My love of Spain started with my first trip there in the summer of 1984, a wonderful road-trip driving all over the country in a tiny black Mini (definitely the wrong colour for the severe heat in La Mancha in July).
I drove down through France and across the border into Spain, down through Catalunya and Aragón, stopping in Zaragoza and Toledo on the way down south to Malaga, then back up to Madrid via beautiful Seville and some of the enchanting towns in Extremadura such as Badajoz, Mérida, Trujillo and Cáceres.
I stayed a week in Madrid with an old school friend, driving around the neighbouring countryside having a wild time, staying out all night in the city and then having churros con chocolate before heading home as it was getting light.
I found the country infectious and intoxicating, the vivid colours; the extremes of heat, the incredible diversity of the landscapes, the open-hearted people, and of course the food and drink. I’ve been back well over 120 times, with family, friends or staff. I’m always excited about going, and every trip thrills me as much as the last.
Back in 2006, I managed to convince my co-directors to harness my passion and knowledge into our next venture. Discovering the various regions, each with its own clearly defined identity, and so diverse in their geography, climate, food, drink and culture, I had of course travelled along countless caminos – road, way or path – so what better name for the place? It’s been a wild and wonderful ride, and all of us at Camino remain excited for the road ahead.
Founder and Managing Director