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At The Spanish Thyme Traveller we specialise in offering different Spanish holidays each one with a distinctive personal touch and with a thoughtful balanced mix of activities and content. We strive to produce quality holidays of real interest. You could call them holidays for Foodies or "Active Cultural holidays" or "Cultural holidays with walking" or "Gastrocultural walking holidays" or just "Spanish Cultural holidays". Whatever definition you choose to give our holidays what is certain is that if you are interested in food and wine and experiencing authentic local products with people who enjoy sharing their passion for all things Spanish then we have the ideal holiday for you. Browse our selection of trips and choose what is best suited to you.

The Spanish Thyme Traveller is a small company run by Patrick Waller(Google+ profile) and Julia Espin, a husband (British) and wife (Spanish) team who have lived and worked in Xativa, Spain for the last 20 years. Their passion is Spain and its lifestyle. They have travelled extensively throughout Spain, discovering hidden villages, regional food, and all types of wine. Their local knowledge of Valencia and the surrounding areas is excellent; an accumulation of years of living, walking, eating and visiting in the region.

The Team

PatrickPatrick first came to Spain in 1982 to work and spent his free time discovering a different Spain, rural and away from the popular tourist spots. He has worked and lived in Spain for the last 20 years. He still loves to explore new hidden corners of Spain. His passions are walking, food, wine, mountains and Spanish birds of prey. He has recently walked El Camino de Santiago from the French border to Santiago de Compostela and has walked extensively in Los Picos de Europa, Sierra de Los Gredos, the Sierra Nevada, Soria, Cazorla, Las Alpujarras, Teruel and the Pyrenees. His knowledge of Spanish wine has matured over the years into extensive and he continues to be a tireless taster of new wines. Patrick leads the tours and accompanies the groups on most of the activities.




JuliaJulia, a born and bred Spaniard, has a natural talent for living life positively with that unmistakable Mediterranean outlook to everything: sun, healthy living and a very big smile. She loves all things Mediterranean and enjoys discovering new food. She has also lived in the UK so has experience of living in a different culture. Julia is our customer service manager and also joins groups for certain activities and meals.