Valesa´s Travel Blog

Meet our newest Valesitas

We are a diverse team of all ages and special interests lending to the wealth of knowledge, shared fun and contacts on our team. Professional singers, sommeliers, foodies, fishing fans, flamenco dancers and much more make up our great team. We are so happy to welcome our latest stars: Carmen Paredes. We are all excited…

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Favorite Seafood Dishes in Spain & Portugal

Almost entirely surrounded by water, Spain and Portugal’s Iberian Peninsula boasts endless coastline for some of the world’s freshest seafood and most beloved traditional dishes that go back for centuries. Don’t miss the markets, fishing villages, and an abundance of seaside dining with regional fare. What makes these dishes so unique is the diverse agriculture…

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Best Cheeses in Spain & Portugal

Spain and Portugal boast world renown gastronomy including great cheeses, some found in tapas or sold in the various open-air markets. With evidence of production dating back to prehistoric times, cheese has been produced on the Iberian Peninsula throughout the ages. Cheese has a complex history, just as that of the Peninsula. The variety of…

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Valesa Cultural Helps Moroccan

Valesa Cultural Services has been working in Morocco for the last 15 years, and we believe in responsible tourism everywhere we work. Last September most of you recall the earthquake that took place in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains, an easy drive from Marrakech. Located on the edge of the Toubkal National Park, there are Berber…

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Highlights of Central Portugal

Portugal highlights like Porto, Lisbon, the Algarve, the Duoro Valley, and the Azores Islands, make it a challenge to hit everything in between. Central Portugal (the space between Lisbon and Porto) is not to be slept through. Here you will find hidden gems that many have yet to discover. Medieval towns and coastal cities with…

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Basque Towns Not to Miss 

Do you want to discover one of the most culturally unique regions of the world? Where northern Spain meets southwestern France, you will find the Basque Country, the WHOLE Basque Country at Valesa Cultural. Between the Pyrenees mountains and the Bay of Biscay, the Basque culture stands out among that of Spain and France. Its…

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Madeira

In the Atlantic Ocean, just north of the Canary Islands and southwest of Portugal lies the surreal island of Madeira. This Portuguese archipelago comprised of four islands with green, cliff-filled landscapes, mountains, and beaches was originally discovered by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century. Madeira gets its name from the Portuguese word for wood due…

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Córdoba

Step into the land of beautiful Andalusian white-washed homes, colorful patios & gardens, and historically unique architecture in Córdoba. In this southern city, the culture blends the historic pasts of the Romans, Visigoths, Moors, Jews and Christians. Originally a Roman city, Córdoba was taken over by the Muslims in the 700s at a time where…

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Valencia Fallas

Fallas Festival, Valencia in March In the month of March, Valencia celebrates its most famous festival, Las Fallas. Taking place from the 15th-19th of March each year, this festival centers around the celebration of St.Joseph’s day (aka Fathers Day in Spain) and marks the arrival of the spring season. This tradition began in the 18th…

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Pamplona Easter

San Fermín: Pamplona in July When thinking of Spanish culture, one undoubtedly might picture bulls running through the streets alongside men with red handkerchiefs. The Running of the Bulls that is so widely known across the world is part of the San Fermín festival, that solely takes place in Spain’s northern Navarra region each July….

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Wines of Valencia

In the autonomous community of Valencia lies one of Spain’s lesser known, but highly esteemed wine regions. Valencia sits on the eastern coast of Spain along the Mediterranean Sea. Its warm and sunny climate produces grape varieties exclusive to the area evidenced by 3 distinct DOP regions within Valencia itself. Denominación de Origen Protegida (DOP),…

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Spanish Omelette

Tortilla de Patata: Spanish Omelette If you’ve been to Spain, you’ve undeniably tried the classic tortilla de patata, or Spanish omelette. Also known as Tortilla Española, this typical Spanish dish can best be described as a potato omelette made simply using only eggs, potatoes, olive oil, and salt, with the option to include onions. Often…

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Cantabria Food

Legumbres Winter cuisine calls for hearty, filling, and sustaining meals that comfort the stomach and the palate. On the Iberian Peninsula, legumes are vital to traditional gastronomy. These robust, nutritious foods serve as a key ingredient in many Spanish and Portuguese dishes all year round too. The climate of the region makes Spain and Portugal…

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Staff Spotlight

Secret Santa This month we are working from home while our office is getting a complete REDO! Here are the photos from last month, combining Christmas, Secret Santa and various birthday celebrations at the end of December.  ENJOY!

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