When we started our travel business in 2000, we were planning lots of “once-in-a-lifetime” trips to Spain and our job was to make sure that all the “must-sees” were included on each itinerary. So much has changed since then. Because air travel has become much more affordable and it’s so easy to fly into new regional destinations, many of our clients are actively looking to avoid the “must-see” sights in exchange for something much more personal, new and fresh. They are looking for more boutique destinations in Spain.
Here at Totally Spain, we organise hotel accommodation for our clients in every nook and cranny across Spain and Portugal and often recommend the state-run Parador network to our travelling couples, families and larger groups too. After much debate in the office and frequent inspection of the 94 locations across Spain, here are what we consider to be Spain’s 12 most impressive Paradores…
If there’s one place we recommend our clients visit in every Spanish town, it’s the main square or plaza, often called the Plaza Mayor. Traditionally it’s where bullfights took place and it was often the location for outdoor foodmarkets and theatres too. Today it’s all about the café tables, the buzz, the people and the activities in the square.
Nothing says holidays more than a car, a suitcase, sunglasses, and the open road. And here in Spain, we have a wonderful road infrastructure including shiny new three-lane highways that get you out of the cities plus plenty of those romantic rural roads that snake around the mountain ridges and coastal cliffs when you want them too. We know these driving routes in Spain because we are a Spain-based travel agent. Here at Totally Spain we have been designing itineraries in Spain since 2000 and we love the open road as much as you do!
We’re just back from a lovely trip to Galicia and want to share some of the great reasons to visit the North West of Spain. This time, we chose the Rias Baixas area as our base and toured the vicinity as well as going north to Santiago de Compostela and south to the Cies Islands. We re-visited some destinations we love, tried out some great new places, ate extremely well and enjoyed some delicious white wine. Read about our trip below and let us help you plan where to go in Galicia.