Sponsored Post: Sun, Sea and Sangria in Spain

How to sum up Spain? It’s a huge and diverse country that’s famous for so many things. It’s renowned for its sizzling summer climate and golden sanded beaches. There’s the sprawling vineyards that bask under cloudless blue skies. The stunning peaks and snow-capped summits of the Pyrenees. Paella and tapas. Jugs of sangria. Flamenco dancers and early afternoon siestas. Whatever springs to mind when you think of Spain, there’s no denying it’s a magical place with a spectacular culture and more than a few things to see, do and experience.

For beach-centric breaks with the classic combo of sun, sea and sand, Spain’s golden Costas are the place to be. Here you’ve got bubbly Costa Blanca with its neon-lit resort of Benidorm, packed with cheesy nightclubs, karaoke joints and eclectic entertainment. Costa Blanca is also home to the town of Alicante with its airport and lovely old town, which is well worth a visit. Or there’s the laid-back sophistication of Marbella, the family-friendly vibe of the Costa Dorada or chirpy, cheerful Costa Brava.

If a city break is on the agenda, try the glorious coastal appeal of chic, cosmopolitan Valencia, or head to trendy Barcelona and explore its fabulous architecture and impressive art galleries. You could also head inland to the sprawling capital of Madrid and soak up some traditional Spanish flair in its vibrant city centre.

Whatever type of Spanish getaway you’re after, you’ll find a fantastic array of choice through some of today’s holiday tour operators. For instance, Thomas Cook’s Spain holidays serve up a wonderful choice of breaks ranging from beach escapes and rural retreats to chic city locations and family-friendly holidays. Spain is a fabulous place that’s certainly got holidays down to a T – so which Spanish getaway gets your vote?

Fashion Friday: Best Optical Shop

I’ve been wearing and shopping for glasses ever since I could read. I discovered an optical shop in the Mission that has hands-down the best inventory of vintage, classic, modern eyeglasses and sunglasses. Hundreds and hundreds of pairs in all designs in multiple colors.

Fine Arts Optical at 888 Valencia near 20th

The company has been around for a while, but recently opened a location in the Mission. You’ll pay a pretty penny, but these glasses are works of art that you can sport on your face. Seriously fashionable glasses! I could have spent all day in the store; I wanted to buy several pairs.

Check it out. Best spectacle store ever!