14 hidden gems in Spain

14 Hidden Gems to Return to Spain & Visit

Time to go back to Spain?  If you are thinking about another Spain vacation, we have 14 remarkable hidden Spanish sights we believe will knock your socks off. All are well known by the Spanish but amazingly, they don’t seem to get as much attention internationally as they deserve. No harm in that at all as it means they are much quieter than the big attractions.  So, if you are planning a return holiday to Spain, do consider including some of these lesser known Spanish gems. We’ve been including these types of places in our Totally Spain travel itineraries since the year 2000. Our clients adore them and we hope you will too.

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Vitoria Rioja Alavesa Salvatierra Estibaliz 2014 relaxing weekend Parador Argomaniz

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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Totally Jerez de la Frontera Angela Clarence flamenco horses bodegas sherry

Sherry Wineries, Dancing Horses & Flamenco

As a part-time travel writer Angela Clarence has journeyed far and wide for glossy magazines and broadsheets. She divides her time between southern Spain and southern England editing holistic non-fiction and writing a historical novel. In between chapters, Angela nipped over to Jerez for us to try some sherry, see the horses and watch some flamenco.

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Ken Baldwin Totally Spain Great Wine Capitals GWC Rioja

Totally Spain’s Visit to Bodegas Vidular to Taste Cantabria Coastal Wine

As you know Totally Spain customises itineraries for individuals and group visits to wineries all over the Spain and Portugal. Last weekend (for research purposes of course!) we went to discover what’s on offer for our wine-loving clients in one of the most charming smaller wine-producing regions in Northern Spain known as the Costa de Cantabria – and we loved it!

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Ken Totally Spain Castellers Revoew 2013

Savouring Real Spain in September – Fun, Festivals & Fine Wine

September is a great time to travel to Spain. It’s much quieter than the peak months of July and August when many Spaniards take their annual vacation. The weather in Spain is still warm enough to take advantage of the wonderful evenings but not so hot as to prevent you from sightseeing in the middle of the day. It’s much easier to secure hotel rooms with sea-views, to visit the popular monuments and enjoy long lazy lunches on outdoor terraces. And it’s when some of the best festivals take place! Living and working here in Spain as we do (Totally Spain is Spain-based travel agent and specialists in custom travel to Spain since 2000), we’re big fans of Spain’s September fiestas and here’s why:-

 

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