Beat the January blues with an active holiday in Spain
After the Christmas rush is over, many are left wondering what to do with themselves. With the guilt of over-indulgence still looming and New Year’s resolutions fully in play, regardless of where you choose to go in Spain, combatting the January blues is best done by staying active and eating well.
Surf your way along the Costa Verde
The long and varied coastline in the north of Spain means that on one of the many picturesque beaches you are guaranteed to find waves. There are always a few safe bets, Mundaka in The Basque Country, for example, is renowned worldwide for its huge barrelling left wave. Dotted along the whole coastline are surfer havens: Playa de Vega, Xagó and Rodiles in Asturias are well known for not only great waves, but also their beautiful, mountainous backdrops.
This time of year the swell is bigger, better, stronger and more consistent, and needless to say the water is a lot less crowded. It is a little fresh, but it’s nothing that can’t be tackled with a wetsuit. After a day’s surf, make sure to enjoy the delicious, fresh seafood that each of these coastal regions has to offer.
Bike around La Palma
The terrain of the lesser known Canary Island of La Palma, is a paradise for avid mountain bikers in search of unique and exhilarating trails. The landscapes on the smallest island in the Canarian archipelago range from dense pine and Laurel forests, volcanic mountainsides and unspoiled coastlines, scattered with a variety of trails for beginners and more experienced bikers.
La Palma is home to the Caldera de Taburiente, a massive volcanic crater surrounded by cloud-covered mountainous peaks, which boasts the world’s longest single trail, leading cyclists down to the sea. This time of year, the sky is still blue and temperatures average around 18 degrees…perfect for cycling. A hearty rabbit stew or one of the many seafood options typical of the Canary Islands are the ideal finish to a day on the trails.
Ski in Sierra Nevada
The season is fully in swing, and the snowy mountain resort of Sierra Nevada in Andalucía is gearing up for another white winter. Just 27km from Granada means you can explore the mountains by day, and head back to the city in the evening and take advantage of the tapas. The resort boasts 115 runs and is Europe’s sunniest ski resort, with 80% of days being sun-filled, meaning you can get that all-important Vitamin D, certain to boost your mood mid-winter whilst covering over 100km of pistes.
There’s a wide variety of cuisines available within the resort to refuel after a long day on the slopes, or you’re just a bus ride away from Granada if you fancy trying the local Andalucían cuisine or a trip to the breath-taking Alhambra palace. Also spa treatments are available within the resort for a treat to ensure fully recharging in the New Year.