Alhambra Palace, GranadaThe Principal Madrid, Terrace Views"A colorful array of fruits and vegetable displayed for sale at the marketMercat de la boqueria (La Rambla), Barcelona"Monastery of San Esteban, Ribas de Sil, Orense province, Spain

Spain Autumn & Winter Highlights

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January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December

Escape to Spain, where you need to wear face masks but can travel freely throughout the country. Now the famous highlights are empty of tourists, so it’s a great time to explore destinations like Madrid, Barcelona, Granada and Seville.

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Days 1 - 5 Barcelona

Barcelona has so many faces, enchantment etched into dozens of suburbs and hundreds of attractions along the Mediterranean coast. It’s the city of Gaudi, the cityscape marked by La Sagrada Familia, the aristocratic lanes enhanced by the mansions he designed. It’s also a coastal getaway, with golden beaches and salty sea air and outstanding fish restaurants. In one moment you can be immersed in its Roman side, in the next you’re exploring the regal Catalonian symbol, or a creative and contemporary subculture. Then there’s a fine dining and drinking scene that rivals any in Europe, a collection of old monuments that defy the imagination, and a proud Catalonian heritage that’s been updated for the 21st century. But most of all, Barcelona is about the atmosphere.

Montserrat mountain is a typical place to visit in Catalunya (Catalonia, Spain)
Cava Cork
Cava Cork

Montserrat and Cava Winery Tour from Barcelona

Spain

Montserrat stands resplendent on a clifftop. It has been a place of worship for eleven centuries. To understand why, it’s enough to look at that tall, serrated mountain rising abruptly from the surrounding plain. But you will understand it even better once you are there. Arrive in time for the daily choir song, an atmospheric immersion in a different time. After food for the spirit, nourishment for the body. At two different wineries, you will discover four wines and four different Cavas, accompanied by tasty appetizers that bring out the best in them.You will discover that the best sparkling wine in the world doesn’t have to come from Champagne.

White yacht in the marina sunset.

Sunset Sail on the Mediterranean in Catalonia

Spain

Enjoy an evening of romantic solitude, sunset views, gentle sea breeze, and the lapping of waves against the sailboat.As your crew sail the boat to the best spots around Barcelona, you can enjoy a lovely solitude. The city is far away, the glowing sky above is wide, the vast sea moves and murmurs. You will toast empty your glasses slowly. Sip your delicious wine, drink in the colours of sunset and the magic of these moments.

La Pedrera - Casa Milà, Barcelona

After Hours Guided Visit to Casa Mila in Barcelona

Spain

Set foot in a realm of unique spaces, forms and lighting. During this private after-hours tour of Casa Milà, you will discover Gaudí’s style and genius. Your expert guide will point out to you the challenges the famous architect had to face, and the solutions he created.Admire the intricate iron work of the balconies. Look up as you climb the stairs, and try to decide whether the roof is inspired by plants or by the undersea world. Stand on the roof by the curious chimneys, and enjoy a glass of Cava as you admire the view over Barcelona.

Barcelona Artisan

Visit Private Ateliers and Galleries in Barcelona

Spain

Barcelona is filled with exclusive experiences when you’re guided by a local. You can find yourself discovering a renowned shoe-maker’s atelier. You will watch the manufacture process that creates the perfect pair of shoes, and probably find one to take with you. You can explore one of the oldest libraries in the city, housed in a private building by Gaudí. You can admire art pieces in Spain’s oldest — and private — art gallery.Just let your guide know. He will open the doors to exclusive and fascinating places for you.

Entrance of La Boqueria market, next to Les Rambles in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Burrito stall at the Boqueria market in Barcelona.
"A colorful array of fruits and vegetable displayed for sale at the marketMercat de la boqueria (La Rambla), Barcelona"
Sliced bacon dry meat to eat in boqueria open market at barcelona spain
The historic Mercat de la Boqueria or Sant Josep Mercat (Boqueria market) in Barcelona, aside the Rambla. A view on the top selling product: fresh juices of fruit.
Burrito stall at the Boqueria market in Barcelona."A colorful array of fruits and vegetable displayed for sale at the marketMercat de la boqueria (La Rambla), Barcelona"Sliced bacon dry meat to eat in boqueria open market at barcelona spainThe historic Mercat de la Boqueria or Sant Josep Mercat (Boqueria market) in Barcelona, aside the Rambla. A view on the top selling product: fresh juices of fruit.

Private Gourmet Food Tour in Barcelona

Spain

You will find La Boqueria is a whole world. A world of gaily-coloured stands, smiling merchants, and an incredible diversity of tempting food.The diversity is so great, in fact, that you might be unsure of what to try. But there’s no such risk. You are in great company. Because when it comes to food, your guide has a decade of experience and a lifetime of passion.She will introduce you to local delicacies you cannot miss. Just close your eyes and let your palate rejoice. Whether food or wine, you can be sure, on this tour, you will taste the best of small-bite Barcelona.

Days 6 - 10 Madrid

Footsteps echo across the cobbles as you wander through capital city Madrid, so much to explore on central streets with an indelibly laid-back atmosphere. Whiffs of hot chocolate and churros mingle with fragrances from country-wide tapas, coffee cups and wine glasses fill the tables on reams of cafe terraces, while the townhouse facades present an understated yet elegant charm. This is a city alive in both atmosphere and attractions, one that has remained very traditional while embracing contemporary tastes and tourism. However, it’s a capital that feels very different to its European contemporaries. While cities like Paris and London are crowded, with the experience focused on their magnificent sights, Madrid is just as much about the ambience you feel as the attractions you visit.

The Principal Madrid Exterior
Gran Via Suite
Deluxe Rooms
The Princial Madrid, Terrace
The Principal Madrid Terrace Solarium
The Principal Madrid, Terrace Views
Gran Via SuiteDeluxe RoomsThe Princial Madrid, TerraceThe Principal Madrid Terrace SolariumThe Principal Madrid, Terrace Views

The Principal Madrid Hotel

Spain

Feel the heart of Madrid pulsating all around you, while enjoying the peace and quiet of this palatial hotel in the city’s heart. Step outside, and you can walk to landmarks and museums. Step back inside, and you will enjoy elegant modern décor, light-filled rooms, and an excellent spa. On the terrace, you can sip a unique cocktail by a renowned chef, while looking out over the city roofs. Dine on the creations of a two-Michelin-star chef while viewing la noche madrileña.If you want total comfort in the very centre of Madrid, this is the place to go.

Toledo cityscape with Alcantara bridge (Puente de Alcantara) over Targus river. Spain
Cityscape of Toledo with the Alcázar and the Tagus river
Cityscape of Toledo with the Alcázar and the Tagus river

Toledo Day Trip from Madrid

Spain

Cross the medieval bridge on the Tagus. Pass through the embattled city gates. And the enchantment begins.Your guide will take you to magnificent places. You will think the monastery of San Juan de los Reyes is made of petrified lace. And through its stained glass windows, sunlight comes in and touches your soul. Then there’s the cathedral. The white synagogue. The views from the hilltop, with the whole city at your feet.You will discover quiet medieval backstreets, traditional shops, and listen to the riveting stories of this city.

Palacio Real, Madrid, Photographer

Photography Tour of Madrid

Spain

This afternoon is really two experiences in one. You will get to explore Madrid in the company of a local who’s itching to show you his city. And you will learn how to make your photos even greater. Seriously.Your guide is a madrileño — and an expert professional photographer. Light, angles, composition. He will show you how to make the most of those to achieve the best possible shots.By the end of this tour, you will have learned to see the city in a different, more creative way.

Prado Museum, Madrid
Man and floating fish in desert
Man and floating fish in desert

Art Masterpiece Tour with a Local Painter in Madrid

Spain

Maybe you find art museums a bit disappointing. Maybe you look at those paintings and know they are something extraordinary — but you wish you could tell why.With this tour you have a prominent artist and art professor with you.In the Prado and the Reina Sofia Museums, he will introduce you to masterpieces of Spanish painting. He will gladly answer your questions and tailor a route to meet your interests. These museums are too big for one day, so you need a guide to plan a route around the best stuff. It’s easy to be overwhelmed, but not when an art professor narrates.

Classic spaniard snack platter.
Tapas Bar, Spain
Tapas Bar, Spain

Private Tapas Tour of Madrid

Spain

Your guide smiles enthusiastically as she tells you all about tapas. She explains they are originally from the south of Spain, but have conquered the entire country. Tapas in Spain has created a whole culture of socialising and relaxedly sharing delicious bites.And this is what this tour is all about. You will follow your guide to some of the best tapas places in Madrid, learn just how the process works, and taste great flavours and textures. Your discovery of tapas will also be a discovery of Madrid’s traditional neighbourhoods.

Days 11 - 13 Seville

Energetic and effervescent, Seville loves to create an immersive experience. You can’t watch on from the sides here, the city quickly carrying you off with its vibrant rhythm and romantic soul. Flamenco emanates from traditional bars, the elegiac plucking of guitar strings stirring through narrow streets. Terraces are everywhere, life lived outside, with small plates of tapas gathering on your table. Dazzling white buildings juxtapose with Moorish relics and a love for anything baroque. You’ll find cosy cafes along the river, stunning historic art in the museums, and an old city that’s larger than any other in Spain. But most poignantly, you’ll be enveloped by the heart of Andalusian life and culture.

Hacienda San Rafael
Hacienda San Rafael
Hacienda San Rafael
Hacienda San Rafael
Hacienda San Rafael
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Hacienda de San Rafael

Spain

Over the hills and far away, half-way between Seville and Jerez, you will discover an 18th century haciendahiding among olive groves and sunflower fields.It’s a small, family-run place, where you will enjoy a blend of rustic and sophisticated charms. Your cozy rooms open onto flowered terraces. You will savour delicious meals under the buganvilias on the patio. Garden crickets and the sweet scent of grass will lull you to a restoring siesta. This is just the place to enjoy privacy, flawless service, and outstanding gastronomy in lovely Andalusian surroundings.

Spain Square (Plaza de Espana). Seville, Spain.
Sevilla, Spain, under a clear sky
"The gardens of the Alcazar palace, Seville, Spain"
Sevilla, Spain, under a clear sky"The gardens of the Alcazar palace, Seville, Spain"

History Tour of Seville

Spain

A maze of tortuous streets between whitewashed houses and orange trees. A Moorish palace. The largest cathedral in the world.You will explore them all today, as your local guide takes you through the neighbourhood of Santa Cruz. Discover the royal Alcázar, with its many architectural styles, and learn all about the Cathedral.Admire the view from La Giralda, inhale the fresh citrus scent in the Courtyard of the Orange Trees, and lose yourself in the streets of the old Jewish quarter. In this tour, Seville will show you her most unique and charming places.

Days 14 - 16 Granada

Granada has soul, narrated on lanes that mix Moorish relics with subculture graffiti, found in both Mudejar palaces and gritty suburbs that love to welcome visitors. While Seville has the all-round appeal and atmosphere, and Cordoba has Andalusia’s number one attraction, Granada goes mysteriously missing off many itineraries. It’s not quite postcard perfect but that is the appeal, an untamed dose of past glory and postmodern reflection. This is the enigmatic home of myths and riddles, where narrow streets hum with something ineffable. History provides the backdrop, the final stronghold of the Moors wonderfully showcased through the Alhambra’s stunning intricacy. Churches have been built over most of the old mosques, but local guides take you through the backstreets to lavish Moorish baths and other relics down the cobbled alleys.

spoon in a bowl of caviar; close up

Caviar Tasting in Granada

Spain

Indulge in the pleasures of the palate by discovering this sturgeon farm, the world’s only one with organic certification for sturgeon and caviar.Your guide will show you and explain everything, from the sturgeon’s life cycles to the processes of preparing caviar. After the theory, you will move on to the practical side, by tasting caviar with different kinds of Champagne and vodka.You probably never knew you could find one of the world’s best caviar in Spain. So toast your discovery.

Hammam Baths in Granada

Spa Day at Granada Hammam

Spain

Marble pools under colourful traditional tiled ceilings, with the water at just the right temperature. Dense, heavy steam. Then, the cooling freshness of the pool. Repeat as much as you like.Afterwards, you will lie on warm stone, and surrender your body to a relaxing massage with essential oils. In the background, the soothing sound of trickling water.Skin, muscles and soul, you will be cleansed and rejuvenated by the experience of this spa, a modern reinterpretation of an Arab bath that succeeds in combining the best of old and new.

Alhambra Granada at twilight

Guided Tour of the Alhambra by Night in Granada

Spain

What words can describe the enchantment of being in the Alhambra by night?This is the very heart of Moorish Spain. Light and shadows play in the courtyards, and in your mind’s eye you see a guard, with spear and scimitar, standing under the graceful arches. In the Court of the Lions, the fountains murmur their nostalgia for bygone days. Your steps will resound in the silence of halls and corridors, and you will feel you are outside of time, in a magic and mysterious palace of undying beauty.

Day 17 - Departure

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