Program 459: Getting Around Spain; Madrid Side Trips; Andalucian Style
Release Date: 10-08-2016
Celebrate Spain's National Day with us as we learn about recent improvements to the country's high-speed passenger trains and freeways, then listen in as tour guides from Madrid, Seville, and Navarre answer questions and recommend memorable side trips from the capital. And hear why, in the south of Spain, it always feels like there's a party breaking out just around the corner.
- Amanda Buttinger, tour guide based in Madrid
- Federico Garcia Barroso, tour guide based in Madrid
- Jorge Roman, tour guide based in Madrid
- Francisco Glaria, tour guide based in Pamplona, Spain
- Concepcion Delgado, tour guide based in Seville, Spain
- Passengers can book tickets for Spain's AVE high speed trains from the national rail operator RENFE, or from consolidator Rail Europe.
- Jorge recommends side trips in central Spain to medieval Toledo, the castle and monastery at El Escorial, Salamanca, Segovia, and Avila.
- A recipe for making the "yemas de Santa Teresa,"a popular egg yolk pastry baked by the nuns of Avila.
- You can see windmills in La Mancha near the town of Consuegra.
- Puerto Lápice is a recommended location for Don Quijote sites.
- Caller Carlos recommends seeing the prehistoric cave art at Monte Castillo in Cantabria, in northern Spain. Contributors to Trip Advisor also rave about it.
- El País discusses (in English) the political dilemma posed by Spain's Valley of the Fallen monument.
- English-language pages to the Andalucía tourism guide.
- Rick writes how he finds life in Seville to be like a perpetual celebration.
- Tour guide Federico Garcia Barroso is based in Madrid, Concepción Delgado provides walking tours of Seville, and tour guide Francisco Glaria specializes in the Navarra region of Spain from his home base in Pamplona.