We often plan a week off in a warmer climate during our Christmas break when it can get a bit chilly in Northern Spain. With so many Southern cities to choose from we are spoilt for choice (we’ve been customising trips across Spain and Portugal since 2000) but one place that keeps on drawing us back, is Lisbon. There’s something so refreshing about a Lisbon city break.
Since we set up in the travel business in the year 2000, we helped hundreds of people explore the Camino de Santiago on foot, by bike, on horse-back and even by motorbike and by car. Here are some of the key routes that made up this scenic and spiritual way. Which one will you undertake and how?
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…
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.
We’re lucky to be based in Cantabria which is home to some amazing museums. When we leave the Totally Spain office (we’re a Spain-based travel agent and specialist in custom travel to Spain since 2000), there’s nothing we enjoy more than visiting these museums in Cantabria’s capital, Santander, and throughout the rest of the region too.