Thursday, February 13, 2014

Wine Tours in Barcelona

Spain's growing reputation as a quality wine producer has been well documented over the past few years. At The Spanish Touch we take a different approach to our winery visits from the standard "sit on the tourist train and listen to the audio guide": our wine and cava visits are based on the idea that small groups afford the opportunity to really get to know the winery. As we use primarily low-production, high-expression wineries, visits are conducted by someone who is very familiar with the product - in many cases our guide through the winery is the winemaker him or herself. This personal attention allows for a greater appreciation and understanding of the wines themselves.

The proximity of Barcelona to so many interesting wine regions, including Penedes, Priorat, Alella, Montsant, Emporda, and more affords repeat visitors to the Ciutat Comtal the chance to choose new experiences.

Day tours are available from simple half-day trips to full-day visits with 4x4 vineyard excursions and multi-day adventures to different regions.

For more information on planning a private guided tour in Barcelona or around Spain, contact The Spanish Touch at 888-480-0013.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Barcelona Private Shore Excursions and Tours

Barcelona is one of those magical places that seems to draw people into its very essence. The kind of place where people come time and again and never fail to discover something new. At The Spanish Touch we offer private day trips and shore excursions for everyone from first-time visitors to those who have "been there, done that" seasoned travelers looking for a new experience. 

We work with you from the beginning to create a custom tour fit to your demands. All of our guides are bilingual experts whose main priority is you. The small group format offer the advantage of getting into more intimate locales and giving you the chance to meet the people and see the sites that make Barcelona such a special place.

For your next visit to Barcelona, contact The Spanish Touch at 888-480-0013 for a free estimate on your private tour or shore excursion

Hidden Andalusia – discover the heart of a culture

For many travelers, the idea of returning to a country they've already visited holds little appeal. However, at The Spanish Touch we offer tours for the returning visitors as well as for first-timers. The following itinerary was designed with the idea of someone who is looking for the opportunity to go beyond the "typical tourist" route and get into the heart of this amazing country. All our itineraries are designed for maximum comfort and flexibility to fit our guests' needs and particular requests, so don't hesitate to ask us!

Day 1: Arrive in Malaga. Transfer to hotel. Welcome dinner and brief overview of the tour. D

Day 2: Drive up the old Road to Granada, stopping along the way in the classic Andalusian village of Montefrio. After a walk around the town, enjoy a traditional lunch before heading off to Granada. We arrive in Granada in the early evening, with plenty of time to enjoy the evening, including a Tapas dinner in the city center. B, D

Day 3: A morning private tour of the impressive Alhambra, the crown jewel of the Moorish Empire which dominated Andalusia for 700 years. In the afternoon, you are free to explore the ancient city of Granada, or take an optional afternoon excursion to the Alpujarra region, home of the world-famous Serrano Ham. In the evening, if you want an additional taste of pure Andalusia, join us for a Flamenco show in the city in the caves of Sacramonte. B

Day 4: Head across to Antequerra, an outstanding example of the untouched Spain.  We take you on a tour around the city, where you can enjoy the examples of quintessential Andalusian architecture and historical richness that distinguish this town.  Enjoy lunch in one of the best local restaurants with a spectacular panoramic view over the area before heading to the Parador hotel for the evening. B,L

Day 5: This morning we drive out to El Torcal, site of the oldest known burial rocks in Europe. After a walk through the natural park, we continue the scenic drive to Ronda, eating lunch on route in one of the numerous traditional local restaurants.  Upon arrival in Ronda, we stretch our legs with an afternoon tour of this magnificent city, divided into two parts by the Tajo Gorge. The evening meal in the hotel offers an inspiring view of the gorge and the landscape of the city. B,D

Day 6: Today we take you out to majestic Grazalema Natural Park and Zahara de la Sierra, which is one of the most dramatically-situated villages in the region.  Enjoy lunch in the town, and a stroll through the streets of this tucked away village before heading back to Ronda in the evening. B

 Day 7: This morning we take a scenic trip down to the coast and back up through the country to the quaint village of Monda, where after exploring the beauty of this town we are treated with a fantastic local lunch. We return to Malaga in the evening for farewell dinner and one last night to reflect on the journey. B,L,D

Day 8: Departure. Transfer to Airport. B

This tour is available all year

For more information on this or any private guided tour in Spain, call us at 888-480-0013 or send us email at and we will be glad to help you make your trip to Spain unforgettable!