Spain Tours & Holidays
Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Holidays
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On our Spain trips we travel to the staunchly independent corner of Catalonia. This region is home to some of the finest vineyards and hiking trails anywhere in the country. What better way then to start rediscovering some of Europe’s hidden cultural gems. Travelling into the heart of the Catalan countryside, whilst staying in small, locally owned guesthouses and hotels. Along the way, meet local producers of wine, olive oil, almonds and hazelnuts and explore villages largely untouched ...
On our Spain trips we travel to the staunchly independent corner of Catalonia. This region is home to some of the finest vineyards and hiking trails anywhere in the country. What better way then to start rediscovering some of Europe’s hidden cultural gems. Travelling into the heart of the Catalan countryside, whilst staying in small, locally owned guesthouses and hotels. Along the way, meet local producers of wine, olive oil, almonds and hazelnuts and explore villages largely untouched by tourism.
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HIGHLIGHTS OF SPAIN
Sample local wine and olive oilExplore the delicious region of Catalonia, home to famed vineyards and olive oil production. Enjoy a tour and wine-tasting of one of the vineyards and learn about the cultivation of olives which has taken place for thousands of years in this area.
Visit a 12th century monasteryDiscover the extraordinary Carthusian monastery of Escaladei. Founded in 1194, the monastery is located in the peaceful valley at the foot of the Montsant mountain range, boasting beautiful gardens, cloisters and churches.
Hike through Montseny UNESCO Natural ParkSet off on foot through some of Catalonia's most spectacular mountain scenery. Take in the stunning vistas of the Pyrenees, the southernmost forests of beech trees in Europe and the beautiful meadows of the Pregon Pass, enjoying a picnic along the way.
WHEN TO GO
Santiago de Compostela
Health and Vaccinations
there are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Spain though you should be up to date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and may consider boosters for Diphtheria and Hepatitis A. Please note we are not medical professionals and so we highly recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.
In Spain the official unit of currency is the Euro
To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com.
On our tours we frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your guides will be able to advise you accordingly.
In churches and cathedrals women should cover their heads with a scarf or hat, while men should take their hats off.
Language & Religion
The official language is Spanish, also called Castilian, and is the first language of over 72% of the population. Galician is spoken in the region of Galicia and Basque by increasing numbers of the population of Euskadi, the Spanish Basque Country.
The major religion in Spain has been Catholic Christianity since the Reconquista, with a small minority of other Christian and non-Christian religions and high levels of secularization as of 2020.
Spain is 1 hour ahead of GMT.
A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.
Food and drink
Spanish cuisine consists of the cooking traditions and practices from Spain. The most common food is the tortilla de patata, or potato omelet. Other gastronomical delicacies include seafood paella, chorizo sausage, gazpacho soup and tapas. You could live entirely on tapas during your stay as it varies from region to region and showcases local specialities. Lunch is the biggest meal of the day, typically consisting of a soup or salad course followed by a main entree and a small dessert. The tradition of siesta plays into lunchtime, as many Spaniards tend to gather with their extended families for this leisurely meal, especially on Sundays. Locals also love to snack on tapas in the evening while enjoying glasses of wine or sherry. Most common meats include chicken, pork, lamb and veal. Fish and seafood are also consumed on a regular basis.
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