Iberian Adventure | ©Tom Palladio ImagesThere I sat, tapping my fingers anxiously on the armrest of seat 16A — like castanets accenting the beat inside a café cantante (singers cafe) — aboard TAP Airlines flight Eight-Six-Niner as I made my way towards Lisbon, the first leg on a six-day, whirlwind Insight Vacations (Insight) journey around Portugal and Spain.

Once down on terra firma, I married up with another intrepid “band of merry media,” 25 or so fellow journalists and photographers from around the globe invited by Insight to sample a portion of its Iberian Adventure.

Iberian Adventure | ©Tom Palladio Images

The Insight itinerary guaranteed a healthy dose of the sweet life along two sides of the Iberian Peninsula: a doce vida in Portugal — via Lisboa, Sintra, Azeitao, Évora and Monsaraz — and la dulce vida in Spain — via Seville and Cordoba — and, they delivered.

Iberian Adventure | ©Tom Palladio Images

Why don’t you pack a bag and join me virtually as we retrace my steps, experiencing the “art of touring in style” on Insight’s Iberian Adventure, an adventure that was filled with “signature” moments, fine dining and restful nights in five-star hotels.

Just click on one of the story links below and you’ll be whisked away.

©The Palladian Traveler

Borsalino w/ props | ©Tom Palladio Images

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Iberian Adventure: I left My Coração in Lisbon, but My Wine Glass in The Alentejo

1. Bem Vindo a Lisboa!

Iberian Adventure: To the Edge of the Earth | ©thepalladiantraveler.com

2. Walking the Decorative Cobble of Lisbon

Iberian Adventure: The Age of Discovery began in Belém | ©thepalladiantraveler.com

3. The Age of Discovery began in Belém

Iberian Adventure: Gone to Heaven with Egg Custard on My Face | ©thepalladiantraveler.com

4. I’ve died and gone to Heaven with Egg Custard on My Face

Iberian Adventure: Framing the Jeronimos Monastery | ©thepalladiantraveler.com

5. Framing Lisbon’s Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

Iberian Adventure: To the Edge of the Earth | ©thepalladiantraveler.com

6. To the Edge of The Earth

Iberian Adventure: I left My Coração in Lisbon, but My Wine Glass in The Alentejo

7. I left My Coração in Lisbon, but My Wine Glass in The Alentejo

Iberian Adventure: I left My Coração in Lisbon, but My Wine Glass in The Alentejo

8. Enchanting Évora, Portugal’s Museum City

Iberian Adventure: Never-Ending Views on a Never-Ending Day in the Alentejo | ©thepalladiantraveler.com

9. Never-Ending Views of a Never-Ending Day in The Alentejo

Iberian Adventure: Hamming it up with a few Babes from Corteconcepción

10. Hamming it up with a few Babes from Corteconcepción

Iberian Adventure: I'm not a Barber, but I am in Seville | ©thepalladiantraveler.com

11. I’m not a Barber, but I am in Seville

Iberian Adventure: Can't We All just get along in Córdoba? | ©thepalladiantraveler.com

12. Can’t We All just get along in Córdoba

Iberian Adventure: Savoring Seville as We Wave Adios | ©thepalladiantraveler.com

13. Savoring Seville as We Wave Adiós

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