Madrid conjures up a whirlwind of emotions in even the most seasoned of travellers. Its elegant boulevards, manicured parks (like the humungous Parque del Buen Retiro) and cobbled, dinky alleys adorned with flapping shirts and blankets hanging from washing lines, invite endless wandering.
To get a taste of the cultural side of Spain’s central capital, wander the Prado Museum’s rich repository of European art, dreamt up by the likes of Goya and Velazquez, or visit the baroque Royal Palace and Armory and its time-worn historic weaponry.
Stop off at Buen Retiro, a giant park brimming with ponds, enchanting walkways and its very own crystal palace. Try your hand at rowing a boat across one of the bigger pond areas, swapping oars for ice creams once out of the water. Explore Malasana’s quirky passages and alleys, replete with vibrant vintage stores and trendy burger bars.
For two nights you’ll stay at the Hotel Puerta de Toledo, a stone’s throw from historic sites such as the Palacio Real, Almudena Cathedral and Plaza Mayor. Recently renovated, the hotel, whose rooms are bright and modern, is the perfect place to relax.
After a whirlwind two nights spent in Madrid, your adventure will continue in Lisbon, Portugal’s hilly capital city nestled on the coast. Consisting of a sea of terracotta-coloured rooves and towering architectural treasures, Lisbon is the perfect ‘city-meets-beach’ getaway.
Marvel at the views from São Jorge Castle, a medieval Moorish construction which visitors flock to like bees to honey, and explore the halls of the National Azulejo Museum, full to the brim with 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles. And once you’ve revelled in Lisbon’s historic sights and delights, explore the beautiful, sun-soaked beaches on its outskirts. Dip your toes into the bright blue waters of Cascais or try your hand at water sports at Praia do Guincho.
You’ll be resting your head at Hotel da Baixa, located in Lisbon’s core and named after the city’s most charismatic neighbourhood. A boutique hotel standing tall, it combines traditional architecture, comfortable rooms and excellent service to create the ideal vacation spot.
Begin in Lisbon, it’s known for its natural parks, cultural routes and restaurants for all tastes. The city is also made up of bars, live music and nightclubs for dancing the night away. It is one of Europe's most soulful, captivating and picturesque capitals, built on a series of hills with scenic vistas from every angle.
Settled in Lisbon city center, Hotel Mundial is an iconic 4-star hotel which doors have opened for the first time in 1958. Well-known celebrities as Roger Moore, Romi Schneider, Simone de Beauvoir, and prominent figures of the Portuguese cultural scene, as Amália Rodrigues, José Samarago or Siza Vieira, have all chosen Hotel Mundial as their home in Lisbon for several times, enjoying its exquisite personalized service and prestige reputation, as well as the privileged location and stunning city views.
After falling in love with Lisbon, you can look forward to two perfect nights in Faro, Portugal, the capital of the Algarve region and boasting sandy shores as far as the eye can see. Faro itself is a beautiful tapestry of turquoise beaches and sun-kissed city landscapes. Gaze up at the Arco da Vila, a monumental archway leading to the old town and built on land that once occupied an original Moorish wall. Feast your eyes on Faro Cathedral, erected in the 13th century and an absolute treat to behold, before making your way to the Municipal Museum, located in a 16th century convent and displaying all sorts of medieval artefacts which will make history buffs swoon.
In a prime location, where pine forests and the beach create a unique charm, lies the Victoria Beach and Sports Hotel, just about half a mile from Falesia Beach with its miles of stunning cliffs. Here in Albufeira, one of the most popular tourist resorts on the Algarve coast in Portugal, you will never get bored. Both the lively city centre and the popular Marina de Vilamoura are not far from the hotel and a wide choice of restaurants, bars and shops is in the immediate vicinity.
All Inclusive holidays to Madeira take the hassle out of where to eat
and drink on this picturesque Portuguese island. Madeira is one of the
finest destinations in Europe and a haven of natural beauty. It is not
only an island but eight exceptional islands rich in discoveries and
precious memories. Some are wild and uninhabited, others are lined with
beautiful golden beaches, all of them offering an incredible wildlife
and flora. In addition to its stunning scenery and luxuriant mountains,
this archipelago offers a mild climate all year round, a warm welcome,
peace, safety and security which all together make your holidays
The Calheta Beach is a peaceful 4-star oasis set on the lovely, warm south coast of Madeira, an unspoilt corner of the Island blessed with an abundance of sun. An excellent beach hotel with friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere, the shimmering pool and the sun loungers around it are the perfect setting in which to sip a long cool drink and catch up on your reading. Or if you prefer, soak up the sun on Madeira’s only golden sandy beach. The Calheta Beach Hotel awaits you in this lovely strip of Madeira’s coast. Next to the beach and the marina, it’s a tranquil setting with a chic feel. Set on the promenade of pretty seaside resort of Calheta, Savoy Calheta Beach is an ideal escape for families or those looking for somewhere tranquil to relax.