Spain Vacation: The Beautiful Places Locals Want to Keep a Secret from Tourists – Low Calorie Diets Tips

When it comes to popular holiday spots, Irish holidaymakers would list places on the Costa Del Sol, the Balearic Islands or the Costa Brava.

Popular places like Benalmádena, Salou, Benidorm, Marbella, Fuengirola, Alicante and Ibiza also come to mind.

These resorts see thousands of vacationers every year.

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But where are the hidden treasures that the locals want to keep secret?

Monique Rivalland, features editor of The Times, recommends five places domestic tourists vacation that don’t make the top lists.

It is wise to keep in mind that remote locations may be less accessible by public transport than coastal cities where everything is within easy reach.


The small coastal village of Deià on the north-west coast of Mallorca is one of the most beautiful villages and a hidden paradise on the island of Mallorca.

The village is north of Palma. Set in a gorge at the foot of the Teix Mountains, with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea below, it has served as inspiration for creatives and writers like Robert Graves alike.

Cala de deia

Deià is part of a landscape declared a World Heritage Site for the fusion of nature, culture and traditions.

The Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range is criss-crossed by an extensive network of paths.

When it comes to food and drink, there are Michelin-star or Mediterranean restaurants that are family-owned and run with passion.

Large group of tourists enjoying themselves on the beaches of Comte (
Large group of tourists sunbathing and swimming on the beaches of Comte (“Platges de Compte”) in summer, with Torre d’en Rovira in the background. Cala Conta, Sant Josep de Sa Talaia, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain, Europe.

The village has a number of stunning golden sandy beaches suitable for the perfect holiday in the sun.

Port de Pollenca

Another special place with breathtaking views is Port de Pollença, a small town in northern Mallorca.

It is divided into several main areas: Pine Walk, Boquer, Central, Siller, Pinaret, Llenaire and Gotmar.

La Terrasa

Over the years it has developed from a small fishing port into a family-friendly holiday resort.

Many artists and celebrities have made Port de Pollença their home or have taken short trips to the bay over the course of their lives.

Agatha Christie visited the town in the early 20th century and stayed at a hotel in the Pine Walk area, which she describes in her book Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories.

A group of tourists sunbathe on Platja d'en Bossa beach in Ibiza, Spain
A group of tourists sunbathe on Platja d’en Bossa beach in Ibiza, Spain

Costa Brava

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle, you can go to the seaside town Begur.

Begur is a pretty medieval village with cobbled streets and houses perched on a hill where the ruins of a stone castle lie.


For a bite to eat or a drink, there are Catalan bars and restaurants specializing in seafood around the central square.

The area produces quality white wine and the local vineyards are well worth a visit for fun tastings.

Sandy bays and small bays with several beach bars and restaurants.

There are a few local markets worth visiting for both food and local crafts.


Formentera is the smallest of the Balearic Islands. It’s Ibiza’s neighbor and the perfect place for a quiet break.

It can be reached by ferry from Ibiza.

It is known for its clear water, natural beauty and long stretches of beach fringed by dunes and pine trees.

In the 2000s, the island’s wooden boathouses were declared a Site of Cultural Interest.

You can rent a scooter or bike to take you from beach to beach.

Most beaches also have Blue Flag status, including the five mile stretch at Migjorn.

Playa de Ses Illetes is a highly recommended beach with crystal blue waters.

The city has a number of cocktail bars and open-air sidewalk cafes that stay open until the early hours.

Next time you book a vacation, check out these stunning locations for some much-needed downtime.

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