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Is Spain Expensive for Private Tours?

Same for high season in Spain’s most popular areas like Madrid, Seville, Granada’s Alhambra, Cordoba, Mallorca and Barcelona. Premium, private tours in España can be expensive but worthwhile if you are truly dealing with the top guides and support staff. Below I’ll detail more about why Spain is expensive for luxury vacations, custom tours and private travel in 2022 and beyond. (BTW, if you have any serious questions about Spain travel we have answers, just contact us with your questions or thoughts and we’ll get back to you typically in 1 business day).

One of our favorite castles in Spain! This can be a private, guided tour from Madrid with deluxe car & driver.


1)   So in world tourism stats Spain is typically in the top 2 or 3 in the world with France, Italy & USA.
Please look closely at the 2 charts below to see which countries are world leaders in both tourism visitors & tourism income… You guesed it Spain.  Now can you see why private tour & travel services are in demand and somewhat expensive?


source => https://www.e-unwto.org/doi/pdf/10.18111/9789284421152

2)  Next, we have the law of supply and demand with top licensed local guides. Let’s explore more how this impacts if Spain is expensive for premium tourism, private travel and luxury vacations?

Tour guide licenses are limited in each location in number + involve a competitive & convoluted exam process.

For example, there is a license to be a tour guide for the city of Madrid. But it’s only for Madrid. The local guides sometimes “guard their own turf”  and may call the police if an outsider is guiding or they confront the “intruso”  and insult them. Don’t worry you’ll have no problems on our private, guided tours and custom trips in 2022.


So in 2022, to work as a professional guide in Toledo or Barcelona or Valencia means one must have that local license.

Barcelona is even more complex where the guide must also speak the regional language and they are taught nationalist, regional version of Catalan regional history. If you want to have some fun, maybe ask the guide if Barcelona & Catlunya (the region) has been exploited by Madrid & Spain =)
The top tour guide professionals often speak 3 to 5 languages. They will have the head, heart & communication skills to excell. So they can and do charge high rates. 
In fact some top guides, in a non-pandemic year, can earn more than an average attorney here with more days off too (in winter). Of course there are lots of mediocre guides who don’t not have all 3 of what we look for, head, heart & communication skills.They will get work when things get really busy.

So now can you see why Spain can be expensive for premium tourism, private Spain travel and luxury Spain vacations?

If you’d like to speak to one of our experts about getting a tour that’s perfectly suited to you and your budget, contact our team here!

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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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As Spain and Portugal return to normal following the pandemic, we at Magical Spain & Portugal continue to go above and beyond to demonstrate the health and safety of our guests is of paramount importance to our team. As you can see above, we’ve been awarded the “Safe Tourism Certified” accreditation for meeting and exceeding all government protective guidance.

The safety & protection of our clients is – and always has been – our number one priority and as such, some of the changes made are as follows:

All our luxury vehicles will undergo an overnight sanitizing and cleaning process (while drivers will also take opportunities during breaks throughout the day to wipe down the vehicles with sanitizing equipment);

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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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The highlight for me was going to the restaurant you picked for us in Cadaqués. Wow, what a treat! Mercedes is an incredible guide. As I reviewed some Rick Steves videos, I noticed that your guides Jesús, and Mercedes featured in them! I’m so glad we had your company to get us to the airport or we’d be standing in Plaza Catalunya waiting to board a bus to the airport after wheeling all our luggage there from the hotel. We’re feeling bad for others but thankful for your excellent planning and the 24/7 support by Inma and Mercedes! Thanks again and we hope to return to do Andalucia and or Portugal soon!”

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“I hire lawyers, doctors, tax experts …. well this year I hired the Magical Spain expert team for a custom private guided Best of Spain trip with my granddaughter…. excellent luxury hotels, perfect planning, comfortable transport, no stress and memorable experiences of Spain’s history, cuisine, wine & culture.”

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“I urge everyone who values unforgettable vacations to contact Magical Spain and talk to Dan or Rachel.

Beyond the personalized planning and fine 24-7 tour support, we loved the quality and care of the licensed guides, the delicious tapas, the exotic ambiance of Seville and Granada, Madrid’s majesty and art, medieval Toledo, and meeting the olive oil estate owners, artist, chef & winemaker.”

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“Our private Spain guided trip was superb and stress-free, thanks for the customization.. we loved the Seville and Granada walking tours, but also the historic hilltowns, medieval castles, wine tasting with the winemaker,  tapas on the plazas, flamenco guitar…great insight and memories!”

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“Outstanding, seamless planning with a very personalized itinerary executed perfectly…..

In Spain, we felt like VIPs as we met the winemakers in La Rioja and Ribera del Duero, the chefs, the village mayor  and flamenco dancer in Sevilla! The unique experiences and memories beat that of 4 or 5 cruises.  We will be back to do Andalucia or Portugal in a few years”

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