Spain is Hot for Honeymoons! The best way to see Southern Spain is to fly and drive. The best way in start with Barcelona and end with Madrid and for a special treat while in Barcelona fly over to Ibiza for the weekend to party, you will talk about it forever.
While in Barcelona, you can be in the city and near the beach at the same time. But save your beach time for Andulucia it will blow your mind. Best hotel to stay at in Barcelona would be Hotel 1898 it has a great location on Las Ramblas. Hotel 1898 is in the spot on center of the city with the vibrant vibe of Barcelona. If you want that city and beach vibe W Barcelona is the one of only a few hotels with direct access to the beach at the edge of downtown. If you squint you can see North Africa in the distance.
So you want to party take an hour flight from Barcelona to Ibiza for about $50 each way. Ibiza is the epitome of the party. Like Mykonos is to Greece. Now there are several apartments you can rent or hotels and private villas. I would give my vote to Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel it is luxury and has the best stage pool where DJ from all over the world comes.
Now it is time to hit the bells of the ball. Fly back over to Barcelona and get ready to head down to Andalucia . Andalucia is the region that is comprised of the most well love hot spots like Granada Malaga, Sevilla, Cordoba, Marbella, Ronda and the gateway city to North Africa Gibraltar to Tangier. The influence of the Moors runs deep in Andalucia as well as its melting pots of culture and religion. Also known as Costa del Sol in the Mediterranean and Costa Del Luz in the Atlantic.
So on your way to Granada you can stop in Valencia but just know really the best way from Barcelona to Granada is to fly. By train it is 11 hours, by bus 13 hours and by car 8 hours. The flight is about 1 hour and a half. You can stop in Valencia or Almeria which are great little cities if you have the time. One of the most controversial claims for Valencia is the Holy Grail is located there. Valencia also hosts some of the unspoiled beaches in Spain. What about Almeria? Almeria another introduction to southern spain with its caves, mountains and views of the Mediterranean.
So now you are in the beautiful Granada. Best Place to stay is AC Palacio de Santa Paula (part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection) is in the center of everything and charming Villa Oniria a fabulous boutique hotel with a great location and extreme character. Now why Granada! The Alhambra is the biggest attraction to Granada and one of the most visited monuments in Spain. The Alhambra was the residence of the Nasrid Sultans in the 13th and 15th centuries, serving as a palace and a fortress. At the foot of the Alhambra is the most preserved Arab Baths dating back to the 11 century.
The question is always Malaga vs Marbella. I would say Malaga since Marbella has gotten so commercial it will remind you of any beach town anywhere and it is still accessible from Malaga about 25 miles away. You won’t find true five star luxury but you will find, like in Marbella but what you will find is culture and history. One of the best places to stay in Malaga is Molina Lario. If you decide to stay on Marbella try Puente Romano Beach Resort and Spa and Marcella Club Golf Resort and Spa.
So you heard it is easy to get to Morocco from Spain and it is but it will be a long day. This is the best option if you just want to touch African soil for a day, but not good as a gateway to the rest of Morocco. The best two ports for getting from Spain to Morocco are Tarifa and Algeciras, not Malaga. There are buses from Malaga to Tarifa and Algeciras from Malaga Bus Station. Tarifa has no train station and there are no direct trains to Algeciras – change in Antequera. Not only are there more ferries from Tarifa, but they dock in Tangier itself, rather than the new out-of-town Tangier Med port that the other ferries go to. Consider this definitely as a day trip. Go shopping in a local the bazaar and a walk around the Medina.
Spain’s favorite city is Seville. Game of Thrones is filmed in this fair city. You can do a Granada or Cordaba day trip from Seville. Malaga is about 2 and half hours from Seville. Seville is where Columbus was buried. Visit the Giralda tower and the Royal Alcazar, two Arabic landmarks. Stroll through picturesque Santa Cruz. The best luxury accommodation in Seville is The Gran Melia Colon or the Hotel Alfonso XIII. Both of these hotels offer classic luxury, Gran Melia Colon located in historic old quarter of the city, with grand public spaces. Whereas the Hotel Alfonso XIII, it was supposed to be one of Europe’s most luxurious hotels. In the center of the city it has very arabesque look.
Lastly from Seville best to fly it is about a 5 hour drive. Like most large European cities you have churches, monuments. They also have ruins and food. Best place to stay in Madrid is the Hotel Villa Real or the Hotel Adler Madrid.