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Laura Carpinelli

I am Italian but my roots are lost all around the world!
8 years ago looking at the Alhambra in a fiery red sunset I promised to come back and 3 years ago I moved to this amazing city with a suitcase full of dreams and positivity!
I'm passionate about cooking and singing Blues.
I sing with my band once a week and try to find time each weekend to cook and create new tasty recipes.
Cooking is a good way for me to relax after a busy week. I also feel that it helps me to be more creative in other aspects of my life. Some of my most creative solutions to work problems have come when I’m making pasta!

But more than anything else, I am a travel addicted!
After travelling the four corners of Spain and living in Menorca and Tenerife, I chose Granada and its small neighbourhood squares where life goes slowly, its stunning views and its amazing atmosphere.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Even though I’m Italian from the Amalfi coast and I grew up surrounded by the lemony-fresh scent, I'm in love with Andalucia and the Balearic and Canary islands!

I do specialize in food experiences and tailor-made activities because I consider myself a food lover.
Being a food lover, to me, means seeking new culinary experiences rather than simply eating out of convenience. Being a food enthusiast means I love to help people fall in love with a gastronomic journey which starts with your stomach and ends in your soul.

For example, in Granada, you won’t just remember the Alhambra’s sunsets or a gypsy woman dancing flamenco in a cave. What will stay with you for a long time will be the taste of "salmorejo" or the sweetness of a "pionono", and of course, enjoying tapas with your friends on a summer night. This is Granada to me.

My friends who come to visit me know that they are in for an "aventure gourmand" and getting lost in a paradise made of food, flavors, and wine traditions. I love cooking and finding new recipes which combine my roots with the places have loved living the most: Menorca, Paris, The UK, Canary Islands and my beloved Granada!"

How did you get involved in travel?

"Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life.
I really love this quote because I've always been a wanderer and a lover for customer service and networking.
This perfect match makes me adore my job!
I have a degree in Foreign Languages and I started to work in travel sector and leisure industry when I was 21.

To make a difference, I propose innovative and exclusive experiences tailored to you, always on the lookout for new trends, according to your requirements and all of your desires. From the first contact, my goal is to provide you with personalized advice that will continue throughout your trip planning process. You will be able to picture yourself in the chosen destination, feeling the sand on your feet, the sun in your face and the wind in your hair.

I believe that one of the most important things in selling travels is to get to know you and your desires. The more I know about you, the easier it will be to find an experience that you will be happy with."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Over the last decade, my wanderlust has driven me across Europe, chasing the elusive endless summer vibe. As soon as I hear the word traveling, many experiences pop up in my head: the sunrises over the Costa de la luz, the park of Timanfaya in Lanzarote, the beaches of Cadiz, watching the sun go down from the Monte Toro in Menorca, the festivals in Fuerteventura...the list is never-ending.

But I will never forget the first time I looked at the stars in Menorca and the sky was so beautiful it just blew my mind!"

Laura is part of the following groups: Spain Travel Agents
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
City Highlights Tour: Madrid, Seville, Granada & Barcelona - 9 Days

Explore Spain's lively cities and vibrant culture, starting with a gourmet food tour in Madrid and a flamenco show in Seville. Stop in Córdoba to tour the Mezquita, then discover Granada's most popular site, the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens. Meander the historic district of Albaicín with a personal photographer before ending the trip in Barcelona by touring the works of Gaudí and enjoying a day trip.

El Cotillo Bay, Fuerteventura
Madrid & the Canary Islands: Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, & Lanzarote - 16 Days

Combine Spain's historical culture with its unique island landscapes in this trip that takes you from tapas tours through Madrid's winding streets to windsurfing at some of the world's best beaches. Explore the Canary Islands by riding camels along sand dunes, hiking to the tallest peak, and traversing the lunar-like terrain of Timanfaya Park, plus perusing idyllic villages and noshing on exceptional local cuisine. Before heading back to Madrid, experience the artistic works of architect Manrique, take a tour of La Graciosa Island, and try your luck surfing or scuba diving in the warm waters of Lanzarote

View of Madrid's Royal Palace at Sunset
Madrid & the Canary Islands: Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, & Lanzarote - 15 Days

Combining the historical culture of Spain's capital city with its rugged and unique landscape of the Canary Islands, this trip takes you from tapas tours in literary quarters to windsurfing at some of the world's best beaches. Traverse the islands by hiking to the tallest peak, walking the lunar-like terrain of Timanfaya Park, and riding camels along sand dunes, plus relaxing at renowned beaches, eating local cuisine, and exploring idyllic villages. Try your luck with surfing or simply spend hours lounging on white-sand beaches, then explore the creative works of famous architect and activist, Manrique, all before returning to Madrid for one last night perusing its monuments.

The harbor in Arrecife, Spain, remodeled by architect Caesar Manrique
Madrid & the Canary Islands: Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, & Lanzarote - 14 Days

After enjoying the splendor of Spain's buzzy capital city, with its endless tapas bars, historic sights, parks, and monuments, head to the dynamic Canary Islands, starting in Gran Canaria. Discover the island with a guided tour of all four coasts, followed by free days to further indulge in its historic cultural and renowned nature, including windsurfing, sunbathing, and hiking. Head to Fuerteventura and Lanzarote for idyllic villages and beaches, camel rides through sand dunes, a guided tour of the unique Timanfaya Park, and a hike to the islands' tallest peak, plus delicious, locally-sourced cuisine and an unforgettable experience with the works of the famous architect, Manrique.

Morro Jable Beach on the island of Fuerteventura
Madrid & the Canary Islands: Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, & Lanzarote - 13 Days

Start your 2-week trip in the Canary Islands by exploring the four dynamic coasts of Gran Canaria and spending a day within the historic significance of its seaside capital city. Discover other islands with trips to idyllic beaches and villages, guided tours through Timanfaya Park, hikes to scenic vistas, and camel rides along sand dunes, plus visits to the impressive works of the artist Manrique. End your trip in Spain's bustling capital city where you can peruse its historic streets in search of tapas and cañas, as well as its beloved parks, monuments, and museums.

Beaches of Gran Canaria
Exploring the Canary Islands: Gran Canaria to Madrid - 12 Days

Go beyond Spain's mainland by discovering the beauty of the Canary Islands, including Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, and Lanzarote. Explore charming island villages, white-sand beaches, locally-sourced cuisine, and scenic outlooks on all three islands, plus enjoy a guided tour of the four famous coasts of Gran Canaria. Be active with  an array of water sports, hiking the islands' tallest peak, traversing the lunar-like terrain of Timanfaya Park, and riding a camel along sand dunes, all before polishing off your trip with a night in buzzy Madrid.

Recent trip reviews for Laura

We had a wonderful experience using KimKim an... · Spain - Dec 25 - Dec 31, 2019

Traveler: colleen N. - Local specialist: Laura Carpinelli

We had a wonderful experience using KimKim and Laura as or local guide/planner. This was a last minute trip for us and all was planned within a month of the trip. I was very impressed with the organization and support of the planning process and the local providers. We loved our guides...Jose in Madrid, Victor in Seville, Elana in Cordoba and Salome in Toledo. All were knowledgable, energetic, passionate about their cities and a pleasure to spend time with. We also loved our boat cruise on the river in Seville!

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Laura Carpinelli, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for the awesome review, Colleen! We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. Come back and see us soon. Cheers!