The vibrant capital of the Catalunya region beckons with outstanding art, dreamy architecture, and fabulous food. We'll explore Barcelona from tip to toe as we trace the footsteps of Gaudí, Picasso, and others while strolling the lively Ramblas past the Gothic Quarter and down to the revitalized port, where sandy beaches are just steps away.
Spain's two biggest cities are also two of its greatest draws for travelers — and lie just a 3-hour train ride apart. We'll start with tips for experiencing the Catalunyan pride and energy of Barcelona — rambling on the Ramblas, digging into delicious seafood, and marveling at the works of Gaudí and Picasso. Then it's on to Madrid for its terrific tapas, masterpiece-packed Prado Museum, and pleasant late-night paseo scene.
The Basque region is known for its independent spirit, lush scenery, and amazing cuisine. Our travels go from the laid-back seaside town of San Sebastián to the modern architecture of urban Bilbao to the charm of French Bayonne, and introduce you to a corner of Europe that many Americans have yet to experience.
Portugal combines history-rich Roman, Moorish, and Baroque architecture with charming small towns, beautiful seacoast, delicious food and wine, and soulful music. We'll begin our travels in lively Lisbon, then meander south to the Algarve coast and Évora, and north to the coastal town of Nazaré, Coimbra, the vineyards of the Douro Valley, and Porto.
Planning a trip to Portugal? Ask questions just like you would during a private travel consultation, but for free. An expert will be on hand to help you plan the journey of a lifetime. Learn about when and where to go and how long to stay, money-saving tips, transportation options, and more.
Our journey begins in Barcelona, gawking at astounding architecture and rambling down the Ramblas. Then it's on to Madrid, where we'll fill up on tasty tapas, visit top museums, and venture out to the smaller towns surrounding this metropolis. We'll finish up in the south with Granada, Sevilla, and the whitewashed hill towns of Andalucía.
Planning a trip to Spain? Ask questions just like you would during a private travel consultation, but for free. An expert will be on hand to help you plan the journey of a lifetime. Learn about when and where to go and how long to stay, money-saving tips, transportation options, and more.
Our journey begins in exuberant Barcelona, then it's on to majestic Madrid, we'll finish up in the south with Granada, Sevilla, and the whitewashed hill towns of Andalucía. Onto Portugal, we'll visit lively Lisbon, meander south to the Algarve coast and Évora, and north to the coastal town of Nazaré, Coimbra, the vineyards of the Douro Valley, and Porto.
The seaside of southwest Portugal — along the western edge of the rugged Alentejo region and down along the beachy Algarve — boasts one of the best-preserved coastlines of southern Europe. It's perhaps best experienced on foot, and the Rota Vicentina network of walking trails offers stunning scenery and a chance to encounter unique animal and plant life. Learn about the area's various walking routes, and get tips on what to pack, how to physically prepare, when to go, and more.
The Camino de Santiago, one of three major Christian pilgrimage routes of the Middle Ages, is still walked by thousands of people every year. Learn about walking the trail, including understanding way markings, where to eat and stay, what equipment you'll need and how to pack it, and get some background on the spiritual and mental aspects of the journey.
With its richly textured culture, Morocco offers plenty of contrast: from whitewashed beach towns to bustling medina markets, from jagged mountains to exotic desert dunes. We'll start our exploration with the coastal city of Tangier, then cover the desert mecca of Marrakesh, labyrinthine streets of Fez, and bustling capital of Rabat, plus lesser-known destinations such as the blue city of Chefchaouen and the seaside resort of Asilah.