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Best experiences in Sarria Sants, Barcelona

Travel Tips for Area: Sarria Sants
Best experiences in Sarria Sants, Barcelona

Sarria Sants is Barcelona’s fashionable Uptown and it most certainly lives up to its label in more ways than one. The once-independent pueblo, now a bona fide part of the Catalonian capital, is one of the city’s most up-market barrios, located up on the slopes of Mount Tibidabo and is the one quarter which has definitely moved up, in every sense, since its humble rural beginnings. Yet no matter how much gentrification goes on, Sarria Sants still retains its small, old-time, village feel. This is a much quieter part of Barcelona, but it’s by no means tame. Sarria boasts infinitely gorgeous narrow streets, charming old houses, trendy boutiques and the swankiest schools, shopping centres and town-houses in the city. It’s long-held reputation for being one of the most sought-after addresses in Barcelona dates back to the mid-1800s, when wealthy Barcelonans used to flock here in droves to build opulent week-enders and enjoy their free time amidst the natural splendours the area was saturated in. Sarria still boasts an incredibly green persona, which helps make it one of the most relaxing and indulging corners of the bustling city. The ideal holiday base for anyone who wants a quieter space to retreat to ...

The best food fight in the world, Valencia centre

Travel Tips for Area: Valencia Centre
The best food fight in the world, Valencia centre

The Spanish coastal city of Valencia has been the quiet achiever as far as touristy reputation is concerned. While the locals seem to like it that way, we feel the incredible urge to tell you just how great this city is for tourists. When plane-loads of visitors head to more popular hubs like Ibiza and Mallorca every summer, a small bunch of savvy travellers know that if it’s an epitome Spanish vacation you’re after, then Valencia’s your town. Over three kilometres of sparkling beaches to enjoy, authentic paella to savour, an interesting Old Town to discover and a plethora of different shopping options make this a truly fantastic holiday destination. Want another reason to head here? How about this: visit Valencia in August and you can take part in the biggest food fight in the world! Now be honest: have you ever seen the huge Spanish tomato-fight festival on TV and thought ‘I wish I could go!’? Well travel to Valencia and you can. Book your Valencia rental apartment this summer and come be part of the most deliciously squishy festival in Spain. The ‘Tomatina’ festival is one of Spain’s most prominent celebrations and is held in the town of Buñol on the ...

Madrid’s Unique Attractions near Puerta del Sol

Travel Tips for Area: Puerta del Sol
Madrid’s Unique Attractions near Puerta del Sol

Just a short walk from Madrid’s Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, or Gate of the Sun, is undoubtedly the Spanish city’s most famous plaza. The absolute central point of the country (all roads are measured from here), Puerta del Sol square rests on the site of one of the capital’s ancient gates and has been considered the epicentre of Madrid’s society for almost 500 years. Nowadays it still retains its intrinsic importance, and New Year’s celebrations held here have been broadcast all over the country since the early 1960s. You couldn’t choose a more ideal area to stay in during your visit, so book your holiday rental apartment near Puerta del Sol to have all of Madrid’s very best attractions right at your doorstep. Once you’ve delved into the city’s most celebrated and visited side, join the locals for a more authentic Madrid experience. If you feel like getting off the beaten path just a little whilst on a Madrid vacation, then follow our guide to three rather unique and less-visited places, all within easy reach of Puerta del Sol. Catch a show at the CBA, Marqués de Casa Riera 2 For over a century, Madrid’s CBA (Círculo de Bellas Artes) has been ...

Top 3 Unique Tours of Seville Centro

Travel Tips for Area: Seville Centre
Top 3 Unique Tours of Seville Centro

The Spanish town of Seville, in the Andalucia region, is an enticing holiday destination and a town brimming with culture, life and gusto. The birthplace of bullfighting and flamenco boasts an endlessly vibrant atmosphere and showcases an intoxicating mix of history, culture and architecture.  The Old Town Centre boasts three UNESCO listed buildings and is a marvellous maze to get completely lost in. Trendy restaurants and tapas bar abound, and Seville offers some of the most unique shopping experiences in the whole country. Come discover how such a small town can pack in such a big punch! Book your holiday rental apartment in Seville Centro and see the best the town has to offer by joining one of the three rather unique tours. You can walk and eat, walk and shoot or not walk at all...whichever tour you choose, you’ll be guaranteed a fabulous introduction to Seville. Walking tour with tapas What better way to take in the city’s best attractions than by walking and eating your way through it? These small group tours are fantastic, not only to get an orientating trip of the city’s cultural centre, but also to learn more about this vibrant city’s colourful past. Join this ever ...

Guide to UNESCO Heritage sites in Seville Centro

Travel Tips for Area: Seville Centre
Guide to UNESCO Heritage sites in Seville Centro

There’s certainly no doubt that Spain has played a more than pivotal role in the establishment of the modern world through the centuries. This most astound historical accomplishment is what makes this glorious Mediterranean haven such an interesting country to explore. Naturally beautiful and culturally enriching, a holiday in Spain is about as well-rounded and varied as it can get. Travel to the south of Spain on your next vacation, and book your holiday rental villa in Seville Centro, one of the most vibrant and culturally significant towns in the whole country. Often considered the liveliest of all Spanish cities, Seville is home of flamenco and tapas, and the friendliest Spaniards in the whole country. It is often said that one cannot experience the true Spain, unless one experiences the true Seville. Seville also boasts a rather impressive historical CV: it was here that Christopher Columbus received his sailing orders, here that all major Spanish expeditions were concocted and here where all of the country’s most important Golden Age documents are stored. Book your holiday rental apartment in Seville Centro and explore the three UNESCO listed heritage sites which make this city a truly unique destination indeed. The Seville Cathedral This most amazing ...

Best Active Fun in San Antonio, Ibiza

Travel Tips for Area: San Antonio
Best Active Fun in San Antonio, Ibiza

If you’re contemplating taking a well-earned break on a relaxing and totally captivating island, then look no further than Ibiza. Whether you plan to dance your nights away and spend your days indulging in some R&R on the beach, or indulge your family on a gloriously tranquil week away, the Spanish treasure island of Ibiza can offer you more than most major European cities...combined. If basking in the sun for hours on end is far too tame for your tastes, then be assured that Ibiza is not short of fun and adrenalin-packed activities for you to indulge in as well. Book your holiday rental apartment or villa in San Antonio, the trendy hamlet on the western shore of the island, and take advantage of the many sporty activities on offer. Following are some of the most popular. Snorkelling and SCUBA diving Ibiza’s underwater world boasts a visibility of up to 100 feet, and is considered one of the most pristine diving and snorkelling spots in the entire Mediterranean. Natural marine reserves abound offshore; Cala d’Hort and Illots de Ponent are particular popular with divers staying in San Antonio. Go in search of moray eels, barracuda and gropers while you admire the colourful ...

Best Bars in Eixample, Barcelona

Travel Tips for Area: Eixample
Best Bars in Eixample, Barcelona

When it comes to deciding which area of Barcelona you should stay in, on your next visit, let us save you some time. Want the trendiest corner in town, complete with chic boutiques, hip clubs and some of the Spanish hub’s premier restaurants? Then Eixample is the address you’re looking for. This most exclusive nook of Barcelona boasts a long and colourful history, and is home to some of the city’s most popular attractions, like the Sagrada Familia, la Pedrera and Casa Batllo. But be warned: Eixample boasts so many attractions and entertainment options that you may not even want to stray far from home! Between the sightseeing, shopping and dining, Eixample will keep you busy for many days on end. When the sun starts to set, be assured that finding a superlative drinking hole in Eixample will be a piece of tortilla. From high-end, top-notch cocktail bars to fun and festive cervezerias, this barrio’s got you covered. Book your holiday rental apartment in Eixample when next visiting Barcelona and head to the following bars for a night out in Barcelona you won’t forget. Dry Martini, Carrer d’Aribau 166 This bar is as trendy as Barcelona gets, yet we’re here to tell you ...

Best tapas in Seville Centre

Travel Tips for Area: Seville Centre
Best tapas in Seville Centre

Seville is known around the world for being the epitome Spanish city destination as it’s considered the home of tapas, bullfighting and flamenco. The city itself is nothing to snub off either! Aside the cultural experiences, Seville offers a plethora of historical sites as well. Ever heard of the Seville Cathedral? You should have, it’s the largest in the world! The church is located within the boundaries of the city’s Historic Centre, which also happens to be one of the largest in Europe. The eclectic mix of Christian, Muslim and Jewish influences over the centuries has ensured Seville has retained its exotic multi-cultural aura to this day. Spending your next Spanish vacation in Seville is certainly something worth considering, especially if you want a vacation with a little more bite. Speaking of bites...Seville’s city centre is also an effervescent hub of deliciousness actually and, while you’re out and about exploring the most popular sites, you may as well know where to go to taste the most popular bites. Book your holiday rental apartment in the centre of Seville and follow our guide to the best tapas and tortilla joints in town. El Rinconcillo, Calle Gerona 42 This joint is not just popular because it’s ...

The Architectural Gems of Gran Via, Madrid

Travel Tips for Madrid
The Architectural Gems of Gran Via, Madrid

The Grand Via, Madrid’s principal artery, has been at the centre of the Spanish city’s essence for over 100 years. Inspired by grand European arteries like the Paris’ Champs Elysees and Rome’s Via Condotti, the broad avenue was to solve the city centre’s congestion problems, and its creation resulted in the destruction of hundreds of houses and over a dozen streets. This major feat of construction took over four decades to complete, and helped propel the Spanish Capital into the 20th century, making it one of Europe’s most enviable. What is it that you do once you get to Gran Via? Everything! You can shop till you drop, eat till you burst and admire some of the most stunning architecture in the whole city. If you want to experience a vibrant, trendy and avant-garde scene, then book your holiday rental apartment on Gran Via in Madrid and take a historic walk along this most mesmerising avenue. It may be difficult to look up, while you walk along Gran Via, but you really should! Gran Via is home to some of the most sumptuously decorated buildings in the city, and a little window-shopping pause will be well rewarded. Starting your walk from the eastern ...

Trendy boutiques in Ibiza Town

Travel Tips for Area: Ibiza Town
Trendy boutiques in Ibiza Town

Some people believe that retail therapy is the most de-stressing activity one can undertake. If that’s true, then a holiday in Ibiza ought to leave one in an almost comatose state; the shopping is that good! The popular Spanish isle is renowned as a party destination first and foremost; but we think people are missing out. Sure, the clubs, restaurants and sun-gorging are paramount here, but the myriad of shopping opportunities should not be overlooked.  From designer beachwear, to locally made arts and crafts, Ibiza offers unbeatable deals to suit all budgets. Leave the stresses of your life behind and book a holiday rental villa in Ibiza Town we promise it’ll do wonders for your health! Getting lost in Ibiza’s narrow streets is a must; this is where you’ll find high-street brands like Mango and Zara, and many designer and vintage shops. For a more guided spree, let us introduce you to our favourite haunts. Now go forth and spend. Hector reigns supreme It is quite obvious that a firm hand is needed to alleviate your overwhelming stress. To this end, we highly recommend you start your holiday in Ibiza by visiting our fave shoe shop: Hector’s. Hector is a renowned ‘Argentinean leather guru’, and ...

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