Fall in love with Spain! Think up-all-night cities, whitewashed hill towns, tranquil countryside dotted with picturesque villages and miles and miles of beaches lapped by warm, Mediterranean waters. Sizzling Madrid and Barcelona are must-see cities, and San Sebastien is beautiful and fantastic for culture, while enchanting Andalucia, with its whitewashed buildings and cobbled streets, is the Spain you’ve always dreamed of. Head to one of the Balearic Islands, like Mallorca and Formentera for laid-back beach life (and sophisticated nightlife), tiny villages surrounded by ancient olive groves and some wonderful luxury hotels to escape it all.
Below are a few top experiences that can feature in your bespoke Spain itinerary.
• Visit the little known corners of Spain’s most stunning cities, including: Madrid, Barcelona and Seville.
• Head to the Basque Country, for a full immersion into the world of Spanish gastronomy, where you will learn about Basque pinxto culture.
• Private Yacht Charter in Mallorca or Menorca to discover the pristine hidden beaches.
• Discover Andalucia with special experiences in Sevilla, Ronda, Cordoba and Granada.
• Private tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Alhambra, of course.
• Hike in the hills of Ronda, the gorgeous city that inspired Hemingway during his time in Spain. And do an amazing winery visit in Ronda.
• Visit the buildings of Gaudi, the historic Jewish Quarters and synagogue, world class museum; and much more.
• An Insider’s Tour of the Albacyin.
• White villages to interesting local characters… old olive mill, castle, gorgeous views, tastings etc.
• Insiders Art Restorers Private Home & Studio visit in Sevilla.
• Private Tapas Tour and/or Cooking Class.
• Flamenco uncovered, accompanied by a real gypsy flamenco musician.
• Excursion to Cordoba, with option of private horse exhibition.
WHEN TO GO
Continental & Mediterranean
Andalucia is the soul of classic Spain. Like the paintings of Andalucia’s famed native son, Pablo Picasso, this region is vivid, bold and occasionally overwhelming. The region offers a unique flavour of authentic Spanish culture: Granada’s gorgeous Alhambra, Seville’s mosques and bullfighting rings and whitewashed World Heritage sites. The region also has great beaches on both the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and a calendar of fantastic festivals. Read more >
BALAERIC ISLANDS (MALLORCA, MENORCA, IBIZA AND FORMENTERA)
The Balearic Islands is an archipelago of five sand-strewn, mountainous enclaves floating blissfully in the Mediterranean Sea. With their fabulous gastronomy intriguing culture, diverser geography and 300 sunny days a year, it’s no wonder that the islands are so popular. Between elegant and civilized Mallorca, tranquil and dazzling Menorca, and free spirited Ibiza and Formentera, each island has its own shining personality, promising much more than you average beach vacation. Read more >
The Catalonia region, in northeastern Spain, is known for the lively beach resorts of Costa Brava as well as the Pyrenees Mountains. Barcelona, the regional capital, has a historic Gothic Quarter, La Rambla pedestrian mall, museums and several beaches. Gaudi’s distinctive modern art and architecture can be seen at the Sagrada Familia Basilica and in the colorful outdoor mosaics of Park Guell.
NORTHERN SPAIN (BASQUE COUNTRY AND CAMINO DE SANTIAGO)
The northern Atlantic Coast is a fabled region of distinct microcultures; the Celtic nuances of Galicia deeply contast with the unique customs and flavours of the Basque Country and the slowed down lifestyle of Asturias or Cantabria. What brings them all together is a series of dramatic coastal landscapes that decorate the picturesque pilgrimage routes of El Camino de Santiago. Read more >
Spain’s lively capital is home to legends of every kind; from the likes of Velaszquez and Goya, royal palaces and belle epoque neighbourhoods, to the vibrant nighlife that ends only with the traditional Spanish chocolate con churros for breakfast. Madrid has quickly become one of Europe’s most exciting cities, welcoming visitors with a pride very characteristic of Madrilenos and a lifestyle that imitates art in every form.
Marie-France has led tours in Northern Spain while working as a Guide for Butterfield & Robinson. She has also travelled extensively in Spain including: Andalucia (Seville, Granada & Cordoba), Northern Spain, Madrid, Barcelona and the Balaeric Islands. She has also crafted many bespoke itineraries to Spain, for her discerning clients.