Textiles, Food and Fashion - contact us for 2019 & 2020 dates
Starting in Madrid and finishing in San Sebastian, this seven-night tour looks at the revival of textiles and their place in décor and fashion in Spain today. Yarns, wools, fabrics, leather have all been associated with traditional Spanish life. In recent years, we have seen a revival of their use in artisan traditions, paving a new way forward for them to become a part of contemporary life.
We travel through the contrasting landscapes of Madrid, La Rioja and the Basque Country, meeting people along the way who share with us their expertise, offering an intimate portrait of Spain and its textiles. Of course, it would only be fitting to pay homage to Spain’s gastronomy as part of our tour!
Some highlights from the tour
- Award winning Interior designer and art historian Pablo López takes us through Madrid for a textile tour through the centuries. As part of the tour, we will see relevant pieces in the Royal Palace and visit the Royal Tapestry Factory.
- Nacho Aguayo, designer and Creative Director for Spanish fashion house Pedro del Hierro, talks to us about contemporary textiles and fabrics and how he uses them in his designs.
- We visit Loewe for an insider's view of how their handbag are made.
- We take an artisans tour of Madrid, meeting the cape-makers, silk painters and visit a hub for up and coming young Spanish designers.
- We go to Ezcaray, a charming medieval town, famous for its mohair and cashmere scarves and blankets. We visit the Valgañón family factory, who manufacture for Hermes, Armani and other luxury brands.
- Lola Barasoain, former couturier and model to Givenchy, gives us a class in almazuelas patchwork at her converted watermill in La Rioja.
- A meeting with leading couture designer in San Sebastián, Isabel Zapardíez.
- A guided visit to the Cristóbal Balenciaga museum in Getaria
- An optional morning at the Guggenheim, Bilbao
In attractive and comfortable four and five star hotels:
- The Palacio de Tepa, Madrid
- The Hotel Viura in La Rioja
- The Hotel Londres in San Sebastian
- An Insider’s Madrid gourmet tapas tour, Madrid
- Lunchtime cocktail with some of the best view of Madrid from the roof terrace of the Circulo de Bellas Artes
- Dinner at La Academia del Despiece, one of the most exciting dining experiences in Madrid, hosted by Mallorcan chef Javier Bonet
- Lunch at the michelin star restaurant, Echauren in La Rioja
- Gourmet pintxos tour, San Sebastián
- Portside lunch at the Astillero in Getaria
- Farewell dinner in Rekondo, San Sebastián
Your tour hosts are Joanna Wivell, owner of Corazon Travel and AD magazine award winner, Pablo López interior designer and art historian.
Contact us to book now or request the full itinerary
- Price: €4200 per person
- Single supplement: €650
- Tour deposit booking: €500
- Duration: 7 nights
- What's included: all accommodation, and visits, all breakfasts and 10 meals (5 lunches and 5 dinners) during the trip (for other meals you are free to make your own plans although we find that guests are usually full!), all wine at meals, your tour hosts Joanna and Pablo, and local transport and VAT. Flights, insurance and tips are not included.
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