Out of all of the holiday photos you’ve ever taken, chances are it’s that view which tops them all. Spain and the Canary Islands have such varied panoramas, they’re nothing but a photographer’s dream.
But for the best – and highest – vantage points of all, you’ll want to earmark our best places for that panoramic shot for your next timeshare holiday on the Spanish mainland, Tenerife or Lanzarote. It’s hard to pick a favourite, but San Nicolas in Granada, with its breathtaking view of the Alhambra, or El Estrecho in Tarifa – for a glimpse of Morocco just 15 km across the water – are definitely two of the best!
BENIDORM El Castillo
Regular visitors will know that popular timeshare destination Benidorm (in Alicante) has a huge rock which many years ago was a fortress against pirates.You’ll find it in the heart of the historic quarter – it’s an amazing look out point, so if you’re in town sightseeing, you won’t want to miss it.
GRANADA San Nicolás
Granada, which means “pomegranate” – the symbol of Granada, is hands down one of the most scenic cities in all of Spain. Much more Arabic-influenced than Malaga, and more romantic, the San Nicolas viewing point is a great place to inhale the views of the amazing Alhambra, one of the wonders of the world. You’ll also see the Generalife, the Nasrid Palaces, the Palace of Charles V, the Alcazaba –all against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Afterwards, pop into town for a beer and tapas.
SAN SEBASTIAN Monte Igueldo
Beautiful San Sebastián in the Basque Country is famous for its horse shoe shaped beach and it’s easily one of the loveliest cities in Spain. For incredible views, head to the top of the Ulía or Igueldo peaks – Igueldo offers simply stunning views of La Concha bay. The kids will love it, too – there’s a funicular railway to reach the amusement park at the top.
RONDA’s Puente Nuevo bridge
Few landmarks are more memorable than Ronda’s deep gorge and to enjoy the views best, visit the Puente Nuevo bridge in Ronda, Malaga, at sunset. The bridge is not for those afraid of heights, though – at a height of 98 metres, it’s steep! Ronda is photo heaven and so unmistakable, definitely one of Spain’s most photogenic Andalusian towns and the tapas bars are fabulous, too – perfect for a quick drink and some olives before dinner or heading back to your resort.
TARIFA El Estrecho
Surf paradise Tarifa (Cadiz) is Spain’s closest point to North Africa – on a clear day you can make out Tangiers on the Morocco’s northernmost mainland and at night you’ll see the lights twinkling. Tarifa is the southernmost point in Europe where three seas – the Med, the Gibraltar Straits and the Atlantic – all meet and the winds make this a particularly attractive place for windsurfers.Tarifa has a Moorish-meets-Spanish spirit, there’s nowhere quite like it and because of eco controls, you won’t find block after block of high rise hotels. Eco heaven.
LANZAROTE Mirador del Río viewing point
Surreal and volcanic, Mirador del Rio is a brilliant vantage point on the island of Lanzarote. Designed by architect César Manrique, it’s borderline magical. Cross your fingers for a clear weather day when you’ll be able to see the island of La Graciosa, Montaña Clara and Roque del Oeste, with Alegranza in the background.
TENERIFE El Teide volcano
Who hasn’t heard of Mount Teide, Tenerife’s famous volcano? Zoom up in the cable car to one of Spain’s highest viewing points and the panorama will take your breath away. If you want to go higher, there is a route right up to the top but you need to request permission to do so first, online. Check out ww.reservasparquesnacionales.es for more info.
MALAGA Balcón de Europa
Yes it IS the balcony of Europe! And it’s a real terrace overlooking the sea in Nerja (Malaga). Legend has it that it was King Alfonso XII himself who coined the name after visiting. Rewind yourself into a moment in history as you let the sea breeze blow your blues away and you take in the spectacular views. Nerja is one of Andalusia’s prettiest towns, well worth spending a day in, too.