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    Destinations for a May getaway

    Long live May, the sun, the terraces and the cities where the streets are always full of life. Long live Seville, Valencia and Barcelona: our May destinations for organising a trip away with your partner or friends. Get ready to take advantage of the fact that the majority of hotels in these destinations are now available at very reasonable prices. The same goes for flight fares due to the current low season. 

    Seville

    Olay! Before the summer heat hits and the streets are engulfed in the baking hot sun, Seville is the ideal destination. The city is full of life, with exquisite cuisine for the biggest food lovers (the tapas are always elaborated using the best ingredients) and the cultural agenda is jam-packed with programmes. Enjoy the authentic ambiance of Seville in the city centre.

     

    In the middle of the Old Town you’ll find many choices for accommodation, some are very cheap but also very clean, comfortable and worth staying at. However, if you want something that pays more attention to detail then it’s probably best to book a stay at a 3 or 4 star hotel in Seville with reasonable rates and all types of services in the heart of the city. For example, Petit Palace Santa Cruz, Hotel Sevilla Macarena or Murillo Hotel.

    Move around, on foot. You’ll discover the best of Seville walking around and enjoying its taverns, flamenco stages and people. The evenings are incredible and, apart from the centre, the liveliest and most legendary zones is Alameda, where you’ll discover all kinds of local bars and restaurants for enjoying a drink or meal.

    Valencia

    The Spanish Levant is always a sure choice before summer hits. The months of July and August should be avoided but now, in the middle of spring, cities like Valencia offer a wide variety of proposals for enjoying a long, leisurable and relaxing weekend. From the exquisite Valencian paellas, rich aperitifs on the terraces and the unbeatable choice of cultural experiences (museums, galleries, cinema, theatre, outdoor shows…). The beaches are another must-see, although, careful, as the Mediterranean Sea is still a bit nippy at this time.

    Accommodation is always a headache to organise but you’ll actually find it easier now between May and June when these months before high season allow hotels to offer guests stays at competitive prices. It’s now when you can stay at a 4 star hotel in Valencia city centre at an excellent price. With that being said, you have to spend a lot of time consulting and comparing prices and location. Our recommendation is to opt for a hotel in the centre and forget about driving for a few days. The heart of the city offers everything you need without having to complicate things. Some hotels offer guests a garage so you can securely leave your car and go walking or using public transport.

    In this sense, the most complete hotels are near to the cathedral and the main institutional buildings like Petit Palace Bristol. However, there are also some not too far away from the Old Town. For example, Hotel Sorolla Centro and Hotel Eurostars Gran Valencia.

    Barcelona

    We could never miss out the most beautiful city in springtime. The grand capital of modernism, where art and dynamism shine as bright as always under the first rays of sun. The activity in these months previous to summer, when the city starts to break away from the winter, is frantic. The selection of cultural activities is so plentiful that it is simply impossible to try to fit them all in in one trip, no matter how long we would like the weekend to last.

    Barcelona is both good for city and beach breaks meaning that you could combine a little bit of everything if you put aside enough time for the perfect getaway (7 days is perfect). If you go by train or plane, you’ll be better off staying in the city so you can enjoy Barcelona to the max: all its museums, shops, hidden corners, narrow streets and long nights of partying.

    Choose a hotel that is as close as possible to all the historical districts. Accommodation prices in Barcelona aren’t cheap but it’s true that if you start looking as soon as possible and remain patient, you’ll find something that combines quality and price perfectly. Take a look at hotel websites like Petit Palace Barcelona and NH Barcelona Centro, where you can always find special offers. If you find that the centre is too expensive, don’t be afraid to leave it as the city boasts a good public transport network within all neighbourhoods and the taxi service is also quite good.

     

    Following, you can review some of the abovementioned hotels so that you can start comparing and choosing your accommodation. These hotel websites also offer useful tourist and cultural information about these ‘destinations of the month’: Petit Palace Bristol Valencia, Petit Palace Barcelona, Petit Palace Santa Cruz, Lonely Planet Barcelona, Lonely Planet Sevilla and Lonely Planet Valencia.

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