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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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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Andalucia travel guide

Spain’s region of Andalucia is composed of eight provinces, stretching from the south-east to the south-west of the country, each one named for its capital city: Cadiz, Cordoba, Jaen, Huelva, Almeria, Malaga, Granada and Seville. Andalucia is the southernmost region of continental Europe; it is the largest region in Spain, and has the largest population, most…

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white washed villages of andalucia

Visiting the big Andalusian cities of Seville, Cordoba and Granada in Southern Spain and looking to experience one or more of the famous white washed villages (pueblos blancos) of Andalusia? The dazzling white washed villages of Andalusia along the coastline and in the Sierras are charming and make for a perfect day trip from one…

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insider tips for visiting the alhambra in granada

We’ve been designing custom itineraries of Spain for many years, and for the 28 years we lived in Spain, every time we had visitors (family and friends) we would take them to see the Alhambra, one of the most magical sights to experience in this part of the world. Over the years, we’ve garnered a…

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