Our Spain Travel Blogs

Over the years the Original Travel team have visited many nooks and crannies throughout Spain, and because we pride ourselves on our unparalleled knowledge of the destinations we send our clients to, our blogs are a flavour of what to see, do and expect when travelling many of the destinations on offer in Spain. Take a look at what our very own OT-ers have to say about Spain in our travel blogs:

Which Travel Tribe are you?

Which Travel Tribe do you belong to? Perhaps you're a Gastronomic Globetrotter; you crave the delectable delights of the world's best foodie destinations. Or maybe you're a Lounger Lizard, chasing the sun around the globe one deck chair at a time. Or are you a Culture Vulture, enjoying nothing more than gnawing on the bones of the finest museums, galleries and theatres? Well, wonder not because the Original Travel Human Behavioural Studies Department (sounds dangerous) has come up with a truly groundbreaking survey (read: 45 second quiz) to delve into your inner psyche (with intensely scientific questions like 'what do you seek?' and 'who are you like?') so you can find your very own Travel Tribe. And once you've taken the quiz, here are a few of our favourite destinations...

Our Top Six Cities Around the World

When asked to picture their perfect holiday, many people's minds immediately hit the beach; warm white sand between the toes, sparkling azure waters and someone rather good-looking fanning you with a large palm leaf. And who are we to deny such glories? But here at Original Travel we're also partial to something a little more… rousing. That is to say we love a good city. Oh yes, we rub our hands together in veritable glee at the prospect of bustling markets, burgeoning foodie scenes, street art, botanical gardens, booming nightlife and incredible architecture. And whether you're in need of a short sharp hit of culture with a classic weekend city break or are exploring as part of a longer trip, we've got the inside track (and a network of concierge contacts), to ensure the ultimate city adventure…

The Mediterranean: More Than Just a Beach Holiday

Mention of Summer in the Mediterranean generally conjures images of endless stretches of sandy beach, hazy sunny days, olive-scented air and sun-kissed skin. And while this all sounds rather dreamy, there is so much more to this glorious corner of the world than just beaches. The historic focus of tourism on the sandy stuff means large chunks of this region remain overlooked by travellers, from its beautiful rolling hills, mountains and volcanoes to charming villages and historic cities. Not to mention that scattered throughout are exquisite relics of past inhabitants, with everyone from the Ottomans to the Romans, Greeks and even Napoleon having had a bite of the (quite delicious) Mediterranean cherry. So if it's on your holiday list this summer, here are a few of our favourite alternative Mediterranean marvels…

Five of the Best: Spring Breaks

Let me take you back to where it all began for Original Travel, not with the US phenomenon of a week of wild partying during 'Spring Break' (although I can neither confirm nor deny that kind of behaviour), but with the Big Short Break. Pocket-sized adventures for those who are short on time but in search of a big experience because there's a whole world of, well, world out there just waiting to be explored in easily digestible, bite-sized time slots. And luckily, there are two such bite-sized time slots approaching in the form of the May Bank Holidays. How convenient. So here are a few of our favourite Big Short Break destinations this May...

Our Favourite Festivals Around the World

This past weekend nearly 200,000 revellers descended on a field in Somerset, flowers in hair, wellies on feet and tents in tow. There was mud, there was body paint, there was tie-dye and, oh yes, a spot of music too. You guessed it - Glastonbury. And once we'd heartily discussed (read: all got a bit shouty at each other) the pros and cons of a certain Kanye West being the headline act (the greatest rock star on the planet? Really?) we got to thinking about festivals in general. They do, after all, take you straight to the heart of a place, be it through music, culture, history, food or myriad other forms. So after much debate (there's a lot of festivals out there) we've compiled the Original Travel Ultimate Guide to Festivals Around the Globe. Revel away…

Our Top 10 Hotels for a Big Short Break

Let me take you back to where it all began for Original Travel, with the Big Short Break; pocket adventures designed specifically for those who are short on time but in search of a big experience. From a three day trip of cultural immersion in Istanbul (and baklava eating, obvs) to a seven day safari in Botswana's Okavango Delta, there's a whole world of, well, world out there just waiting to be explored in easily digestible, bite-sized time slots. And here are our top ten hotels for just such an adventure.

Late Summer Sun

If you've not managed to get away this summer and you're tiring of sun-kissed colleagues and friends, September and October are perfect months to soak up some late summer sun. Whether you want to jet off to somewhere in Europe for a long weekend or fly and flop further afield, we can arrange it all. Maybe you've already had your fix of vitamin D this summer and just fancy topping up your glow? Who knows…what we do know are the destinations that will make perfect SUNNY getaways.

A Long Weekend in Seville

Four twenty-somethings with wanderlust in search of sun, fun, culture and gastronomy. One long weekend... Seville was the perfect choice for a Bank Holiday city break.

Spanish Recipe: Ham Croquettes

Love Spain, Love Tapas? Here is a Spanish recipe for ham croquettes. These are absolutely delicious, but be warned, a bit of a fiddle to make….

Top 5 Hotels in Europe

Planning a holiday to Europe but not sure where to stay? To help with your decision, I have created this list of what I believe are the top 5 hotels in Europe... Having lived in Spain I have always been passionate about Europe and the wonders it has to offer.

Places to see in Europe

If someone wanted to promote Europe as a holiday destination, they could do based it on scenic views alone. Here are my top places to see in Europe - all boasting incredible views…

Affordable Luxury Holidays

Didn't think it was possible to do a luxury holiday in an affordable price bracket? Think again. These are our favourite exclusive holidays that don't come at eyewateringly exclusive prices...

10 Best Explore Holidays

If fly-and-flop holidays just aren't your thing, consider one of our best explore holidays. Not only do they give more structure to your time away, but new skills can be learnt and developed along the way, making them truly unique holiday experiences. Many of the active trips we offer are open to all abilities, and can be enjoyed alone, in couples or as families.

Fitness Holidays: Need a Little Help Staying on the Wagon?

The debaucherous end to last year led many of us (our office included!) to embark on strict diets, cut all alcohol consumption, and even venture so far as to exercise. The end of January is a dangerous time for this new healthy living though…

The Original Travel Seville Guide

Original Travel spent one action-packed weekend in Seville. Want to know what we got up to on our luxury city break? Spoiler: expect tales of tapas and flamenco dancing...

80 Senses: #52 - Pintxos in San Sebastian

Foodie heaven... The Basques are a fiercely independent bunch, with huge regional pride, a language that seems to consist entirely of 't's, 'k's and 'x's, and a desire to be distinct. This sentiment has had a wonderful side effect - Basque food is one of the ways they like to differentiate themselves from their Spanish cousins. 'No tapas here - only pintxos.' 'Sherry? Pah, Andalucian filth.' You get the message.

Affordable Holidays to Europe

Letting go of the summer is never easy. While we're still left guessing whether or not an Indian Summer will make an appearance, there's a sure-fire way to guarantee a few more outings for strappy sandals and bright maxi dresses: a luxury holiday in Europe.

Holidays with a Difference

Some of our favourite places are tainted by misconceptions, but if you scratch beneath the surface you can discover some wonderful holidays with a difference. So here we're taking a slightly different approach to four places with stigmas attached, that don't seem fair, if only you know where to go.

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