Barcelona, Madrid with Toledo, Seville, Cordoba & Torremolinos

12 Day Package from Barcelona to Torremolinos

“Lady of Spain, I adore you. Right from the night I first saw you.” We’re sure you’ll be joining Bing Crosby and Eddie Fisher in singing these lyrics when you return from this 12-day vacation to Spain—you may even be inspired to grab an accordion and sing along! That’s because Monograms has made it easy for you to travel to Spain. We've arranged your hotel reservations, daily breakfast, sightseeing, transportation between cities, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the train stations. Plus, a one-of-a-kind feature is the Monograms Local Host®, someone who is there for you throughout your stay to answer questions, share little-known secrets, help you personalize your trip, and help ensure your vacation runs smoothly. You’ll have a Local Host in each city, so you’ll have someone to help you feel at home and at ease.

Your vacation begins when you arrive in Barcelona, Spain's second-largest city. We can pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel, where your Local Host will be waiting for you with a set of materials to help familiarize you with the city. The next morning, after an included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing. Hear the inside stories and fascinating details of the must-see attractions, and visit works by the famous architect Gaudí, including Casa Batlló and the unfinished La Sagrada Familia Basilica. A day at leisure in Barcelona gives you time to explore on your own (with the support of your Local Host, of course). You may want to take an excursion to Montserrat with its unique natural park and 1,000-year-old Benedictine monastery, visit the Camp Nou football (soccer) stadium, or relax at the beach.

Then, it’s off on the high-speed train to Madrid, where your guided sightseeing with a local expert features the Prado Museum, where you’ll see the world's finest collection of European art by masters such as El Greco, Velázquez, and Goya. From Madrid, we’ll also take you on an excursion to Toledo, where you’ll visit an early synagogue, the 13th-century Gothic cathedral, and the Church of Santo Tomé, home to El Greco's painting The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. From Madrid, you’ll travel once again by high-speed train to Seville, where we've arranged for you to enjoy guided sightseeing with a local expert. You'll hear the inside stories of must-see attractions, such as the university that used to be the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. We’ll take you to the Santa Cruz Quarter and to Seville's Alcazar, founded in the 11th century as a Moorish fortress. A full day in Seville will also give you the opportunity to explore on your own. Your Local Host will have suggestions and can help arrange the activities you desire, such as a Flamenco show or a cruise on the Guadalquivir River.

Next up is Cordoba for one night. Here, we’ve arranged for you to have sightseeing with a local expert. You’ll see the city’s Alcazar (royal castle), the Roman Bridge, and the medieval Jewish Quarter. You’ll also visit the Mosque of the Caliphs, built in the 8th century. Finally, after all this exciting sightseeing and time spent in the cities, there’s time for relaxation. Like we’ll do in each city, we’ll pick you up at your Cordoba hotel, take you to the train station, and get you on the correct train. You’ll journey to Malaga, where we’ll pick you up at the train station and take you to your hotel in the resort town of Torremolinos. Here, you’ll relax and have time to explore. You may want to visit the local amusement park, take a trip to the botanic gardens, stroll along the Costa del Sol’s extensive beaches, or just relax and sample the seafood restaurants for which this area is famous. Be sure to ask your Local Host for suggestions on where to go.

And did we mention that your train travel will be first-class on Spain’s high-speed trains? Between the transfers and transportation we've included, the sightseeing and guides we've arranged, and the hotels we've booked, all you have to do is have fun. Add the comfort of knowing you’ll have a Local Host in each city to help you navigate, translate if needed, and feel at ease, and you've got yourself a vacation that is more like a fiesta.


20% off the Monograms Barcelona, Madrid with Toledo, Seville, Cordoba & Torremolinos "Wanderlist" package.*

Receive a $300 per couple Europe air-credit on select airlines*

Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

& Destination Guides with city maps

Meals Included

Buffet breakfast daily

Sightseeing & Activities

Guided sightseeing; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2017

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Your Monograms package includes an excursion from Madrid to Toledo, including transportation to Toledo and an expert guide while there.

DAY
1
Barcelona, Spain

Bienvenido—welcome! Time to relax or to begin exploring Spain’s second-largest city, and the capital of Catalonia. Your Local Host is on hand to help you maximize your time.

DAY
2
Barcelona

Morning guided sightseeing, starting from Plaza Catalunya, includes a drive along elegant Passeig de Gràcia to see the captivating façade of La Pedrera, and to visit Gaudi’s CASA BATLLÓ. Passing through the central Eixample district, reach the extraordinary but still unfinished SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA. Your included entrance fees contribute to its completion.

DAY
3
Barcelona

A full day to enjoy this splendid city at your own pace. Spend time at the Olympic Port with its modern sculptures, restaurants, and bars; or visit the Camp Nou football (soccer) stadium. Your Local Host can help you organize your day.

DAY
4
Barcelona–Madrid

Transfer to Atocha Station with its beautiful interior garden, and catch the HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (First class) to Madrid.

DAY
5
Madrid

Morning guided sightseeing features a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM to admire one of the world’s finest collections of European art. Also see Plaza de España, Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, Orient Square with the ornate Royal Palace, Parque del Buen Retiro (Park of the Pleasant Retreat), and Puerta de Alcalá. Your Local Host will have suggestions for your afternoon at leisure.

DAY
6
Madrid. Excursion to Toledo

Enjoy a special HIGHLIGHT EXCURSION TO TOLEDO, spectacularly situated on a granite hill surrounded by a loop of the Tagus River. See the Moorish bridge, an early SYNAGOGUE, the 13th-century gothic CATHEDRAL, and the CHURCH OF SANTO TOMÉ, home to El Greco’s painting, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz.

DAY
7
Madrid–Seville

Travel by HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (First class) to Seville. During your guided sightseeing, hear about the city’s role in Roman times, its conquest by the Moors in 712 AD, and its contribution to the discovery of the New World. Admire Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on the Guadalquivir River, and the university that used to be the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Then, stroll through the narrow lanes of the charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. The highlight is a visit to Seville’s ALCAZAR, founded in the 11th century as a Moorish fortress, with its Palacio de Don Pedro.

DAY
8
Seville

Your Local Host will have suggestions for things to see and do, such as a visit to Casa de Pilatos, an Andalusian palace adorned with the precious azulejos tiles; and where to shop for locally produced food items.

DAY
9
Seville–Cordoba

Journey by HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (First class) to Cordoba. During your afternoon sightseeing, admire this city’s Alcazar (royal castle), the Roman Bridge, and the medieval Jewish Quarter. Visit the magnificent 8th-century MOSQUE OF THE CALIPHS, famous for its 850 pillars of porphyry, marble, and jasper.

DAY
10
Cordoba–Torremolinos

Travel by HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (First class) to Málaga, then transfer to your hotel in the resort town of Torremolinos to relax, soak up the atmosphere, and sample the seafood restaurants for which this resort is famous.

DAY
11
Torremolinos

Your Local Host will have many ideas for your day at leisure, such as a trip to the botanic garden with its massive stone water wheels, or a visit to the local amusement park, Tivoli World.

DAY
12
Torremolinos

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (nearest airport is Malaga).

Included Hotels

*The "STARTING AT" price is based on April 16, 2017, which is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

Barcelona
Madrid
Seville
Cordoba
Torremolinos

NH Collection Barcelona Podium

Bailen, 4-6
Barcelona, Spain

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 12:00

This modern 145-room hotel, which has preserved its early 20th-century facade, is conveniently located and offers Free Wi-Fi access throughout. Dining options include a restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine, café and cocktail bar. A highlight is the pretty rooftop terrace and bar with seasonal outdoor swimming pool, complete with sun loungers and parasols. Other amenities include a sauna, solarium and gym.

Location & Highlights

This hotel's location in the city's Eixample district is well known for its modernist landmarks, including Gaudi's famous Casa Milà building and Sagrada Familia Church. The city center and La Ramblas are within walking distance and there are many different boutiques, trendy bars and restaurants in the surrounding area.

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Voicemail
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
Colorful, modern, bright guestrooms.

H10 Puerta Del Alcala

Alcalá 66
Madrid - Barrio De Salamanca, Spain

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

Located in Madrid's exclusive Salamanca district, next to the beautiful Retiro Park, this 146-room modern property enjoys a privileged central location with Free Wi-Fi access available throughout. The welcoming restaurant serves a selection of Mediterranean and international dishes and the garden view bar offers the perfect place to relax with drinks and snacks.

Location & Highlights

Just a stone's throw away from select boutiques with a great variety of traditional Spanish restaurants and tapas bars nearby, there is also a convenient metro stop which offers easy access to all the historic sights and of this vibrant capital city.

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Mini-bar
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Window Opens
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Phone

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
Elegant air conditioned, soundproofed rooms with stylish wooden floors.

Sevilla Center

Avda De Buhaira S/N
Seville, Spain

Check-in - 12:00
Check-out - 12:00

Modern multistory Hotel, guest amenities for the business or leisure traveler, panoramic views of the city, centrally located.

Location & Highlights

The hotel boasts a very central location and is well communicated with the AVE train station "Santa Justa" in "Avenida de Buhaira which is a direct route to the airport as well as the city's main transportation links.

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Voicemail
  • Climate Control
  • Television

Hotel Amenities

  • Hot Tub
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Free WiFi
  • Currency Exchange
Complete Bathroom, Central Air-conditioning, Central heating, Voicemail, Alarm clock, Surround Sound, Satellite and Cable TV, internet connection, minibar

Cordoba Center

Avda De La Libertad
Cordoba, Spain

Check-in - 12:00
Check-out - 12:00

A delightful modern property with 207 rooms. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all the guestrooms and communal areas. Leisure facilities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a terrace on the 7th floor with fantastic panoramic city views, a fitness room and sauna. Dining options include an elegant à la carte restaurant, a café serving light meals and a relaxing piano bar for drinks.

Location & Highlights

Located in an affluent central district known as the "Golden Block" offering easy access to the historical Jewish Quarter and Mezquita.

Room Amenities

  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Pay Movies
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Window Opens
  • Phone
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Climate Control

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
Comfortable guestrooms with modern furnishings.

Melia Costa Del Sol

Playa De Bajondillo
Torremolinos-Malaga, Spain

Check-in - 12:00
Check-out - 12:00

Contemporary Hotel comprising twin 9-story buildings set on El Bajondillo Beach.

Location & Highlights



Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk
  • Television

Hotel Amenities

  • Ice Machine
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Hot Tub
Quiet, comfortable and spacious rooms all with a terrace and Mediterranean Sea views and a wide range of facilities and providing a choice of a queen size bed or two single beds on request on arrival at the hotel.

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

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Madrid
Seville

Barcelona

Flamenco

Experience the excitement of a flamenco show, a genuine Spanish art expressing passion and intensity. A must-see by anyone visiting Spain!

Price Range: $

Spanish Dinner in Barcelona

In the heart of Barcelona, framed in the Olímpic Port, enjoy a 3-course meal, including local specialties and drinks, in a typical Spanish restaurant. Dine in one of the many air conditioned rooms inside the restaurant or on the terrace overlooking the Mediterranean sea.

Price Range: $

Private Guided Tour

This private tour with a professional, certified local guide is the ideal way to discover Barcelona.

Price Range: $$$$

I Love Tapas

You cannot leave Spain without trying famous Tapas! Spanish cuisine offers a wide variety of appetizers or snacks. They may be cold or hot and in selected bars, tapas have evolved into an entire, sophisticated cuisine.

Price Range: $

The Montjuic & Panoramic Tour

Visit the waterfront with the old port. View the fisherman's old port and the Columbus monument, built in his honor in 1888. From the mayor's lookout, Mirador de Miramar, enjoy spectacular views over Barcelona, the harbor and the Mediterranean.

Price Range: $

Life Style and Shopping Tour

Your own personal shopper will be your guide and translator as you live out your shopping dreams.

Price Range: $$$$

Tapas Walking Tour

You'll explore Barcelona's most popular and exotic market, the Boqueria Market. Together with your private guide, you'll discover that its actually much more than a market: it's a view into the lifestyle of the people of Barcelona and the Spanish way of life.

Price Range: $$

Photographic Tour

Experience the city through the lens of a professional photographer as your guide. Sharpen your skills and capture memories for a lifetime.

Price Range: $$$$

Montserrat

Visit spiritual Montserrat with its impressive Benedictine monastery.

Price Range: $$

Cooking class in the old town

Hands-on cooking experience consisting in the preparation of a 4-course seasonal, Catalan and Spanish meal.

Price Range: $$

Spanish Lunch at the Marina

Enjoy a delightful lunch at one of the most popular restaurants at the former Olympic Port. This place offers his guests the opportunity to taste Mediterranean cuisine prepared with special care and expertise.

Price Range: $

Hop-on Hop-off

Hop on the Barcelona Bus Turistic and you'll discover all the sights that make this city unique.

Price Range: $

Walking Tour Picasso and Gothic Quarter

This experience gives you VIP access to the Picasso Museum, where you'll discover the bond between Picasso and Barcelona.

Price Range: $

Barcelona Zoo (ticket only)

One of the most interesting and unique zoos in Europe. Each animal has its own unique area, designed to replicate their natural habitat. Explore each continent through its wildlife and learn much more about the flora and fauna that makes them unique.

Price Range: $

Barcelona Aquarium (ticket only)

The largest Mediterranean-themed acquariums in the world, the L' Aquàrium de Barcelona is home to a vast number of species, and includes two re-creations of Spain's protected coastline.

Price Range: $

Madrid

Flamenco

Live the excitement of a flamenco show at the well renowned flamenco house. Flamenco is a genuine Spanish art that expresses intimate and passionate feelings. A must-experience for anyone who visits Spain!

Price Range: $

Traditional Dinner in the Heart of Madrid

Enjoy the traditional "cocido madrileno" dinner at one of the best restaurant located in the hearth of Madrid.

Price Range: $

Private Guided Tour

This private tour with a professional, certified local guide is the ideal way to discover Madrid. Make the most of your Madrid experience at your pace and in your style - after all, it is your trip!

Price Range: $$$$

Wine Tasting and Iberian Ham Tapas Tour

Learn about Spanish wine and discover traditional Iberian Ham houses in Madrid.

Price Range: $$

Paella, Tortilla and Sangria Cooking Experience

Enjoy this fun introduction to the Spanish gastronomic culture. You will learn how to cook Paella,Tortilla, Sangria, and more Spanish food. After taking this class you will be ready to prepare these most famous Spanish recipes at home.

Price Range: $$

Arab Bath and Relaxing Massage

The Arab baths of Madrid are the best alternative to reduce the daily stress and one of the most appealing ways to get to know the essence of the Andalusian culture.

Price Range: $$

Atletico de Madrid Museum and Stadium Tour

Club Atlético de Madrid´s Museum is considered one of the five best Sports Museum in the world. Visitors could discover the sense, magic and culture of our Club through the valuables exhibited in the showcases.

Price Range: $

Segovia and the Medieval Town of Pedraza

Enjoy an exciting excursion to Pedraza and Segovia, two cities rich in history and Spanish tradition.

Price Range: $$$

Excursion to Avila and Segovia

Together with your local guide, visit the beautiful and historic towns of Avila and Segovia.

Price Range: $$

Royal Monastery of El Escorial and the Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984, El Escorial is a historical residence of the King of Spain. Then stop at the Valley of the Fallen to contemplate the magnificent Basilica and the wonderful views of the Sierra de Madrid.

Price Range: $$

Full Day Excursion to Seville by Ave Train - Historic Tour

Travel by AVE train to magical Seville, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a unique guided tour.

Price Range: $$$$

Hop-on Hop-off

The easiest and most fun way to get to know Madrid. You will be given a map of the city and discount checks for different shops and restaurants in the city.

Price Range: $

Las Ventas tour - Bullring (Ticket only)

Welcome to Madrid bullring, the Plaza Monumental de las Ventas del Espíritu Santo, the international center of bullfighting. Feel the heartbeat of Spanish culture and tradition in this unique venue.

Price Range: $

Neighborhood Fresh Market Tour. Brunch,Tapas, Wine

Get off the beaten market tours visiting the Biggest locals-only Madrid´s Neighborhood Market. Walk around the 200+ market stalls sharing the knowledge of a local guide. We´ll see homemakers as Chefs buying their daily fare for their delicious Mediterranean recipes. Enjoy a real and unique experience learning about the fresh seasonal products and ingredients the secret source of Spanish cuisine.

Price Range: $$

Bernabeu Stadium Ticket

Welcome to the Bernabeu Stadium, where you will be treated to a behind-the-scenes experience of one of Europe's great sporting venues, home to the worldrenowned Real Madrid Soccer club.

Price Range: $

Seville

Flamenco Night in Seville

No visit to Seville is complete without Flamenco, the art of this Andalusian capital. This exciting excursion combines a fantastic flamenco show, complete with tapas, with guided sightseeing of Seville. A truly memorable evening!

Price Range: $$

One Hour Cruise on the Guadalquivir

Sit back, relax, and discover the riverside attractions in Seville on this hour-long river cruise through the historical heart of the city.

Price Range: $

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Madrid
Seville
Cordoba
Torremolinos

Barcelona

Barcelona Must See SightsMonograms provides traveler’s access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Barcelona and Spain. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Barcelona and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Barcelona insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Barcelona

Hello, my name is Francesca and I am a Monograms Local Host in Barcelona. I would like all Monograms visitors to enjoy this amazing city as much as possible; my goal is that they depart loving Barcelona as much as I do.

La Pedrera Secreta

Antoni Gaudí's last residential building, and one of his most innovative landmarks, is a work of art in its own right. The Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera (Catalan for quarry), was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. “Secret Pedrera” will allow you to discover the secrets hidden inside the building when night falls.

Catalan National Art Museum

Housed in the National Palace, the Catalan National Art Museum includes one of the most important Romanesque painting collections in the world.

Tibidabo Amusement Park

Take a short train ride from the center of Barcelona, then catch a funicular train from the half-way point, to reach the top of the mountain and Tibidabo Amusement Park. It was built in 1889 and many of its 25 rides date back to this time, giving the park a whimsical feel.

Magic Fountain

Enjoy this spectacular show of water, lights, and music held in an area which stretches from the National Palace to Plaza de España. Ask your Local Host for details about days and times of this entertaining attraction.

Football Club Barcelona Stadium (Camp Nou)

If you're a football (soccer) fan, ask your Local Host for directions to view the stadium of the world-famous team. Maybe even see a match!

Cosmo Caixa Science Museum

A museum, for people of all ages, designed to stimulate knowledge and opinion of science through exhibitions and a wide variety of activities.

Sardanes Folk Dancing

La Sardana, sometimes also called the "sardanes" dance, is the traditional group folk dance of Catalonia. The music is provided by a "cobla" woodwind band. Ask your Local Host for more information.

Picasso Museum, Miró Foundation

The Picasso Museum is the reference center for the formative years (1887-1901) of Pablo Ruiz Picasso. With its complete collection of his early works, see the evolution of the master. Another exciting possibility for contemporary art lovers is the Miró Foundation to view the permanent collection of Joan Miró.

Port Olimpic

Barcelona's Port Olimpic was built to coincide with the 1992 Olympic Games, and its appearance on the city landscape is perhaps the most notable of the building projects the sporting event left behind; one of the most attractive areas of the city to visit, full of bars, restaurants, leisure facilities and modern sculptures.

Catalan Cuisine

Among the most typical dishes, you will find Escudella i carn d'olla (a delicious soup of pork, beef, & chicken with vegetables, rice, noodles, & potatoes); Butifarra (Catalan sausage); and Arroz a la cazuela (similar to paella). Seafood specialties include La zarzuela (a mixture of halibut, monkfish, prawns, squid & mussels); or Suquet de peix, (cod fish soup). Two of the most popular dishes of the region are Escalivada (grilled eggplant & red peppers in an olive oil & garlic sauce); and Esqueixada de bacalao (a cold codfish salad). For dessert, taste the famous Crema catalana (custard); Mel i mato (cottage cheese with honey); and Postre de músico (the traditional Catalan “musician's dessert” nuts). In Barcelona, you can also enjoy a fine selection of wines from the nearby Penedès region.

Traditional Souvenirs

Take home Cava, a local sparkling wine similar to champagne. It can be white or rosé - both are delicious; Anís del mono, an anise-based liqueur is also popular. Spanish sausages such as Fuet or Chorizo; Carquinyolis, artisan crunchy almond biscuits; a handcrafted Gaudí keepsake; a souvenir of the legendary FC Barça football team; or the traditional porrón, a Catalan glass wine pitcher.

Barcelona Beaches

Barcelona's coastline is over 4 km. long and offers a wide variety of excellent beaches. Barceloneta beach, nearest to the city center, is located in the traditional fishing district “La Barceloneta” and is one of the city's best-loved beaches due to its sandy beach and many restaurants and nightclubs along the boardwalk.

Madrid

Madrid Must See SightsMonograms provides traveler’s access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Madrid and Spain. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Madrid and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Madrid insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Madrid

Hola! My name is Nieves. I was born and raised in Madrid, and I am in love with this city! It is full of beautiful things, and I will be happy to help you discover them. Also, conveniently nearby are several UNESCO World Heritage sites including Toledo and El Escorial.

Habsburg Period

Ask your Local Host about a walking route to see architecture of the Habsburg Period of Madrid; discover the old convents, churches and narrow lanes of the city that was the capital of a world empire in the 16th century. Stop at a café, pub, or old market-turned-into-gourmet center, and end at Plaza de Oriente, next to the Royal Palace.

Bourbon Period “Age of Enlightenment”

When Phillip of Anjou was chosen as the new Spanish King, with the name of Felipe V, in 1700, he became the first Bourbon king of Spain. With the support of his famous grandfather, French King Louis XIV, he brought new spaces, modern infrastructures, splendid arches, monuments, and fountains to the city. Puerta del Sol is a good starting point to see what the Age of Enlightenment gave to Madrid. Your Local Host will have details about this walking route.

Literary Madrid

Madrid has been the inspiration for some of Spain’s best literature. The literary district is a beautifully preserved 17th century area. Strolling along Huertas’ street brings to mind writers like Quevedo and Góngora. Cervantes lived in the area, and you can visit the beautifully preserved home of the great Lope de Vega nearby. Pass streets that hold memories of Echegaray and Moratín; and Plaza de Jacinto Benavente in honor of 1922 Nobel Prize winner for literature. Eventually reach Plaza Mayor, which has been immortalized in the novels of Benito Perez Galdós.

Green Madrid at El Retiro Park

Madrid is considered a "green city" with more than 617,000 acres of parks, and some beautiful historic gardens. One of the best options to enjoy Green Madrid is El Retiro (Park of the Pleasant Retreat) which dates back to the 1600s. It is the one of the largest parks of the city and belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the late 19th century, when it became a public park. It features a lake, rose garden, statues, fountains, and museums. Around the lake, Retiro Pond, many puppet shows perform, and all manner of street performers. Rowboats can be rented and horse-drawn carriages are available.

Royal Palace

Built in the 18th century under Philip V, the Royal Palace of Madrid is a truly magnificent example of palatial architecture in Europe. The halls open to the public contain superb fresco paintings, tapestries, furniture, porcelain and all kind of sumptuous objects reviving the past. The Royal Armory and the Royal Pharmacy are also well worth a visit.

Church of San Francisco El Grande

A neoclassical masterpiece with the largest dome in Madrid, its walls and ceilings are decorated with superb frescoes. The church is designed with an unusual floor plan, the nave is circular and surrounded by chapels guarded by imposing marble statues of the 12 apostles; 12 prophets, rendered in wood, sit above them at the base of the dome. The San Bernardino chapel contains a fresco painted by Goya in the early stages of his career – unusually, Goya has painted himself into the scene (he’s the one in the yellow shirt on the right).

Reina Sofía Museum

Madrid's 18th century hospital was beautifully remodeled and converted into a museum in 1992, with two panoramic glass lifts standing out in the façade. Its official name is now the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and it's a treasure-house of contemporary and modern art. A highlight is the 20th century's most famous painting, Picasso's "Guernica". Another highlight is "Woman in Blue" also by Picasso. Miró and Dali are two other influential artists well represented in the collection.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

An overview of art from the 13th century to the present day - in the nearly one thousand works on display, see first class works of international art created by two generations of the Thyssen-Bornemisza family, including the private collection of Baroness Thyssen.

Shopping in Madrid

Madrid is a shopper’s paradise. You can find everything from luxury goods and antiques to religious items. See its exclusive shops, boutiques, and art galleries. Your Local Host can suggest a walking route with specialty shops (some of them more than 100 year’s old), including a wonderful cake store which supplies the Spanish Royal Family. Typical souvenirs to take home include saffron, a bota bag (leather wine bottle), jamon Iberico (cured ham), a Flamenco music CD, olive oil, and hand-held fans.

Cuisine - Tapas, Cocido

There is a healthy pastime in Madrid: having your aperitif with a small side order of food, the tapa. This wonderful pursuit is one of the most important chapters in fully understanding and enjoying the pleasures of dining out in Madrid. Another traditional local food is Cocido madrileño, a chick-pea based stew, with a combination of different meats and vegetables - it is not a dish for the faint-hearted!

Local Wine & Sangria

Madrid boasts excellent local wines from the nearby regions of Arganda, Navalcarnero (historically famous for its’ rosé wines), and San Martin de Valdeiglesia. Sangria is a delightful and refreshing drink with origins that date back hundreds of years when the locals were searching for a flavorful drink that contained alcohol, so they set about making a fruit punch out of red wine.

El Botin Restaurant

The Guinness Book of Records calls this the world's oldest restaurant (est. 1725), and Hemingway was a frequent visitor. There are four floors of tile and wood-beam dining rooms. The specialties are cochinillo (roast pig) and cordero (roast lamb). It is rumored that Goya washed dishes here before he made it as a painter.

Opera, Zarzuela Operetta

Ask your Local Host for information about opera performances or the “Zarzuela” a type of Spanish musical play or operetta that started as a popular court entertainment in the mid 17th century.

Seville

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Seville, SpainMonograms provides traveler’s access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Seville and Spain. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Seville and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Seville, Spain insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Seville

Hello, my name is Mariana, I am your Monograms Local Host in Sevilla. I have been guiding here since 1982 and I enjoy it very much. It is a pleasure helping people discover the city. Sevilla is charming and beautiful with fabulous monuments and wonderful restaurants and tapa bars. Please come and fall in love with Sevilla.

Cathedral and the Giralda

A UNESCO World Heritage site and resting place of Christopher Columbus, Seville’s cathedral, also known as Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, stands on the site of the Great Mosque of the 12th century. The mosque was converted into a Christian church when the city was conquered by Ferdinand III of Castile in 1248. Today, the only part which remains of the original structure is the minaret/bell tower, also known as the Giralda.

The Golden Tower

The Golden Tower, one of Seville's most photographed landmarks, is a legacy of the Almohades, a Moorish dynasty that controlled much of Southern Spain until the re-conquest of the area by the Christians in the 13th century. Designed as a defensive tower to protect the port, it was given its name (“gold tower”) because it was originally covered in golden tiles. Today the restored tower is a naval museum.

Maria Luisa Park and Plaza de España

Maria Luisa Park is a large public park along the Guadalquivir river, with hundreds of exotic trees lining shady avenues; historic, fairytale buildings, colorful tiled benches; and Moorish fountains and pools. The park is home to many monuments, among the most famous are the Fountain of Lions (Fuente de los Leones) and the Water-lily Pool (Estanque de los Lotos). Located inside Maria Luisa Park, the large Plaza de España complex was built for the Spanish-American Exhibition of 1929 to showcase Spain’s industry and technology exhibits. The plaza is surrounded by a canal, and beautiful bridges decorated with ceramic tiles.

Casa de Pilatos & Casa de Lebrija

The Casa de Pilatos (Pilate's House) is an Andalusian palace, built between the 15th & 16th centuries, adorned with precious azulejos tiles and well-kept gardens, which serves as the permanent residence of the Dukes of Medinaceli. The Casa de Lebrija, a 16th century palace, boasts a large collection of Roman mosaics which pave almost the entire ground floor. There is also a great collection of amphoras, ceramics, and sculptures.

Museo Arquelógico (Archaeological Museum of Seville)

The museum is set in a neo-Renaissance style pavilion, Pabellón del Renacimiento, designed by the architect Aníbal González. The visit starts with the Early Palaeolithic period and finishes with Moorish and Mudéjar items from the Middle Ages, and includes interesting intermediate stages such as the Roman world. Items worth noting include the "Carambolo Treasure", from the Tartessian period, with a reproduction of the magnificent gold treasure, and elements relating to its original setting: a shrine dedicated to Phoenician divinities.

Shop for Locally-crafted Ceramics

Shop for ceramics in the old gypsy quarter of Triana, where the beautiful azulejos (ceramic tiles) are made, perhaps even watch the craftsmen at work.

Sherry, Olive Oil, Marmalade & Ham

Food is life here, a Sevillano can argue for hours about whether the best jamon serrano (cured ham) comes from Huelva or Aracena. Recommended buys are locally produced sherry, olive oil, marmalade and, of course, ham.

Cordoba

Cordoba Must See SightsMonograms provides traveler’s access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Cordoba and Spain. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Cordoba and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Cordoba, Spain insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Cordoba

Hello, my name is Luís and I am a Monograms Local Host. Cordoba’s historic center is a beautiful maze of narrow streets and alleys, whitewashed courtyards and patios. The fascinating Mezquita (Mosque) which became a Cathedral in 1236, blends history and beauty. I look forward to meeting you and telling you more about this amazing city so you too can feel its "soul."

Alcazar Fortress of the Christian Monarchs

With its thick defensive walls, it has served both as a fortress and a palace since the 14th century, and is a perfect illustration of the development of Cordoban architecture through the ages. This UNESCO World Heritage site was the royal residence of Christian monarchs and one of the first sites of the Inquisition. Its ornate, terraced gardens with fish ponds, fountains, orange trees, flowers and beautiful landscaping are a pleasure to stroll in; and for a birds-eye view, climb one of the towers.

Shopping – Leather, Gold & Silverwork, Pottery

Shop for Cordobanes and Guadamecies, which are leather pieces embossed, modeled and colored with modern or classical designs. Gold and silverwork is a driving force of the city's economy and one of the best known techniques is Cordoban filigree work, which consists of soldering gold or silver threads onto a metal structure to create different shapes. There is a strong tradition of pottery-making in the north of the province using high quality clay that, after baking, is decorated with designs and motifs which originated in Moslem Cordoba.

Olive Oil, Wine & Liquers

Cordoban olive oil comes from the Guadalquivir river valley and is an essential ingredient in the local cuisine. Several types of well-known wines also come from this region such as Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso, Cream, Pedro Ximénez, Blanco Joven (Young White) and organic wines. There is a wide range of liqueurs, including the dry or sweet aniseed liqueurs from Rute, a village in the Subbetica hill region of Cordoba province, which has a long tradition dating back to the 17th century, of distilling this type of liqueur.

Torremolinos

Torremolinos Must See SightsMonograms provides traveler’s access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Torremolinos and Spain. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Torremolinos and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Torremolinos, Spain insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Torremolinos

Born in Malaga and an enthusiast of the U.S thanks to his mother, David is an experienced professional in tourism and loves all aspects of the business. He also loves sports and healthy living. He is looking forward to meeting Monograms guests and sharing his love and knowledge of Torremolinos and the Costa del Sol.

La Carihuela

La Carihuela, historically a traditional fishing village, is now a cosmopolitan center with innumerable hotel, leisure, and gastronomic establishments. It is precisely the district’s gastronomy that has earned this strip of the Torremolinos coast it’s well deserved fame for the remarkable pescaíto frito (small fried fish) that is served in the area restaurants.

Jardin Botanico Molino de Inca

The Torremolinos Botanic Gardens are a delightful oasis in the hustle and bustle of the Costa del Sol. Two water wheels are the center-piece of the gardens which power the two massive stones that still grind wheat to produce flour. The gardens are home to palm trees, tropical fruit trees, woodland trees and flowering shrubs, but the real beauty of these gardens lies in the under-planting. The choice of color and form is inspired and blend together with an understated ease and grace.

Theme Park, Aquarium, Water Park

Tivoli World is the Costa del Sol's biggest theme park, with two dozen rides to choose from, including those geared towards tiny tots. Sea Life, located at the entrance of Benalmadena Port, is an excellent aquarium with a "touch pool" educational section for young children with crabs and starfish, as well as the possibility to see tiny sharks and rays swimming in their egg cases with the aid of magnifying glasses.

Journey to nearby Malaga

Visit Malaga’s still unfinished Gothic style cathedral, popularly known as La Manquita (the One-Armed One); the Alcazaba an imposing edifice, built between the 11th & 14th centuries, which served as a fortress and palace. Also see Gibralfaro castle located high on the hill overlooking the city and the Roman theater built during the times of Augustus and used until the 3rd century.

Museums in Malaga

Museo Picasso Malaga with donations made by Christine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso for a total of 155 works by Pablo Picasso, have been the cornerstone of the whole of this project. The museum also displays the Phoenician remains found during the renovation of the Palace. Carmen Thyssen Malaga Museum, one of the city’s latest museums opened in 2011, is in a renovated 16th-century palace in the heart of the city’s historic center. The extensive collection concentrates on 19th-century Spanish and Andalusian art and includes paintings by some of the country’s most exceptional painters, including Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, Ignacio Zuloaga and Francisco de Zurbarán.

Sun & Sand

Enjoy the extensive beaches on the Costa del Sol; their diversity and climate have transformed the region into a great holiday destination in the summer and almost all the year round. Two favorites are Playa La Carihuela, and your Monograms hotel overlooks Playa El Bajondillo.

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