In 1995, Greg Edward relocated from Los Angeles to Portugal. where he began his career guiding foreign dignitaries to the Lisbon World's Exposition of 1998 at the behest of the then General Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel. Soon after, he founded Discover Portugal Travel to design bespoke travel experiences with meticulous attention to details, carefully planned itineraries tailor-made through personal consultation.

After establishing himself in Portugal, Greg expanded into neighboring in Spain, where he lived several few years in Seville and Bilbao. Like Portugal, Spain Private Vacations introduce travelers to the main cities, iconic sights, regional cuisine during private tailor made vacations with friends, family or joining a small group tour.

We've spent the last twenty years showing Spain and Portugal to travelers located throughout the  – feel free get in touch and we'll include the suggestions below and countless others, hand crafted to reflect your style of travel, that will be shared with friends, family or pre-arranged small groups from 5 to 15 persons.

Suggestions for your Spain and Portugal Vacation

Prepare Spanish Cuisine | Market Tours & Wine Pairing.

Taste the real flavors of Spain and learn how to prepare traditional Spanish dishes with a local chef in Madrid. Whether you’re a cooking enthusiast or a culinary novice, you’ll enjoy the hands-on experience of this private Spanish cooking class. Start with a guided walking tour of an authentic Spanish market, founded two centuries ago, where you will get insight to the local market life and discover the essential ingredients of Spanish cuisine. Your private chef will show you how to find and appreciate high-quality food. Then head to the chef’s private workshop to prepare an authentic Spanish banquet! Find out the secrets for cooking perfect paella, gazpacho, and learn how to pair the delicious food with wine.

The class is individual, and especially designed for two to 6 persons! The venue is a small, private professional kitchen, perfectly equipped, and very well located. And it's right in the heart a charming Madrid pedestrian quarter. This is a 3 hour class. * Food and drinks are included



Experience Hemingway's Spain | Visit the Rioja | Discover San Sebastian.
Marquis of Riscal WInery

From the mid-1920s to the mid-1950s Hemingway often frequenting Northern Spain, where he enjoying the raucous San Fermin Festival,  central to his novel "The Sun Also Rises."  Hemingway loved the Basque country and northern Spain; it's mystique and beauty which made it, and still does today, one of Spain's most alluring regions to visit with beautiful places to discover. Include this region when you plan your tailor-made itinerary and see for yourself what Hemingway experienced.

In the Rioja visit  wineries like Marques de Riscal, designed by Frank Gehry and the fortified city of Laguardia where wine cellars are networks of caves running under the town. Hemingway wrote in The Sun Also Rises about places like Estrela, ancient capital of the Kingdom of Navarre, Pamplona, famous for the "running of the Bulls" from July 6 to July 14 ( start planning early to experience the festival) and San Sebastian located on the coast of the Basque Country on the Bay of Biscay setting and the charming fishing villages along the coast.

In San Sebastian enjoy your private walking tour, lead by our expert English speaking guide, who will regale you with stories of his city while you see the port and Old Town, the Concha seaside and during the walk enjoying pintxos (the Basque word for tapas) where you’ll savor a hand-picked selection of Basque tapas paired with local wines and ciders or visit a Txakoli winery, the local white wine produced near the sea. End (or start) the day with spectacular views of San Sebastian and the Atlantic Ocean in Getaria located high atop the mountain; it's a moderate walk or your guide will drive you to the top.



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