Spain is known for its professional tennis players, like Rafael Nadal whom we dedicated our latest news entry and it is even more known as a major tennis mecca around the world because it is home to some of the best tennis schools. Spain’s fantastic year-round weather allows players to practice outdoors for most of the year in beautiful destinations such as Marbella, Mallorca or Barcelona and Spain is the best choice for those players who want to combine a professional tennis training with a dream-like holiday. This blog post is about the two best tennis training camps for young and adult players and we at Across Spain offers packages for booth of them:

Rafa Nadal Academy, 55 km from Palma de Mallorca

Rafael Nadal is one of the most hyped and recognizable athletes the world of tennis has ever seen. The Spaniard’s name can generally be found on the top of ATP rankings, and he has won titles on a reliable basis since 2004. He is also one of only two male tennis players to have won the career Golden Slam (all four Grand Slams and an Olympic gold medal) during their singles career. In 2016, in his hometown of Mallorca, Nadal established the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar, where he aims to share everything he has learnt over his career with young students.


The academy is perfectly located, just 30 minutes from Palma de Mallorca airport, therefore it has an excellent connectivity to all European countries, and is just 10 minutes from the Mediterranean coast. The Rafa Nadal Academy is very focused on children and young adults’ formation, but it also counts with different training programs for adults, all them adapted to the level and needs of each player. The team of the Academy is formed by a group of experienced coaches, directed by Toni Nadal, Rafael’s uncle. Some of them have accompanied Rafa along his sport career. The team he has always trust is actively involved and has an important role in the Academy.


Nadal’s Sport centre offers a lot of facilities: 26 tennis courts of different surfaces (clay, greenest and more), outdoor as well as indoor, seven padel courts and two squash courts. An on-site clinic, which is specialised in sports medicine, physiotherapy and nutrition can be used by all players. Of course a fitness centre, 3,000 square meters, with the latest equipment is also part of the offer.
To make sure that the holiday aspect does not draw the short straw, the accommodation for Academy guest is on the same ground and offer spacious rooms with modern furniture. After a training session guests can relax in the Spa, equipped with massage cabins, sauna and Turkish baths and and a beauty salon. But not just tennis fans will love this sport centre, two large pools, one indoor the other outside, as well as a bicycle rental and repair service let every athlete’s heart beat faster!

To sum it up, Rafael Nadal’s Academy is for all athletes who want to enjoy a wide range of sports activities adapted to the level of each participant and delivered by the best professionals in the sport-health sector.

Club de Tenis Andres Gimeno, 15km from Barcelona

According to Rafael Nadal, Andres Gimeno “was without a doubt one of the pioneers of tennis in Spain.” Gimeno became the oldest man to win the French Open in the professional era, aged 34 in 1972. He played in the Galea’s Cup, the European Championship U21, and won it in 1956 and 1957 but he was not only a successful tennis player in Spain, he also represented his country throughout Europe.


In 1974 he founded his “Club de Tenis Andres Gimeno” in Castelldefels, Barcelona. It has 23,000 m2 consisting of 22 tennis courts, 11 paddle tennis courts, 1 green set court and 2 mini-tennis courts, so everything a professional or amateur player needs. After the tennis training, athletes can burn off the rest of energy in one of the two fitness rooms or in the on-site swimming pool. For the young tennis fans a big playground promises fun afternoons. The chill-out area or the restaurant are good options for an after-competition drink.


This tennis club is perfect for athletes who are looking for a training camp with plenty of facilities close to the metropolitan Barcelona. Our package for the Club de Tenis Andres Gimeno combines the advantages of staying in a suburban and relaxed area, where players can focus on improving their skills and enjoying the Mediterranean Sea, and activates a big city like Barcelona has to offer.

If you are now eager to combine your next holiday with the possibility to bring your serve to the next level, write us a message. We offer also many packages for other kind of sports, passive or active!

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Saint Teresa of Ávila was a Spanish noblewoman who chose a monastic life in the Catholic Church and was a scholar, writer and mystic with a lot of influence during and also after her life. In our latest news, we wrote about her magnificent story and this blog post is about presenting the destinations of our “St. Teresa of Ávila” program, for all who wants to wander in the footsteps of this remarkable woman.


St. Teresa arrived in Salamanca on 31 October 1570 one cold All Saints night, which she narrates in great detail in her book “The Foundations”. Her presence in Salamanca, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, can be seen from Plaza Mayor square to the University. In the square you can see a medallion dedicated to her. The University of Salamanca made her doctor honoris causa in 1922. It was the first title
the university awarded to a woman for the quality of her literature, spirituality and reformist values. In – nowadays called – “the house of St. Teresa” she lived for 4 years and it will go down in history as the place that inspired her poem “I live without living in me”.

Further interesting hotspots are the Cathedral of Salamanca, where one chapel in the new church is devoted to her or the Convent of San Esteban, he supported St. Teresa in her time in Salamanca.


University of Salamanca

Alba de Tormes

Alba de Tormes is located less than 20 km from Salamanca and it was the seat of the ducal states of the powerful Álvarez de Toledo family (Duke and Duchess of Alba). In 1571 St. Teresa founded a monastery – The Carmelite Convent of the Annunciation – in this old medieval town. The monastery has Renaissance and Neoclassical elements and it is the place where Saint Teresa spent the last 15 days of her life. Travellers can visit her tomb, like thousands of pilgrims, who come every year to be able to pray in front of her incorrupt heart and arm.

The Carmelitano Camus Museum is also worth a visit, because it houses a rich artistic spiritual heritage, including Santa Teresa´s relics. Alba de Tormes offers a unique view of the town on the banks of the river Tormes and invites visitors to walk along the route of las Aceñas or Isla de Garcilaso or take a trip on the river to enjoy the countryside.

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Tomb of Saint Teresa


Ávila is the city of Saint Teresa and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985. It is the city of Teresa’s childhood, youth and maturity, years of enthusiasm, projects, starting point and turning point of her foundations. She was born in Avila on the 28th of March in the year 1515. Nowadays travellers can visit the Church and Convent of St. Teresa, which was built on the ground where once the birth-house of Teresa stood. The large vaulted burial crypt underneath is home to the museum of St. Teresa.

Teresa spent her childhood in Ávila and as a young woman she joined the Convent of Nuestra Señora de Gracia. She spent there about 30 years of her life and prepared during this time the reform of the Carmelite community and the monasteries that she would establish in the future.

The Monastery of San José was the first convent founded by St Teresa and it is characterised by its simplicity and austerity. The convent rooms have been conserved and the spirit of St Teresa is still abound. It was designated a National Monument in 1968.

Other monuments of artistic and cultural interest regarding the history of St. Teresa are the Church of San Juan Bautista, the Convent of Our Lady of Grace, the Monastery of La Encarnación, the Royal Monastery of Santo Tomás and many more.


Monastery of San José


In this World Heritage City (since 1985), known for its Roman aqueduct, Saint Teresa founded her ninth convent in 1574 – the Convent of the Discalced Carmelites. The opening mass was led by Saint John of the Cross, whose remains can be found today in the convent’s church. It was originally located in a smaller nearby building and later, in 1579, it was moved to its current location. The exterior shows a masonry wall covered in mortar with two doors: one that leads to the convent, with two decorated doorjambs; and another larger door that leads to the church.


Convent of the Discalced Carmelites.

Medina del Campo & Valladolid
St. Teresa founded the Monastery of San José in Medina del Campo, the second home of the reformed Carmelite order and meeting place with San Juan de la Cruz. From that moment, the saint’s relationship with Medina was to be constant, as shown in the thirteen times she visited the town.

In Valladolid you can find the fourth convent founded by Saint Teresa – a convent with exceptional works of art in the cloister and the choirs. In what used to be her cell you can also see the original handwritten text of her main literary work, “The Way of Perfection”, and many of her letters.

If you choose to wander in the footsteps of Saint Teresa with our program, you will travel to all this destinations and a few more to learn everything about Saint Teresa as well as about the Spanish culture. Write us today for your very own blessed experience:   info@across-spain.es


Astrotourism is on the rise. More and more travellers are searching for a special nature experience. As nowadays clear skies cannot be taken for granted anymore, destinations with less light pollution are highly popular. Spain is one of the best countries for all Star seekers, due to the climate, which guarantees many clear night skies and big areas without air and light pollution. We at Across Spain searched for the top 5 areas in Spain, where you have the possibility to “look back in time” while watching up at the luminous stars.

Canary Islands
As also mentioned in our latest news, the Canary Islands are considered as the world’s stargazing paradise because of their clear, almost transparent sky, as well as for their low rainfall rates. The clean and unpolluted, quiet atmosphere combined with the high mountains make travellers feel a little closer to the universe. Next to La Palma, which was the first destination that has been designated as a Starlight reserve by the UNESCO, the Teide in Tenerife is also a hotspot for stargazers. On the mountain, which is the third highest volcanic structure in the world, travellers can glance at the Milky Way that stretches from horizon to horizon.

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Sierra Sur district
The Sierra Sur district is the mountain range of Sierra Sur de Jaén in Andalusia, southern Spain. This is a landscape abounding in mountains and canyons, where you can find clean air and a glare-free atmosphere, isolated and distant from urban development. Perfect for observing the southern Spanish Sky.

Low humidity and almost no clouds turns the Montsec area in Catalonia in a great location for stargazing. The area has also been recognised and certified as a Starlight Tourist Destination and Reserve by the UNESCO. These are the reasons why the Parc Astronòmic Montsec (PAM) was built here. The Park has a museum and small outdoor fields with two telescopes for stargazing. The museum offers you a permanent exhibition which allows you to “travel” through the history of the universe—from its origin to the creation of our solar system.

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Valles del Jubera, Leza, Cidacos and Alhama Biosphere Reserve.
Thinking of the beautiful countryside of La Rioja, northern part of inland Spain, several activities have been organised there in recent years, such as talks about the sounds of nature, tours to spot nocturnal birds, explanations of the links between the Celtiberian culture and the stars, bathing under the stars in thermal springs, learning about the constellations, and more. La Rioja has two stargazing parks, in Laguna de Cameros and Cervera del Río Alhama.

Extremadura has two territories that have been granted the Starlight Destination certificate: the Monfragüe Biosphere Reserve and the Gran Lago de Alqueva area. Monfragüe was, in early 2017, the first place in Extremadura to receive this recognition. Gran Lago del Alqueva area received the region’s second Starlight Destination certificate in April 2018.


If you are now eager to visit one of these natural unique destinations to look up in the sky and experience its wonders, write us a message and ask about our stargazing programs.

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La Liga is men’s top professional football division of the Spanish football league system and is contested by 20 teams. It is the top league of Europe, due to the fact that its clubs have won the most UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup titles. Moreover, La Liga is one of the most popular professional sports leagues in the world. Since the new season started at the 18th of August, we will clarify some questions you may have about the most famous sport in (and maybe also out of) Spain. Therefore, we have chosen the two most important match types, which can be found in the vastness of Spanish football and which will taking place during La Liga.

El Clásico

Because FC Barcelona, as well as Real Madrid are booth highly successful teams and popular around the world, there is an own designation just for matches between these two rivals. El Clásico was first used to describe competitions held in the Spanish Championship but soon it was generalized for every encounter between FC and Real.  But not only the success of booth teams can be named for the rivalry, Madrid and Barcelona are also the two biggest cities in Spain. Moreover, it can be seen that Real Madrid tends to represent the Spanish nationalism, whereas FC Barcelona stands for the Catalan nationalism since the first played against each other in 1992. The two best teams in La Liga and arguably the two best teams in the world bring out so many emotions on and off the pitch that millions of fans around the world watch El Clásico and turn it into a global match. If you also want to enjoy the next El Clasico live, do not miss Round 10 of La Liga at the 27th of October.  



For everybody who is not that much into football (at least not yet) the general term “derby” describes matches between teams from the same area or city. There are plenty derbies in Spain, but the most known one is the Madrid Derby. The two teams from the capital city, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, met each other also in the UEFA Champions League Final 2014 in Lisbon. It was the first time two clubs from the same city compete in the final and Real Madrid won the game with a final score of 4-1, but it should not be the last final match for these rivalries. 2018 in the UEFA Super Cup, the two teams of Madrid participate again in a final. This time Atletico Madrid beat Real Madrid with 4-2 and earned therefore their third UEFA Super cup title. As part of La Liga the next Madrid derby will take place at the 29th of September.


If we talk about derbies in Spain, we should not forget the craziest of all: The Seville derby, found in the South of Spain, in Andalucía. When Sevilla take on Real Betis, the city stops and the rest of the country watches. Of course passion has always been a part of football, especially in Spain, but Sevilla and Real Betis take the passion to a whole new level, probably because both teams are actually located in the same city and because both teams consider the other their biggest rival. There are countless examples of how that passion manifests itself when the teams meet. Open training sessions before the game are attended by thousands of fans and the local sporting paper will dedicate a number of front pages to the derby. The upcoming chance to experience this passion live is the 10th of November.


Are you now eager to see the Spanish football matches live? Across Spain offers you the best football packages for the current LA Liga season. Come and enjoy the beauty of Spain while being part of a global Sport highlight.

One of the best way to explore the most of the Iberian Peninsula and discover beautiful landscapes, historical cities and traditional places across Spain if you choose one of the numerous train lines which are run through the country. In the following we have collected the top 4 luxury train routes for you to explore most of the country while you are enjoy the luxury and comfort in a gorgeous 20th century decorated train.

1. Al Andalus

One of the most famous luxury train in Spain and definitely the most well – known in the southern part of the country is the Train Al Andalus which runs from Seville and after visiting such cities as Cordoba, Ubea, Granada, Ronda and Jaen arrives back to the Andalusian capital, Seville. The train runs for 7 days 6 nights and during the journey travellers will experience the traditions of the cities in Andalucía, visit unforgettable places, taste the best of the Spanish cuisine while enjoy comfort, elegance and space offered by the train. The Al Andalus were built in France in the 20th century and thank to this the train combines the chic era of the belle époque with 21st century service.


The Al Andalus train

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The lounge of the Train Al Andalus

2. El Transcantábrico

The classic El Transcantábrico train takes all its travellers to a cultural and gastronomic journey through the North of Spain, also known as the Green Spain. The journey runs from Leon to Santiago and visit cultural cities through the northern autonomous communities of the country during 8 days and 7 nights. The El Transcantábrico is the oldest tourist train in Spain, and up until nowadays it is the synonym of elegance and comfort from its beginnings. This traditional train takes travellers back to the golden age of the great railway journeys, accompanied by all comforts and services of the 21st century. All its cabins and lounges are carefully renewed to offer the highest luxury for all its passengers. Besides it offers rich culture and cuisine of Castile and Leon, the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia to make every trip a real pleasure for the senses.


The El Transcantábrico train


The lounge of El Transcantábrico

3. El Expreso de la Robla

The El Expreso de la Robla offers two different routes in the northern part of Spain, through Castile and León; and the Green Paradise Route, travelling through Cantabria and Asturias Both routes same duration of 4 days and 3 nights. This train offers the same charm and comfort as all the other luxury trains. However, this route was made with the idea of offering the classic rail journey at affordable prices. This train combines the luxury with the design of the 20th century and travellers can enjoy three comfortable lounges, luxurious room carriages and outstanding cousine.


El Expreso de la Robla


The lounge of the El Expreso de la Robla

4. Costa Verde Express

The Costa Verde train runs from Gijon to Bilbao also in the northern part of Spain. The itinerary for this train is a bit shorter than the two above, it runs for 6 days 5 nights. This train is a perfect way to travel through gorgeous landscapes in the northern part of the country. Besides you can experience the regional cuisine, art, monuments and landscapes are presented from the comfort of a ‘train hotel’. The Costa Verde Express saloons are delights of railway heritage, some of them being original 1923 Pullman cars. All the carriages have been specifically renovated and decorated for these luxury trains.


The Costa Verde Express

If you get interested and would like to discover Spain in a luxurious and traditional way than do not hesitate to contact us and ask for our Luxury train packages.