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Relax and unwind

 

A P&O Cruises holiday offers the all-important chance to unplug from the daily stresses of life and to take stock and concentrate on ourselves for a little while. When combined with a little TLC, holidays can be restorative, and with Mental Health Awareness week taking place from 9-15 May, there’s never been a better time to book a soothing on-board spa treatment or plan a relaxing adventure in your favourite destination. Yoga in the Andalusian hills, anyone?

Enjoy yoga and a home-grown breakfast in Malaga, Spain

Start your day with a healthy experience for the body and mind on the Eco Breakfast & Yoga shore experience in Malaga, Spain. Visit a traditional Spanish finca tucked away in the stunning Andalusian countryside to gather the ingredients for your fresh breakfast of zesty citrus fruits, tomatoes and rustic bread. Next, you’ll meet on the mat to ease tensions and stresses away with a gentle yoga class – the perfect way to round off this soothing Spanish experience.

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3. The dishy one: Gran Canaria

Delicacies such as rancho canario (a hearty soup/stew made with meat, chickpeas and pasta) and salty little papas arrugadas (wrinkly potatoes, arguably the island’s most famous dish) are treats you’ll find all over the island. For more localised goodies, head inland. The charming Santa María de Guía is a mecca for buns, biscuits and even cheese made using local flower sap to curdle filtered sheep’s milk. In Tejeda, feast on all things almond-based, including the sweet, sticky bienmesabe – delicious on ice cream!
 

If you do one thing…

Visit the Finca Los Castaños coffee plantation, where coffee has been grown since the 19th century and the only place in Europe where the bean continues to be cultivated in the traditional way. The stunning Agaete Valley is reason enough to visit, but so too is the tour that reveals how climate and landscape combine to create the perfect conditions for growing the beans. As you wander through the Arabica trees, passing mangoes, papayas, avocados and citrus groves, you can’t help but feel as if you’ve landed in paradise. 

4. The playful one: Tenerife

Tenerife is a fun-loving place with activities, action and adventure for all. The largest of the Canaries, the island is dominated by the mighty Mount Tiede. At 3,718m, it’s the highest point in Spain with one of the world’s largest volcano craters at its summit. Explore the otherwordly landscapes of Mount Tiede’s National Park by buggy (exhilarating), by camel (a little bumpy) or, like me, scale the heights and soak up the epic vistas by cable car (smooth). Tenerife also boasts 41 miles of playas that come in a variety of sand shades – from golden yellow to distinctive black. Windsurfers, kitesurfters and surfers flock to the wild Playa La Tejita while the perfect golden arc and safe shallows of Playa de las Teresitas is a haven for families.
 

If you do one thing…

Enjoy a wild ride on one of the thrilling water slides or simulated rapids at the spectacular Thai-themed Siam Park – voted Best Water Park in the World for the sixth year in a row by Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice. Prepare, if you dare, for The Tower of Power – a 28m-high water slide that lets you drop at speeds of up to 80km per hour before passing through an aquarium of sharks and rays at the bottom.