Exceptional Experiences: Spain

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Statue of Encierros, Pamplona.

Spanish Serenade

Running Bulls and Artistic Excursions

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Traditional carriage, Seville.
Boqueria fruit market, Barcelona.

Pamplona
During the annual Running of the Bulls
, you’ll feel the rush of excitement from the safety of a private balcony. You’ll thrill as a rocket is launched and thousands take to the streets in a heart-pumping display of fearlessness.
 
Rioja
The Echapresto brothers invite you into the kitchen of Venta de Moncalvillo, which was
recently awarded a Michelin star. Join Chef Ignacio to pick mushrooms or harvest vegetables from the garden. Then you’ll sit down to a special menu and wine pairing created by sommelier Carlos.
 
Seville
Two renowned art restorers welcome you into their treasure-filled abode
and studio in Seville. Jesus and Pablo reveal the techniques they use to save priceless artworks—ranging from Renaissance paintings and rococo mirrors to Roman pottery. You can even try your hand at restoring a painting.
 
Barcelona
Join Ferran Centelles, Spain’s top sommelier
, as he leads you on a “spoon breakfast” tour of Barcelona’s famous Boqueria Market. Then you’ll head to the Penedés Wine Region, where you’ll visit some of the most famous wineries in this scenic area.
 
Madrid
Fashion insider Mencía González-Barros introduces you
to Madrid’s most on-trend boutiques and treasure-filled markets. Strike a pose as you peruse the designer shops along upscale Milla de Oro, often called the “Rodeo Drive of Europe.” Then browse the stalls at the famous El Rastro flea market, the Continent’s largest outdoor market.
 
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Originally appeared in Virtuoso Best of the Best: 2014 Guide to the World's Best Hotel Experiences.


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