All Ways Spain: all ways imaginative, all ways distinctive

Destinations: our selection of special places

Over many years we have travelled and guided trips throughout Spain, principally here in the south, in Andalusia. Drawing upon this experience we have put together a selection of Sample Itineraries, focused on Gourmet, Outdoors and Culture, to introduce you to some of the wonderful sights, tastes and experiences of this extraordinary region. Tap into our local knowledge and expertise - and let us design and arrange your Spain holiday or tour.

Andalusia: the beating heart of Spain

The country’s most pop­u­lous region is also invari­ably the one to which people’s minds turn when they think of Spain. Andalu­sia has long rep­re­sent­ed to the out­side world all that is seen as “most Span­ish”: the sen­su­ous grace and bravu­ra of fla­men­co, the machis­mo and verve inher­ent in bull-fight­ing, a scorch­ing sum­mer cli­mate induc­ing the deli­cious indo­lence of the sies­ta, and the vis­i­ble roots of the Roman and Moor­ish con­tri­bu­tions to the country’s quite spec­tac­u­lar his­tor­i­cal trea­sure trove. But although firm­ly embed­ded in truth, this image is also only a par­tial vision of a rich­ly com­plex and end­less­ly sat­is­fy­ing place to vis­it. Read more…

Granada

Give him alms, woman, for there is noth­ing like the grief of being blind in Grana­da”, so says the city’s mot­to, from the verse of Fran­cis­co de Icaza. Despite being rather over-the-top and melo­dra­mat­ic, to say that Grana­da is a delight to the eyes is no idle boast…

Córdoba

Cór­do­ba — city of Roman gov­er­nors and Mus­lim emirs and caliphs — is undoubt­ed­ly one of the most impres­sive in Europe in terms of the length and impor­tance of its his­to­ry. Poets and philoso­phers such as Seneca and Lucan adorned the seat of pow­er of Roman “Cor­du­ba”…

Seville

Seville is unique. Its char­ac­ter, his­to­ry, bravu­ra – all mark it out as excep­tion­al. Although at times it gives the impres­sion of already know­ing this, most vis­i­tors are won over by its radi­ant self-con­fi­dence and unde­ni­able glam­our. To start with, it has an his­tor­i­cal pedi­gree that few cities in Europe can match…

Rural Andalusia

The Andalu­sian coun­try­side abounds in nat­ur­al bless­ings, from snow-topped moun­tains to fer­tile plains, vast dune beach­es to delta marsh­es teem­ing with birdlife. The region has the high­est pro­por­tion of its ter­ri­to­ry ded­i­cat­ed to pro­tect­ed nation­al and nat­ur­al parks of any in Spain (num­ber­ing 26 in total) as well as the great­est bio­di­ver­si­ty…

The Rest of Spain: a truly diverse country

The two prin­ci­pal cities, Madrid and Barcelona, illus­trate in them­selves just how diverse Spain is – these two are the nation’s half-broth­ers, each quite dis­tinct but nev­er­the­less with a shared pedi­gree that nei­ther quite wants to admit. The cap­i­tal, Madrid, has a rep­u­ta­tion as some­what haughty and aus­tere -no doubt its Aus­tri­an Hab­s­burg parent­age has a lit­tle to do with this. Its Cata­lan rival, Barcelona, is seen as hip and cool, the Mediter­ranean tak­ing its gaze out­wards while land-locked Madrid stares out over those much-quot­ed plains. Both cities reward patient inves­ti­ga­tion to get beyond these stereo­types; they are among the most enrich­ing cities in Europe for a trav­el­er to vis­it. Read more…

Barcelona

Barcelona is dif­fer­ent” could be the con­tem­po­rary echo of the famous tourism cam­paign slo­gan of the 1960’s which told the rest of the world that “Spain is dif­fer­ent”. The dis­tinc­tive­ness that Spain was trad­ing on back then is even more keen­ly felt these days in the Cata­lan cap­i­tal…

Rural Spain

Spain, as Europe’s sec­ond most moun­tain­ous coun­try after Switzer­land, has a topog­ra­phy that hides many secrets and dis­cov­er­ing these is one of the true plea­sures of trav­el­ling in the vast inte­ri­or of Spain. In terms of land­scapes there is an incred­i­ble vari­ety to be found, from marsh­lands to tow­er­ing moun­tains…

Madrid

Lon­don may be big­ger (twice, in fact), Rome more ancient (just the 2359 years head start), Berlin more impos­ing, and Paris more chic, but of the five big Euro­pean nations, it is cer­tain­ly Spain’s cap­i­tal city, Madrid, that wins most plau­dits as a live­able city, for vis­i­tors and res­i­dents alike.

Camino de Santiago

The his­to­ry of the Camino de San­ti­a­go (“Way of Saint James”) dates back to the year 813 AD when the bish­op of Iria Flavio informed King Alfon­so II of Asturias that a tomb had been dis­cov­ered con­tain­ing the remains of the apos­tle San­ti­a­go (St James).