Five years in the making, the Renzo Piano designed Centro Botin Santander opens in a fortnight and here at Totally Spain we can’t wait to add this space to our list of inspiring architectural and cultural spaces. We’ve been designing custom travel itineraries throughout Cantabria and Spain since we set up in the year 2000 and being based near Santander in Cantabria, we are very keen to set foot inside to experience the design, the art and the catering with none other than local, double Michelin-star chef Jesus Sanchez’ at the helm.
It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since the titanium-clad Guggenheim museum by Frank Gehry catapulted the city to the front pages of all the travel glossies. This amazing museum is still a huge attraction today and the rest of the city has so much to offer also. We love its cuisine. And its bridges. It’s eclectic mix of neighbourhoods. And it’s so close to the Rioja Alavesa wineries and San Sebastian too! Totally Spain was set-up in the Basque Country in 2000 and we have arranged thousands of custom trips here for our valued clients. To encourage you to visit – if you haven’t already been here, we’ve put together this guide to 10 of our favourite things to do in Bilbao…
Here at Totally Spain we’ve been planning Camino itineraries for clients since we started out in business over 16 years ago. Being based in Cantabria, we are keen walkers and hikers in our own spare time and we’ve recently decided to take on our first Camino as a family in 2017. Our chosen route is the Camino Lebaniego (pronounced Leh-bahn-yeh-go) which is the name of the ancient pilgrimage route that weaves its way inland from the sandy and dramatic Cantabrian coastline to the impressive Picos de Europa mountain range.
Cantabria in the Autumn is a wonderful place to visit and going by the weather so far all the signs are that this year it will be a warm one. At Totally Spain we’ve been living and planning custom holidays in the North of Spain since the year 2000, and we love to encourage those who can, to travel to Cantabria out of season. It can be a real treat for many reasons and so much easier to get around once the summer visitors have gone home.
If you’ve seen ‘Altamira’ the movie starring Antonio Banderas, you are probably curious to see the stunning Cantabrian cave art discovered in 1879. At Totally Spain (we’re a Spain-based travel agent and specialist in custom travel to Spain since 2000), we’re lucky to be based near the real thing which we highly recommend that you visit for yourself. Cantabria, along with the Dordogne in France, is one of the best places in the world to experience world class cave art and so much more.
We’ve has been planning custom trips around Northern Spain ever since Totally Spain started out back in the year 2000. We initially set up our business in Vitoria in the Basque Country – which was then an unknown part of Spain. Today we are still based in Northern Spain in Cantabria. Although we plan trips for all over Spain and Portugal, we love taking the time to write about this superb region so here you have it – our shiny new Insider Guide on What to See and Do in Northern Spain.