13 July 2011

¡Viva Andalucía!

Spain’s the UK’s most popular overseas holiday destination, around 14 million of us visited it last year and that number includes a fair few celebs.  Malaga is fast becoming one of Spain's best cities for culture and style. Ever since the Picasso Museum opened there, galleries and boutique hotels are springing up everywhere, meanwhile Eva Longoria and new BF Eduardo Cruz (that’s Penelope’s bro) were spotted in Marbella. Long a fave of celebs, exclusive marinas like Puerto Banus make Marbella the most glamourous resort on the Spanish mainland.

We love exclusive Finca Cortesin between Marbella and Sotogrande, a suite-only hotel with its own private beach club and five amazing restaurants. It’s a great base for exploring Andalusia. From vibrant cities like Granada that still retains strong Arab influence (you have to visit the exquisite Alhambra, one of the world’s most beautiful buildings) to pretty whitewashed villages like Ronda, Verjer and Carmona, where you can chill in the sleepy squares snaking on the gorgeous tapas like boquerones (marinated white anchovies) and pato negro (melt-in-the-mouth best ham ever).

We love the place so much it’s one of the specially selected Grazia Travel Club Holidays, click here for more details.

- Nicholas Kynaston


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