Lay of the Land
Alicante’s main draw is its pristine beaches (Postiguet is the most popular, San Juan the most scenic), although a day-trip to the charming city can be filled with cultural pursuits as well. The picturesque Old Town is a maze of narrow streets ideal for wandering, with breaks at the town cathedral and the many art museums. Guests staying at SHA Wellness Clinic will fly into Alicante Airport and then drive 45 minutes to the property.
Set on the Mediterranean Sea, a three-hour drive from Madrid and four-hours from Barcelona, Valencia is Spain’s third-largest city in terms of population, and a desirable destination for travelers looking to get off-the-beaten path. The coastal city is world-renowned for its architecture; the man responsible for the Athens Olympic stadium—Santiago Calatrava, a native Valencian—also constructed one of Valencia’s most famous landmarks, the City of Arts and Sciences. The colossal museum is comprised of several buildings including a planetarium, interactive science museum, oceanographic park, opera house and others. Other attractions include the Museu de Belles Arts de València, home to works by Goya and Velázquez, and any of the many paella restaurants—the traditional dish originated in the Spanish city.
Sardón de Duero
Located 110 miles northwest of Madrid, Sardón de Duero is a remote, flat region set along the Duero River. The area is known for its vineyards that produce excellent single terrior wines and its near proximity to the historic city of Valladolid. Guests staying at Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine will enjoy the region’s peaceful scenery, crisp air and sense of seclusion.
Located 50 miles northeast of Mallorca, this Spanish island beckons visitors with its laid-back, seaside personality. Slightly larger than Ibiza but a fraction of the size of its neighbor (Mallorca’s ‘major’ to its ‘minor’), Menorca is a delightfully untouched coastal retreat. The charming and slightly sleepy island is filled with pristine beaches, hiking trails and ancient ruins, plus a breezy coastal city, Ciutadella (where Hotel Can Faustino is located). Read more: Six to Know: Menorca.