Mention ‘Toledo, Spain’ to anyone you know and you might get a response. Mention ‘Castilla-La Mancha‘ and chances are, you’ll receive a blank look and a shrug of the shoulders. La Mancha comes from the Arabic word al Manshah, meaning dry land. The vast area is some of the most travelled, yet least visited or…

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At Travels with Audrey, we believe there is a huge benefit to hiring a private guide and driver when travelling in Spain & Italy. You’ll feel safe and immersed in the destination after just a few hours with a local guide or driver, and you’ll gather a lot of invaluable information also. Audrey at Travels…

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As everyone navigates the ‘new normal’ of travel, there is a surge of interest in private vacations across the industry. Travelers are re-imagining future travel, with a renewed interest in discovering smaller, authentic and off the beaten path locations. At Travels with Audrey, private cultural tours and traveling off the main trail, are the reasons we…

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tips for driving in spain and portugal

Driving in a foreign country is never easy. New roads, unfamiliar landmarks, unknown place names, different signs, and if you’re from the UK you’ll probably be driving on the other side of the road too. After many years driving in Europe, I think I can accurately say it is one of the most fulfilling driving…

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what to see and do in Andalucia Spain

Visiting Andalucia is always a good option. Art, culture, gastronomy, sports, a good climate. There are a number of things you can do and see in Andalucia. It doesn’t matter if it’s summer, winter, autumn or spring. Being a tourist in Andalusia is a pleasure at any time of the year. The autonomous community of…

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best times for wine tours in Europe

People always ask us “when is the best time to come to the wine country in Europe” and the answer we always give is: May or June for good weather and less crowds and of course September and October during the harvest time. Often however, those months might not correspond to the vacation time available…

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what to see and do in Madrid

While Madrid competes for attention against Barcelona’s trendy lifestyle and Spain’s sunny southern beaches, it is the Spanish capital’s diverse treasures that usually win hearts. From 17th-century plazas and world class art collections to flea markets and tapas festivals, there’s so much to explore and discover in Spain’s capital city. Whether you want to explore…

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12 day trips from Madrid

Madrid stands at the very center of Spain- geographically, culturally and politically. Madrid capital not only offers the culture and good times of a sophisticated, modern city but it also retains the charm and elegance of its early years. The power and glory of Madrid is reflected in its parks, plazas, boulevards and in the…

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what is an agriturismo

For a long time, agriturismi (Italian “farm-stays”) have been Italy’s best-kept accommodation secret, at least until now. But what, exactly, is an agriturismo? Well, yes — it’s a “farm-stay.” But it’s also much, much more… and, we think, the best way to experience Italy’s countryside! Here’s why — plus three myths, and one often-forgotten truth, about Italy’s farm-stays. The term agriturismo, in…

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Costumes of the carnival in Venice

“Carnevale” is one of the most colorful celebrations in the world! Carnival in Venice is a one-of-a-kind celebration suspended between past and present with a traditional local allure featuring many events. Among these, the two-day ‘Festa Veneziana’ with its typical masked regattas, the ‘Best Masked Costume Contest’ and the ‘Festa delle Marie’. Each year, Carnival includes…

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