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Textiles, Food and Fashion

8 days, 7 nights. Madrid, La Rioja, San Sebastian

Starting in Madrid and finishing in San Sebastian, this seven-night tour looks at the revival of textiles and their place in décor and fashion in Spain today. Yarns, wools, fabrics, leather have all been associated with traditional Spanish life. In recent years, we have seen a revival of their use in artisan traditions, paving a new way forward for them to become a part of contemporary times.

We travel through the contrasting landscapes of Madrid, La Rioja and the Basque Country, meeting people along the way who share with us their expertise, offering an intimate portrait of Spain and its textiles. Of course, it would only be fitting to pay homage to Spain’s culinary delights as part of our tour!

Your tour hosts are Joanna Wivell, owner of Insider’s Travel and AD magazine award winner (Top 100 Spain), Pablo López – interior designer and art historian.


* Tours of the Royal Palace and visit the Royal Tapestry Factory.
* Lunch at the home of Spanish Interior Designer, Lorenzo Castillo, listed on Architectural Digest’s top 100.
* A visit to Loewe for an insider's view of how their legendary handbags are made a
* A fashion and artisans tour of Madrid
* A visit to Ezcaray, a charming medieval town, famous for its mohair and cashmere scarves and blankets. We visit the Valgañón family factory, who manufacture for Hermés, Armani and other luxury brands.
* A meeting with leading couture designer in San Sebastián, in her showroom
* A guided visit to the Cristóbal Balenciaga museum in Getaria

Pintxos Basque Country Tapas Azafran

What's Included

Price: TBC
*The Palacio de Tepa, Madrid
*The Hotel Viura in La Rioja
*The Hotel Londres in San Sebastian
Meals at Top Restaurants (see below!)
Private transport by luxury coach
ENGLISH speaking guides
Breakfast daily; 6 lunches, 7 dinners
Entrances & activities as specified

Culinary stops include…

  • An Insider’s Travel gourmet tapas tour, Madrid

  • Apértif lunch with some of the best views of Madrid from the roof terrace of the Fine Arts Circle where Picasso studied. 

  • Dinner at La Academia del Despiece, one of the most exciting dining experiences in Madrid, hosted by Mallorcan chef Javier Bonet

  • Lunch at the Michelin star restaurant, Echaurren in La Rioja

  • Lunch at the Michelin star restaurant la Venta de Moncalvillo

  • Gourmet pintxos tour, San Sebastián

  • Portside lunch at the Astillero in Getaria

  • Farewell dinner in Rekondo, San Sebastián

As the world continues to respond to COVID-19, here is what we are doing and how we are planning for 2021 and beyond.

Here are the specific PROTOCOLS that we are adhering to ON OUR TOURS, when they resume.