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Portugal’s Museums | Something for Everybody

As well as designing custom itineraries for travellers to Spain, Totally Spain also designs trips in Portugal. Our clients love visiting the wonderful museums to explore Portugal’s past and present, and always highlight the private guided tours we arrange, where they can fully absorb the context and significance of the items on show. Portugal has so many great treasure troves to delve into but here are a few of our favourites for every Portugal trip…

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Gifts from Spain – What to Buy & Where to Shop

It’s that time of year when stores tell us to start thinking about gift ideas for friends and family. Working as travel planners on the ground in Spain since the year 2000, here at Totally Spain, we get asked by clients what gifts from Spain to buy. We’ve already produced a guide to shopping in Spain (with the all-important store opening hours) so today, here are a few of our favourite ideas for gifts from Spain…

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Christmas in Spain – A Holiday Season Guide

As travel specialists based in Spain, we receive lots of requests for Christmas packages. When responding, we always explain that the holiday season in Spain is a marathon-like event with no less than a whopping five days of full-on celebration over the two weeks of Christmas. The five key holiday dates are Dec 24, Dec 25, Dec 31, Jan 1 and Jan 6. Bars and restaurants are open on most of these days but shops, museums and other businesses and attractions could be shut on the afternoon of Dec 24, all day on Dec 25, the afternoon of Dec 31, all day Jan 1 and all day on Jan 6. If you are thinking about visiting Spain to see how the Spanish celebrate Christmas, here are some of the traditions we enjoy ourselves and think you should factor into your trip…

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Might Cantabria in Spain be the Spanish California? At Totally Spain we think so…

Huh? I hear you say. What’s all this about and where is it going? Well, just bear with me for a minute. By the way I’m Ken Baldwin, one of the founders of Totally Spain. We are a Spain travel specialist and our headquarters is in Northern Spain in the region of Cantabria. It’s an area that we chose to settle in and which we love. It’s also a part of Spain that always exceeds our client’s expectations.

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Eating Out in Cantabria in Northern Spain

Cantabria might not be the first region you think of when you think of Spanish cuisine but within Spain it’s becoming very fashionable to cook with Cantabrian ingredients and many of the local chefs have opened sister restaurants in Madrid to cater for the increase in popularity. We’ve been working from Northern Spain for the past two decades as travel specialists and we love Cantabrian food and want to make it as easy as possible for you to understand it and enjoy it too.

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