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Culture is the adhesive that binds a community together. From gastronomy to music, we provide the stories that give you a foundational understanding of Spain and Portugal.

Top 7 Tips for Driving in Portugal: Park Absolutely Anywhere!

I’ll be the first to admit that my parallel parking skills are equivalent to a one-armed blind monkey – slightly frenetic and directionless at best. If I’m able to squeeze into a space in less than 45 moves, it’s a win! But fortunate for me, Portugal doesn’t require you to […]

12 Top Tips to Visiting Madeira

You know that ever-so-frequent moment when your mind starts drifts to a tropical island filled with swaying palm trees, soaring cliffs and vine covered mountains? That place where you conjure up an afternoon of gratuitous lounging, filled with copious amounts of wine and food while listening to soft island tunes in the background? […]

Top 10 Surf Schools in Spain and Portugal

Beyond the festivals, concerts and cultural activities in Portugal, lies a community of people who exist to ride the waves. This isn’t just a hobby for them, it’s a way of life! What makes Iberia unique is that each and every beach hosts its own culture, a place where the wave […]

6 Tips on How to Ride the Rails in Spain like a Pro

This is a cautionary tale. We bought our tickets for 7am. It was early, but for the price we would happily manage it. But then, we were in Spain where typically late nights make a certain ruin of mornings. We went out, we had copas, we decided on a mini-siesta, […]

Top 8 Tips to Enjoying the Beach in Spain and Portugal

Every culture has their way of celebrating summer, but the Iberians are full on experts at maximizing your beach lounging experience. From serene rocky shores filled with marine life to vivacious sandy beaches sporting live entertainment, swanky restaurants and topless women, there’s surely a beach that fits your style! But no […]

How the Moors Influenced Spanish Cuisine

With every bite of their Sunday paella, Spanish families—whether they realize it or not–are paying homage to the old Moorish kingdom of Al-Ándalus, one of the greatest civilizations that Iberia has ever known. How did this relationship evolve? It began in the year 711 C.E, when the Moors soundly defeated […]