Finding my Nirvana in Mallorca

Finding my Nirvana in Mallorca

Earlier this year I spent a wonderful weekend in Mallorca, an island that I love. My visit this time may have only been brief but it was a real treat staying at what I now consider to be the best spa hotel in Mallorca, if not the whole of Spain, Hotel BonSol. A gem of...
Step back in time in La Laguna, Tenerife

Step back in time in La Laguna, Tenerife

Standing in a beautiful courtyard on the still wet cobbles as they glisten in the sunshine, I may be soaked to the skin but I’m smiling. I feel as if I’ve been transported to another time and another place. I’m in a bubble trapped in history, way...
Masca, the prettiest village in Tenerife

Masca, the prettiest village in Tenerife

Having marvelled at the dramatic volcanic scenery of the Teide National Park on Tenerife and the lush green, cloud enshrouded forests of La Gomera, little did I know that, for me, the best was yet to come! Masca, the prettiest village in Tenerife, one of...
The dramatic beauty of a volcanic landscape

The dramatic beauty of a volcanic landscape

Situated on the Spanish island of Tenerife, Teide National Park features the Teide-Pico Viejo stratovolcano that, at 3,718 m, is the highest peak on Spanish soil. Rising 7,500 m above the ocean floor, it is regarded as the world’s third-tallest volcanic...
El Médano, a laid-back town and a kite-surfer’s paradise

El Médano, a laid-back town and a kite-surfer’s paradise

When I was first asked to visit the Canary Islands of Spain, I have to admit that my heart didn’t leap with joy. Restaurants offering full English breakfasts and fish and chips, over crowded beaches with tourists determined to turn a shade of lobster and...
La Gomera, the ancient forests on the island in the clouds

La Gomera, the ancient forests on the island in the clouds

Over 12 million years ago a series of oceanic rifts allowed molten rock to vent onto the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. As they piled higher and higher a series of islands formed off the north African coast. Today they form Spain’s Canary Island’s. One of...
Drinking Mallorca!

Drinking Mallorca!

As the sun was sinking low in the sky and a golden light spread across the vines, Monica welcomed us to the Ca’n Vidalet winery in northern Mallorca, Spain. They had just finished harvesting this year’s grapes that very day and walking around the vineyard...
Eating Mallorca!

Eating Mallorca!

Lamb, slowly roasted in an ancient stone oven until it falls off the bone and sobrasada, a spicy spreadable sausage, smeared over crusty bread and drizzled in honey are just two of the local dishes that you should look out for on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca...
Discovering Mallorca on the Isabel Maria

Discovering Mallorca on the Isabel Maria

I awoke on my first morning in the Spanish islands of Mallorca to a clear blue sky and the warmth of October sunshine. The sea outside my window was calm and inviting. As I ate my breakfast on the Hotel Illa d’Or’s seaside terrace, a beautiful vintage...
The stylish Hotel Illa d’Or on Mallorca, the island of gold

The stylish Hotel Illa d’Or on Mallorca, the island of gold

Golden olive oils, stone cottages in honey hues, mellow yellow wines from autumn vineyards bathed in a golden light – Mallorca in Spain well suits its name of ‘La Isla de Oro’, the Isle of Gold, as penned by writers and poets in the early 20th...

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