We have enjoyed another year of adventures. We have met so many people – from orange growers to sheep farmers, from wine-makers to fashion house designers, from world-class flamenco artists to Michelin star chefs. They don’t all have to be the prizewinners. There are so many people doing remarkable things and we have enjoyed taking you to meet them.
Next year, we have lots of exciting tours in the pipeline including Cadiz and Valencia. We are also looking forward to leading our first tour along the Way of St James, the Camino de Santiago and then outside of Spain, we will be discovering the delights of Sicily.
Yes to good food and wine, yes to learning about this country’s art and history but most of all, yes to boarding our tour bus! Our journeys are full of anecdotes and experiences that unfold as we travel, and it wouldn’t be possible without you.
Wishing you a very happy holiday season and all the very best for the New Year,
Joanna, & the Insider’s Madrid & Corazón Travel team!
We’re headed to Cádiz for New Year’s 2017!
What is so enticing about this Southern tip of Spain? Is it the old fortress city of Cadiz, founded by the Phoenicians with all its seafaring history or is it the whitewashed hilltop villages with their Moorish architecture? Perhaps it’s a lunch of fresh fish and chilled wine by the beach, the smell of aging casks of the old family bodegas in sherry country or the sound of a flamenco guitar from the bar on the corner?
From the majesty of Seville, to the antiquity of Cadiz Old Town to the magical, Moorish village of Vejer de la Frontera. This six-night New Year’s Eve escape takes us on our own voyage of discovery as we experience its food, wine and history.
Valencia has recently stepped out of the shadow of Madrid and Barcelona to become a world class destination in its own right. With its stunning City of Arts and Science (designed by local architect Calatrava), as well as a charming old quarter and a burgeoning gourmet scene, this is city on the rise.
The region is the birthplace of Spain’s best known dish, paella, and of course is famous for its vast orchards of orange trees that dominate the landscape. Local drinks such as Agua de Valencia (a cocktail made from orange juice, Cava and sugar) and horchata (made from tiger nuts) are not to be missed. Valencia, both the city and region, has the feeling of a place whose time has come and we are delighted to be returning there.
Insider’s Gourmet Tour 2018
October 28th – November 3rd, 2018
This seven-day tour offers a gourmet overview of central and southern Spain, allowing you to see, taste and breathe the wonders the country has to offer. We travel through the diverse landscapes of Castile and Leon, Extremadura and Andalusia, beginning and ending in Madrid.
The trip is hosted by Joanna Wivell (Corazon Tours & Insider’s Madrid), designed together with Jeremy Shaw (Iberian Wine Tours). Their inside knowledge offers a unique insight on how to taste the very best of Spain,
The love of wine, and the stories surrounding it, is a key element of this trip. We experience tastings of top-class wines from established winemakers as well as visits the best of the new wineries in the region.