Discovering why Madrid matches Barcelona as a city-break destination

There’s grandeur at every turn in Madrid. From my hotel’s rooftop, the neoclassical facade of Teatro Real, one of Europe’s finest opera houses, is straight ahead. And just behind it is the Royal Palace, the elaborate 3,400-room jewel of the Bourbon dynasty. To the west is Plaza Mayor. The square has a macabre past, having … Read more

Malaga flights for £1,000? Welcome to the most expensive half term ever

There was a time when the May half-term week was an excellent alternative to the school summer holidays. You could jet off the Med for a bargain break with the family for significantly less than in July or August. Not any more. The surge of demand which has been causing so much chaos at UK … Read more

The Marbella travel tribes keeping Boris and Carrie company

The Super Villa-ins Hotels? How common. Max can’t recall the last time he stayed in a hotel. It would be bizarre to have strangers just down the hallway, sharing the same carpet. Max habitually stays at Desy’s 10-room villa in New Andalucia when he visits Marbella, but lately Desy’s has been a tad over-subscribed. None … Read more