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For those of you who are interested in planning a  similar journey, here are some travel details:

Flights  – Round trip FRA (Frankfurt Intl.) to MAD (Madrid, Spain) with LATAM 704 and 705 booked online at LATAM’s website. LATAM is now the offical name of the merger of LAN Chile and Brasil’s TAM. Great flights with them. We always fly them when either going to Chile or just for a short trip to Madrid. They fly Boeing’s Dreamliner 787 – best in service (apart from Singapore Airlines maybe).

As for accomodation in Madrid. Since they opened we have been big fans of the Boutique Hotel chain: Room Mates .

They have hotels across the world and wherever possible we stay with them.

Each of the hotels has first name as hotel name. In Madrid we prefer to stay in the the Room Mate Hotel “Laura” .

On our little road trip we are going to show Mike and Birgit four Paradores along the way down to the Costa de la Luz.

There are more than 80 Paradores all over Spain – formerly: monasteries, castles, fortifications – converted into 3 to 5 Stars hotels. A wonderful way to travel and to rest in breathtakingly beautiful locations.

Our recommendation is to book Paradores via their website as you will get much better rates than you’d get from travel agencies.

Last but not least we will spend some days in our favourite spot on the Costa de la Luz, the Hotel Playa de la Luz, a place we have been returning to over the past 15 years. They are as much family to us as we are to them. There are still staff today that we first met 15 years to go – very uncommon in the hotel industry.

From there we will take our friends to Córdoba, Seville and most certainly to Cádiz. The hotel is the best possible launch pad for excursions into Andalucia but also a great place to just rest and relax.

Service Item Single Price in EUR Price per 2 in EUR Remark
Flug LAN LA 704 / LA 705

6.6. / 22.6.

91.95 183.90
Madrid Hotel Room-Mate


263.90 w/ breakfast
Parador Oropesa 8.6.-9.6. 99.00 w/ breakfast
Parador Cáceres 9.6.-10.6. 112.00 w/ breakfast
Parador Carmona 10.6.-11.6. 150.00 w/o breakfast
Playa de la Luz Rota

11.6. – 21.6.

1.160.00 half board
Madrid Hotel Room-Mate


138.90 w/ breakfast
Car Rental


197.27 4-door, AC, all insurances, type “SEAT Ibiza”

Please note: Price vary by season and depend on time of booking. We usually book at least half a year ahead to benefit from favourable rates.