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The best villas in Spain
  • The lowdown: On the fringes of the spectacular Cala Mondrago nature reserve, this five-bedroom, four-bathroom villa is made up of two separate buildings and cocooned in mature pines and private gardens.  Just a few kilometres from Porto Petro and local beaches, the unusual layout makes it ideal for large families or groups of friends.
    Sleeps: Up to 10.
    Price: Prices from £199per person, including flights with Monarch. Visit cosmos.co.uk.

  • The lowdown: Zuheros is one of the most beautiful whitewashed villages in Andalucia. Its Moorish castle is stunning and is also where Gemma Arterton chose to get married. Go walking, climbing, cycling and bird-watching and see the fascinating cities of Cordoba, Granada and Malaga nearby. Casa la Hoya is a comfortable village house, recently refurbished. Sleeps: Five (plus two on sofa bed).

    Price: £550 for a week. Visit ownersdirect.co.uk.

  • The lowdown: This apartment is affordable yet inviting, furnished with a traditional rustic design. The home is situated on the outskirts of the village of Facinas, about 30 minutes from some of Tarifa's most popular beaches. There's also a roof terrace so you can soak up the sun’s rays in total privacy.
    Sleeps: Four.
    Price: For £420 per week (£105pp). Visit holidaylettings.co.uk.

  • The lowdown: In the countryside near the road between Pollensa and Cala San Vicente, Villa Els Fiters provides charming rural accommodation.  Nearby Pollensa has a host of historic sights, shops, bars, restaurants and eating out spots within easy driving distance, too.
    Sleeps: Up to five.
    Price: From £205per person. Visit cosmos.co.uk.

  • The lowdown: The Delta Cottages on the Wetlands of Catalonia are beautifully converted fisherman’s thatched summer houses. There's over 300 species of bird to see, while the duned beaches are 5kms away. Head north along the coast to the Roman town of Tarragona, explore the mountains to the south west or visit the medieval towns of Tortosa and Morella, both topped by ancient castles.
    Sleeps: Up to six.
    Price: From £1,076 in July and August for one week in a two or three-bedroom cottage, from £1,076 including Dover-Calais ferry crossing for car and passengers. Visit inntravel.co.uk or call 01653 617906.

  • The lowdown: Close to resort amenities yet in its own secluded surroundings, the five-bedroom, two-bathroom Villa Mediterrani offers a great combination of convenience and privacy. It’s just five minutes by foot from Cala’n Bosch Marina and its sandy bay.
    Sleeps: Up to nine.
    Price: From £335 per person, including flights with Monarch. Visit cosmos.co.uk.

  • The lowdown: Don Toribio is one of three pretty cottages on a working farm, 5kms from Gaucin, Andalucía. The rustic, Spanish-style villa, the outside terrace area, surrounded by a natural rock garden, and large swimming pool is ideal for families.
    Sleeps: Up to six.
    Price: From £875 to £1,910 per week for villa rental only. Flights and transfers can be arranged on request. Visit cvtravel.co.uk.

  • The lowdown: Zenza is a brand-new, contemporary villa boasting a zen-style pool area, an outdoor kitchen and phenomenal cliff top views. Private yoga classes, massage, reflexology and babysitting prices on request. It's also close to the unspoilt seaside town of Javea with its eclectic bars and seafood restaurants.
    Sleeps: Up to 10.
    Price: From £4,000 (€4,500) a week for the property or £400 pp (10 sharing).  Flights extra. Visit spain-holiday.com or call 020 3384 7066 .

  • The lowdown: This traditional Mallorcan finca-style villa is a five-minute drive from the old town of Pollenca and the coast. It boasts a full-stocked playroom, manicured gardens and a gorgeous pool.
    Sleeps: Up to eight.
    Price: From £8,755 (based on full adult occupancy) travelling for seven nights staying in villa Las Palmeras on a fully-catered basis (all meals, five and a half days per week), a chef, villa host and fully qualified UK nanny. Price excludes flights and transfers.  Call 020 8682 5040 or visit scottdunn.com.

  • The lowdown: A fully-catered house-party hideaway in Andalucía. Fusing Asian and African design with lots of light, the building's wrap-around veranda, high windows, planked floors and isolated ridge-top setting are evocative of the best safari lodges. There's a top-notch chef, a vast open-plan living room, a yoga studio, massages, 28 acres of private estate, and a stunning pool.
    Sleeps: Up to 14.
    Price: From £928 per night, based on 14 sharing. Visit i-escape.com.

  • The lowdown: Opened in March 2011, Abama Tagor is the newest luxury villa complex to open in Tenerife. It's situated in the Abama Golf & Spa Resort in Guía de Isora and its luxury rooms are just for adults. You can enjoy a private infinity pool, breakfast exclusive to villa guests at El Mirador, a cliff-top retreat; a villa attendant on call daily, and more.
    Price: From €365 (approx £322) per room per night, as well as an additional €35 (approx £31), per person per night. Visit abamahotelresort.com.

  • The lowdown: An individual property tucked away in a peaceful country location yet just 2.6km from lively Pollença town on the island of Mallorca.  Owned by artists, the house is packed with character. It has a private pool, open and covered terraces, and a tennis court. Golf, beaches, cycling, walking trails and bird-watching are all available nearby.
    Price: From £495 per week. Visit vintagetravel.co.uk or call 01954 261431.

  • The lowdown: A peaceful one-bedroom villa 500 metres from the old town of Pollensa. The picturesque countryside around Pollensa is a colourful mixture of fruit orchards and wooded glades. The region stretches along the coast to Alcudia from the golden beaches of Puerto Pollensa. To the north the shores of Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia are fringed with kilometres of golden sand with water sports and ideal for sun bathing.
    Sleeps: Two.
    Price: From £447 per week.Visit HomeAway.co.uk.

  • The lowdown: This stunning five-bedroom Mallorcan villa has views over the Bay of Pollensa, a gorgeous pool, and designer garden. It's a short walk to the Pollensa golf course and the kids will love the beach at Cala San Vicente, as well as the toys and bikes at the house
    Sleeps: Up to 10.
    Price: From £5790 for a week.Visit akvillas.com.

  • The lowdown: Villa Rafalet at the Costa Blanca in Alicante is a luxury six-bedroom villa with private pool. The beach is 7.5 miles away, while bars and restaurants are within walking distance. The Costa Blanca is famous for its beautiful beaches, and there's plenty to do in Javea: Scuba diving, golf, sailing and some really great trekking routes. And for the kids, head south to the Benidorm theme park for a fun day out.
    Sleeps: Up to 14.
    Price: From £2,753 per week. Visit villarenters.com.

  • The lowdown: Located in a hidden part of Spain, the property boasts eight double bedrooms, six bathrooms, a swimming pool, a massive terrace, children's play area and original outdoor oven. In the heart of the Segura Natural Park, the cities and towns of the province are very picturesque - Granada, Ubeda and Baeza have been awarded World Heritage status.
    Sleeps: Up to 16.
    Price:  From £2,323 per week. Visit HomeAway.co.uk.

  • The lowdown: Set on a hillside farm in 500 acres of rural Andalucia, Almuña has incredible views right over to Africa. The house has eight double bedrooms each with an ensuite bathroom, and the cobbled courtyard is perfect for al fresco dining.
    Sleeps: Up to 16.
    Price: Catered rental prices start at £1000 per person, including all meals, alcoholic and soft drinks, excursions, airport transfers and guiding throughout the week.  There's discount for children up 14. Visit arbuthnottholidays.com or call +44 20 7738 2032.

  • The lowdown: Situated on a hillside at Los Flamingos, a prestigious development in the Costa del Sol, this modern villa overlooks the Los Flamingos golf course and the Mediterranean. The Ritz Carlton Villa Padema is 300 metres away, and has a stunning spa. There's direct access to three golf courses, and Puerto Banus is 10 minutes' drive. Can be used for weddings.
    Sleeps: Up to 20.
    Price: From £6,300 for one week. Visit luxuryretreats.com.

  • The lowdown: Mas Gras is a seven-bedroom, six-bathroom classic stone built masia, which is situated just outside the medieval village of Cruilles in Catalunya. Dating back to 1801, this country home is set in more than 70 acres of grounds with a large private pool. If you fancy exploring, check out the quaint medieval towns of Pals, Palau Sator and Monells, the pottery town of La Bisbal and the beaches at Tamariu and Aigua Blava.
    Sleeps: Up to 15.
    Price: From £2695 per week. Visit vintagetravel.co.uk or call 01954 261431.