Spain is where ac­tress’ heart is

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Travel - By Jae-Ha Kim

“I ab­so­lutely be­lieve that moms are to­tal su­per­heroes,” says Marta Mi­lans, who por­trays foster mom Rosa Vasquez in the feature film, “Shazam!”

“My mom is def­i­nitely one of them, so it was easy for me to en­cap­su­late her essence when play­ing the role of Mamma Rosa.”

A na­tive of Spain, the ac­tress has called New York City home for the past 16 years.

Q: What is your fa­vorite va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion?

A: Ibiza. I grew up there. That is where my heart re­sides and where I al­ways have to go back to find peace.

Ibiza has the rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing a mas­sive party des­ti­na­tion, which is true, and can be so much fun, but it is re­ally im­por­tant for peo­ple go­ing there for the first time to un­der­stand that there is much more depth and beauty to this mag­i­cal is­land.

I en­cour­age any­one vis­it­ing to ex­plore the beaches and coun­try­side to which tourists might not oth­er­wise go. My fa­vorite time of the year in Ibiza is be­fore the sum­mer, be­fore the crowds ar­rive and when the spring flow­ers are in full bloom.

Go have a de­li­cious paella lunch at Es Tor­rent, visit the beau­ti­ful Ibiza lo­cal ar­chi­tec­ture in ev­ery lit­tle town, go for a walk up to the church in San Miguel, fall in love with the sun­set at Es Ve­dra and have a lovely din­ner at Can Pau — a typ­i­cal Span­ish Cata­lan restau­rant that has been in busi­ness for sev­eral gen­er­a­tions.

Q: What un­tapped des­ti­na­tion should peo­ple know about?

A: Lamu, Kenya. It’s a mag­i­cal lit­tle is­land hid­den off the coast of Kenya. It has one of the most unique sun­sets I have ever seen.

Q: What was the first trip you took as a child?

A: As a child I was taken to the Al­ham­bra Palace in Granada, one of the Seven Won­ders of the World. More than it be­ing known for its great ar­chi­tec­tural sig­nif­i­cance, it is also the cru­cible of Moor­ish cul­ture, which in­flu­enced Span­ish his­tory for cen­turies. I loved it.

Q: What’s the most im­por­tant thing you’ve learned from your trav­els?

A: Trav­el­ing broad­ens my ca­pac­ity to un­der­stand hu­man na­ture and the beauty and rich­ness of the world. In­tol­er­ance de­rives from a lack of un­der­stand­ing, and travel can be a great way of over­com­ing this.

Q: Where are your fa­vorite week­end get­aways?

A: Joshua Tree when in Los An­ge­les, Southamp­ton when in New York, and any place where you could get lost in the High­lands in Scot­land.

Q: Do you speak any for­eign lan­guages?

A: I am cur­rently work­ing on Rus­sian, my sev­enth lan­guage, which is be­com­ing a daunt­ing quest, but I am not giv­ing up! All the other lan­guages I speak — English, Span­ish, French, Ital­ian, Ger­man and Por­tuguese — came much more nat­u­rally to me.

Q: What are your five fa­vorite cities?

A: Other than L.A., New York City, Ibiza, Am­s­ter­dam, Bu­dapest, Madrid.

Q: Where would you like to go that you have never been to be­fore?

A: There are so many places. Just to name a few: Ja­pan, Ra­jasthan, Brazil, Rus­sia and Ar­gentina.

Q: When you go away, what are some of your must-have items?

A: My Bose mu­sic speaker so I can play my mu­sic wher­ever I go and my Mont­blanc foun­tain pen so that I can write post­cards to my fam­ily and friends from wher­ever I am.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure when you’re on the road?

A: Find­ing a place that serves amaz­ing ge­lato. I al­ways man­age to find some wher­ever I go.

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