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A Perfect Parador Weekend Break exploring Vitoria and the Rioja-Alavesa Villages

Vitoria is a great destination for a parador weekend break and recently we did just that. We stayed at the Parador at Argomaniz in a tiny village just 14km from the city. It’s a wonderful 17th century renaissance palace  – where Napolean lay his head before the assault on Vitoria. It’s always been beautiful but following a two-year renovation project, we heard it was looking better than ever and we were keen to see the new improvements for ourselves.

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Madrid in Summer – Tips to Beat the Heat

Madrid is a wonderful city to visit anytime of the year – but visiting in July or August does present a challenge. It’s a time when the locals move to the mountains or the coast. Although it is hot, you can still have a good time and get around and sight-see. You just need to be smart about what to do. Here are 12 tips to enjoying Madrid in Summer…
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Basque Country & Portugal Combined Tours

Although our name mightn’t suggest it – Totally Spain – we handle and organise many trips to Portugal. We have long been enchanted by this great country for its amazing food, superb wines, beautiful architecture and interesting history. And the quality of the service providers and the level of customer care in Portugal is second to none. We love suggesting combined Spain and Portugal itineraries which are always a success with our clients – take for example the case of Irene and her family…

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