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I am sure you will agree with me on this one that there is nothing better than the thought of leaving behind the daily grind of your normal life and heading to an exotic city location. In the following post I will discuss why I feel that Madrid is the perfect destination for such a trip and how you could win a weekend break in the city.

The thing that appeals most me about Madrid is the contrasts it offers visitors. There is a mixture of old and new, culture and history, relaxation and action. Madrid really does have something for everyone and if I could, I would enter the competition to try and experience everything that makes Madrid so special and unique.


I would begin my trip with a nice breakfast watching the sun come up over the city and then would take the historic and cultured Paseo de Arte, otherwise known as the Art Walk. As a big fan of Spanish and Italian art, strolling through and browsing the many beautiful art museums and galleries and their contents would always be a top priority for me when visiting the city.


To get the full scope of the contrasts the city offers I would also be sure to visit the Malasana district to fully appreciate how the movida madrilena of the 1980’s changed the image and reputation of Madrid forever.


The Botanical Garden is another attraction in Madrid that I would have to take a trip through as I take a lot of pride in my garden and I am sure I would find inspiration there. I have also heard that as well as many millions of different flowers, plants and herbs, the history surrounding many of the entries is explained as well as the important uses they have in our everyday lives.


Having covered all of the above on my trip, there is one thing that I have always wanted to experience up close and in the flesh; something that Madrid is the not just the Spanish capital city of, but the worldwide capital of flamenco dancing.


To me the perfect end to a perfect day in a perfect city would be watching authentic Spanish dancing oozing with sensuality. If I won the Madrid competition therefore, I would head over to a Tablao and experience this dance, perhaps with some dinner, followed by rich and tasty churros and chocolate dipping sauce.


As mentioned at the outset of the post, our partners would like to offer you the chance of winning a weekend break in this culturally diverse and historically important city. Just watch the video, enter the competition and don’t forget to share it with everyone in your social circle!

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The Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort and Spa is situated on the beautiful shores of Playa d’en Bossa providing direct access to the beach and sea. This area of Ibiza is far quieter than the livelier party resorts that attract younger clientele every year. Although Ibiza is well known for the party venues on offer, you should explore the contrasting side to the island.


Ibiza has a distinct cosmopolitan atmosphere and regardless of the time of day you can find somewhere to have fun. Alongside the bustling areas, you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of resorts such as the Palladium Palace hotel Resort and Spa. Surrounded by natural beauty and breathtaking pine trees, you will soon understand why people love this area.


Escaping to a luxury resort may seem like an indulgence, however, they can provide the perfect place to unwind and retreat. Playa d’en Bossa is well known for its stunning beaches and many consider this area to be a gem in Ibiza’s crown. Within the resort you will soon discover many excellent facilities, which will encourage you to stay longer.


The resort is large, and boasts over 400 luxurious and well equipped rooms to choose, alongside amazing amenities. Every aspect of this resort is top quality, and the management team go out of their way to ensure that everything is perfect. Both inside and out are well maintained and pleasing to the eye.


Mediterranean cuisine is amazing, and there is plenty on offer in Ibiza, however, the resort also offers a taste from around the world. If you enjoy fitness, the health facilities within the resort are of a high standard, and you can enjoy the gym and tennis courts. You may prefer to simply sit back and relax, which is what many people do whilst staying at the Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort and Spa.

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The Ushuaïa Beach Hotel Ibiza offers outstanding accommodation in excellent surroundings, with a unique twist. You will be able to watch amazing top international DJ’s from the comfort of your hotel room balcony.

The Best of Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel 2013 from Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel on Vimeo.

This magnificent daytime party venue is the hottest place to stay on the island, and will provide everything you need for a spectacular vacation. With modern facilities, VIP services, and fantastic luxuries, you will want to be part of the party scene. There are two adjoining hotels to choose both with stunning views.


The Ushuaïa Tower 2013 looks out on the beach and crystal clear waters, and the Ushuaïa Club offers once in a lifetime views of the poolside stage. Alongside excellent facilities, you will be impressed by the top class restaurants on offer. Minami is just one of the restaurants that you can sample whilst staying in the hotel.
This modern restaurant provides a distinct variety of Japanese food, in a tranquil and Zen like ambience. The traditional bamboo decor is calming, and works well with the artwork, and soothing candles. As you enter the restaurant, you are greeted with an incredible hologram, which is the beginning to a wonderful evening.


There are imaginative water mirrors, surrounded by bamboo and candles to help enhance the overall experience. Every mouthful that you take of the Japanese cuisine is divine, and you can enjoy delicacies such as sashimi, wagyu beef and bluefin tuna. Alongside excellent cuisine, you will be entertained by the chefs.


The chefs from the restaurant take centre stage, and show off their amazing abilities at the teppanyaki tables. When you choose to stay at the Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel, you are indulging in a whole experience and not just a hotel stay. Every part of this hotel including the restaurants is a must see event that you need to be part of next time you travel to Ibiza.

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Away from the beaches, yet not so far away that you cannot hear the call of the sea, lie the mountains. Very few tourists who flock here and stay in one of the hotels in or rent villas in Mallorca year after year think of the magic that lurks beyond the wind-ruffled waves and the white sand beaches of this Mediterranean island.

Cooler than the coasts, greener than the shoreline which mesmerizes the tourists but equally inviting are the mountains.  Sprawling forests and flora and fauna of different varieties grace the slopes of this ancient landscape. Tucked away amidst the varying shades of green is the mountain village of Valldemossa.

This village houses the Royal Charterhouse of Valldemossa . Built at the beginning of the 14th century this magnificent edifice witnessed the era of Ramon Llull, the mystic and philosopher of Mallorca. This town also houses the Monastery which the musician Chopin stayed in to recover from his illness. His stay here during the winters of 1838 and 1839 saw him create music which moved the world to tears.

Just before Chopin turned to the tiny village of Valldemossa, the Spanish Government seized the monastery and sold it to private owners. Ever since the transfer of ownership, the hushed town of Valldemossa has played host to quite a few celebrities like George Sand.

On a breezy night, if you have decided to stay over in Mallorca, the locals will tell you the tale of the Nicaraguan poet Ruben Dario.  He was the guest of the Suerda and Montaner families, the then owners of Chartreuse estate. Ruben was possessed by his nightmares. They would haunt him day in and day out. He ran to the comfort of Mallorca to escape from them. When the warm sandy beaches and the lazy hours by the sea could not drive the nightmares away, he turned to the Monastery situated in Valldemossa. He lived a very basic life. He spent his days wandering through the forests and slept on monk habits at night. The one thing he could not seem to let go off was his drinking habit. It was this drinking which eventually caused a  rift between his hosts and him and they were compelled to ban him from the Monastery and the village.

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