It's that time of year when we dare to hope for good weather. The balmy air will banish winter blues and help us to unwind! The problem with that is that the outlook is often unpredictable here in the UK. Head for the Sun
Luckily, an outstanding climate is only a short flight away. A Spanish holiday can be just the thing for you, especially if you’re looking to relax and rejuvenate yourself from stress of work responsibilities. There are locations to suit everyone, and they come with the all-important sunshine. Northern Spain
Holidaymakers have been drawn to Spain since they discovered its sunny beaches in the 1960s, but surfers will swap burning sands for the waves of San Sebastián in the Basque country. Described by the Rough Guide as one of the great resort cities of Europe, the wide sweep of La Concha Bay is an outstanding city-beach destination. Southern Sunshine
Further south, the Costa del Sol is heavily developed, but it's still possible to find quieter areas, and there's plenty to do, day and night. You'll be close to the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, and to historic cities like Granada, with the nearby Moorish Alhambra palace. The influence of the Moors, who ruled much of Spain for several hundred years, is most apparent in the white buildings and cool courtyards of the south. Andalucia is the land of fiestas and flamenco, of sherry from Jerez, and the musical city of Seville. You won't escape the crowds in the playgrounds of the Costa Blanca, either, but if you want amenities and family-friendly facilities, this is for you, and there are some very pretty villages to explore. Not Just a Football Team
Sample a bit of everything in Barcelona. The lively Catalan capital has a strong artistic tradition, as befits the home of Gaudí's fantastical cathedral. It has a thriving night life, and is another of those buzzing resort cities, with the Benicàssim music festival held on the beach every year. Island Hopping
The Balearic Islands are also Catalan, and close to Palma's cathedral, with its Gaudí decorations, you'll find elegant art nouveau architecture. Development in Mallorca is restricted to a relatively small strip, allowing the rest to retain beautiful little bays along a stunning coastline. Clubbers should head for Ibiza, while Minorca is the quieter isle. Your Spanish break will recharge your “inner batteries.” You'll return refreshed and de-stressed, ready to face the world. And your memories will last way beyond your suntan!