Perfect Trip to Portugal and Spain
Spain | Jun 3 - Jun 13, 2024

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kristen J.
Baileys Crossroads, VA | Reviewed on Jun 16, 2024

I can't say enough about Helena. She was very considerate of what we wanted to do and see during out time in Portugal and Spain and understood the type of travelers that we were - her recommendations were spot on. The Cascade Wellness Resort and Spa in Lagos Portugal was a great recommendation and we thoroughly enjoyed exploring the area. In Cordoba, our guide Patricia was engaging, knowledgeable and gave us a wonderful tour of her city. Similarly, our hiking Guide Jaime was fantastic as he led us on a rigorous hike from village to village in the mountains outside of Grenada - we enjoyed our lunch with him and the kids really liked talking with him about endurance running! I wish I could give Helena a hug in person, she really made this trip a perfect one for our family.

Hotel Reviews
Palacio Mariana Pineda Hotel
Granada

Great location! Easy walking to everything and a very unique and historical building.

Authenticity & Character
This was an historical hotel and artifacts and antiques were on display in the lobby and in the open courtyard outside of our room.
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The bed was not very comfortable and the pillows were extremely flat. There was quite a bit of dust in the room, but these were very minor issues compared to the location and uniqueness of the hotel.
Cascade Wellness
Lagos

The staff were courteous and attentive, the food was amazing and the views and adjacent running/hiking paths were breathtaking. We also took advantage of the gym and the wonderful pools.

Authenticity & Character
Location
easy to drive to town and get on the paths that ran along the coast for a walk or run
Staff
very responsive and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Wine Tasting & Lunch at a Portuguese Quinta
Wine Tasting & Lunch at a Portuguese Quinta
Portugal

The food was fantastic and the wine pairings were spot on. The best part was the brief tour of the vineyards and the background information on the unique soil and climate that make the Algarve region such a distinctive wine region.

Quality of Experience
The host was gracious, engaged and informative.
Food
Train Seville to Córdoba,  Guided Visit of Córdoba, Train Córdoba to Seville
Train Seville to Córdoba, Guided Visit of Córdoba, Train Córdoba to Seville
Seville

Cordoba was a fascinating city with an interesting history. The old town was beautiful and it was enjoyable to stroll and meander through the alleys and narrow streets.

Quality of Experience
Having a guide made the experience very personal
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide, Patricia was so lovely, knowledgeable and engaging, I highly recommend her anyone wanting to experience the true Cordoba.
Algarve Kayaking Trip to Benagil Caves
Algarve Kayaking Trip to Benagil Caves
Spain

Beautiful! Lots of fun and the guide was great.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Local specialist: Helena Fernández
Helena
Helena Fernández
Local specialist in Madrid, Spain | Replied on Jun 21, 2024

Dear Kristen,

Thank you very much for your kind words. It was a pleasure planning your trip to Portugal and Spain, and I am delighted that my recommendations matched your travel preferences.
It is wonderful that our guides contributed to your enjoyment with their expertise and dedication.
I had no doubts about Cascade Wellness Resort and Spa, it is one of my favorites in the Algarve!
And I take note of the Mariana Pineda Palace issues.
Your warm comments mean a lot to me, and I am very happy that I was able to help make your family trip perfect.

Warmest regards, and a hug,
Helena