and I honestly cannot get enough of the city. There is something for everyone, no matter your tastes or interests - it is impossible to get bored! Each of the many neighborhoods has something special and unique to offer, from incredible architecture and intriguing history to hipster vibes and street art. There’s no bad time to visit, either - there are amazing activities and festivals all year round. And, if you’re a foodie like me, there’s no shortage of incredible bars and restaurants to satisfy your every craving!

For more information about the city, check out Jessica’s Ultimate Guide to Barcelona here.

 Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

Ecosystem Restoration Camp Altiplano, Murcia

From Rachel (A UK citizen who is currently volunteering for the start-up organisation)

In an area that has been intensively farmed for decades, soil erosion, biodiversity loss and desertification are big challenges. Working with a network of farmers committed to regenerative agriculture, Ecosystem Restoration Camp Altiplano is trialing alternative methods of agriculture which leave the soil in better condition. The project brings in volunteers from all over the world to learn more, share skills and connect with nature like never before. It’s a grassroots movement of people who want to take action to address climate change without waiting for governments.

You can support the project are through becoming a member, donating money or applying to volunteer.

Check out their website to find out more: www.ecosystemrestorationcamps.org

 The camp

The camp

 Some of the area’s farm land

Some of the area’s farm land

To read more about these locations and travel bloggers, follow the links I have shared in this post. Let us know what you think about their chosen destinations. Have you been to any already? Would you have chosen somewhere different? Leave a comment below!

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