Madrid and Beyond. An array of customized private luxury tours (no two are the same) are offered by this company, focusing on culinary, cultural, and sports-related themes. 91/758–0063; 917/470–9460; www.madridandbeyond.com. Prices available on application.
Toma Tours. This company provides personalized and small-group tours with the focus on discovering Andalusia's culture, landscape, and gastronomy beyond the guidebook. 650/733116; www.tomatours.com. From €1,335.
Atlas Cruises and Tours. Based in the United States, this company offers a range of tours with accents on art, cultural history, and the outdoors. 888/942–3301; www.escortedspaintours.com. From $999.
Heritage Tours. Based in New York, this company helps arrange customized cultural tours based on your interests and budget. Guides are drawn from a network of curators, gallery owners, and art critics. 800/378–4555; 212/206–8400; www.htprivatetravel.com. From $3,500.
Olé Spain Tours. This guide offers art and historical tours to Spain. 915/515294; www.olespaintours.com. From €290.
Discovering Doñana. In the Coto Doñana National Park in Andalusía, this company offers some of the best guided bird-watching tours and expeditions in Spain. 620/964369; www.discoveringdonana.com. From €30.
Culinary and Wine
Artisans of Leisure. This company offers personalized food-and-wine and cultural tours to Spain. 800/214–8144; 212/243–3239; www.artisansofleisure.com. From $7,430.
Cellar Tours. Based in Madrid, Cellar Tours offers a wide array of wine and cooking tours to Spain's main wine regions. 911/436553; 310/496–8061; www.cellartours.com. From €2,400.
Spain Adventures. This company offers hiking and biking around Spain, as well as unusual tours such as yoga and cooking. 772/564–0330; www.spainadventures.com. From $3,400.
Go Abroad. This is one of the best resources for language schools in Spain. 720/570–1702; www.goabroad.com.
Go Abroad. This is the best resource for volunteering and finding paid internships in Spain. 720/570–1702; www.goabroad.com.
Online Travel Tools
For more information on Spain, visit the Tourist Office of Spain at www.spain.info. Also check out the sites www.red2000.com/spain and www.idealspain.com; the latter focuses more on living, working, or buying property in Spain. A useful Craigslist-type site listing everything from vacation rentals to language lessons is www.loquo.com. For a virtual brochure on Spain's paradores and online booking, go to www.parador.es.