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Day Trips from Madrid – 10 Best Destinations for 2017

Visiting Madrid? Make sure to plan a day trip or two to experience the beautiful towns and landscapes of Madrid and Castile. Here at Totally Spain, we’ve been planning excursions since we set up in the year 2000 and would love to recommend the best locations for you and your group or family. Don’t want to drive and can’t take the train? If you book with us, we can organise a private driver to collect you from your hotel and whisk you off on a few of these excursions in style and comfort. There are an abundance of great day trips from Madrid to enjoy and here are our Top 10.

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Totally Spain’s Guide to Significant Jewish Heritage Sights in Portugal

We’ve written recently about Spain’s Jewish heritage and today we’d like to highlight some of the more significant Jewish sights in Portugal where you can step back in time and get a sense of how this vibrant community lived and worked. We start in the capital, Lisbon, and tour nine locations before finishing up in Porto. We know that there are many many more significant sights – we’ve been organising Jewish heritage trips throughout our 15 years in business and together with our experienced local guides have put together many highly personalised packages. Here is just one example of the type of trips we programme in Portugal…

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Totally Spain’s Guide to Significant Jewish Heritage Sights in Spain

With the help of one of our knowledgeable guides, it really is possible to peel back the layers and the centuries to find Jewish street names, Jewish architecture, the old Juderias or Jewish neighbourhoods, former synagogues and Jewish places of businesses that give a sense of how the Sephardi community lived, worked and worshipped before eviction from Spain in 1492. Here at Totally Spain – the Spain based travel agent and specialists in custom travel to Spain since 2000 – we have organised numerous custom trips for Jewish travelers in Spain and in Portugal and have built up a network of experienced local guides with a deep knowledge of the history of the Jewish community in Spain.

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Totally Spain’s Guide to the Most Spectacular Driving Routes in Spain

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 roads because we are a Spain-based travel agent. Totally Spain has been a custom travel specialist in Spain since 2000.

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International Sephardi Music Festival in Cordoba in June 2014

Held in the wonderful Botanic Gardens of Cordoba, this is the 13th International Sephardi music festival in Spain that showcases the different traditions of Sephardic culture. This year’s programme of events includes concerts by Spanish and international artists, seminars, wine-tasting, cooking demonstrations, dance workshops, a children’s storytime and a documentary screening. You can check out What’s on When in the  Sephardi Music Festival Cordoba 2014 program. It’s in Spanish so feel free to contact us if you’d like us to help you understand any aspects of the event.

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International Sephardi Music Festival in Cordoba 17-21 June 2013

Held in the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Cordoba, this is the 12th International Sephardi music festival in Spain that showcases the different traditions of Sephardic culture. This year’s programme of events includes concerts by Spanish and international artists, seminars, wine-tasting, cooking demonstrations, dance workshops, a children’s storytime and a documentary screening.

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