The 10 Best Places to Travel in 2019 / Jake Hamilton / The i-escape blog

By Jake Hamilton, Editor

Nothing beats a holiday in Spain, but nobody wants to get stuck with the crowds. Here are 10 secret treasures of the real, hidden Spain

 


The clifftops of Catalonia

iescape blog Hidden Spain 10 best places to escape the crowds 1) Costa Brava in Catalonia

Stay here: Once frequented by Hollywood’s elite (hello Liz Taylor) this secluded clifftop getaway on the Costa Brava in Catalonia has six sumptuous apartments and a glamourous seven-bedroom villa, all with details to die for.

What you get:
●  Breathtaking sea views
●  Perched on a clifftop
  A stunning pool set in the rocks
●  Excellent on-site restaurant
●  A secret tunnel to the beach!

Prices from £168 per night for an apartment

 

 

The desert gardens of Almeria

iescape blog Hidden Spain 10 best places to escape the crowds 2) Almeria in Andalusia

Stay here: This is where the Almería desert meets the Mediterranean sea. It’s a place of ochre and terracotta landscapes, tinkling goat bells, swaying palm trees, fiery sunsets and this colourful eco-retreat in the heart of Cabo de Gata Natural Park. There’s no better place to finish up your novel.

What you get:
●  Brilliant value
●  Just 3 dreamy cottages
  A stunning desert garden setting
●  Close to Spain’s best beaches
●  Far from the tourist crowds

Prices from £103 per night for a cottage

 

 

3 The wild orchards of Mallorca

iescape blog Hidden Spain 10 best places to escape the crowds 3) Mallorca or Majorka

Stay here: Mallorca has dozens of agroturismo properties but Son Palou stands out from the crowd. It’s a small, stylish 14-bedroom hotel set among lush wild orchards with stunning mountain scenery. A perfect place to recharge your batteries and spoil yourself in nature.

What you get:
●  Exceptional food
●  Lovely tranquil atmosphere
  Fabulous mountain views
●  Lots of pretty nooks for hiding away
●  The estate has its own waterfall!

Prices from £119 per night for a double room

 

 

4 Heavenly drama on La Palma

iescape blog Hidden Spain 10 best places to escape the crowds 4) La Palma, the Canary Islands

Stay here: La Palma is by far the greenest island in the Canaries. It’s also wildly dramatic. Olio is a special little B&B right in the island’s centre, with just three rooms, a heated pool, and fabulous prices. There’s a chain of volcanic craters on your doorstep. The stargazing is out of this world.

What you get:
●  Fabulous value
●  Super-comfy beds
  Magnificent surroundings
●  Pristine black beaches nearby
●  So blissful you can hear a pin drop

Prices from £78 per night for a room

 

 

Hide & chic on the Costa Blanca

iescape blog Hidden Spain 10 best places to escape the crowds 5) Costa Blanca in Alicante

Stay here: Caserio del Mirador is a brilliant family-focused retreat in the mountains above the Costa Blanca. There are five stylish apartments, a casita, and an Airstream for glampers. It’s also home to a menagerie of animals (there’s a pony called Snow White, bless). The facilities are everything a parent could wish for.

What you get:
●  Perfect for families
●  Safe and secure
  Flawless apartments
●  Wine & beer included in food prices
●  Within distance of the sea

Prices from £168 per night for an apartment

 

 

Rural nirvana in Andalucia

iescape blog Hidden Spain 10 best places to escape the crowds 6) Andalucia

Stay here: Molino Rio Alajar is a tranquil self-catering retreat close to one of Andalucia’s most beautiful villages. It has six intimate cottages dotted around a beautiful garden which overlooks the amazing Alajar valley. You’ll be hard pushed to find a better base for indulgent family R&R.

What you get:
●  Six cosy cottages
●  A shared pool and tennis courts
  You can plunder the vegetable garden
●  Picturebook villages everywhere
●  The best footpaths in southern Spain

Prices from £108 per night for a cottage

 

 

7 Bask & relax in the Basque Country

iescape blog Hidden Spain 10 best places to escape the crowds 7) The Basque country

Stay here: Urune Hotela is an absolute winner. It’s a stylish 8-bedroom farmhouse turned hotel set in the gorgeous Basque countryside. No stress, no crowds, just total relaxation. The only noise you’re likely to hear is early morning birdsong. Clean sandy beaches are nearby.

What you get:
●  Brilliant prices
●  A lush rural location
  Perfect for couples
●  Only 30mins from Bilbao airport
●  Guernica is just down the road

Prices from £70 per night for a room

 

 

8 The glorious coasts of Asturias

iescape blog Hidden Spain 10 best places to escape the crowds 8) Asturias

Stay here: This is where history meets contemporary comfort. We love this 18th-century mansion with a medieval tower (with bedrooms!) on Asturias’ rugged northwest coastline. These beaches are often called the cleanest in northern Spain. It’s also a walker’s paradise.

What you get:
●  A truly historic hideaway
●  Great value for money
  A super-lovely owner
●  The cleanest beaches in north Spain
●  Not a soul between here and the coast

Prices from £73 per night for a standard room

 

 

9 The magnificent vistas of Aragon

iescape blog Hidden Spain 10 best places to escape the crowds 9) Aragon

Stay here: Hotel Mas de la Costa is a lovingly resorted 19th-century farmhouse hidden among olive groves in the Aragon countryside. You get stunning views of the Puertos de Beceite mountains, seriously good Mediterranean cuisine, and a choice of 15 charming bedrooms.

What you get:
●  Incredible food
●  A saltwater pool
  Stunning mountain views
●  Impressive sustainability
●  Perfect for hikers and cyclists

Prices from £87 per night for a standard room

 

 

10 A hidden idyll in Navarre

iescape blog Hidden Spain 10 best places to escape the crowds 10) Navarre

Stay here: El Secreto de Ollo is like discovering your own El Dorado. It’s a gorgeous 7-bedroom guesthouse in a quiet corner of northern Navarre that’s hardly changed in 300 years. Explore the dreamy landscapes, then take a drive to historic Pamplona or visit San Sebastián.

What you get:
  A genuine rural idyll
  Superb value for money
  Glorious bedrooms
  Breakfast is a feast!
  Only 15km to Pamplona

Prices from £86 per night for a double room

 

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