Spring is in the air

There's a definite sniff of spring in the air and the mercury is on the rise. Here we share some of our favourite spots for a bit of short-haul sunshine - from Puglia and Sicily in southernmost Italy to rural southern Spain, off the beaten track in Cyprus, Crete, Morocco and more.

Hotel Boutique Casa de Colón

Seville

Simple and elegant boutique hotel in a beautifully restored colonial building

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La Casa Grande

Arcos de la Frontera, near Cádiz

Traditional Andalusian hilltop hotel with amazing views

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La Almunia del Valle

Near Granada

Simple and elegant mountain retreat in the foothills of Sierra Nevada

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Santa Marta Suites & Apartments

Lecce, Puglia

Chic and quiet suites and apartments a short walk from Lecce’s historic centre

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Cambiocavallo Unesco Area & Resort

Near Modica, Sicily

Simple and elegant rural retreat

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Hotel Lucrezia

Riola Sardo, Sardinia

Lovingly restored 17th century country house

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Château Les Oliviers de Salettes

Charols (near Provence)

Stunning boutique hotel in a recently restored Château north of Provence with far-reaching views out towards the Alps

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Petra Kai Fos Boutique Hotel & Spa

East Mani, Peloponnese

Elegant boutique in beautiful old stone buildings

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Koutsounari Traditional Cottages

Crete, Greece

Charming and rustic traditional cottages with lovely sea views

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Scalani Hills Residences

Heraklion, Crete

Stylish boutique hotel set in the vineyards of the Boutari Winery

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The Library Hotel Wellness Retreat

Kalavasos, Cyprus

Pretty and peaceful spa retreat in charming Kalavasos

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Riad Anyssates

Marrakech

Chic and friendly traditional riad in the north of the Medina

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Le Jardin des Douars

Near Essaouira, Morocco

Luxe and elegant riad just outside Essaouira

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4Reasons Hotel

Yalikavak, near Bodrum

Stylish and serene boutique with beautiful views

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