Madrid, Malaga & Granada, Spain
9°C / 48°F
A modern and eco-friendly hotel found in Madrid’s commercial centre, the Artiem Madrid is a wonderful hotel choice for a city break in the Spanish capital. Madrid’s infrastructure is incredibly impressive and there are separate bus and metro stops within a few hundred metres of the hotel – making it easy to get around and see the sights.
Despite its city location, the hotel is known for providing a ‘green’ space ideal for relaxation – this is best exemplified by the ample seating and elegant rooms. The Green and Slow Lounge is the hotel’s restaurant and bar area – offering a buffet breakfast each morning to start the day off. There is also a 24-hour option called The Green, which offers light bites and drinks whenever you need them. Artiem Madrid also offers an onsite gym and a host of classes that guests can partake in – including yoga and numerous cardio options.
Gran Hotel Miramar
Set steps away from Malagueta Beach, the opulent 5-star Gran hotel Miramar Malaga is an elegant hotel dating back to 1926. The grand resort is just a 15 minute walk past a palm-lined walkway from Malaga Cathedral and the Picasso Museum.
Accommodations are spacious, airy and modern – dressed in neutral tones with fresh accents of turquoise, orange or blue. All bedrooms come with contemporary fittings such as Wi-fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and more. For those seeking a spot of wellness, a dedicated spa in resort offers a range of treatments, while the sauna, hot tub and hammam also offer unique relaxing experiences. Guests are invited to lounge by either of the two outdoor pools, or stay active in the hotel gym. Dining is no small affair here, with a refined restaurant serving delicious local and international cuisine across five dining rooms, all with sea views for an atmosphere like no other. A cool bar is also on hand to serve a range of drinks, whatever the time of day.
Situated just south of Granada, in the quaint village of Monachil, the impressive Granada Palace rises majestically over the rooftops of the charming houses that surround it. Just a 15 minutes’ drive from Granada and the Alhambra, the hotel offers a relaxing setting for your holiday at the very feet of the impressive Sierra Nevada Mountains. The Granada Palace has been designed to include the rich heritage of Andalucía with the modern and luxurious indoor facilities. Built in a style that is reminiscent of the Moorish architecture that can also be seen at the Alhambra, the hotel welcomes holidaymakers seeking to relax in scenic surroundings. Enjoy the spa facilities, take a dip in the seasonal outdoor swimming pool or simply while away the afternoon on the sun terrace.
A modern and thriving city, Madrid today is an artistic and vibrant metropolis with glimpses of its medieval and romantic past still evident. The city’s endless list of boutiques, cafes and gastro-bars will leave you spoilt for choice with numerous places to eat, drink and experience Spanish culture. When you think of Madrid, greenery is probably not the first thing that comes to mind but the city is home to stunning parks that will blow you away, including the eight-hectare Botanical Garden and El Retiro Park, the largest in the city. All the main streets meet in Puerta del Sol, from which you can easily walk to the vibrant areas of Malasana and Chueca, passing through Gran Via on the way. Here you will find narrow streets lined with vintage boutiques, restaurants and bars where the sound of live music and the scent of great food fills the air. Stroll through the Paseo de la Castellana, Madrid’s most stylish avenue, with designer shops and luxurious hotels to marvel at. For culture, don’t miss the museums such as the famous Prado, Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza.
North of the Costa del Sol lies the provincial capital of Malaga with its fortress, the Moorish Alcazaba, towering above the city with unbeatable views – the only rival is the equally stunning Gibralfaro which lies in beautiful ruin from its historic notability. For a more modern take on what Malaga has to offer, at the foot of the Alcazaba there’s a museum dedicated to the city’s most famous son, Pablo Picasso. If that’s not enough, wander through the Soho art district and dive into any of the new half dozen art galleries which will truly give you a taste of Andalusian culture. Visitors to Malaga must make a visit to the impressive Renaissance era cathedral – dotingly called ‘La Manquita’ meaning “one-armed lady” due to the fact that one of its towers was simply left unbuilt. Malaga’s numerous beaches are also worth the visit, if a stroll along the modernised port area isn’t quite enough. After a day of experiences and sightseeing, dive into some of the region’s local cuisine and typical Spanish bar scene – enjoy fresh sea food and tapas while people watching after a day well spent in Malaga.
Surrounded by the sun-baked hills and the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Andalucía, the ancient city of Granada is a stunning testament to the rich and diverse history of not just the region, but the Iberian Peninsula in general. From the Spanish renaissance splendour of the Palace of Charles V, to the old Nasrid fortifications of the jaw-dropping Alhambra, the history of the city appears around every corner and is matched by the modern, vibrant feel of the bars and restaurants around Puerta Real in the centre of the city. Spend hours exploring the labyrinthine streets of the centre, see the spectacular decorations inside the city’s cathedral, relax in the Garcia Lorca Park –named after Granada native and famous poet, and then make your way to the Andalusian jewel of Alhambra. A fortified complex with lots of different buildings and gardens, this is a true wonder of the world. Discover the beautiful gardens of Generalife, wander through the magnificence of the Palace of Charles V and then finish your tour at the top of the Torre de la Vela, where you can gaze across the romantic city below.
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