Three ways of thinking, three capitals of diverse yet enchanting charms. That differences in their art, gastronomy and languages exist is logical. Each has written its history according to the materials and influences at hand. Madrid, capital of Spain since 1561, has envolved more in line with continuity of tradition than innovation primarily for its distance from the rest of Europe. In addition to its renowned museums, and its colosal Royal Palace, Madrid has innumerable delights for the visitor: small baroque churches, hidden squares that evoke a medieval air, and a turn of the century architecture that aligns it more with the American than European schools.
Bilbao, which has only recently shaken off the soot of its heavy industry past, has undertaken a revitalization of its core area with a vitality that is the envy of much of Europe. Norman Foster, the prestigious british architect, has designed its subway system. Paul Gehry has created on the banks of the city´s river possibly the most innovative and original building constructed in Europe in this decade, the Guggenheim Museum.
The charm of Barcelona was broadcast wide and far during the Olympics of 92. All styles and periods are to be found, from the ancient and medieval to the most futuristic. It’s a delight to stroll along the Ramblas, its wide pedestrian walkway, to its newly renovated waterfront, to compare the Gothic Cathedral in the Old City with the Sagrada Familia church on the early 20th century architect Gaudi. Gaudí has left an indelible mark upon the city : Park Guell, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo are but a few of this genius works to be discovered by the visitor. For architects, Barcelona is paradise, for its other visitors, the work of Gaudi and his contemporaries are some of the best architects of today that are scattered about the city will surprise and delight.
Together with international travel experts, group leaders and tour operators we had been working with different types of groups every time since 1995. We are always focus on the individuality of each group as each tour is designed individually.
As professional organizers of group tours, we expect you will like to read more about the ideas we can work together with you for your future group travel to Spain, Portugal or Morocco and come to us with a list of specifications to be quoted.
(*) Olespaintours ( formerly Ole Spain Tours ) is a licensed receptive travel agent and DMC based in Madrid (Spain) that had been working on custom group tours since 1995.