Spain is regional. For much of its history Spain was a collection of kingdoms, and even the language we call Spanish is not used universally - just wander around Barcelona or the Basque country. Point is, to get a real feel for Spain, you've got to do some moving around. Every region has its specialty, whether it's art in Madrid, food in Basque country, architecture in Barcelona or flamenco in Andalusia. A fascinating history stretching from Romans to Moors and beyond has left a legacy of castles, palaces and churches equal to anywhere. Oh, and Spaniards love a party. And you don't need to dodge charging bulls to partake - just grab a wineskin and join in the fun. No fiesta? Just wait a couple of days.
Best of Spain & Portugal (ESSP)
Dynamic culture, compelling history, to-die-for cuisine—the Iberian Peninsula really is an embarrassment of riches for every sense and interest. On this adventure, you’ll soak up the history of Moorish history of Lisbon and Cordoba, be treated to a lively flamenco performance in Seville, explore the astounding red-clay fortress of the Alhambra and witness Gaudí’s Barcelona with your own eyes. If that sounds like a lot, be prepared; we’ve only just begun.
Highlights: Exploring Moorish palaces and the great Iberian cities, feeling the rhythm of flamenco, capturing photos of stunning countryside and age-old cathedrals, discovering the tapas lifestyle, relaxing on the Algarve coast.
Running of the Bulls (ESRB)
Experience one of the world's most iconic and exciting festivals—Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls. Immortalized in literature by Ernest Hemingway, this explosive, passionate and occasionally gory festival is an important element of Spanish heritage. Witness all the mayhem from a coveted private balcony with a view of the famous run. Encounter Basque culture and stunning coastal scenery before continuing on to Bilbao, home of the magnificent Guggenheim Museum. From vibrant Catalan nightlife in Barcelona to the regional wines and pintxos in San Sebastian, feel the Spanish culture.
Highlights: Soaking in the colour and spectacle of the San Fermin festival, devouring local delicacies, relaxing on Atlantic beaches, exploring world-class museums.