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Once a dominant world power that conquered much of the Americas, Spain is now of one of the leaders in world tourism. Blessed with abundant sunshine, world-class art and architecture, and wonderful food, beaches, and scenery, this seductive nation offers something for everyone -- from hiking in the Pyrenees and swimming in the Mediterranean to dining on paella and relaxing in a seaside sidewalk cafe (or all four). It may well have the most diverse set of attractions in all of Europe -- and Stride can help you sort through it all.

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1,652
Spain Tour Reviews - Summary
92% Recommend

4.5 out of 5
Excellent 1,037 Great 465 Average 109 Disappointing 30 Terrible 11
Value
4.5 Guide
4.5 Activities
4.5 Lodging
4.5 Transportation
4.5 Meals
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Great first trip with Exodus ( level 4 ) October 2018

5.0

Walking in Andalucia

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A great introduction to rural Spain .
We had hot sunny weather every day which made the walking days very
enjoyable. The Accomodation was excellent too , with all the staff being
friendly and helpful.
Walking the " Caminito Del Rey " made the trip for Me. The added bonus that
we got to walk it with almost no one else in sight ( We were warned that it
could be very busy ) was the icing on the cake.


Michael was a great group leader , very knowledgeable on the local area ,
wildlife and plants.
He could not have been more helpful and answered all questions put to Him ,
or offered to find out the info if He didn't know it. His cheerful
disposition really helped the group gel together from day one.


insect repellant required if eating outside in the evenings.......


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Very peaceful October 2018

4.0

Walking in Andalucia

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
This was a very peaceful vacation. Mike, our guide, was great. We had a
great week.

The hotel had a great food and a great view. The staff was very
accommodating and a pleasure to talk with.
The group we had was great. After a full day of hiking, it was great to hang
out with them for an after hike drink and then again at the hotel.


Mike was great. He was knowledgeable and very sociable.


This is a very relaxing location and vacation. If you are looking for a town
to explore and go out in the evenings, this is not it. If you want a place
to relax and enjoy the week, this is definitely it.


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Sunny Days October 2018

5.0

Walking in Andalucia

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A fantastic time walking in the area around the Cortijo Rosario & beyond.
Each walk introduced a different vista into the experience & we saw lots of
birds of prey which the leader Michael easily identified. All walks ended
with a cooling beer or two which was well received. The accommodation was
very good & the meals exceptional.
Everyday was different & we enjoyed it all.


The group leader Michael Newcomb was very knowledgeable about the local area
with respect to flora, fauna & history & shared this information in an easy
manner. He was well organised & catered for all abilities within the group.


Relax & enjoy your time in Andalucia.


The owners & staff at the cortijo were all very helpful & nothing was too
much trouble for them. Roger was an exceptional chef & his shellfish dishes
were delicious. He also was very good at catering for all dietary
requirements.


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Walking in Andalusia October 2018

5.0

Walking in Andalucia

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Well organised. Lovely location. Excellent guide. Great value
Walking the Caminito Del Ray


Went the extra 10 miles!


Will definitely use Exodus again!


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Walking in sunshine with great views, great hospitality and great food October 2018

5.0

Walking in Andalucia

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A week of blistering heat (even hotter than in England) in superb landscapes
with great hospitality from the management team who had only taken over
Cortijo Rosario towards the end of last year. Varied itinerary with
different walks on each day. Food prepared by Roger was delicious and the
vegetarian options were envied by the rest of the meat-eating group.
Nothing really stands out specifically as all days were great and varied so
it would be unfair to choose anything in particular.


Michael was great - his enthusiasm and knowledge was excellent and even if
Belgium beat England in the group stage of the World Cup this was taken in
the spirit of the occasion as the owners of the cortijo were from Belgium, as
was the chef who lived up to his promise of sangria if we ate dinner 30
minutes earlier so that the kick off was not missed.


Enjoy it.


I would personally like to thank Joke for meeting us at the airport when our
flight from Birmingham was delayed and we knew we had missed the group pick
up and to Alice at Exodus who kept us updated at all times - luckily I had
turned my phone on when we landed and she managed to telephone us while we
were waiting for our luggage to let us know that there was someone waiting
for us.


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Operator Exodus Travels

Spain Tours and Travel Guide


Spain Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Spain -- the tempestuous land of Don Juan and Don Quixote, Carmen and Figaro, bullfighting and flamenco -- once ruled an empire that stretched across the Americas and points beyond. By the 20th century it had fallen into decline, merely another poor nation in southern Europe. Now, in the midst of a cultural renaissance, Spain is much like a theme park devoted to the good life -- a sensuous feast of fun, food, and fine art and architecture.

Start with the beaches, as many visitors do. (Northern Europeans, who search out sand and sunshine like heat-seeking missiles, have made Spain their holiday central.) The most crowded stretch, the Costa del Sol along the southern Mediterranean, sports highly developed resorts like upscale Marbella and carnival-like Torremolinos, once quiet fishing villages now packed with sunbathers and bar-hoppers. The Mediterranean island of Ibiza is another incredible party scene, though with better beaches; the smaller island of Formentera is quieter.

Art and Architecture

In Spain, you can spend hours or days with Spanish masters like Velasquez, El Greco, Goya, Dali, and Picasso in Madrid’s Prado and other top museums. Architecture? Frank Gehry’s sensational Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is one of the most talked-about buildings in Europe. You can even view ancient Roman ruins such as the two-millennia-old aqueduct in Segovia.

The Spanish have turned eating into an art form, not so much with the classical artistry of the French as with the playful palette of Picasso, a native Spaniard. Dining often begins by making the rounds of tapas bars -- grazing on small platefuls of delicacies washed down with glasses of local wine or sherry. It continues with multi-course meals that may run on till midnight. Seafood is often the centerpiece, sometimes topping giant platters of paella, the saffron-tinged rice dish that’s almost synonymous with Spanish cuisine.

The Backdrop

All of these cultural, culinary and recreational riches are set against a scenic backdrop as varied as any in Europe. To the east and parts of the west, the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines frame hundreds of miles of blue sea. To the north, the green and forested Pyrenees rise to form a mountainous border with France. In central Spain, arid brown valleys and high plateaus add dramatic contours to the landscape. And in the far south, the Andalusian countryside is reminiscent of Spain’s onetime New World outpost, southern California. Each region is wildly beautiful in its own way.

The Spanish people enhance it all with their exuberant approach to life, much of it played out on the public stage. In cities and villages across the country, they emerge to see and be seen on their evening paseos, strolling often arm-in-arm with family or friends, typically dressed to be admired.

Revelry and Recovery

The narrow streets of Barcelona’s old Gothic Quarter, the now-chic antiquity of Madrid’s Puerta del Sol area, and the winding medieval alleyways of Seville’s Barrio Santa Cruz and Granada’s Sacromonte (gypsy) district are often packed far into the night with diners and revelers who see daybreak not as the start of a new day but the end of the old. The country’s many fiestas rachet up the festive mood even higher. July’s annual Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, March’s Las Fallas de San Jose in Valencia, and Easter’s Feria in Seville, among many others, all provide spectacular pageantry.

But when do they sleep? A partial answer rhymes with fiesta: siesta, an afternoon tradition that is struggling to survive the economic pressures of modernization. Tour leaders know to plan sightseeing and shopping trips in the mornings or late afternoons since many museums, stores and other attractions often close for two or three hours at midday. Take a cue from the Spanish: enjoy a leisurely lunch and rest up during the hottest part of the day.

Key Sights

All roads lead to and from stylish Madrid, the centrally located Spanish capital, which combines world-class art museums like the Prado with alluring public parks and nightlife. Just south of Madrid lies the photogenic and beautifully preserved medieval city of Toledo, immortalized by the artist El Greco.

Much farther south, Andalusia is a sunny, Moorish-influenced land that spawned flamenco and forms many people’s mental image of Spain. Seville is a maze of courtyards, plazas, bars and restaurants, while Granada is home to the Alhambra, an ornately tiled 14th-century Moorish palace. Cordoba’s 1,100-year-old Great Mosque, with its hundreds of colorfully striped columns and archways, is so vast that an entire Roman Catholic cathedral (added later) seems almost lost within it.

Barcelona, in the northeast, is the epicenter of the Spanish revival. The old Gothic Quarter, with its jumble of twisting streets, opens onto Las Ramblas, one of the world’s great promenades, and Gaudi’s surreal architectural legacy is everywhere. To its south, vibrant Valencia, birthplace of paella and the world’s biggest tomato fight, is often overlooked -- mbut shouldn’t be.

Still a good value

While not the dirt cheap destination of old, Spain is still a good value for Europe -- especially if you consider all that it has to offer. If you haven’t visited Spain since the sleepy 1970s, you’re in for a huge surprise.

Stride can help you find the tour that best represents what you most want from your Spanish vacation -- whether it’s a tour of the classic sights, a multi-week trek along northern Spain’s Camino de Santiago, a riverboat cruise along the Guadalquivir River in Andalusia, or perhaps a culinary tour where you can discover the secrets of making a great paella.

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