Spain – Knitting, Kumihimo & Relaxation Retreat

April 20, 2012 at 8:58 pm Leave a comment

SPAIN April 2 – 15, 2013

Madrid • Toledo •
San Sebastian • Bilbao
• Barcelona

Why visit Spain? From beaches to gourmet cuisine, to incredible architecture, fabulous weather all year long, to rich cultural history, to traditional festivities, music and Bull fights…Spain has it all.

Bill and Irene York of the Knitting Basket will once again lead one of their unforgettable international “Knitting, Kumihimo & Relaxation Retreats” – this time in Spain. Bill York will plan and coordinate the retreats and tours, Irene York will provide knitting instruction and inspiration and Karen Huntoon will share her love of Kumihimo!


We will be staying in the Hotel Europa with breakfast included for four nights. The Hotel Europa is one of the Spanish capital’s most charming hotels. The Hotel is located right in the center of Madrid’s tourist and commercial center, an excellent base for walking tours and just moments from the metro, Cercanias train and buses. We will also dine at Botin’s (included in the price) for one dinner. Restaurante Botin, founded in 1775, is the world’s oldest restaurant according to the Guinness Book of World Records and it is a benchmark in Madrid for traditional cuisine.

MADRID CARD (72 hours-included)

Discover the rich history and culture of Madrid with your Madrid Card. Gain entry to over 50 museums, partake in a “Discover Madrid” walking tour, enjoy a theater show or visit the Bernabeu Stadium Tour. You can also enjoy discounts on shopping, restaurants and nightlife such as a flamenco show. Highlights include: Free admission to more than 50 Madrid museums Priority access to Prado Museum, Madrid Royal Palace, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and Reina Sofia Museum A guided tour of Madrid including Santiago Bernabeu Stadium tour and Las Ventas bullring Free guidebook and map to Madrid Shopping, restaurants and nightlife discounts.


Also included in the price is a day trip to World Heritage City Toledo, which was once the capital city of Spain. It still retains the atmosphere and aura which are characteristic of so many European capital cities. Toledo is a magical place; probably one of the most spectacular cities in the world. The buildings and winding streets contained within the old city walls hold hundreds of years of history, and the River Tajo which runs alongside the city walls adding to the city’s charm and beauty. Toledo is known as Spain’s Spiritual Heart.

A day trip to Toledo is included in the itinerary of most holiday makers in Madrid, so inevitably the streets and monuments are often packed with national and international tourists. We want to avoid the crowds, so will visit on Thursday. The city has a long tradition of catering for tourists and has an ample selection of restaurants, as well as the inevitable gift and souvenir shops spilling out onto the streets.


(travel by bus or train to San Sebastian included in price of trip)

San Sebastian is one of Spain’s most beautiful cities.
New York Time’s Travel says…”To visit San Sebastián, on Spain’s northern coast, is to fall in love. The first sight of the shimmering scallop-shaped bay, replete with crescents of golden sand and turquoise waves, will sweep you off your feet. Pairing this natural beauty with the unrivaled local cuisine — from decadent Michelin-starred feasts to delectable bite-sized pintxos (Basque-style tapas) — may leave your head spinning. A spruced-up seaside promenade, a renovated museum and a forthcoming culinary school all add to the city’s allure. But this love affair doesn’t have to be a fling. Tradition and modernity go hand in hand with touches of the Belle Ãpoque (Golden Age) that has a top-flight cultural agenda with its international film and jazz festivals and its first-class cultural programs. More than that, San Sebastian is the world capital of the pintxo. Gastronomy rivals nature as the most attractive feature of this city that’s world famous for its cuisine and chefs, and boasts 16 Michelin stars.”

We will stay in San Sebastian for 4 nights at the Hotel de Londres (4 breakfasts also included).


A bus trip to Bilbao and the Guggenheim Museum is included in the package. Bilbao is the heart of a metropolis where more than a million people live. The Bilbao Guggenheim Museum, the Euskalduna Conference and Music Centre, Norman Foster’s Underground, Calatrava’s airport, the towers designed by the architects Arata Isozaki and Cesar Pelli… are all examples of the dynamism that exists in Bilbao. The city is situated in the area of Bizkaia and is surrounded by a fertile landscape with forests, mountains, beaches, and steep coasts. All this makes Bilbao an interesting destination for visitors. Instantly hailed as the most important structure of its time, Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has celebrated more than a decade of extraordinary success. With over a hundred exhibitions and more than ten million visitors to its credit, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has changed the way people think about museums, and it continues to challenge assumptions about the connections between art, architecture, and collecting.


Travel to Barcelona is included.

We will be staying for four nights in the Hotel Continental Barcelona with breakfast included. (There are two hotels on this website – make sure you select Hotel Continental Barcelona).

Barcelona is a favorite destination for tourists, a worldwide known city whose names recalls the art of Architect Gaudi, the 1992 Olympics along with the many cosmopolitan streets!

Included in the price of the trip is the Barcelona Card and guide book. The Barcelona Card offers FREE ENTRY to over 20 of the city’s top visitor attractions (including the Chocolate Museum and Park Guell), free transport around Barcelona, and access to over 90 special offers in shops, restaurants, museums, and much more.

Highlights of the Barcelona Card:

• Free full-color Barcelona guidebook with city and metro maps • Free admission to over 20 top Barcelona attractions • See Gaudi’s breathtaking architecture in Barcelona • Discounted entry to the Casa Gaudi Museum and Picasso Museum • Free unlimited travel on Barcelona public transport including metro, city buses and train • Discounts at many shops, restaurants and attractions.


$ 2,095.00 for p/p (share)*
$ 2,495.00 (p/p private)*

  • 1/3 is due at registration
  • 1/3 is due July 1, 2012
  • 1/3 is due December 15, 2012

Full refunds until January 15, 2013

Limit: 30 attendees

* Most rooms are “superior” rooms, meaning most rooms have great/good views. Rooms will be assigned based on registration date.

Read about some of our other
Knitting, Kumihimo Relaxation Retreats

Guatemala City, Antigua, Chichicastenango, Panajachel & Lake Atitlan – February 5 -15, 2012

Click here to see a slideshow from our trip to Guatemala in February 2012.

Oaxaca, Mexico – February 28 – March 5, 2010

Click here to see a slideshow from our trip to Oaxaca, Mexico in February 2010

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