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January 30, 2019

Experiential Journeys in Spain & Portugal

You may have already noticed, but at Blue Parallel we’re staunch advocates of experiential travel. In other words, all our private journeys focus on authentic experiences that reveal the true character of each destination. This month, we’re looking to Spain and Portugal for travel inspiration – and delving deep into their cultural traditions. Come away with us and see all that this fascinating region has to offer…

1. Lisbon’s Fado music bars

In Lisbon, experience the melancholic song of Fado musicians in the history-steeped bars of the Alfama district, or be treated to an exclusive performance just for your party. Fado became popular in the early 19th century among sailors in the port district, and continues to be an important part of Portuguese identity today.

 

2. Wine tasting in the Douro Valley

In the Douro Valley, enjoy some of Portugal’s finest wines at family-owned vineyards that have been passed down from generation to generation. From rare Tawny Port selections in an exclusive rural setting, to full bodied reds at a luxury wine estate with panoramic views of the Douro river, these authentic epicurean experiences are not to be missed.

3. Exclusive culinary experiences in Andalucia

Thanks to a rich multi-cultural history, Andalucia is steeped with age-old traditions, and many of those are culinary. Start with a private tour of the region’s most famous jamón factory with us, and end with an after-hours visit of an exclusive jerez (sherry) bodega.

4. Foodie highlights of the Basque Country

There are many reasons to fall in love with the Basque Country: the picturesque coastal hikes, the thriving art scene…. And then there’s the food. Try gourmet ‘pintxos’ (a local type of tapas) at San Sebastian’s popular bars, or for a true insight into Basque culture, gain access to one of the famous local Gastronomic Society clubs (not usually open to tourists) with us.

Flamenco shows in Seville

To truly understand the Andalusian character, you must begin with flamenco. In Seville, we’ll get you VIP tickets to a show that you’ll never forget. Designated a ‘Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO, this uniquely Andalusian song and dance form was born from the region’s fusion of cultures centuries ago, and still lives on in the hearts and souls of Andalusians today.