Hotel Camiral

Think of northern Spain and chances are your mind goes to San Sebastián and the Basque country, but there’s another area deserving of your attention; namely, the north-eastern region stretching from Barcelona up to the French border which has an alluring mix of rugged coastline and rolling green fields.  As a great base for exploring the region, try Hotel Camiral—a new property set within the serenely calm 300-hectare PGA Catalunya Resort (the number one golf course in Spain). Hop on a flight first thing and by lunchtime you can have your feet up on a stripy green lounger beside a twinkling turquoise pool. It’s impossible to spend any time here and not feel calmer and more relaxed: the interiors are heavenly—we’re talking stacks of green plants, beautiful tile mosaics and more books and artworks than your eyes can take in—and the Catalan-inspired food leaves your body as well-charged as your mind. The hotel can organize countless excursions, but we recommend the new Dalí by Night offering. Your own driver will pick you up at 9:30pm and whisk you to Figueres, where Dalí established his own foundation just 25km from the French border. There, an expert guide will meet you to take you on a private tour of the collection, pointing out the highlights and translating some of his more unusual works.

Hotel Camiral, PGA Catalunya Resort, Girona, Spain; @hotelcamiral

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