The festivals of Spain attract the attention of plenty of travellers looking for big events and unforgettable nights out. But, far away from the buzz and noise of the celebrations, Spain also promises a gentle tranquillity – with experiences that are both relaxing and exciting. Want to discover some of the very best ideas for a relaxing holiday?
The Minho Thermal Route
On the banks of the river Minho in Ourense, there’s a green trail full of medicinal hot springs – some of them are even free to access! Fancy a restorative dip and a walk? Come to the source of O Tinteiro; from its viewpoint, you can enjoy a bath with dermatological benefits. The Outariz and Burga de Canedo swimming pools, very famous in the city for their large size, are also within easy reach.
The Valle del Silencio
You might like to take a walk through the so-called ‘Valley of Silence’ (León) where you’ll hear nothing but the whispers of the natural world until you reach one of its welcoming mountain villages, such as Peñalba de Santiago. You’ll find peaceful streets lined with stone houses topped with slate roofs, where you’ll begin to feel just like one of the locals here in these remote villages.
Taking a pilgrimage is another way of connecting with nature and with your inner self. The experience offers peace, tranquillity, and time to think, far removed from the stresses of everyday life. Do you dare to take on one of the legendary routes on the Way of St James?
The tree-house of your dreams
If you enjoyed building tree-houses with whatever you happened to find at home when you were a child, Spain will have you daydreaming about those huts you so desperately wished for when you were little. This is a highly unusual type of accommodation which can be found in secluded rural locations all over the country: Navarre, the Madrid Region, Andalusia, Catalonia and Galicia, among others.
Spend a night at the Isla Pancha lighthouse
A few kilometres from the town of Ribadeo (Galicia), you’ll find a bridge linking it with Isla Pancha. In spring, the island is covered with brilliant shades of pink which, together with the sound of the gentle lapping of the waves, makes this a truly dream-like place that feels a million miles from the rest of the world.And what’s more, the lighthouse is actually a hotel in which you can spend the night surrounded by this spectacular landscape!
A hot-air balloon flight over the fields of La Rioja
If you’re interested in the art of wine-making, imagine enjoying a bird’s eye view of the vineyards. A range of companies offer this type of activity in the Riojan countryside. A truly liberating experience, where the tranquillity of the moment combines with the all-encompassing peace of the Ebro Valley.
A night in a bubble hotel beneath the stars
If you love glamping, perhaps you’ll fancy switching a tent for these spherical roof domes with transparent walls. There’s nothing more relaxing than sleeping surrounded by a star-filled sky.Bubble hotels are a trendy new type of accommodation, becoming an increasingly common form of tourism in Spain today. Toledo, Ciudad Real, the Canary Islands, Silleda (Galicia) and Girona all offer some highly recommend bubble hotels.
A train trip on which to enjoy the journey
Spain is home to a great range of tourist trains, such as the Campos de Castilla (‘Fields of Castile’), the Tren dels Llacs (‘the Lakes Train’), the La Robla Express, the Transcantábrico that crosses northern Spain, and many more! Get ready for a marvellous journey across mountains and through historic towns, and prepare to be mesmerised by the views from your carriage window.
The Garden of La Alcarria in Guadalajara
Brihuega is a town in Guadalajara that’s known as the Garden of Alcarria – a place bursting with natural springs and great fields of lavender. Can you imagine heading out to a concert at sundown in those fields? If that sounds like your kind of thing, why not visit the town during its Lavender Festival, held each year in the month of July. Here, you’ll find a natural spectacle which, together with the vibrant colour and scent of its flowers, is transformed into a real treat for the senses.