The Galeria Canalejas food hall in Madrid
TOURISM IN Spain is thriving and for good reason. Travellers are drawn to its diverse landscapes, thriving gastronomy, innovative arts scene and the Mediterranean way of life.
With an influx of new hotel openings, restaurants and distinct tourism offerings, the country has much to shout about.
Here are just a few of the reasons to visit Spain this year.
Opening this month, Nobu Hotel San Sebastián will offer 20 stylishly appointed guest rooms and suites with a picturesque setting at La Concha Bay.
Nestled in the heart of Spain’s gastronomic capital, San Sebastián, the Nobu restaurant is a hero feature of the hotel and offers unsurpassed views of La Concha beach.
As Seville’s first five-star hotel in the district of Triana, the Cavalta Boutique Hotel is housed in a carefully preserved historical building and features 12 carefully designed and curated rooms.
The hotel also features a restaurant, cocktail bar and a rooftop Garden Club with outdoor pool.
The Casa Palacio Paredes Saavedra by Atrio is an architectural jewel artfully placed in a historical setting.
It is a new boutique hotel launched by Toño Pérez and José Polo, owners of Atrio Relais&Châteaux, a five-star hotel with three Michelin stars.
Located in Caceres, Casa Palacio has 11 suites filled with art, designer furniture and luxury details.
BELOW: Casa Palacio Paredes Saavedra by Atrio
Quirat – Barcelona
The city’s InterContinental Hotel has opened its doors and with it one of the hottest newcomers to the dining scene.
Victor Torres, Spain’s youngest Michelin star chef, sits at the helm of Quirat and serves up two seasonal tasting menus, with dishes ranging from delicate tartlets with heroes like caviar, to traditional offal stews with a twist.
Batea – Barcelona
This new restaurant comes backed with the creds of its sister restaurant, Besta, which following its launch in 2021 quickly found a spot in the Michelin Guide.
Batea, a marisquería (seafood bar), brings a more laid-back vibe but the food brings the same calibre expected from the team. The menu is dominated by fresh seafood from oysters, clams and cockles to squid omelettes.
Galería Canalejas – Madrid
The ornate and historic Galeria Canalejas is a shopping and foodie destination situated in the heart of Madrid.
The unique, upscale food hall is a hub of 13 speciality restaurants, including Michelin-star eateries and showcases international and fusion cuisine at its best.
Spanning three floors, Galeria Canalejas is also home to swanky boutiques and is a favourite for locals and visitors alike, drawn to the historic surroundings.
RavioXO – Madrid
The third restaurant from Michelin star chef, Dabiz Muñoz, RavioXO is set to be as hot as three-Michelin star sister restaurant, DiverXO.
The impressive menu features 14 dishes infused with innovative and impressive takes on dumplings or ‘dough’ as they describe it.
Above: El Bulli
ARTS & CULTURE
Once renowned as one of the best restaurants in the world, Michelin’s three-star stalwart El Bulli shattered hearts when it closed its doors in 2011.
In a highly anticipated move, the much-loved institution has reopened as El Bulli 1846 – a gastronomic museum and experimental lab celebrating chef Ferran Adrià’s legacy.
The former restaurant will showcase the restaurant as it once stood and will educate visitors on how it paved the road to success.
The Royal Collections Gallery
As a world-renowned cultural epicentre, Madrid has long been a mecca for art and culture enthusiasts and now it is set to unveil one of the most anticipated openings in the art world, The Royal Collections Gallery.
With a royal opening by King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia on June 28th, the new museum is already filling bucket lists worldwide.
It will showcase Spain’s Royal Collections accumulated over five centuries and will feature a vast and rotating collection of artworks, tapestries, ancient carriages and royal furniture.
Luxury Cruise on Rails with RENFE
From the unique landscapes of northern Spain to the charm and colour of Andalusia, there is no better way to experience the rich culture and history of Spain than by taking a ride on one of the country’s luxury trains.
These trains offer a travel experience with plush accommodations, first-class gastronomy, exclusive guided tours and world-class service.
One of the most popular luxury trains in Spain is the Tren Al Andalus, which takes passengers on a seven-day journey through the heart of Andalusia, visiting some of the region´s most popular destinations, such as Seville, Cordoba and Granada.
Another popular luxury train is the Transcantabrico, which takes passengers on a nine-day journey along the northern coast of Spain, from San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela.