I have a hankering for sunshine and with cheap flights across Europe and the charming scenery and fantastic culture of the Mediterranean, city and beach hopping across Spain and Portugal is on my mind…


I’ve spent a lot of childhood sun holidays on Spain’s Costa del Sol and Portugal’s Algarve courtesy of my parents. More recently I’ve often stayed on the Costa Blanca in the East of Spain and travelled to Barcelona, Valencia and San Sebastián. Despite having spent so much time in Iberia I am still absolutely fascinated by the culture, the food, the history and the scenery! The more I see the more I want to learn about it!


I would like to visit Lisbon and Porto in Portugal. I’ve heard so many amazing things!




Castelo de São Jorge – originally a Moorish castle with spectacular views of the city

The Alfama Quarter – labyrinthine streets retaining atmosphere of a quiet village

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos – a UNESCO World Heritage site of Manueline architecture

Estoril and Cascais on the Lisbon coast


Any suggestions for Porto or other parts of Portugal?




For ages I’ve been wanting to get in some proper exploration of Andalucía in the South of Spain. I’m intent on visiting Seville, Granada and Cádiz and hopefully some coastal fishing villages as well as venturing into the hills to the farming community. The language and the people of Spain absolutely captivate me. I’d also like to experience traditional flamenco dancing and bull fighting.


Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza – Seville’s bullring, the finest in Spain, built between 1761 and 1881

Real Alcázar in Seville and La Alhambara in Granada – treasures of Mudéjar architecture


Real Alcázar




All of Cádiz (lonelyplanet.com/spain/andalucia/cadiz/sights) including Playa deVictoria



Any more tips?


I may then make my way around to the Eastern coast as Cartagena, Valencia and Barcelona are all cities worth revisiting for the history, architecture and culture. I love the serenity and history of Cartagena, the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias of Valencia and the excitement and nightlife of Barcelona.


I’ll let you know when (or if) these ideas ever become a reality!


Tomorrow I’ll be sharing my bucket list with you – a bit more extreme and far-fetched than the above ideas but I may still get a chance to have some of my dreams come true!