As a past conqueror of the New World, Spain’s heritage reflects its status and the immeasurable wealth that has been brought to its shores. It also embodies the spirits of the poets, painters, and romantics who have always been drawn to Spain. But perhaps the strongest of all is the deep imprint of 700 years of Moorish rule. Even today, Spain embodies the legacy of Jewish-Muslim-Christian coexistence during a period when the rest of Europe was in the Dark Ages, and the intellects of Spain were a beacon to the rest of Europe.
The Spain we offer you is as sophisticated as the paintings of Picasso and as playful as the architecture of Gaudi. And it is always picture-perfect, from the geranium-filled, white-washed patios of Seville to the dramatic seaside cliffs of Mallorca as seen from your sailboat.
THE FINE ART OF LIVING
A sense of carpe diem shapes Spanish life at every moment: from the ritual of sharing evening tapas with friends or lovers, to the explosive Las Fallas festivities that set the Valencia night ablaze. These rituals are rooted in a deep sense of pride; in all that is Spanish. Spain’s heritage is indeed different from that of any other country in Europe.
“We were in a crowded local bar in Triana, way too late. In the corner, a gypsy band was playing. Right next to us was a couple in their 60s drinking sherry (by then, we were experts). Without saying a word, the couple stood up from their table and started dancing, just like that, this impromptu flamenco. It was amazing to watch, almost as if they could not control themselves, and the music was taking over their bodies. Next thing you know, the whole bar was standing, stomping their feet, men clapping hands over their right shoulder, and, before we knew it, we were too.”
This client story is the perfect embodiment of the Spanish proverb, “In Spain, no one is a stranger.” The infectious joy of living permeates everything. From the moment you arrive – often without even being aware of it – you are embraced and drawn into the panoptic soul of Spain, just like this couple in Seville, who couldn’t resist the urge to join the party.
We want your Spain to be all-encompassing. While we love Andalucian gazpacho, we want you to savor the unimaginably vibrant food scene of San Sebastian and the seafood of Galicia. While we want to impress you with the great museums of Madrid, we also want you to take in off-the-beaten-path villages of Aragon and Extremadura.
The Spain we introduce you to is indeed complex, diverse, culturally rich, and always gorgeous. Most of all, our “Spain” is personal.
The Spain we want you to remember years after your trip is a Spain built on one-to-one encounters with people who share your passions and who will enhance your travels by introducing you to a local, intimate Spain.
You will see this Spain in the warmth of your host’s smile as she welcomes you into her home overlooking the Cathedral of Seville, the most significant Gothic construction in Europe; and in the eyes of the owner of a finca, or rural estate, as he shows you the horses his family has raised for hundreds of years. Or in the face of a chef in a 400-year-old gastronomic society, as you master a family recipe, he learned at the hands of his grandfather.
Visit our Idea Lab for a sense of how we can make your Spain a personal one, in a land where “no one is a stranger.”