Insider access will set your vacation in Spain apart from everyone else.
When it comes time to leave you will depart with experiences that only a few travelers in the world choose to do! These experiences are not your typical cookie-cutter items. They are private, curated events, meant to leave you with years of memories.
Make your vacation stand far apart with these ideas for your vacation in Spain:
Visit private ateliers and galleries with a local
Get to know the most exclusive places in Barcelona and experience another point of view of the upscale lifestyle of the people from Barcelona. Let your host be the key to open some of the most interesting and unknown doors. Possible visits may include a stop at a renowned shoe-maker to have a pair crafted just for you, viewing the private art collection of the owner of the oldest Spanish art galley, or treasure hunting in one of the oldest libraries in Barcelona, located in an original Gaudi building that is closed to the public.
Wine tasting and lunch at a La Rioja Palace with the Owner
The winery is one of the oldest in Europe, dating back 700 years, and it’s been under the care of your host’s family from the beginning.
Your aristocratic host will guide you on a tour of the vineyards, cellars and palace, and, of course, invite you to taste their wines. In addition, you will enjoy a full meal with wine pairing at the family’s private palace.
The palace and gardens are not open to the public, but this visit can be specially arranged as my supplier is a close friend of the family. The home of the Marqués is considered one of the best and most beautiful palaces in Spain. It boasts two coats of arms, one being from the family of Infant Don Ramiro de Navarra, who married a daughter of El Cid. As such, the members of the family are descendants of El Cid, the charismatic soldier of great courage who, during the 11th century, served both the King Fernando I as well as, at times, his enemies, the Moorish Kings.
Immersion into the World of Flamenco with a Local Host
The art of flamenco’s mysterious roots lead to Moorish, Andalusian and, of course, Gypsy influences, and tales of love, joy, grief, pain and oppression. To truly understand it, you must immerse yourself in the world of flamenco, learning about the culture, history and emotion that surrounds it.
Unfortunately for most visitors, this world of flamenco can be closed off to outsiders, and you must know someone on the inside to gain access. Your host is deeply involved in the flamenco culture, and live their lives among the elite artists. They are the first people in Spain of their caliber to give travelers such direct access , inviting you to experience the heart and soul of flamenco.
The first stop on your journey to flamenco immersion is a traditional guitar workshop where artisans still build the guitars by hand, an art-form in and of itself. Your host will introduce you to the craftsmen and chat with you about what makes flamenco guitar different from classical guitar, and the importance of workshops like this one in the conservation of the craft. Next, you will visit the most renowned school of flamenco in Madrid to learn about the formation of the artists, and what it takes to become a star.
End the night with a fabulous flamenco show, where your host will provide guidance and answer any questions that arise. There are many different types of songs and styles of dance throughout a performance, and your host will be able to offer commentary on such subtle details. By the end of the evening, instead of just having seen dancing and singing, you will have a long-lasting appreciation of this beautiful, rich and moving art form. As a result, your flamenco experience will be much more profound and memorable.
For these types of exclusive experiences I work with my destination specialists that live in Spain and will give my clients their most authentic experience. Contact me here and we can start creating your own unique vacation in Spain!
812-477-8833 ext. 317