Tucked away in the northwest corner of Spain, you’ll find an autonomous community with many well-hidden highlights and delicious secrets.
With stunning architecture, a fascinating history and a distinct cuisine, Galicia is one of Spain’s most authentic and beautiful areas.
Going on vacation is synonymous with three of life’s purest pleasures: eating, drinking and relaxing.
So if, like me, you’re someone who enjoys the sadistic ritual of regular exercise, then you are a prime candidate for succumbing to ‘Travel Bulge Syndrome’ – TBS – where you feel you’ve earned the right to relax your diet and exercise routine a little, so you go ahead and eat your bodyweight in patatas bravas and chorizo all day every day. And follow it up with gelato. And a beer. Because, you know, you earned it, right?
Walking the ancient pilgrim path of the Camino de Santiago has attracted a myriad of nationalities for centuries.
Beyond the native Spanish, many languages are spoken on the way, but as discovered by Glenyce Johnson, Intrepid’s General Manager – Business Development, the conversation generally started with much in common.
For over a thousand years, people have embarked on pilgrimages along El Camino de Santiago as an act of Christian spiritual devotion.
For Intrepid co-founder, Darrell Wade, the experience of walking on the Camino in Northern Spain was perhaps more on the self-gratifying or pleasurable side…
Sure, it’s the number one sport in the country, but Raul Rodruiguez didn’t rate fútbol as a must-do on his first visit to Spain.
His plans for Madrid included viewing the artistic masterpieces of the Museo del Prado, wandering through the Real Jardin Botanico and enjoying a coffee break at a Plaza Mayor cafe, but it turns out that football fever is infectious and guess who is now Real Madrid’s biggest fan…
Barcelona’s biggest festival reaches its crescendo on 24 September, which is a public holiday to coincide with the pre-eminent annual event.
In the preceding 3 or 4 days the city celebrates its regional culture, traditions and arts and you can expect there to be over 600 events and 2000 performers taking part. So you can understand why immediately fell for this remarkable city.
A word of caution, don’t come between an Intrepid traveller and their food! Intrepid’s Ella Benjamin not only loves trying new dishes when she’s travelling, but she plans her itinerary around the best local food and beverages…
“For me, like so many other travellers, food is one of the top priorities when visiting a new country. I remember reacting in horror when a friend of mine casually mentioned that several times on her Italy trip she had been so busy that she had forgotten to eat lunch. How can you possibly FORGET to eat, in Italy of all places?
When you arrive in a big city, getting a local feel for the place and learning how it ticks can be tricky. That’s where Intrepid Urban Adventures can step in and help you connect with the city, plus give you the confidence to then go exploring on your own, as Rodger and Gwen Elliot recently discovered in Barcelona…
“We flew into Barcelona on Tuesday April 28th and the next morning we met our Intrepid Urban Adventures local guide, Andrico, as planned, near the entrance to the Town Hall. We were looking forward to our three hour walk around the city, but didn’t really appreciate how truly memorable it was going to be.
Sometimes we could do with a little more la vida loca, a bit of the ‘crazy life’, so Intrepid Express reader Jill Cann followed her dream to enjoy sangria, afternoon siestas and all things Spanish…
“Spain was something of a mystery to me. I didn’t know much about the cuisine – I had never even seen a Spanish restaurant. I had heard of tapas, but being from Niagara, the tapas I had tried were always full of Canadian ingredients – the only thing that made it a tapas was the portion size. I knew about wines from La Rioja, however the selection at home was limited and it always led to disappointment. Despite my lack of prior knowledge of the place, it seemed romantic and exciting and I wanted to see it and discover for myself what made Spain Spanish.