It couldn't have been better. Our travel agent and her team of professional guides and drivers were 100% on target. Having our agent available to help us make some additional plans along the way added to the very personal support we received. Our travel agent was able to plan a trip that encompassed all that we were looking for and the suggestions she made to some of my initial itinerary ideas reflected her familiarity with Spain and Portugal and specifically its seasonal issues.
when visiting Madrid, Toledo, Barcelona, Granada, Cordoba, Sevilla and Lisbon and Sintra, we're seeing the most spectacular architecture and mix of cultures anywhere so the it's hard to single out, but of course Gaudi, downtown Madrid, the Alhambra, the Mezquita, Sintra.... flamenco. We learned very much about the Catalonian political situation which was much more that we knew from reading newspapers at home. Our travel agent chose Nerja for our non urban, nature oriented spot, including our very memorable trip up to the mountains and park in full bloom with flowering trees and wild flowers.
The luxury of being driven through the rich agricultural areas of olives, grapes and wheat, punctuated by amapoles, was really special. Our driver was superb.
We couldn't imagine more knowledgeable and warm guides to the historical sites than the ones our travel company engaged for us.
I wouldn't want to skip one thing that we saw. Everything was a must-see. I think the one thing for me would have been to add a stop in the countryside, perhaps at an olive oil press or vineyard. Seeing the fields from the car was magical and it made me want a closer look at the agriculture. We hadn't asked for that so it was not a miss by our agent, it was just a relatively city and town oriented trip, but in May, the landscape called to me. The trip to the natural park in the mountains above Nerja was a brilliant addition, although the narrow roads (if you can call them roads) scared the hell out of me.
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