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Totally Spain’s Guide to the Best of the Alentejo Portugal

Here at Totally Spain, we’ve organised custom tours and travelled extensively through Portugal. We’ve written guides on the Lisbon region, the Centro region and Porto and the North Region, and now it’s time for the Alentejo! We love planning trips to this region’s amazing beaches, charming medieval cities and spectacular landscapes. And do we need to mention the excellent regional cuisine and numerous wineries? Combine our recommendations for the Alentejo with a Lisbon citybreak or a touring holiday of Spain’s enchanting Extremadura and AndalusiaContinue reading

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Time Travel in Cantabria – From Neanderthal Man to Contemporary Spain

We’ve been hooked on a cult book about immortality by the Spanish writer Eva Garcia Saenz.  It’s a great read that unfolds in a museum in Santander in Northern Spain and takes us back to our cave dwelling past in Cantabria and other moments in history before returning to contemporary Spain. The book is now available in English and we recommend it for an afternoon of escapism. But living and working here in Cantabria, we know you don’t have to be immortal to experience the past. We have excellent museums, eye-popping cave art, postcard-perfect medieval towns, achingly cool urban retro architecture and chocolate-box hamlets on our doorstep, to step back in time, whenever we fancy…

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Is it worth paying to see Gaudí’s Park Guell in Barcelona?

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.)

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The Unmissable Cordoba Patios Festival

There’s still time to organise a visit to Cordoba’s Courtyard Festival. Don’t miss this chance to view these incredibly beautiful displays undertaken by the residents of these spectacular shared outdoor living spaces. Last December, UNESCO added the Cordoba patios to its heritage of humanity list which protects the life and lifestyle of the patios and what they mean for the local community. This competition dates back to 1918 and always attracts huge interest both nationally and internationally AND we expect this year to be bigger and better because of the UNESCO listing. Continue reading