5. Port de Soller, Mallorca
When I think of the Balearics, I often imagine all-inclusive resort hotels by the beach, which really aren’t my cup of tea. Port de Soller on the North of Mallorca was something different. A small port town with a traditional Mediterranean feel; fish restaurants with a view of fishing boats, orange trees and a laidback feel. Watching the sunsets from the local bars with the sound of Spanish guitar is something that I will never forget.
Historically this part of Mallorca was isolated from the rest of the Island due to the Serra de Tramuntana Mountain range. The mountains span 90km over the Northwest coast of Mallorca and so you can see how historically this part of the Island was heard to reach. As a result, Port de Soller had a trading route to Southern France and you can sense the French influence in the town even to this day.
The town of Soller is a couple of miles set inland from the Port itself. It is a small town with a beautiful square and Church. Notably the Town and Port are connected by a traditional Tram system that is pretty and fun to do.
The Tram goes as far as Palma so it is possible to do a day trip to Port de Soller from the Island’s capital if you are staying elsewhere.
6. Corral de la Morería, Madrid
Well known as the one of the best flamenco venues in the World, this place did not disappoint. I love watching flamenco and was lucky enough to spend the evening here on my 30th Birthday. It was an evening I’ll never forget as the performances were out of this world. Make sure you book your tickets in advance here.
Flamenco performances usually include guitar performances, singing and dancing. There is usually a female dancer and one or sometimes two male dancers. Performances tend to last around 90 minutes.
Corral de la Morería, Madrid
7. Hotel Preciados, Madrid
I’m not usually one for recommending hotels as I tend to put more emphasis on the destinations themselves. However I make an exception for Hotel Preciados because it is stunningly beautiful and the staff really helped to make my 30thBirthday special and memorable. The hotel itself is a 19th century building and is right in the centre of Madrid. I never forget a good breakfast and this was one to write home about.
8. Cueva de Nerja, Costa Del Sol
If like me, you did GCSE Geography, Cueva de Nerja is the place for you! It was really interesting to see the natural rock formations and those all-important stalagmites and stalactites.
The caves were discovered by five young local men in the 1950s. I can’t imagine how shocking it must have been to stumble upon this place! It was much bigger than I had anticipated and really sparked my curiosity.
The caves are located around 3km from the centre of Nerja. There is a Tourist Train which runs frequently and the local public buses also stop there.
9. La Segrada Familia, Barcelona
Designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi, the Sagrada Família is a Basilica that is famous across the World. Due to the incredible detail throughout the design and construction, it is known for both it’s beauty and the fact that it has never finished, despite work beginning in the 1800s. Once you get there you realise the building is truly extraordinary and really has to be seen and experienced to be believed.
For more information on the city, check out my Barcelona guide
La Segrada Familia, Barcelona
10. Rut Montiel Wellness, Yoga
When I visited Nerja recently I went to the loveliest yoga class hosted by Rut Montiel Wellness in the gardens of Hotel Parador. It was such a lovely class in a stunning location, with a view over the mountains and beach. If you’re in Nerja and you get the opportunity then you should definitely try it! Classes run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10.15.
A beautiful spot for a yoga class