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Spain Travel Problems

Surprisingly to most Americans, over 57 million travelers choose Spain each year, which is comparable to the stats of Italy, France or even the USA. Of course, all destinations offer upsides and downsides and travel in Spain is no exception. Most European luxury travel companies avoid mentioning the travel problems,but in this short post we expose the obstacles so you can be in-the-know.

At its best, Spain offers a world-class upside: fantastic historic & natural beauty, unique healthy active, foodie and artistic experiences a rich vibrant Mediterranean culture, friendly locals, UNESCO World Heritage attraction, fine hotels, incredible art & architecture and excellent food & wine (IF you know where to go).

But a well-planned trip is needed to manage Spain’s downsides and avoid frustration and wasted time. These problems have prevented Spain from being more successful historically despite many natural advantages….. (again things most travel companies do not mention but we prefer you know the truth).

4 Typical Travel Problems in Spain:

  • Poor English = Poor Planning: The level of spoken English is the lowest in Europe = frustration
  • Siesta-Service: While improving, the siesta, nepotism & mañana mentality = wasted time.
  • Tourist Traps: Prey on tourist ignorance, charging more for mediocre food or made-in-China souvenirs (both very typical in Barcelona for cruise ship passengers).
  • Large size = Wasted time: Spain is nearly the biggest country of western Europe

So there you have it…. the problems with travel in Spain. These must be managed well for best vacation results and to get the most from your dollars. Solution for busy successful Americans?…. Why risk your hard-earned vacation time with “Do It Yourself” vacation planning? Get professional help like you do with other areas of life. Magical Spain has been catering to Americans visiting Spain with the best possible results. Our knowledge of the local culture and command of the local language as well as English allows us to provide superior results for your Sapin vacation, trip or tour.

With our American & Spanish team in Spain since 1998, our personalized Spain trips, you and yours enjoy the best of Spain without time-wasting problems listed above. From airport pick up to planning each day until your departure, we wil be your personal consierge to Spain. Contact us for a Spain Luxury Travel consult.

American-style service since we are American and understand Americans. Experience cooking, art, wine, olive oil, castles, music, photography, Roman mosaics or dance. Eat at top restaurants and places only locals frequent for authentic cuisine and most tour services do not include that are off the beaten path. Meeting select locals from chefs, government officials, art historians, teachers and bullfighters. A personal experience with Spain that will create lasting memories of your visit to Spain.

Healthy Active Spain Vacation Options:

Walking, hiking, sailing, cycling, yoga, fitness training, weight loss & specialized nutrition & diets. Luxury Travel with tailor-made tours that go beyond guidebooks.

How do we do this? Our teams 50 plus years of Spain travel experience and our network of contacts, associates and travel partners from Barcelona to Madrid to Seville to Lisbon.We are a boutique specialist travel company not a big discount operator and not for everybody.

Contact us for a Spain Luxury Lifestyle Travel consult. With over 15 years experience in Spain we can tailor your Spain trip your exact needs and desired. You get the insiders best of Spain, top guides, select hotels, walks, food, wine and fun, USA-style 24/7 service in clear English.

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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);

We’ll be providing additional hand sanitizer and hygiene packs including masks for all travelers;

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Our booking promise means that if your travel is interrupted by Covid and you’re unable to enter Spain or Portugal due to travel restrictions, we’ll provide a free rescheduling service, or if you’d prefer a refund, we’ll return all costs paid for our services as long as the cancellation comes at least seven days before your tour start date.

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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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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!”

Anne & Sean K, (NYC)



“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.”

R. Mathews, wife & friends (Northern Virginia)



“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”

Scott & Kisha McCann (NYC)