It’s sailing trials time in Santander. With one year to go before the ISAF World Sailing Championships, this year’s Ciudad de Santander Trophy is more important than ever before. We asked Santander resident & writer Pamela Cahill to take her notebook and camera down to the bay. Take it away Pamela!
Park Guell in Barcelona has been charging an entrance fee since 2013 in a bid to restrict access and conserve the most iconic sections of the park. Most people working in tourism think it was the only solution to the overcrowding at this popular location. Here at Totally Spain (we’re a Spain-based travel agent and specialist in custom travel to Spain since 2000), we agree with the fee. We think the park is well worth the entry price of 7 EUR but have a look for yourself and see whether you agree with us. (The entry fee is waived for local residents who have footed the maintenance bills since it opened as a a public park in the 1920s.)
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.
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!
There are plenty reasons to visit the Northern coast of Spain and one of the most popular is to see the famous Cantabrian cave paintings. Cave art has been discovered at 41 different sites here and six of the ten UNESCO-listed caves containing art are open to the public. Being based here in Cantabria, they are literally on our doorstep and we love visiting them. We also enjoy creating itineraries for our Totally Spain clients exploring the North of Spain. Everybody who visits the cave art is moved. And yes – almost everybody agrees that the paintings constitute the oldest art in Europe.
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:-