A couple of weeks back, a friend of Gusto‘s asked us for a few words of advice. Not only was she planning her first-ever trip to Spain, she was going to be taking her new hubby along for the ride. No pressure. We thought long and hard, and here are our hand-picked ideas for a perfect honeymoon in Spain.
1. The Scenic One
Head to the Sierra de Tramontana mountain range in Mallorca. This beautiful part of the island sees some of Spain’s most dramatic scenery: think lush green hills dropping steeply down into the Mediterranean Sea, mountainsides dotted with stone-built villages and white-sand beaches within an easy drive. Deia, the mountain village beloved of Robert Graves, is perhaps the best-known place to stay in this area: world-famous La Residencia offers 5-star luxury from about €620 per night. Just down the road, the Hotel Es Moli offers an elegant alternative (doubles from €160). But don’t limit yourself to Deia: the area is studded with a good number of equally good-looking towns including Chopin’s former stomping ground of Valldemossa.
2. The Arty One
Head to cosmopolitan Barcelona for a week of galleries (Picasso, Miro and MNAC for starters), Gaudí and lounging around on one of the world’s best urban beaches. If the sands of Barceloneta are too crowded, head to one of Barcelona city centre’s many excellent rooftop pools – check out the Grand Hotel Central for an infinity pool looking out over the rooftops of Barcelona, the kooky Ohla Hotel, or the Hotel W for sheer bling. You can also head up the coast on the heels of Salvador Dalí and visit his hometown Figueres, taking in the Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dali (can it rain inside a car? Yes it can!). You can also take in the Casa Salvador Dalí Portlligat, close to the pretty fishing town of Cadaques, which is worth a stopover in itself.
3. The Wild One
Want a honeymoon in Spain that is less costa and more castaway? Then La Graciosa is the island for you. This tiny island can only be reached by taking the ferry from Orzola on nearby Lanzarote, and is perfect for getting away from it all. The roads are unpaved sand, motor vehicles are few and far between and the beaches are ridiculously beautiful. And the best thing: for much of the year, the island sees so few tourists that you may well find you have the beach all to yourself. Accommodation is limited to a handful of apartments and simple guesthouses in the main (but still tiny) village of Caleta del Sebo.
Cover Photo: Flickr / Jordi Escuer
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