From Andalucia to Barcelona, we guide you to beautiful places you won’t want to leave – although since Spain has many things to see, taste and do, our tips will soon coax you out and about along this colourful coastline…
It’s no secret us Brits are a sucker for a sun-kissed escapes to Southern Spain – and now our new collection sponsored by Licor 43 is fanning the flames of those affections. Flamboyant fiestas, boutique shopping, convivial bars are tempting enough – add to that delicious tapas and fruity cocktails and serious summer fun beckons… Especially at selected Smith hotels where a sample of Licor 43 awaits*.
Filled with vibrant cafés and alive with emerging talent, the hip Grácia neighbourhood is known for flaunting chic and creativity. Seek out La-A, Magnesia (plates, pictured below), and Bulevard Rosa and browse pretty home accessories, local artists’ original prints and painted ceramics. Standout shops include Javier Simorra and Lurdes Bergada and quaint vintage purveyor Boo is just around the corner. For up-and-coming fashion looks, explore Marta R Gustems.
Originally an artisan textile factory, Teixits Vicens in northern Pollença is now a very special design boutique brimming with traditional Spanish knick-knacks and unique textiles, all hiding in a museum. International and inspiring, this collection of handcrafted homeware was curated by a very cool New York duo.
With street art at the heart of a lot of contemporary art and culture thanks to Escif’s we can stop and stare at his urban artwork for free in Villarreal. Bringing backstreets and passageways to life with visually appealing statements, Escif has created politically motivated masterpieces, leaving his spray-canned mark on walls all over his hometown… Just don’t be encouraged to leave your own tags too.
Amid the scent of sweet orange trees, Marbella’s Old Town invites you to pick over family-run craft shops, hand-made games and secondhand designer labels – check out our tips and an extra suitcase might be required. Or else just visit Déjà Vu on Calle Pedraza when you’re there, to scout for vintage luggage classics.
Follow fashionista Jade Jagger to Ibiza and check out her glamorous new boutique on Plaza del Mercado – make sure you book an appointment to view her one-off jewellery creations.
Spain is no slouch when it comes to conjuring fine-dining delicacies, including Jordi Cruz’s Michelin-starred ABaC, which serves creative and traditional dishes (see below), such as goat kid with cider foam. When in Spain, though, tapas tasting is the most authentic way to eat, and thanks to Ferran and Albert Adria’s restaurant Tickets it can also be a great honour. Triumphs such as candy-floss trees and razor clams leave every sense sated – and as a souvenir, you can even buy the menu.
*Spirit of Spain is a hotel collection sponsored by Licor 43. Book any of the hotels featured in it until the end of August – such as Hotel Omm in Barcelona, Can Simoneta in Mallorca, Hotel Puente Romano in Marbella – and you can toast all these Iberian delights with a glass of Licor 43 on the house…
Additional words: Gabrielle Block