The Magical Press Kit

We have been featured and or recommended in popular publications including:

USA Today (Group Tour of Spain & Portugal Wine Country With Food,  Scenic Tours of the Gems of Europe) & Rick Steves Spain Travel Book.

As well as providing local, regional and cultural information to MTV, Frommers, Spain Rough Guide, PBS Radio and El Pais Madrid.

Company History & Timeline

  • 1998 MagicalSpain’s Dan O’Beirne, bored stiff working a teacher in Madrid, leads a few gourmet tapas tours and Madrid area day trips and leads tours for American-based Camino tours from Seattle Washington in northern Spain & Portugal.

 

  • 2000 Dan moves south to Seville, Spain to develop new contacts and tours while continuing to collaborate with other companies.

 

  • 2001- 2002 private tours are offered to other American companies and direct for cultural adventure travel in Andalucia.

 

  • 2003 Ferran adrià, Spain’s top chef, makes the cover of new york times magazine. This helps boost Spain’s image as a foodie destination. More Michelin stars arrive at Spanish restaurants albeit slower than many would like.

 

  • 2004 first scheduled tours “secrets of Andalucia” are offered to clients from USA business partner Richard Harris moves to Madrid with a focus on central Spain, Barcelona, and the Basque country.

 

  • 2004 Magical Spain expands into Portugal, Extremadura, and Mallorca. 

 

  • 2005-06 we get requests for unique luxury adventures with helicopters, hot air ballooning, private kite surf classes, high-end sports cars, Mediterranean yachts, and 007 spy adventures

 

  • 2007 more requests for 5-star luxury hotels and historic boutique hotels + the Rioja and Ribera del Duero wine regions.

 

  • 2008 we see more demand for cooking classes and foodie experiences from American clients.

 

  • 2008 Magical Spain blog is created

 

  • 2009 the company goes more upscale and dropped most scheduled tours to focus on private custom cultural adventures.

 

  • 2008 Magical Spain youtube video channel is created… the first video is terrible 🙂

 

  • 2011 Magical Spain creates a number of new custom food, wine, and cultural adventures for a car collectors group from California and Arizona and foody groups from the USA

 

Possible Story Ideas

Here are some possible ideas for articles on Spain or Portugal with a focus on food, wine, historic sites, and upscale cultural travel:

  • SPAIN: WORLD OLIVE OIL LEADER?
  • FUN WAYS TO LEARN SPANISH IN SPAIN
  • JAMON IBERICO DE BELLOTA (IBERICO HAM)
  • TRUTH ABOUT EXTRA VIRGEN OLIVE OIL
  • EL TAPEO: DISCOVER AUTHENTIC TAPAS
  • BEST OF LISBON AND OPORTO
  • GOURMET CHEESES OF SPAIN
  • MEMORABLE CASTLES OF SPAIN
  • EXTREMADURA: CASTLES, CHEESES & ROMAN HERITAGE
  • TOP SPANISH WINE REGIONS OR WINEMAKERS
  • SPAIN 007 ACTION ADVENTURE FOR MOGULS
  • MOORISH STYLE & TAPAS IN ANDALUCIA
  • MADRID & MEDIEVAL SPAIN
  • FOIE GRAS AND CAVIAR FROM SPAIN
  • CACERES: THE SIENNA OF SPAIN
  • EMERGING WINE REGIONS OF SPAIN AND PORTUGAL
  • WINERIES OF THE RIOJA REGION
  • FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL TRAVEL IDEAS
  • ALHAMBRA PALACE: MOORISH SECRETS TO DISCOVER
  • ITALIAN STARS: WINES, GRAPPA, PASTA, TRUFFLES,
  • MEDIEVAL VILLAGES AND MODERN ARCHITECTURE
  • DOURO RIVER WINE VALLEY OF PORTUGAL
  • SUPERSTAR CHEFS OF SPAINTOUR
  • GOURMET TRAVEL IN NORTHERN SPAIN
  • ESCAPE THE CROWDS BEYOND BARCELONA
  • HISTORY, ARCHEOLOGY AND WINE
  • FOODIE MEDITERRANEAN HONEYMOONS
  • NOT YET FAMOUS WINE REGIONS OF IBERIA
  • PRIORAT, MONSANT AND PENEDES
  • SOMONTANO, TXAKOLI AND CAMPO DE BORJA
  • ANDALUCIA CORTIJO ESTATES & HORSES
  • MOST ROMANTIC PLACES IN SPAIN
  • PASTRIES OF PORTUGAL
  • TAPAS IN MADRID, SEVILLE AND CADIZ

Meet Your Personal Tour Planner in Spain

Hola from Spain! I’m Dan O’Beirne, founder of Magical Spain.

Originally from America, I worked in the Health and Wellness sector until my desire to travel resulted in my settling in Spain. Having fallen instantly in love with the country, cultures, and people here, I have made it my mission for the last twenty years to share this passion with our clients.

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