During the early 80´s a group of friends were working together in Madrid as tour managers and staff in one of the most important tour operators at that time, specialized on taking every year over 50,000 youth people from Spain throughout the world, but mostly across Europe and north Africa. This company, UNIJOVEN, which was a brand of Meliá, was the beginning of our adventure.
On 1995, some of us, decided to ” turn the omelette” as we say here and instead of sending spainards abroad, we decided to bring visitors to Spain.
Looks like it was yesterday but not Strong relations were born over the years, we met many friends while we were leading groups in Spain , Portugal or Morocco over the years, we found and explore new nitch and markets we never thought we were thanks to our love and passion for music as performinspain. We were able to learn about the rock, art, painting visiting the Caves of Altamira, just before they were closed with friends of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles or to lead many groups along the Camino de Santiago. We were the first pioneers who trusted on different ways to explore the cities and designed the first walking tours in Spain, competing with the regular coach operators. Times were there were not internet, just a phone and a fax.
Other brand, holyplacesinspain was also created to work closely with pilgrimage groups through Spain and Portugal. Thanks to it, we met many fantastic people in faith and we keep deep in our memories too many moments and life experiences too.
Times were there were no low cost or free guided tours. Were there were not airbnb´s.
Today we are in a new Era without time to breath and notice all the changes. With the positivity of this new tool as internet that allows us to reach the world and reach you, the traveller, much easier. But also we are scare sometimes of the too many pirates that this new tools can bring. Some companies search for similar names to confuse the people, many of them are not licensed and they want to confuse the people. Few companies had grown and some are using the three words of our company name, just twisting the order and we have to wait long to fight against them, but we will.
However, we grew up and our families too around Ole Spain Tours. New generations who were born are now part of our youngest team as Paula Camacho, my daughter.
But, even that we are getting older, our spirit and goal to show the best of us and the best of our country is still the same and we do hope to have the opportunity to help you and organize the trip your are looking for.
Josu Camacho: After working for many years at one of the most important Spanish tour operators, first as a guide, directing groups from various countries, and then as Sales Manager, creating new routes and destinations, Josu joined his present associates to create Ole Spain Tours a Division of FIESTA TOURS S,L . His goal was to develop tours with a personal touch that would open up to visitors the Spain, Portugal and Morocco that he´d discovered during his years as a guide and itinerant admirer of those countries. He is a passionate follower of music (especially flamenco), local traditions, gastronomy, history, and at the moment, of creating personalized tours for visitors, a never-ending source of information and inspiration. According to your tastes, preferences and pocketbook, he can design a trip that will go far beyond what you can imagine.
Kitty De Castro: Kitty came to Ole Spain Tours after nearly a decade of working in the world of tourism and is head of the Operations Department. In addition to controlling all the routes, her Department is responsible for all reservations that you may need, from hotels, city tours, visits to historical sites, transportation within Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Within hours of receiving a request, Kitty and her team will have a tentative itinerary and budget ready to be sent to you.
The Department of Tour Managers and Local Guides is our key people, is composed by many people that traveled for years with groups have across America, Europe and throughout the Iberian Peninsula and Northern Africa. To say that have graduated in History is to say little, because they lives, breathe and eat the past, having given numerous conferences, on distinct historical themes, throughout Spain. In addition to conferences, some of them are regular contributors to historical and literary magazines in our country and accompanies many of our Special Interest Groups where his expertise and great sense of humor have made them much beloveds by participants. The Guide Department of Ole Spain Tours is without any doubt an important factor in our success.