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.
After 15 years designing custom trips to Spain and Portugal, we can honestly say that a huge, huge portion of our Totally Spain valued clients are what the industry calls baby boomers. Yes, those people born in the US between 1946 and 1964. We really enjoy working with these experienced, mature travelers and, for that reason we thought, why not say something about it? So, in no particular order, here are eight reasons why we love working with baby boomers and why baby boomers love Spain and Portugal and working with Totally Spain.
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.
We are huge fans of a busy city break or a long weekend of pampering but sometimes our bodies and our brains need a complete change of pace, a place to de-compress from our busy schedules, in a location where time seems to last longer or has stopped altogether. When we need one of those days, we know just where to go – one of the many beautiful walled towns in Spain. That’s where we put all our day-to-day concerns on hold, we step back in time and really absorb the history and the architecture. We’re not talking about sleepy hollows or museum-like communities. Spain’s walled towns are lively places where real families live and go to school and run businesses. Here’s our list of Spain’s most interesting and enjoyable walled towns – perfect for a daytrip or that mid-week break you’ve been promising yourself for ages.
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…