In-between season is upon us…we’re still in winter but who isn’t wishing it was spring already?
So we’ve come up with three very different destinations that will delight the first time visitor whether it’s winter or spring.
The beauty of this trio is their unbeatable combination of history, beaches, food, culture and design, and each place is a dream destination at this time of year, from full-flavoured Sicily and charming Palma to spectacular San Diego. So if the weather misbehaves you won’t be left watching the rain pour down from your hotel window wishing you could be working on your tan on a sunlounger.
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Sicily is one of those “has it all” destinations – including its famous volcano, Mount Etna! And every seaside town is different, while venturing inland opens up a whole new panorama of hillside communities from chocolate making villages to grand, Baroque towns like Noto.
It still has that “Godfather” legacy and it’s got to be one of the most televised destinations for food and travel – the wines are superb (try Frappato, light and fresh and good for home drinking, or order a Nero D’Avola the island’s famous red grape wine.
Although not as warm as its nearest neighbours North Africa or Malta, there’s so much to see, do and taste on the island that inclement weather won’t wash out your whole holiday. And if, by chance, the snow falls, as it did last year, you can always cosy up in a buzzing café and watch the locals come and go as you linger over your expresso and pannetone.
More stable on the sunshine front than Sicily, California’s surf capital is the place to be if good food, good surf, golf and a delightful historic centre are your cup of tea. Its microbrew culture is thriving, so you’ll want to visit North Park (once an industrial neighbourhood, now a hip place to hang out) and if it’s beach cafes you’re after, La Jolla will tick all the boxes. If you’re taking the kids, there are aquariums, zoos and movie houses galore, while home design fans will love the eclectic shopping on offer. San Diego Zoo is one of the best in the world – pack a picnic and take the kids, it’s set in a big park and one of the best ways to while away half a day in this sunny, laid back city.
Palma de Mallorca
Palma’s restaurants are the probably the best in the Balearics but sometimes the trick is to avoid the really touristy ones.
Rather like Barcelona, Palma’s chefs fuel themselves on creativity, so there’s an expansive range from corner pavement eateries where the locals go, to the top hotels where the chefs have collected a galaxy of Michelin stars among them.
In Palma, many of the better places offer a menú del día, which is a great way to sample superb, fresh food that would cost twice as much if you had the same dishes for dinner.
Two really authentic, local places to eat are The Room which serves lunches which won’t break the piggy bank. Its three-course €13 menú del día, including a drink is great value. You’ll find The Room at Carrer de Cotoner www.theroompalma.es
Another place you have to visit before you leave Palma is the city’s local food market, Mercat de l’Olivar. You can even buy fresh fish then take it to Cerveceria Anfos (a great place for a toasted cheese or omelette sandwich and a beer) and they’ll cook it for you for a nominal extra cost. It’s very no frills and very affordable. To find it, head to the first floor of the Mercat de l’Olivar for a great sit down lunch before or after all your food shopping!