As travel planners and avid travellers, here at Totally Spain, we’ve come across our fair share of scary locations on our travels throughout Spain and Portugal since we started out back in the year 2000. We tend not to include them in our client itineraries for obvious reasons– but given that Halloween is fast approaching, we thought we’d share our recommendations here.
You don’t need another blogpost about Spain’s typical or most famous dishes but we do want to share our checklist of 10 unmissable dishes in Spain and when, where and how to order them! You see we’ve been planning itineraries throughout Spain since the year 2000, so here at Totally Spain we’ve learned a lot about the Spanish dishes that people expect to eat but can’t find or even worse – don’t enjoy. And we’ve added in a few dishes that our clients have enjoyed eating but wouldn’t have ordered without a tip-off from us.
As a Spain travel specialist with 16 years under our belt, we’ve seen and personally lodged a few hotel complaints over the years. Unfortunately (or fortunately) most hotel complaints in Spain stem from cultural differences. Today, we’re going to outline the top complaints, explain why they happen and provide workarounds so you can enjoy that perfect holiday in Spain.
All eyes were on Santiago last night to see the names of the restaurants appearing in the latest edition of the French gastronomy bible. No change at the top – Spain is still home to 8 establishments with 3 stars (Akelarre, Arzak, Azurmendi, El Celler de Can Roca, DiverXO, Martín Berasategui, Quique Dacosta and Sant Pau). But we now have 23 kitchens with 2-stars and 157 kitchens with 1 star.
As travel specialists based in Spain, we receive lots of requests for Christmas packages. When responding, we always explain that the holiday season in Spain is a marathon-like event with no less than a whopping five days of full-on celebration over the two weeks of Christmas. The five key holiday dates are Dec 24, Dec 25, Dec 31, Jan 1 and Jan 6. Bars and restaurants are open on most of these days but shops, museums and other businesses and attractions could be shut on the afternoon of Dec 24, all day on Dec 25, the afternoon of Dec 31, all day Jan 1 and all day on Jan 6. If you are thinking about visiting Spain to see how the Spanish celebrate Christmas, here are some of the traditions we enjoy ourselves and think you should factor into your trip…