Travel feature – No Spain no gain

Katy Pearson stays at Barceló La Bobadilla

Around 12 million people from the UK holiday in Spain every year. And this long-standing love affair is one that shows no sign of abating. Indeed, a record number of British holidaymakers flocked there last year – attracted by the promise of sunshine, sea and sangria.

The last time I ventured to Spain I was a teenager holidaying with my first boyfriend, and I was distinctly underwhelmed by the experience. With the whole world to explore, quite frankly I saw no need to head back there.

Fifteen years on, how things have changed. Although in fairness I didn’t exactly stay at your average Spanish resort. My husband and I booked a fiveday break at Barceló La Bobadilla. This five-star hotel is located in Loja, Granada, and from the moment our taxi pulled off the main road and on to the winding lane leading to the hotel’s expansive courtyard, we were basically in heaven. Continue reading