Spanish Detours


Please find below the comments of previous guests who have chosen to take this unique way to tour Spain with Spanish Detours.

Here at Spanish Detours we pride ourselves on our commitment to our clients and here is where you will find what they have to say about us.

"Spanish Detours have provided us with a fabulous holiday that has exceeded our expectations. You have given us fabulous culinary experiences while introducing us to the local cuisine – tapas, paella, Iberian pork. Your knowledge and warm and friendly way of imparting it are an absolute credit to you. You are a warm and happy couple, who have accommodated all of our requests and have gone above and beyond what we would expect – ordering a special paella for us as we drove out of town, then delivering it to our door to save us going out in bad weather that night; hunting down soccer shirts for a 13 year old, the list goes on.
Your team of local guides were superb and especially so, given this is our second trip to the region, and we have learnt so much more!
It is no mean feat to provide such a fun and memorable holiday to a family with young adults and teenagers but you've done it and we would all highly recommend Spanish Detours.
Lastly Shane and Jess we have enjoyed every minute of your company and have laughed loud and often. Our very best wishes for the future."
The Spencer Family – Australia
"You are an inimitable pair of inspiration in orchestrating a superb week in Al-Andalus. We have felt informed, entertained and cared for in this historic part of the world. The Riogordo house provided the perfect centrepiece, and your team provides a comprehensive and diverse itinerary. You even managed a requested detour to the Dolmenes! We know there is yet more to see and learn, but we don't feel we missed a thing. Thank you for a memorable experience."
T Appenzellar & J Caldwell – USA
"Thank you so much for a fantastic trip. The two of you have something here with Spanish Detours. You guys take the stress of sightseeing out of the picture. From the second we met we felt comfortable. We loved the little bits of history along the way. The siestas in the back of the car, after a day of Detouring was much needed as well.
We so appreciate the great "out of the way" places to eat and shop. Loved Marta, María and Jesus. They are gems for sure. Many thanks!"
K & B Davis – USA
"All the way from TASSIE – we took three years to get here –
A great time had by all

Personalised patience (especially with shopping)
The way you showed us Andalucia was special
Everything we hoped for and more"
"The Tassie Fab Four – Australia
An Ode to Spanish Detours – AKA a Corny Poem
Take a Spanish Detour
On your way to anywhere
Stop in at Riogordo
To taste the country air

Jess and Shane
Will show you Spain
You will not have a care
In just a wink
They'll take you everywhere

Your eyes will pop
Your draw will drop
Your heart will miss a beat
All these wondrous sights
Will have you springing from your seat

From Malaga to Gibraltar
From Ronda to Comares
Alhambra to Cordoba
Each show their special wares

The history and the culture
The mountains and the sea
All make a Spanish Detour
The perfect place to be

Many thanks Jess and Shane. We had a wonderful time touring and spending time with you both. Your special skills complement each other perfectly to produce a memorable Detour."
J & S Dixon – Australia
"Thank you for our wonderful stay in Riogordo. The tour not only visited wonderful sights, but also the addition of local guides and "Shane", your knowledge showed us an understanding of Spain we would never have known if we had tried to do it on our own. Jess and Shane your Detours tours really show the passion for Spain and what you are doing. Muchisimas gracias por vuestra hospitalidad."
G Gay, H & M Smith – Australia
"What can I say that hasn't been said? You amaze us! Spanish Detours was perfect for us. A different location every day, each unique and beautiful in it's own way. We felt safe and in good hands at all times, and then to come home every night to our wonderful home in Riogordo ended each day on a perfect note. We also enjoyed getting to know you and sharing some of your personal history. You are now our friends and we hope you will come visit us in the U.S."
M & L Cross – USA
"What a wonderful time we have had living in your cosy holiday home, enjoying an authentic experience in Riogordo.
We have appreciated all the time you have both made planning a full and varied itinerary that maximised our time here.
Your knowledge of the area has benefitted us; wonderful vistas, excellent guides and a great range of dining experiences. It is too hard to pick favourites, everything has had its own special appeal.
Smiles and cheers from very happy customers."
T & R Wood and L & G Speirs - Australia
"Thank you so much for making our first trip to Spain a most memorable one. We are taking home with us so many wonderful memories. I'm sure Brian and I will find ourselves saying more than once, "remember that time we were in Spain..." You took such great care of these two Detourers, and adjusted well to "Brian time".
Salimos este mañana con Riogordo y nuestros amigos nuevos aquí en nuestros corazones. Hasta la vista!"
K & B Laughlin - USA
"We had come on a recommendation from friends – and arrived with great anticipation, but even their rave reviews did not do justice to the Spanish Detours experience. This would have to be one of the best weeks we've ever enjoyed.
Shane & Jess' thoughtful touches and local knowledge are what make your stay extra special – starting with the wonderful welcome pack waiting for you – and evident in every aspect of their planning with each day's agenda. In addition to the Shane & Jess factor we have loved our stay because of the magic combination of Riogordo itself (just as we imagined it would be, and what an amazing museum). The significant places we visited (don't ask us to nominate a favourite), the local food (the superb freshly caught barbecued fish on the beach) and "our house" especially the roof terrace on a lovely spring evening – and throw in mostly blue, sunny days too.
Thank you Shane & Jess for the wonderful memories. We will gladly be Aussie ambassadors for Spanish Detours when we get back home."
L & G a'Court – Australia
"You have given us a wonderful introduction to the rugged and spectacular Andalusian region. We have enjoyed every minute of the Spanish Detours experience; an historical feast!
Thank you for sharing your beautiful house and village of Riogordo with us. It has been a refreshing change to "hotel" holidays. Exploring the village, greeting the locals and chasing the goats has been fun. The paella was sensational! Thanks Shane & Jess, even if you had been Donald Trump, you couldn't have pulled more strings to make our trip what it was..."
The Reynolds & Lavery Party – Australia
"Thank you! Everything was arranged as you said it would be from the tall "handsome" man meeting us at the airport to dropping us off again.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our experience in Andalucia. Just loved the white villages and our second visit to the Alhambra was so much more enjoyable than the first.
The program arranged was beyond our expectations and each day highlighted the spectacular, the interesting and historical of this beautiful part of Spain.
Riogordo was centrally placed and we patronised our favourite restaurant for six nights."
D & C Curran – Australia
"Thank you for the best 8 day start to our Spain trip, 2 Calle Dean has been our home and yes – our family. Your love and passion for Andalusia is without doubt, and you have shown us a snapshot of what more there is to offer.
Riogordo – Salvador at Molinas has been our local and 30 y Tantos – the best pizzas. The church bells have given us a welcome in the morning and a good night.
We will forever remember our drinks on your roof."
The O'Regan Family – Australia
"¡Enhorabuena! Shane & Jess and muchisimas gracias for a superbly crafted and brilliantly executed plan of action aka an unforgettable holiday.
Your attention to detail (nothing too much trouble) and friendly, personable company made this a magical week immersed in the fascinating life and culture of Andalucia – to which, once again we were fully exposed thanks to your unstinting efforts and impressively deep knowledge.
It has been a pleasure to be in your company (think I forgot to mention, also, humourous, earlier!). So thanks again for giving my/our friends such a full and enjoyable insight into the delights of Spain."
The Taupin Party – Great Britain
"We thoroughly enjoyed our time in southern Spain. Your tours, guides and knowledge have been TOP DRAWER. Your house and hospitality have really made our time here relaxing and special.
Next time I'll see the goats!"
The Riley Family – USA
"From the moment Shane greeted us on arrival we felt at home. We have loved our stay in Riogordo – and it will be with much sadness that we close the door of "Our House" and say goodbye tomorrow.
This has been a wonderful get away with the girls. Easy going, fun, with a lot of laughs, experiencing the Spanish lifestyle, fun and interesting places to visit. Riogordo is a safe and comfortable place to be after a full day of sightseeing. Every place we visited was interesting. Our hosts and special tour guides were very knowledgeable about our visits.
The drama of the feria in Sevilla was impressive and made me want to join in. The white towns were magical and the beauty of Frigiliana just blew me away, I'm glad my pictures captured it. I could have wandered around the Mezquita in Cordoba for hours.
We would recommend Spanish Detours to anyone who wants to travel to the south of Spain."
The Harlow Party - USA
"Well what can I say Shane & Jess, you have made our holiday so fantastic. Riogordo feels like home. The tours to the Alhambra fantastic, Cordoba the feria beautiful, Caminito del Rey unbelievable, El Torcal scenery fabulous, Malaga loved it, Seville could not get enough, Ronda – festival just STUNNING and our last day Frigiliana, lunch on the beach the fish oh my God! I want more, Comares just stunning. Everything about this tour was FANTASTIC. Genoveva, Marta, Jesus so enthusiastic about their towns, Shane's knowledge of the history. We want to come back so hopefully this is not farewell, we may see you again.
Thank you so much."
D & P Noro and S Henley – Australia
"Jess & Shane – what a team
In their eyes a fond gleam
They pampered and informed us with comfortable ease
But by day three we were frightened to sneeze... Jesus... Olé
The history poured forth from Shane, no mistake
While Jess at the wheel met an unfortunate snake.
Guides were friendly, passionate and great
The tapas, beer, wine and sangria – Mate!
Alhambra the jewel in this crown of a tour
Now with sadness we must say adios not bonjour
Thanks Shane & Jess for a fabulous holiday. You are the ultimate host and hostess and we will remember this trip for the rest of our days with great fondness."
T & J Douglas – Australia and P & P Matheison – Denmark
"Thank you Shane & Jess for the wonderful experience you have offered us. This is a very beautiful part of Spain. The very detailed explanation of the history and culture was so important to making this the complete experience. We will miss your great sense of humour Shane, that cheeky giggle of yours Jess. A "bit average" overall. Australia awaits you and we would love to host you in Melbourne."
G & L Anderson – Australia
"Shane & Jess, you are a wonderful team together. We have enjoyed every moment of our 8 days in Andalucia. This has been a marvellous exposure to the food, culture and history of this part of the world. I Googled "small group tours Spain Ronda" and up came you guys!! How lucky we are. Thank you for your superb organization and caring thought in all you do. Our time here will not be forgotten!"
J & J Hanson – Australia
"Thank you Shane & Jess for an amazing 7 day immersion in Andalusian history and culture. We've enjoyed every minute of it from the quiet streets of Riogordo to the amazing Mezquita of Cordoba, from the bars of Riogordo to the BBQ fish at Chiringuito Victoria in Torre del Mar on the beach.
From the moment we arrived with your warm welcome and goodies provided we felt at home. The house was comfortable and well equipped.
Shane's knowledge of local Spanish history and Jess' sense of humour made even the travelling time enjoyable (especially Jess' infectious laugh). We now know the history of bullfighting and Olé!!
We loved the food as much as the history and culture. Eating tapas with the locals off the tourist track (thanks Shane for interpretations and suggestions) and we learned so much about the history of this amazing Andalusia (the years 711 and 1492 are forever etched in my memory).
We can understand why you enjoy your life here among these wonderful people and this beautiful place. Thanks for everything."
A & P Thompson – Australia
"We're the last Spanish Detourers of this season. We arrived jet lagged and jaded, but your warm welcome, good humour and flexibility ("we've got options"!) have made this trip a great success.
Our visit has been so different from all my expectations and fears! I anticipated a hot and crowded Spain, overrun with tourists. Instead you showed us a peaceful place full of order, colour, history and amazing tastes!
The range of experiences you have provided has been extraordinary and every place we have visited has had a unique appeal. You have opened our eyes to so much, especially the history of the Moors and triggered a new interest in this fascinating part of Spain's history.
You have helped us to understand the people, their culture and history and especially their food and wine; tapas to die for and cava and tinto de Verano!
Thank you."
The Ross Family – Australia and the Phillipines
"Well! Where do we start?! We have to leave today, so these are just some of the things we will miss:
A daily "belly-laugh"
The church bells
The spectacular scenery and olive covered mountains
"The current Mrs Lewis' cute little giggle"!
We could go on and on!
Thanks so much to you both for giving us that WOW factor every day. Your local knowledge, attention to detail, sense of humour and friendliness is second to none. The house is perfect.
Thanks for helping us to explore Riogordo – and the Andalucia area of southern Spain.
Thanks for welcoming us into "YOUR OFFICE" for the last 7 days. GOOD-GOOD-GOOD
We take home very special memories!"
N & R McDougall and N & B Hunt – Australia
"Thank you both so much for such a wonderful experience, we have enjoyed our time in Riogordo very much.
As Aussie travellers who weren't familiar with a lot of the history of the region you certainly enlightened us. We thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful guides and felt priviledged to be in just a party of 4.
We enjoyed your cosy homely house, and our watering hole down the street, especially the ice cold beers!
We enjoyed your quirky English sense of humour and we had so many laughs together. Nothing was ever too much trouble and we felt very relaxed in your company, and felt very safe with your excellent driving and your diligent care looking after us on the tours.
We would highly recommend Spanish Detours to those looking for a wonderful experience in southern Spain. We have taken away so many happy memories of our stay in your part of the world.
We wish you both all the very best in the future, and we know Spanish Detours will continue to be the great success it already is."
M & G Gooley and J & N Walker – Australia
"On arriving in Malaga at the train station we looked for a tall bald headed man named Shane who was there to start us on an exciting journey for the next week. We have not been disappointed! We have been taken on a wonderful tour of Andalusia by both of you. It has been a pleasure to have been in your company over this time and seen all the highlights that are covered in your extensive itinerary.
Everything has been made simple for us while you have both managed the details. Your tour guides Jesus, Maria and Marta were excellent and Shane's knowledge of Spanish history has added to what we consider a wonderful holiday. The food in southern Spain is delicious, and Molina's has added that local touch that you cannot get with larger touring companies. Well done to Spanish Detours for the concept that you provide, and a very special thanks to you, Jess and Shane, for your caring friendship and advise during our stay.
We will be in touch in the future and will recommend Spanish Detours to our friends."
M & R Simkiss – Australia
"Thank you for your hospitality and showing us some of the magnificent highlights of Andalucia. Every aspect of this tour has been well organised and we have been well informed about the history.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your lovely house and being made to feel part of a real Spanish community over the last few days. We have loved coming to grips with the art of eating tapas and experimenting with simple Spanish phrases, under your expert supervision.
Spanish Detours is a brilliant concept. We wish you continuing success. Thank you for some very special memories."
J & D Cole – Australia
"We would like to thank you for a unique and absolutely wonderful stay in Andalucia. The stay was all we had hoped for and more. The sites we visited were well chosen as were the guides and the tapas bars (which we couldn't get enough of).
The house was so well furnished that we lacked nothing. Keep up the wonderful attitude."
J & C Renkun – USA
"Thanking you both for such a personal service in showing us the Andalusian region. Every one of us appreciates the extra lengths you both went to to ensure that our holiday was one that we will all remember.
You went the "extra mile" by welcoming us personally and made the day trips an ease. Shane, we loved your history knowledge and * non- touristy spots *. Jess your shopping help and how to capture the perfect photo was superb. Best of luck to you both. Spanish Detours will be highly recommended by us."
The Foot Party – Australia
"From the moment we stumbled upon the Spanish Detours website, you have treated us like friends and family. No question went unanswered, no detail overlooked and no expectation was unmet. We appreciated the conversation, recommendations on food, excellent dining, and especially your sympathy upon hearing of the election results back in the US! We fell in love with Riogordo and Andalucia, all with your "five star service" as well. It will be hard to top the great week we spent in your care.
All the best to you and continued success with Spanish Detours."
S Lowe & S Martin – USA
"Thank you for your hospitality and for sharing your love and knowledge of Andalucia. We had a splendid time exploring the white hill towns and the beautiful historic sites in Seville, Cordoba, Granada and Ronda. You filled in our scant knowledge of the history and area to leave us with a much richer worldly view. We will care more deeply about Spain and its people because of your influence. And isn't that what travel is about?
Your guides were first rate – knowledgeable and delightful. We will long remember them. The trip was more than 5 Star!!"
M Austin & B Kleckner – USA
"Shane's depth of knowledge of the history of the area is amazing. You even ensured half refund of our train fare due to it's late arrival to Malaga. You are indeed a five star gentleman.
Jess, we enjoyed your witty responses and quick antidotes to situations. Your thoughtfulness and sacrifice to get us comfort food that late Sunday night is a gift we will always treasure. You are a gem.
Truthfully we had lots of fun and absolutely loved our moments with you guys. Your commitment showed beyond business that you passionately love treating people well and also show them the best parts of South Spain. María, Jesús and Marta were exceptional guides.
Muchas gracias. The memories shall linger."
Vivian A & Ku'ubra A – USA
"Thank you for an outstanding visit. We had a great time and enjoyed every site and activity. Thank you for arranging our special request for horseback riding, horse show, Dolmenes and Flamenco. They were fantastic. The girls especially enjoyed them.
We enjoyed our time with the two of you, and meeting your Riogordo friends. They were all welcoming and forgiving of our lack of Spanish. Finally thank you for the tips, directions and information you provided for the remainder of our stay in Spain."
The Weaver Family - USA
"Thank you for the most wonderful 7 days with Spanish Detours – an inspirational introduction to Andalucia and it's fascinating past and present. We could never have experienced Spain like this on our own. Each day was a great big adventure.
We were continually amazed at your generosity in sharing your passion for and knowledge of the places we visited – we loved them all. Thanks for all the wonderful tapas bars and great food we had on our excursions, and also in Riogordo! Thanks for all the wonderful vistas and mountain roads and especially El Torcal. It was all such fun and we take back to Australia fantastic memories. We will be singing your praises ad nauseum."
S & B Blaxell – Australia
"After booking our reservation back in November 2014 I can't believe our time in Riogordo is coming to a close. What an incredible time we have had with Shane & Jess. They are wonderful hosts, who in my opinion have become friends of our family. As a single mom it has been such a joy being on a complete vacation, i.e. having Shane & Jess take care of everything from driving to researching, to translating etc. Normally that's my job and so to sit back and enjoy it was great. Finding two people who enjoyed/shared with my son was great. Helping me with learning first hand both the history of Spain, specifically the history of Jews in Spain, was delightful and much appreciated.
Thank you for personalizing the trip for us, including searching for the birds, the donkey sanctuary and wolf preserve. You opened our eyes to so much. You have our eternal gratitude. L'Shalom"
S & J Cosden – USA
"How sad it is when we have to say "Good-bye". For the last 10 days you have looked after us in the most magnificent way. The only demands on us were the morning pick-up – and we managed that part every day! After that we were totally cossetted – we were NEVER kept waiting anywhere and EVERYTHING worked – it all ran smoothly. Obviously excellent management behind the scenes.
We have had such a wonderful variety of experiences that it is hard to believe they have all happened in such a short period of time. From the magnificence of Cordoba to the fish lunch on the beach, it has all been fantastic.
Thank you Shane & Jess for everything – for such a wonderful introduction to Spain and the life of Riogordo and for your care and concern for us. Good luck to you both and many many thanks."
B & A Mailes – Australia
"Thank you Shane & Jess for sharing your Spanish life with us, your thoughtful and considerate approach made our week with you absolutely wonderful. The Spanish history so expertly told by Shane with humour and insight, has added immensely to our knowledge, your organising and driving skills are to be commended. The Andalucia scenery is breathtaking."
W Hall & A Bail – Australia
"It has been a pleasure to stay in "our home" in Riogordo. In fact, the whole trip has been wonderful, and taken the stress out of getting ourselves around on the wrong side of the road and negotiating the challenges of a foreign language. We loved the casual, yet knowledgable narrations for each site we have visited. We are so glad you could fit us in and we will be spreading the word about Spanish Detours back in Oz!"
The Lippmann Family – Australia
"NOT BAD!!! Despite the fact that we are separated by a common language, your love for Andalucia comes through loud and clear. You made us feel that it was your privilege to share it with us. For 9 days you guided us colonials on a trip of a lifetime. From the olive oil factory to the Alhambra we are left with indelible memories of Spain NOT TOO SHABBY!!
Thank you for the comfort of our own home after touring new places. Thank you for being the team that prepared us for launch and then gathered in afterwards, giving us time for debrief. We had sunshine everyday and now will enjoy a lifetime of memories of Andalusia – olive trees, white towns, and centuries of human history."
S & F Rice – USA
"Jess & Shane, Thanks for being so accommodating during our time here. You seemed to "read" us and were willing to follow our interests, as well as educate us in Spanish daily life and past history. Our preference in our travels has always been smaller towns, rather than larger cities. We truly loved watching a wedding across the street from your abode. Where else could you see goat herds marched through the town in the evening.
We especially enjoyed the teamwork and particular talents you both contributed to our experience... Jess in her natural history and sunny disposition and Shane with his amazing knowledge of history (and sports) and creative follow-through in arranging visits to an old and new olive oil factory. It is very clear that you enjoy what you do here in southern Spain... thanks for sharing!"
W Mann & C Hill – USA
"WOW!! Our time with you has far exceeded any expectations we had! It was the perfect ending to our 7 week Portugal and Spain trip. Your hospitality, passion, professionalism, knowledge, sense of humor and organisation are all "off the chart." While we cannot choose which day was our favorite here, we can certainly say our last week in Portugal and Spain was our favorite. We had read comments such as "came as clients, left as friends." That certainly is true. Riogordo and you will always have a special place in our hearts.
Such attention to detail: suggestions for great meals, switching days around because of rain, informative and interesting guides, detailed directions to the Alhambra... The list could go on and on. The best was seeing Spain through the eyes of passionate locals. You have a fabulous "office" and we hope to see you both and this beautiful area again."
K & M Miles – USA
"We've travelled a lot and wanted a unique and special experience in Spain. Our expectations and hopes for a really special holiday experience have been met and far exceeded!! You both have been wonderful hosts and have made us feel welcome in your beautiful house and lovely Spanish village. You have met every request, provided just the right amount of history and cultural information and the most wonderful days out. You coached us in Spanish, recommended food experiences and we felt we were with friends.
We came knowing very little about Spain and it's people and culture and feel we have learnt a lot. Shane we are in awe of your knowledge of history.
Our time with you both will be discussed frequently with our friends as it was so special, and we hope that one day some may come to see you. Thank you both for a very special and unique experience in Spain – one we will remember always."
D & B Carmichael – Australia
"Muchas gracias Jess & Shane, you are without doubt the absolute gurus of Andalusia. As four Aussies who came to Southern Spain hoping to get a taste of the culture and general attributes of the country, we received far more than we bargained on.
We got to see some amazing countryside. Shane's knowledge of the history of the area is amazing. All the places we visited were exceptional and all had their individual appeal. Jess is a bundle of information in other areas and particularly excels in the day to day matters we need to know about – such as SHOPPING!!
Together Jess & Shane make a great team with a friendly demeanour and nothing is too much trouble. The variety of restaurants and cafés you recommended were top notch and we were able to taste lots of local specialities.
Riogordo itself is a delight, the family atmosphere, watching the coming and going at the church, a horse tethered outside a local bar and just witnessing the way the community goes about its daily business was a real treat.
The accommodation is everything a traveller needs plus more. We're sad to leave (sob, sob) but reckon we have gained a couple of friends. Shane & Jess you are the best. Adios for now."
The McEncroe Party – Australia
"As our wonderful week draws to a close we'd like to thank you both for your warm hospitality and great tours. However, thank you cannot fully express our gratitude to you both for this unique holiday, which began with a tapas trail in Riogordo (what an introduction!). The beautiful scenery and sights of Andalusia will be enduring memories. Starting with the delightful town of Frigiliana and ending with the old town of Ronda. All the visits to the various towns were great. Highlights were the Alhambra and the Mezquita.
We have really enjoyed your company and guidance on all the visits and have appreciated your professionalism and that of your city guides. We came on the recommendation of a friend, who said it was her best holiday ever, and we will in turn be recommending Spanish Detours to other friends.
Great weather and itinerary, a lovely house to return to each day and wonderful hosts – what more could we have asked for!"
J & J Turnbull – Australia
"Thanks for making our trip extra special! With much heart and soul, both of you gave us a week of the best fun, education and entertainment that we will never forget. From the amenities at the house, the incredible rooftop views, to your tour guidance and terrific company, we feel pleased to have met you.
Shane, we appreciate the true historian that you are. It allowed us to feel quite connected to the places we visited.
Jess, your graciousness and warmth made Riogordo feel like home."
S & M Patashny – USA
"The Spanish experience you've provided for us has been AAA+ in so many ways, each day with "eye candy" insights, and much appreciated British sense of humour.
As a couple you are a treat to spend time with. Your "holiday concept", ideas, flexibility, willingness to share experiences with others and sensitivity to guest needs is exceptional.
Sounds like a report card, hard to leave old habits behind. This holiday will keep on giving as we share with friends and family and reminisce with each other. We have much to thank you for."
J & B Christie – Canada
"We are sitting in Bar Posada watching the granpas, nannas looking after the little girl, and the football watched on by all the bar. We are waiting for our aubergine and fish feeling at home with the people of Riogordo.
What can we say about Cordoba, Malaga, Comares, Ronda, Sevilla but stunning, fabulous and the Alhambra, amazing. We love the countryside, particularly the drive home to Riogordo, but we love the people more, Shane, Jess, Genoveva, Jesus and Marta. Not just a great team but a family. Thanks for a wonderful time in Andalusia"
J English & J Hill – Australia
"We leave our Riogordo "home" tomorrow after a week of amazing sight-seeing, information re Spain and not to forget the wonderful food!! We were fortunate to be in Riogordo during the Easter celebrations – we could not have ever imagined such community involvement, expressions of faith and pageantry. We had full and extensive days that were so informative and exhausting we were able to sleep through the church bells each night.
Thank you both for your warm Riogordo welcome and constant contact. We will always have fond memories of our time in Spain and we were blessed with the most wonderful weather as well."
The Kibell Party – Australia
"We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay with you over the past 8 days. The villa is beautiful, very homey and well appointed, and the town of Riogordo is just what we imagined it to be – rural with friendly people.
Our day trips were well thought out and planned. I knew from your first email it would be organised well. We enjoyed each day immensely and couldn't tell you a favourite place.
The approach that Spanish Detours take allow us to see the Andalucian region in comfort as well as being informed of its vast history. We have taken away lots of wonderful memories, thank you."
L Dever & D Merison - Australia
"To our new friends Jess & Shane,
Thank you for a wonderful week in southern Spain. We can't think of a better way to see the countryside, live the culture, eat the food and learn the history.
Your knowledge was amazing, but your easy manner made you easy and fun to be with. And then of course, there was our extra "little" need of a wheelchair which you so graciously provided on short notice – we so appreciated it.
Thanks again for a great vacation."
B & M Buehler – USA
"To all newly arrived travellers, "You ain't seen nothing yet!
From beginning to end has been a feast for all senses.
Thank you to Jess & Shane who quickly adapted to changes in schedules and expertly put us at ease on arrival, introducing us to the charms of Riogordo and surrounds.
Jess and Shane, true gems in southern Spain's Crown "
Olesen Party (Los Tres Amigos) – Australia
"Muchas gracias to Jess, Shane and their team of guides, Maria in Cordoba, Marta in Seville and Jesus in Ronda. In Shane's words "IT WASN'T HALF BAD".
From "Our Home" in lovely, typically Spanish Riogordo, you exposed us to just a tad of the rich Andalucian history, geography and culture. But OH what wonderful memories and picture postcard photos we are taking away with us.
Only one way to detour in Southern Spain – "The Jess and Shane Way" – Keep up the good work and buen salud."
J & G Nesbit and R & J Perren – Australia
"Adios Jess! Shane! We will miss you!
When we explored Barcelona, Madrid and Bilbao last year I thought Spain was amazing – Not until we explored Andalusia with Jess and Shane did we realize how truly exceptional and amazing this area is! In our opinion it surpasses last year's trip to the "touristy cities" we saw – This area is the best!!
We loved everything – each town got better and better! Thanks for all your knowledge! Also a big thank you hug for putting up with my "missed step and sprained foot" on arrival! The wheelchair rides were great and my foot gets better everyday!
You are the best."
H & C Platt – USA
"We came searching for Andalucia; we found it and so much more. From the Alhambra to Molina's, from Seville to barbecued fish in Torre del Mar, from Jesus and his Ronda to Antonio and his sherry. We explored the great and grand as well as the small and mystifying.
What made that all possible, of course, was your superb guidance and support.
So we are profoundly in your debt for a wonderful exploration and Spanish discovery. Thank you and adios!"
Pepe and Rodrigo (El Cid) – USA
"If you want to learn of the Moors,
Then just book with Spanish Detours,
You will never regret,
You will never forget,
Shane & Jess and all their allures.

Villa 7.5/10, Scenery 9/10, Tours 9/10, Guides 8.5/10, Food 9/10, Weather 9/10, Vehicle comfort 8.5/10, Personal care 9.5/10, Tour Directors high distinction and honourable mentions.
Gracias señora y señor por toda! You deserve many more guests of our calibre – we loved it and want to return in 2025!"
The Lander Party – Australia
"Just completed a delightful week with you. We enjoyed our time in Riogordo and the time in your townhouse. You showed us a variety of fabulous spots, from the mountains of El Torcal, to the market in Malaga, to the city of Seville and the white towns of Comares and Frigiliana. Not possible to pick a favorite. Each was too unique and special itself. Your knowledge and narrative of history and sites – top notch. We're returning home with an improved sense of the true Andalucia.
Thanks for all the indelible memories."
F & M Saltzman – USA
"Thank you so much for our wonderful Spanish detour – we could not have asked for more! Your knowledge, passion and humour gave us a unique introduction to this area and its history. We can fully understand your addiction to this place!!! Our highlight was the Mezquita at Cordoba, an incredible place. But it's difficult to choose a highlight when all the sights you introduced us to were so amazing! You arranged the perfect itinerary for us and Shane, your hotline to the weather Gods was most effective.
Give our regards to Molinas, and rest easy in the knowledge that we have a few new bands in our playlist for the next leg of our journey."
L Breedon & C McComb – Australia
"Thank you Jess & Shane for a truly memorable few days. Such a pleasure to be driven around Andalucia by two knowledgeable "locals". We have seen so many beautiful places, eaten great food (and so cheap), returning safely each day to cosy, comfortable and cute accommodation. We will certainly share our special experience with others back home.
Thank you again for being such great hosts."
C & N Richards and T & M Healy – Australia
"What a terrific week we have had. We have loved our "home" here in Riogordo, and having you arrive each morning with such cheerfulness to take off on a new adventure that day has been amazing.
We can't choose a favourite – each day has had its own special uniqueness. You have done an excellent job organising the weather!! As near perfect as anyone could ask for – Thank you.
Thank you for sharing your vast knowledge of Andalusia, the Spanish culture and its history. We wish you both all the very best with your future in "Spanish Detours". We know it will continue to prosper – you are a great team and wonderful company.
We will definitely be recommending to family and friends. Once again thank you for a week filled with wonderful memories."
J & M Field - Australia
"Having never travelled to Spain before we were unsure of what to expect. From our first warm welcome to our final sad farewell, we have experienced one of the most unforgettable holidays of our lives. We've never come across two more dedicated, professional and relaxed people. Both hisdtorical and hysterical!! Warmth, knowledge, heart and passion describe Shane and Jess perfectly.
As for all the scenery, people, monuments, villages and food – from the grandiose, to those unexpected little gems (especially the big chair!!) there are not enough superlatives to describe them.
We have experienced all the above with great delight, but the two best treasures in Andalucia are Shane and Jess. Once met never forgotten.
Remember this is adios, but not goodbye. Shane and Jess you have done an amazing job with the house and the business. It's "not too bad"."
Best of luck and continued success"
P & G Girling – Australia
"We feel we have known you for ages and we will be sad to be leaving people who we wish lived next door instead of half-way around the world. We had such a good time and loved your senses of humour, knowledge and openness. Of course, the country is beautiful, as is "our house" and the village of Riogordo, but to be shown around by two such special people is what made the experience truly memorable. We wish we could find tours of a similar standard for other countries and regions. Long may you live and prosper in your wonderful "office"!!"
R & C Murrell – Australia
"Thank you so much for the outstanding week we have had here in your (our!) lovely home and for the enjoyable hours we spent with you both touring your lovely country. The townhouse is beautiful and has every convenience we could possibly have needed. We appreciate your hospitality and feel we have made two new friends! Thank you so much for accommodating our slow pace by re-organizing the itinerary, thus allowing us to see so many wonderful things. The memories of our adventures will always remain with us.
Hasta la vista!"
D Hurt & L Dinnin – USA
"Thank you, thank you, thank you for a wonderful time in Spain. We have seen more than we expected, and will remember every little bit. Riogordo has been a great experience for us. Your ability to tune into our needs has been greatly appreciated, even Shane's recovery of our "BACKPACK". Wishing you both a long and successful Spanish Detours career because you both certainly deserve it."
R & S Simmington – Australia
"We've been to Egypt and Peru. We've travelled from Venice to Istanbul and back. But Shane and Jess' Riogordo is now our favorite spot in the whole wide world. Thank you Jess and Shane for a fabulous vacation."
D & K Sanders – Canada
"We found you on "the Net", emailed a query and was answered almost immediately, Wow!! That was a good start. Organised our Spanish holiday around your availability as we just "knew" our time with you would be good – it has turned out to be GREAT!! We have had the time of our lives. We have loved having an evening wine on our terrace. We will always think of this gorgeous "unit" (townhouse) as OURS!! Our week with you has been enriched by your knowledge, thoughtfulness, fun, humour, care and attention. You have shown us the "real" Spain for which we are truly grateful.
Our evening walks through Riogordo were enriched with warm greetings from the village residents. Thank you for sharing your home with us. We will miss the beautiful views – ahh….those mountains!! Sunsets!! Olive trees!! Goats – mustn't forget the church bells!! Not bad at all."
M Laffey & A Pizzato - Australia
"Well what can we say that hasn't already been said? We have had a wonderful week, loved staying in "our" house in Riogordo. Enjoyed eating down the little back lanes, off the tourist track. Wandering down to Molina's for dinner. Have enjoyed the scenery of Andalucia as we've ventured out each day. Thank you so much for an interesting and relaxing holiday. Our only complaint, the 7 days just went by way too quickly."
C & E Armistead – Australia
"Having read the guest books from cover to cover, we are at a bit of a loss to add anything original. However, we absolutely agree with the words of a well known tour expert: "You wouldn't get this on Trafalgar!".
Andalucia is more than we expected, thanks to your knowledge and enthusiasm for the treasures of the area. Every day was beautifully planned and offered unexpected highlights which we will remember with great appreciation. Riogordo is a little gem in a fantastic setting.
Perhaps you may remember us for different reasons – opticians, walking sticks, steps, shopping stops, and care for the older generation! Thanks for a wonderful week!"
Our Four Aussie Ladies – Australia
"Coming to Andalusia and meeting the two of you, was like finding long, lost cousins we never knew we had. You were wonderful travelling companions, with fabulous knowledge of history and food. You went out of your way to indulge our preferences, and we were a bit high maintenance!
Riogordo will stay forever in our memories. It was a special treat to have the same guide, Jesus, in Ronda as Michelle and Sasha Obama. Forever grateful for all your kindness, knowledge and patience."
S & L Ross – USA
"From the moment Shane said "this is your house" I was in love with Riogordo and the holiday just got better from there. The fabulous drives through the countryside with a stunning vista around every corner. The informative strolls through white washed towns. Jess' laugh, Shane's historical gems, and the food!! Thank goodness for digital cameras because I could never afford to print all those photos. Thanks for a wonderful week."
The Little Party – Australia
"Dear Shane & Jess, writing a note to you is just a small token of expressing how much you made our experience of Spain exceed our expectations.
This would not have happened without the dedicated service you offered – by providing your humour, knowledge, experience and of course the language of this interesting country.
Your hospitality was second to none and if you ever decide to come to Australia or New Zealand it would be great to hear from you.
If others ask about a visit to Spain your service will be top of the list."
C. Stevenson & J. Murphy – Australia/New Zealand
"Thank you so much for a great experience of Andalucia. From our very first inquiry you have respected our needs and wishes and have done your utmost to ensure our experience of Southern Spain was all we could have asked for. The townhouse in Riogordo afforded us the opportunity to reside in a real, living Spanish town full of great characters. An excellent base from which to explore the major cities of Andalucia and the local gems off the tourist route. What made our stay so enriching was your warm and friendly relationship, your guidance, Shane's excellent historical and cultural knowledge, and the excellent guides you provided us in Cordoba, Ronda and Seville.
Anyone wanting to experience the richness and history of Andalucia should not go past what you offer. We are leaving with fond and lasting memories, but also having made two great friends. OLÉ SPANISH DETOURS!!!"
J & G Cauchi – Australia
"Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! For our amazing experience in the south of Spain for:
Shane's knowledge of the history, culture and places that were beyond our comprehension.
Jess' expert driving, patience and sense of humour.
Without Spanish Detours we would not have experienced the wonderful food, the bbqd fish, the trout restaurant and the various off the beaten track tapas bars. Comares, Setenil and Frigiliana were such unknown gems – thank you.
Do take care and all the best for the future. You are a WONDERFUL couple!!!!!"
J. Kang & A.Wong – Australia
"From the first email from you I knew we were going to enjoy a Spanish Detours holiday, but I never imagined it would be as good as it has been. We depart tomorrow with some wonderful memories as you promised, but a whole new perspective on Spanish culture and Spanish heritage.
Can I say we enjoyed our time in Andalusia? You betcha boots we can!! You have opened our eyes to a whole new world and, from me personally, I hope I can return again one day soon.
Shane, your knowledge of the history here in Spain is astounding, and Jess your warmth and kindness shines. The humour you have is really appreciated by we Aussies.
I hope when you come to New Zealand you come across the "ditch" and visit us on the Sunshine Coast.
All the best to you both."
The Blom Party – Australia
"Thanks for providing a wonderfully thought out and planned Spanish Detour. Your relaxed manner, sense of humour and wealth of information made this stay very special for us.
Special memories:
EPMs – Easy Peel Mandarins
Fish eye lenses
Cameras and camera angles
Dodgy camera batteries
Also the wonderful weather you turned on for us.
The wonderful places you showed us.
Andalucia came alive for us, and thank you for your warmth and kindness."
K & G Lazzaro – Australia
"Thank you so much for an amazing week. We greatly appreciated your attention to detail every day ensuring we had the best experience at every place we went.
Shane's passion for the history of Andalucia was very evident and it brought it to life for us.
We thoroughly enjoyed the tapas, churros and chocolate, BBQ fish and the Secreto Iberico.
We love your work because it's easy to see you love your "work".

In summary Spanish Detours to us is:
Hospitality like no other!
Shane & Jess"
L & J Bawden – Australia
"Thank you Shane & Jess for taking us on a journey back in time. Your love of Andalusia and passion for history helped make this a wonderful trip. Spending time in Riogordo helped us get a feel for the real Spain.
The guides in Cordoba, Seville and Ronda were all first rate. We hope your travels bring you to the US and Chicago – we'd love to be your hosts."
M & D Chudnoff – USA
"WOW! What an amazing week. You showed us some amazing sights and unique scenery. Your personalities are perfect for this "WORK"!
We enjoyed Ronda, Comares and Setenil, but really everyday you showed us different things.
Thank you so much."
B & G Hull - Australia
"Jess and Shane thank you so much for sharing the heart and people of your Spain with us. We have experienced so much more than just the tourist sites. Your house, organisation, driving, knowledge, guidance and company has made for an amazing week. Spanish Detours will be fondly remembered.
What a spectacular part of the world!! Great concept – Thanks Jess and Shane for showing us wonderful highlights of Andalucia and as requested we also had stunning weather, with blue skies and crisp days for walking around – well done organisers!! Highlights for me were Frigiliana and Ronda, but everything was spectacular."
The Andrews Party - Australia
"Muchas gracias for looking after two "pensionistas" from "down-under". Our holiday, thanks to you and your knowledge, camaraderie, and humour was fantastic!! We have loved every minute of our daily travels and time in your village of Riogordo, experiencing Andalucian history and culture through your great organization. Details like your route planning, especially your independent tour of the Alhambra , topped off by "that view"."
A & L Mitchell – Australia
"We enjoyed our trips with you. The history provided by our professor immersed us in the area. The itinerary was super. Staying at our "casa" was great. The drives and tours were fun and really well done. As you know, we have been on many guided tours - as well as self-guided tours – yours is at the top. We wish you continued success and will keep up with your blogs etc. Until we arrived here – Barcelona – Valencia – Madrid – Toledo – Segovia were okay, but you and Andalucia have made it wonderful – Thank you!"
K & F Matzer – USA
"Over the last 6 days we have seen and experienced more than we could have ever imagined. With your own personal touch we have learnt a lot of rich history about Southern Spain. Thank you for welcoming us into your special "home". We wish you every success for the future – you have certainly found your niche in the tourist industry. A BIG THANK YOU"
The Cook Party – Australia
"Wow, what an experience!! Your passion and love for Andalucia has enhanced our experience for us six Aussies. We would like to thank you for being so accommodating to all our needs. We have had a wonderful time, way beyond our expectations…….sites, scenery, Jess' bubbly personality and driving expertise, Shane's historical knowledge and great sense of humour. You have made us feel "at home" in your beautiful country."
The Six Minions…….AHHH – Australia
"Many, many thanks for a wonderful week in Riogordo, enjoying your townhouse. Talk about location, location, location. The day trips were amazing, each day something different, but so awe inspiring. The knowledge and hospitality of you both. Shane & Jess. Now we go back to New Zealand better people for seeing and experiencing Southern Spain!"
The Kells Family – New Zealand
"Thank you for such a well organised and co-ordinated tour of some well known and not so well known places. It was wonderful to have access to your knowledge of Andalucia. You have more than fulfilled a life-long dream to visit this region. Great choice of Riogordo as a base putting the coast, "Moorish cities and hill towns within easy reach, this gives a taste of Spanish life outside of the big Smoke. Wish we had time to see more, keep up the good work."
A & R Selby – Australia
"The four of us had such a lovely time exploring Andalucia with the two of you. Our tours and sights were well planned, our guides superb (Maria especially) and were so charismatic and knowledgeable. The days were varied and passed too quickly! The tapas, wines and friendly people, such a treat. Thank you, thank you! Mike so enjoyed his "bucket list" vacation!!"
The Cooper Party – USA
"We have both thoroughly enjoyed a series of busy and interesting excursions. Due to excellent organization every day ran smoothly, a comfortable safe car to ride in, good steady driving and informative explanations of sights and history. We enjoyed living in a Spanish town for a week, "communicating" with the locals, eating Spanish food and experiencing the Spanish way. We hope you have full bookings each year and that you have time to make travel plans for yourselves"
J & N Edwards - Australia
"It is no surprise that you manage to fill vacancies so quickly. You have created a niche market for your product that is so right. Your warmth, humour and knowledge were much appreciated and we leave with a far fuller experience than any "tour". Many thanks, good health and good luck."
I & A Witton – Australia
"This vacation was everything I'd hoped for – a stress-free week where the boys and I could enjoy life in a small Spanish town, whilst visiting and learning about Andalucia. You both do a fantastic job and it is easy to see why your business has been so successful. Thank you for taking the time to find outings that were particularly enjoyable for the boys (El Torcal and the car museum!). I will always treasure this week of memories with my sons. Many thanks again."
The Coyne Family – Canada
"We sincerely thank you both for your highly professional and beautifully organized tour of Andalucia – for your wonderful company each day, providing both lighthearted banter and in-depth knowledge of this magnificent region – for giving us a sensitive and honest insight into the culture and customs of the people who live here – for a flexible and utterly mind-blowing itinerary, the memories of which will stay with us forever. There is nothing we would change and EVERYTHING to cherish about the week we have spent with you. THANK YOU!!!"
J Williams & P Noss – Australia
"Our SECOND STAY with you has more than lived up to all we wrote in your Visitors Book on 20/6/09 after our first stay. Our grandstand view from "our house" of the procession, followed by our attendance at the Riogordo Passion Play made it a most moving and memorable Good Friday for us. You took us to yet more spectacular places, and once again we enjoyed your friendship and laughs as you drove us through this beautiful countryside. We particularly appreciated all you did for June when she was unwell and your readiness to change plans at short notice."
The Howell Party – Australia
"Thank you for showing us the "Spanish Way" and for your company and knowledgeable background to all we saw. Thank you for fitting in so much in our short itinerary. The guides were wonderful as well. So for the ratings:
"Girl talk" with Jess 10/10
Guides 10/10
Shane's historical chats 10/10
"Home" 15/10
Local paella and exceptional delivery service 20/10
Jess' knowledge re handbag colours 10/10
Finally, as per a recent review I saw on Tripadvisor – placement of loo roll holders 10/10.
C & A Carmudie – Australia
"Thank you so much for sharing your villa "Our House" and your beautiful town of Riogordo, which we feel we became part of. Your easy going and understanding nature to our needs and requests have been greatly appreciated. Your knowledge, sense of humour and driving skills are second to none and added greatly to our daily adventures. We thoroughly enjoyed our free day with you both on our "Pub crawl" through Riogordo – 7 hours of fun and Riogordo hospitality – a first for Spanish Detours. Also don't forget that we are the "Gibraltan" record holders. We can't put into words how wonderful our 10 days spent with you and in "our house" in Riogordo has been. We haven't mentioned the highlight of our adventure because every day was a highlight. Adios Riogordo – we will never forget you!"
P & J Smith and K & P Hawkett – Australia
"Thank you so much for making our "mother & son" adventure in Spain so special. You have a knack of knowing exactly when we'd need a coffee break, a cold drink or a rest and anticipated everything perfectly. Not only did you share your knowledge of Andalucia, you shared your passion for its people and traditions. Your warmth and hospitality made this an amazing vacation!"
C & A Piropato – USA
"Strike me! What a Triple A plus week! Blimey! Crikey! The Tucker! Fantastic mouth-watering, new experience food, ever so eatable and yes, very cheap. Including the great local wine and beer. Mmmmm! Jeepers! Jeez! Jesus! Incredible excursions with "Not too bad" Shane and "Prize winning" Jess. And! Three beautiful inspiring guides, Marta, Jesus and Maria. We averaged 266 photos per day, not bad….. That phenomenal architecture, with such skilled artisans. Mind boggling scenery, trillions of olive trees and stunning big hills. Oh, and our accommodation was "All right" and "Not too bad" either. A huge THANKS from your smashing Aussie Detourers."
The Bienert Party – Australia
"After 18 months of planning our expectations for this holiday were exceptionally high. Thank you sincerely for significantly exceeding those expectations. Your knowledge of history and humour has made this part of Spain come alive and each day was a new adventure. Jess, thanks also for the brilliant photos and expert tips. We will be watching your Facebook page with interest from now on. Your ability to drive in the narrow streets, park in tight spaces and still have a wicked sense of humour was legendary. We have really enjoyed your selection of historic and natural points of interest in Andalucia. The accommodation was excellent and the people of Riogordo were welcoming. We now have an insight into rural Spanish life, the food and the customs. We experienced the real Spain, not some pre-packaged coach tour. Your willingness to adapt to our needs was greatly appreciated. We now feel we have two new friends."
H & R Mihalic and R & P Omond – Australia
"Thank you so much for a wonderful week in your very special country of Spain. We loved the variety of our visits, the magnificent countryside and views, your willingness to adapt to our needs and, of course, Shane's knowledge and humourous commentary. Your home town of Riogordo is both welcoming and friendly. We loved meeting locals and saying "hola". Thank you Shane and Jess for a wonderful and unforgettable experience. "COJONUDOS""
P, D & F Glover – Australia
"Investing in a holiday so far from home with limited time available can be a gamble. Spanish Detours is not. Booking a week in Andalusia with Shane & Jess is the perfect way to see Southern Spain. From the emails before we arrived to the minute we departed, their dedication to providing us with a professional and personalized service could not be faulted. The Moorish splendor of the Alhambra in Granada, the grandeur of La Mezquita in Cordoba, the magnificence of the Cathedral in Seville, the sheer cliffs of Ronda and the natural beauty of El Torcal are just some of the sights chosen for our itinerary. To be able to visit these places in perfect comfort and be accompanied by Shane's terrific historical knowledge was greatly appreciated. The guides used by Spanish Detours are absolutely lovely and the times chosen during the day resulted in far less tourists than we thought possible. Even though we couldn't come to Andalusia and not visit the Moorish palaces and Christian Cathedrals, a definite highlight of our trip was our week living in Riogordo. Walking around the village, eating in restaurants,drinking in bars meeting locals including Expats, we experienced true rural Spanish life. Thank you for everything!!"
K Butler-McIntosh & A Esler – Papua New Guinea
"- To Jess & Shane, What a way to see Spain
- Exploring the coast with the perfect hosts
- Being with Spanish Detours Jess and Shane did seek the places we saw were unique
- With Jess it was a pleasure, she's an absolute treasure
- With Shane's knowledge of history Andalucia is no longer a mystery
- We had lots of laughs and enjoyed our stay
- And sometime in the future we hope to see you again some day
- Every day was a day of discovery, so we finished our day at Molina's for recovery - When we go, we will always have fond memories of Riogordo. Thanks for a wonderful holiday and Spanish experience." J & J Cooper and A & R Stankovic – Australia
"Well, what can we say that hasn't already been written in pages previous. We thank you for your attention to detail, which made our visits to cultural sites effortless and stress-free. Mercedes in Seville, Jesus in Ronda and Maria in Cordoba were excellent, knowledgeable, personable and helpful. Shane & Jess you have done a great job with your researching over the years and it was wonderful to have you to impart the historical knowledge and also the cultural gems i.e. Spanish food and customs. Of course, I was also pleased that Jess could help with my shopping. Every day was a new experience, more information, tapas – BBQ beach style – tapas – paella – tapas – chocolate and churros – tapas. Our world has been expanded! And Thank You to the families of Riogordo for their friendliness ¡Hola! The simple pleasure of seeing them sitting out in the evenings, chatting, sharing, helping little ones to ride bikes, men gathering in the Square outside and talking animatedly, sharing, laughing. A wonderful example of "community". Thank you, thank you……it was a wonderful, packed stay and we leave with many memories that will hopefully sustain us……..until we return!!"
C & M Bennett - Australia
"We have had a fabulous time in Andalucia thanks to the both of you. We love the little house on the corner! It really was home for 10 days. We love your passion for your product and we benefited greatly from Shane´s “history head”, full of facts, dates, names and places. As people who have fortunately travelled a lot, Spanish Detours is now at the top of a long list of Great Experiences."
S & G Hunt – Australia
"Thank you for a marvelous holiday. You both were so professional in all you did – and without smothering us. We felt you cared that each outcome was the best for us, and your relaxed style suited us. Not only have we had an informative discovery of Andalucía, we believe we have had a taste of living in a Spanish village – so different and unexpected for us."
M & G Enwright – Australia
"Wow, wow wow! We absolutely love your part of the world, enhanced so much by your knowledge, humour and care. We came thinking we were doing a tour and left feeling like very dear friends were sharing their life with us. Thank you, thank you, thank you – we will be back!!"
W & N Bone – Australia
"From the very beginning meeting the “Devastatingly Handsome” Shane at the train station we knew we were in for a great week. Then to be greeted by the lovely Jess in our home for the week was just perfect. The village, the accommodation and the friendly people of Riogordo made this holiday a week we will never forget. Shane has a unique gift of bringing history to life, and everyday was a wonderful surprise. To fantastic places, Shane & Jess´ intimate knowledge of the region took us to places that were hidden gems that we would never see on a big bus tour. The guides that were provided in each city were knowledgeable, friendly and added to the whole travel experience. If only there was a Shane & Jess (Spanish Detours) in every part of the world we wish to visit. We will tell all of our friends. Good food, good wine, great company!! "
P & D Lynch + D & J Sinclair – Australia
"Our stay was perfect from start to finish. You made our stay “delightful” and definitely “interesting”. Hopefully in the near future I´d like to return – there´s just too much to see, but both of you have made certain we saw the most interesting. How lucky for us that we found you and truly enjoyed your trips and stay. Muchas Gracias!"
R McBride – USA
"Upon entering our Casa in Riogordo we immediately felt welcome. The thoughtful treats provided by Jess were very much appreciated. Shane was a humorous walking encyclopedia of knowledge – through his colorful informative stories we felt we experienced a glimpse of the true Old Spain. Stepping into the Bullring in Ronda brought Hemingway back to life. Highlights of our visits include tours by colorful, authentic and knowledgeable guides. Trips to Cordoba - the Mezquita was exquisite and the Alhambra in Granada spectacular! The barbeque fish on the beach, toes in the Mediterranean, not to be missed. In closing, best of all was our new found friendship with Jess and Shane. We feel truly blessed to have found them."
The Six Amigos from San Diego
"Spain has lots to offer – many and varied, but if it wasn´t for Jess & Shane some of the “best bits” would have been missed. The off-the-beat tapas bars, the mountain goats of El Torcal and the beautiful white town of Comares to name a few. Riogordo is unique and we were able to see the real Spain and the real people. Shane & Jess pointed us in the right direction for some lovely regional food. The pizza at Marie´s a standout! Spanish Detours was everything it promised, and more."
B & B Coulson + M & M Stiles – Australia
"We cannot describe the hospitality we received in beautiful metropolitan Riogordo. Our holiday was delightful thanks to you! You really went “off the grid” to meet our requests – much appreciated. Not seen by many on your tours was the Cuevas de Piletas, an amazing sight. Thoroughly enjoyed the mountain hike, including “torture hill”. What a welcome sight to see you at the end. A wealth of history and beauty was the Mezquita de Cordoba, how can you put the Alhambra into words? Some places must be seen to understand the artistry and fefinement from so many years ago. It was exquisite! You gave us exceptional guides and terrific recommendations for places to eat and shop. Your keen sense of humor helped in making the days fly by. To see spontaneous flamenco at the feria was incredible!!"
N & T Butler – USA
"Shane & Jess, thank you so much for a wonderful holiday. We saw and experienced more than we could have imagined. Riogordo is the perfect Andalucian town. Our week was a good balance between both city and countryside. Many thanks for your efforts and hospitality. We enjoyed it all."
B & E Bennett – Australia
"As Shane would say everything we visited and saw was “alright”. Thank you both from the bottom of our hearts – we had the time of our lives! Andalucia turned out to be the place to visit and enjoy!!! You made it possible, with great appreciation and thanks. "
T & S Best – Canada
"We had a great time with Spanish Detours, made more informative and interesting by Shane´s knowledge of history. My wife said it was better than David Attenborough on National Geographic. If only he had been our teacher at school, we may have learnt more. Jess and Shanes´ relaxed but organized way made this a trip we will always look back on with pleasure."
B & C Frost – Australia
"Thank you so much for our wonderful visit to Spain! This experience was truly unique in that we got to see the real Spain from the eyes of those that live here. We saw many amazing things and both of you are extremely knowledgeable about the culture and history of the area. "
The Rhodes family – USA
"Thank you for opening our eyes to the “Real Spain”. We have loved our week in “our” house in Riogordo, being welcomed home each evening by Antonia and being greeted in the streets by the “holas” of the other locals. Thank you for the time and effort you put into organizing our days – we have learned a lot about the rich history of Spain through the centuries. The opportunity to visit places steeped in this history is something we will not forget."
J & K Bottrell – Australia
"We experienced amazing highlights throughout our stay. These were rendered even more meaningful as a consequence of your knowledge and appreciation of the history and culture of this part of Spain. Your hints, asides and perceptive commentary were invaluable as we visited each of the sites in our itinerary. We also had a sense of sharing aspects of your lives as you strove to make a life here. Your openers, sense of humour/irony struck an immediate chord with us – we enjoyed your company. Behind all this we sensed a deep and quiet competence that engendered calm and confidence in us. What more could we ask for?"
I States & T Chopping - Australia
"Thank you for such a lovely tour. We would never see so many sights by ourselves. It was a great asset having you as translators, picking eating places, out of the way places, local food and tips. And such a great sense of humour. From the few words I learn from Hollywood, adios amigos and hasta la vista. We will certainly recommend you to our friends."
The Khoo Family – Australia
"Thanks for a wonderful week. We covered so much territory – geographically, historically and culturally – and learnt more about Spain in one week then we'd ever imagine. It's been great to come "home" each evening to the comfort of the house and enjoy a little of what life in Riogordo has to offer. Most of all we will remember your warm welcome, friendship and good humour."
J & H Vaughan – Australia
"Thank you, thank you for such a wonderful trip. You were very patient and flexible with us photographers. You amended the program to bring us the best vistas, light and opportunities. We really appreciate your efforts to accommodate our atypical requirements in our tour.
Thank you for the long days so we could get all of the best light and for researching cultural events so we could find colorful local festivals. We appreciate the history, the background on food, and the great restaurants you brought us to. We really enjoyed the great accommodation you provided – very comfortable for four adults. It was really fantastic!! We'll be following you on Facebook."
The Cox Party – USA/Canada
"You are the best!!"
Our cultural and culinary delights
Have been highlights
From the Nerja Caves to Comares
There was nothing that compares

Then Ronda and Cordoba
With the Bullring and Old Town
And the Mezquita was a jewel in the crown
Then Granada, including the Alhambra
What a wonder!
And lastly Seville
It was all a thrill
Our guides Jesus, Maria and Marta
Couldn't have been smarter
And finally Riogordo
Our home for our stay
Has been a great place to rest and play
For the traveller who wants a unique stay
We would recommend Spanish Detours everyday!!
The Freeman Party – Australia
"Without question our week in Southern Spain with Spanish Detours will rank as one of the best vacations we've experienced. We not only saw the noteworthy sites, we also tasted the food, met the people, and received some lessons in history from a place we'd never before visited.
Thank you for being our hosts. If we had travelled to Southern Spain by ourselves, we would have seen the major cities of Seville, Cordoba and possibly Granada, although with difficulty; but we would have missed Malaga, a feria, Ronda, Nerja, Comares and, of course, Riogordo.
We would have missed the out-of-the-way restaurants, mountain roads and great conversations. It will be a pleasure to recommend Spanish Detours to our friends and those who might inquire."
J & L Williams – USA
"What a week! Thank you from all of us. Especially thanks for the flexibility you showed us in your program and the excellent suggestions that we wisely accepted.
All the destinations had their individual charm and we will have fond memories of them all. Of course who could ever forget snow in Ronda at 4 degrees on 28th April!! The house is great and your guiding excellent."
The Williams Party – Australia
"Gracias Jess & Shane for a memorable week in Andalucia, that has whetted our appetite for Spain, than satisfied a craving. Your knowledge of the area, assisted by your superb guides, has shown us the true "side" of the sites we have visited.
The village life has been an experience we have enjoyed fully and the convenience of "Casa Lewis" makes it even more unique. Andalucia, naturally and historically, gives a surprise everyday and you have ensured the surprises for us. Gracias por su hospitalidad."
The Birney Party – Australia
"Having arrived and knowing nothing of Spain, we leave with a great appreciation of your country's way of life. We enjoyed your friendship, hospitality and "our house". If you are visiting our country we would love to share a house with you.
Thanks for sharing your home town, local knowledge and passion for Spain. We loved seeing your town and the "locals" through your eyes. You both work so well as a "team" making our stay that more enjoyable, even driving in under-sized car parks and narrow streets."
The Dixon Party – Australia
"We four Aussie gals have had the best time in Andalusia thanks to you both. Your hospitality has been second to none. Your beautiful townhouse has been "our home". The daily adventures to the most amazing cities, towns, villages and sights have shown us the very best of Andalusia. The food, wine and the ambience of Spain has been the best experience in your beautiful part of the world.
Jess and Shane – we have greatly appreciated your amazing knowledge, humour and passion; and creating "Spanish Detours" has shown your beautiful country to people all over the world. We now feel as though we are "part of the SD family"."
Jane, Pam, Michele & Judy – Australia
"Wow what a week! We have seen more of your beautiful Andalucia than we ever thought we could. Thanks for sharing, your time, experience, wealth of knowledge, community, humour and especially "our" little villa in Riogordo in the sunny south of Spain!!
Thanks for sorting out our coffees, making us laugh and feeding us many tapas! We are leaving with fond memories.
Only wish Tim & Steve didn't take so long to find those "tomatoes"...
A great last night at Molina's was had!! SSSHHHHHHHH
And it was actually "NOT BAD"."
The Escott Party – Australia
"What a taste of Spain we have had! And what tasty bites they were too.
Spending a week with the two of you was like spending a week with friends – you are so friendly and welcoming. And the fact that you know so much about Spain, it's language, it's people, it's history, it's food!
We loved every minute of our stay in "our" villa, and visiting Andalucia with you.
This is the only way to see a country – live among its' people, speak (badly) their language, eat their food (even snails!). And you two are the perfect people to show it to us – thank you so much for recommending restaurants, translating the menu, helping us find souvenirs, answering our questions.
We cannot recommend Spanish Detours highly enough. We just wish there was a Shane & Jess in every country!
Gracias Spanish Detours, and Buena Vista! (sic)"
M & C Abela – Australia
"Where to start? What an experience we both had with you both. Like those before us it was like we had been friends forever.
From the beginning I had the feeling we were in for an experience, and you didn't disappoint. To have you both as our tour guides was fantastic. The towns, the countryside, guided tours within the individual places was, without doubt, very professional and most enjoyable.
Thank you for putting up with our phone problems, being so helpful with purchasing a new one. Giving us extra time after the big day out. Shane, we could not have done that without you.
"Our house" fantastic, who could want more, then chilli olives from the market, red wine and rooftop views to watch the town life. What a fun night out, food we have never tried before, sitting in the street with most of Riogordo, was a highlight. The rest of our trip will be hard to match what you both have given us. To top the tour off, which no other tour could give us, was a funeral on day one, and an amazing wedding on our final evening, watched from the rooftop."
S & S Horton – Australia
"To experience Spain email Jess & Shane, they know the best places to see.
Shane is a knowledgeable gent,
With a historical bent,
About the Moor, Christian and Jew,
The time went fast,
But the memories will last and last and last,
Dear Jess & Shane, thank you so much for having the innovation and stamina to create Spanish Detours; an absolutely wonderful concept, we've loved every minute of it from the Mezquita to the car museum, Alhambra to Frigliana, wonderful. We explored laneways of tapas bars we would never have tried on our own. Definitely departing with loads of happy memories.
P.s. The paella at Meson La Era was excellente!"
D & W Mathieson - Australia
"Our Spanish Detour:
Greatest moments, sun, flamenco, Tomatito
Excellent adventures, Seville palaces "good old Pedro", the Mezquita, Ronda bullring and old town, the Alhambra "thanks to the Moors", El Torcal complete with mountain goats.
Riogordo, our house & rooftop, fitting in, "lost bread", the pharmacy, cheering the football team, paella night and tinto de verano!!
Jess & Shane – Bless 'em! Apps aplenty, history lessons, feel part of the family, couldn't do enough!
D & B McKenzie - Australia
"We leave reluctantly, but with many fond memories of time spent with our new friends, Jess and Shane. Thank you for your guidance (and your guides Maria, Marta and Jesus), for your attention to detail, and for sharing your knowledge of Andalucia. Because of Spanish Detours we visited all of the sights we had read about and wanted to see, and also many more that we could never have found on our own. It would be impossible to list the highlight of our trip because everyday offered a new highlight. It was always wonderful to return "home" each day to a familiar place and we so enjoyed exploring your beautiful and friendly village of Riogordo on our own."
J & J Baumann – USA
"Thank you for a wonderful holiday exceeding all our expectations. We visited places rarely seen by the average tourist; Comares, El Torcal, The Nerja horse festival and your restaurant recommendations were always a triumph. Thanks also for taking the scenic roads for our sake even after a long tiring day. It was appreciated. Your good humour and insights into Spanish history and everyday life added to our experience. Stay healthy and may Spanish Detours prosper."
M & J Alder – Australia
"The two of you were so great to us on our great trip to Spain. I cannot imagine a better way of seeing Southern Spain than having the Lewis' directing us everyday. The townhouse was just wonderful and we enjoyed our evenings on the upper deck at sunset after seeing the beautiful sights of Seville, Ronda, Granada, Malaga, Cordoba and etc."
The Crockett & Eldredge Party – USA
"Thanks for a cracking week. We enjoyed every minute of our experience in and around Riogordo. Shane, your British humor and historical information were very much appreciated. Jess, your instant smile and lightheartedness were an everyday pleasure. We appreciate the obvious effort you made to enable our trip to be most special. Your professionalism was obvious both in the big and little things you did. Thanks a million and make sure you visit us."
G & D Bolander – USA
"It was a spectacular 9 days in Andalucia with an incredible couple. Your genuine affection for the people of Riogordo, the team of guides and restaurant contacts makes this experience "one in a lifetime". Andalucia has gorgeous sites, but it is the relationship you establish with everyone which makes this such an extraordinary experience. We will always call Riogordo our Spanish town. Your ability to manipulate the weather in November was particularly astonishing. Ronda and your secret places in Malaga were perfect for us. Thank you for making us feel at home in the real Spain. You are always welcome guests."
T & J Fracker – USA
"Thank you so much for a fantastic week. I had prior knowledge of this trip through some friends who had toured with you, but it exceeded my expectations. I can't thank you enough for your kindness. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see the "real Spain". I loved every minute of this trip."
L Bergquist – USA
"Thank you for showing us far more of Andalusia than we could possibly have found on our own. This was one of the most enjoyable trips we've ever done – everything was well organized, and you two were great guides. It was like travelling with good friends who happen to be experts on the history and culture of the region. We hope to come back."
R & R Heller – USA
"Thank you for your hospitality. We loved staying in your townhouse. It's so Spanish! Great tours and wonderful guides, especially Maria. The Mezquita was our favorite."
B & C Fake – USA
"Have just read our glowing comments on our stay exactly three years ago. Hard to believe that our experience could be bettered...but it was!! Shane and Jess, you were magnificent! Every day was memorable, yet special thanks have to be offered for your efforts on the Granada and Lorca day. You treated us as friends and not merely as clients. We must also mention your three wonderful guides: María, Marta and Jesús. Please pass on our thanks. Viva Riogordo! Viva España!"
The Wright Family – Australia
"Sunny Spain! Six sunny days with Shane and Jess. Thank you so much for showing us the famous sights – Cordoba, Granada, Ronda and Seville – and the "Spanish Detours" – Comares, El Torcal, Setenil and Torre del Mar. We wanted to see the "real Spain", and we did! The days were also filled with knowledgeable and interesting conversation and superb hospitality. We will recommend you to others, and always remember a wonderful time."
The Ginsberg Family – USA
"Thank you is certainly an inadequate phrase for your help in creating a perfect Spanish Detour – but sincerely meant. Thank you so much for giving us a true taste of Spain."
The Nixon Family - USA
"Thank you for a lovely holiday with a personal touch. Everything is so well planned and thought through. The guides and yourselves are very professional. We loved the roof terrace with it's 360 degree views over hills and olive trees. What a gem!!
Last, but not least, we really enjoyed you both taking us through Southern Spain, with your great sense of humour. Thank you for our beautiful Andalucian holiday!!"
The Berezovsky Family - Australia
"After having spent a week in your beautifully restored and remarkably well appointed townhouse, we have learned many things about hosts, travelling and Riogordo in particular. On the subject of hosts, we have discovered that nothing can make a vacation more pleasant than caring, considerate, knowledgeable and easy going hosts.
With consideration to travelling we have found that, although it may be something we Americans may be used to, air-conditioning is most certainly not the most important element of a trip.
That element would be learning and seeing wondrous places. With regards to Riogordo, we have seen the truth of life in a small town, almost but not quite disconnected from the outside world.
None of us will ever forget this experience and how different cultures are, even today in the "Information Age". Everywhere we went offered a new and different experience, and we will treasure each one.
Our memories from this trip will become part of how we view the world, both past and present. You have made this possible!"
The Rover Family – USA
"We both thoroughly enjoyed Andalucia, and learning about the history of Spain. This will be an experience that will stick with us forever and a bond with Jess and Shane we will maintain."
C & B Asbury – USA
"What a wonderful week we have had. When planning a holiday I always feel really excited, and then come the "fears". Have we done the right thing? Well – we surely did do the right thing. You have given us a trip and experience that has ticked every box of our wishes. We have seen and done so much, in comfort and such a relaxing way. Every bit of stress has been removed from our holiday, and we have learned so much about Spanish history and life here today.
We loved your company, your humour and appreciate how concerned you have been for us at a really difficult personal time for you.
We will always treasure our wonderful memories from our "Spanish Detour"."
K & A Abraham – Australia
"Shane & Jess, you are a class act! Thank you so much for a very special experience, unique to the travel industry in this part of the world. Your itinerary was thoughtfully planned and well executed. Not once did you forget something we asked of you and your willingness to be flexible as each day unfolded made it very personal.
Thanks to you both for your attention to detail, your careful driving and co-ordination which put us in the right place, at the right time.
Your knowledge of Spanish history left our heads spinning.
Breakfast on the terrace and dinner, when it was cooler, was memorable. Spanish Detours address a niche market and we will describe our experience in Andalucia enthusiastically to our friends."
D & G Shanley, B & M Smith – Australia
"Why go on a coach tour when you can be part of the "Spanish Detours" experience!
Shane & Jess' innovative approach gave us an opportunity to get a feel of life in a country village in Andalusia, away from the hustle and bustle of tourists...
We walked along the little streets of Riogordo, exchanging greetings and smiles with the locals. Shane introduced us to the local cuisine and language, enabling us to further explore ourselves.
Shane's in-depth knowledge, and the local guides gave us an insight to Spain's history and culture, as they guided us through towns such as Ronda, Cordoba and Seville. And after each day of discovery and adventure, we were so lucky to return to Shane and Jess' comfortable and beautiful townhouse, situated right in the centre of Riogordo... A restful haven for tired travelers, it's cool environment is a contrast to Spain's warm sunny heat... a wonderful rooftop garden to enjoy, a glass of cold wine and put your feet up... comfortable beds to rest to prepare for the next day's adventure.
There are so many jewels in Spain... we are so lucky we discovered at least one of them... Spanish Detours!!!!"
M & S Kay – Australia, J. Diver – United Kingdom
"Fantastic!! It was our desire to see the 'real' Spain and Spanish Detours exceeded our expectations. The planned itinerary and co-ordination made this our smoothest trip ever. Our home, away from home, felt truly like "our house".
We will treasure the memories of sitting up on the veranda, having a glass of wine, watching the wonderful views of Riogordo. It was truly fun sitting outside Bar Molina watching time and people go by. An added bonus was the knowledge we learned while travelling the Autovia and backroads.
As we make our journey back to Alabama, we will cherish these memories."
L & M Holcomb – USA
"Thank you Jess & Shane for showing us your lovely Andalucia. Everyday and every place was remarkable. We loved being in your capable hands throughout our visit. You truly live in a magical place, and you brought the magic to us."
M Monkelbaan & K Desantis - USA
"Many thanks for hosting us in Andalucia for the week. Your knowledge and expertise of the area, your flexibility and your sense of humour made for an extremely enjoyable week."
The Messina Family – Australia
"Thanks so much for another wonderful stay. We had so much fun. We can't possibly match the poem Barb & I wrote in April 2009, so we will just say muchas gracias. Thank you so much for taking us to Seville Feria. It was a true "Brucey Bonus". Good luck with everything. Hasta luego cariños."
J & B Stang – USA
"Thank you, Jess and Shane, for providing such a wonderful experience for us. Staying in your beautifully done townhouse was very comfortable and allowed us to observe the day-to-day life in Riogordo. Your extensive knowledge and organization made each days outing a really interesting experience. We now know so much more about the history, culture and geography of Southern Spain. An added bonus for us was learning some about British culture as well as we travelled together. GRACIAS!!"
M & C York – USA
"Shane & Jess – Your consummate efforts to choreograph our trip left not one stone unturned. We have been left with all of the savory flavors of Southern Spain lingering in our palate, leaving delicious memories which we will treasure for a lifetime. We have learned so much in so little time. We now look upon Spain with brand new eyes which will never close. Thanks for letting us drink from the deep well of your knowledge and revel in your boundless love of Spain."
R & N Cox – USA
"To say "Thank You" is so insufficient for one of the most memorable vacations of our lives. Almost immediately we felt we were travelling with new friends. The itinerary was superb, the weather outstanding and the food absolutely delicious. The Easter processions gave us such a sense of reverence, all different but individually beautiful.
You both will remain in our memories with the greatest of fondness. GRACIAS!! Adios, we hope to meet again."
J Livingston & A Birk – USA
"Thanks to your careful planning, organization, research, knowledge, warmth and good humour, we have had an incredibly rich experience in Andalucia. You took care of the details and we travelled worry-free. We were very impressed with the quality of the tour guides you chose for us: Maria, Marta and Jesús.
We will always remember this very personal tour for two, and your friendship!"
M & E Neufeld – Canada
"Only superlatives can describe our visit with you here in Riogordo. Your warmth, good humor and infinite patience embraced us from the very start. You have created a wonderfully scenic and interesting path on which to experience the wonders of Andalucia. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of this history-laden part of Spain. Your choices of guides: Maria, Jesús and Marta were excellent. The tapas bars were all great and our trout lunch in Riofrio was outstanding. We enjoyed it all including our cozy and comfortable house.
Thank you for making our time here an adventure so filled with happy memories. We have had a "cracking" good time."
R & J Henry, J Matheson – USA
"Fellow Traveller,
You are now in Riogordo with Jess and Shane. A treat is in store.
Jess and Shane are unique hosts. You will appreciate their special care, knowledge and enthusiasm. These qualities will take you to unexpected places and unexpected surprises. Enjoy the journey.
Enjoy this village and its people, become part of it.
Enjoy the house. It is a home to return to each evening and await the adventures of the next day.
Jess and Shane, the village, the house are all part of a perfect package.
No words can express how special this time has been for us.
Enjoy the experience."
V & C Damato – Australia
"We did not know what to expect from this trip, but you guys made this an amazing experience for us. Your knowledge, expertise and your flexibility made this 'our holiday'. Thank you both for the wonderful memories."
C & L Chandrashekar – USA
"We thank you both for being the best of hosts, but without your able expertise in navigating us through it's culture, language, history and scenic beauty we would never have savored it's essence. Your meticulousness, attention to detail and compassion are unequalled."
S & B Bellur – USA
"You helped me fulfill one of my long held dreams to see and experience Southern Spain. Thanks Jess & Shane for the many happy memories."
K. Harding – Australia
"A week spent in Riogordo is a magical experience, like a week spent in Disneyland. You just feel happy all the time."
R. Lappin – Australia
"Fabulous information about the Alhambra and terrific trout dinner. Thanks for all the research on the food, we appreciated all the effort. You obviously love your work and Riogordo and we appreciated being able to share it all. Thanks for a lovely stay, the house is a treasure, best way to see southern Spain."
D O'Hare & M Godfrey – Australia
"Mad dogs & Englishmen go out in the midday sun, and then they had 4 Aussies in tow!! When we arrived in Riogordo we were a bit gobsmacked, now we feel we are dinky di Riogordians. We have really relaxed and have quickly grown into the Spanish way. Your recommendations of the local restaurants have been much to our liking (even the goat), and detrimental to our waistbands. We have had an extensive insight into southern Spain due to Shane's incredible knowledge of history and culture. We would never have found these great places without you both. Gracias Shane & Jess!! We will always remember this area and you with fondness."
D & S Bult and R & L Reynolds – Australia
"Spain beckoned to us –
Happily, Shane & Jess got us sorted!
Ahh! The Alhambra (and amazing almonds)
Never ending olive groves...
El Torcal – how incredible!!
Jaunts everyday in the car, then...
Exquisite evenings on our balcony.
Simply stunning Seville
So many wonderful memories
Thank you both so much for your wonderful organization, beautiful home and absolutely AMAZING knowledge of Andalucia!"
J & M Stenhouse – Australia
"Our week in southern Spain with Shane & Jess was like travelling with friends. It gave us a great introduction to the real Spain, the people, the culture and it's history. It has given us confidence to travel on further by ourselves. A great day was had by all at the paella cooking class with Christopher & Arthur. Fond memories to take back to Oz."
D & R Ryan – Australia
"We had a strong feeling we were "onto something" when we stumbled across your website when planning our holiday – and we weren't disappointed!!
Thank you so much for your friendship, hospitality, local knowledge and laughs, all of which made for a truly memorable trip. You really are an entrepreneurial pair and have risen to the challenge of creating a "one of a kind" business. When Shane says "we're going to start climbing soon" we think you've already made it to the top!"
J & M MCEwan – Australia
"It's Saturday. The sun is shining, it's delightfully warm and the sky is blue. We're all packed ready for the next leg of our journey, but before we go, Shane & Jess, we wanted you to know just how special this last week has been.
* We're all feeling very relaxed and rested.
* The mix of visits and the journeys to and fro have been just right.
* Your blend of personal and professional approaches worked really well for us. Again thank you.
* The house is really well set up and easy for us to manage.
* Your arrangements for the pick-ups and drop-offs and help in finding our way around the village also worked well for us. Thank you especially for recommendations about meals to be had etc.
All in all it's been really great and we've really appreciated all your efforts, your company and the laughs we have shared."
The Johnstone & Johnsons – Australia
"Thanks for your lovely house, it was a most comfortable home base. Your town – Riogordo – was interesting and unique.
Every place we visited was filled with history and your knowledge imparted to us gave us a better understanding of the rich and varied culture of Andalucia. Thank you for your warmth, great driving skills and patience."
B Kaplan & M Rosenberg – USA
"The 10 greatest things about Spanish Detours (a la Letterman)
10. Worry-free and accommodating logistical planning to meet the needs and interests of everyone in our group.
9. Very comfortable transportation, with expert drivers/navigators.
8. Expert translation of the local language and customs.
7. Spot-on dining recommendations, with great tapas at great prices.
6. Varied and adaptable itineraries, with numerous venues and options each day.
5. The revelation of non-touristy hidden gems of Andalucia.
4. Riogordo's small town atmosphere, rarely experienced by most tourists.
3. Comfortable, well equipped and well located accommodation (and a spectacular sunset from the roof terrace!).
2. Jess' lively personality and infectious sense of humor.
1. Shane's ability to make the history of Andalucia come alive, (and his good humor!)
Thank you Jess & Shane for making our 8 days in Andalucia a most memorable holiday!"
The Dry & Ward Party – USA
"Well! Where do we start?
The location is superb; mountains all around, vivid light, a lovely village. "Our" townhouse, full of character yet with all mod cons. Riogordo's people, friendly and welcoming, a tribute to our hosts' involvement in their community.
Then the visits to some of the most beautiful cities and towns in the world, brought to life through Shane & Jess' entertaining knowledge and humourous commentaries. Their choice of guides in Maria, Jesús and Marta.
You can always take home a moment among many. Jenny's was the walk around El Torcal, mine is the walk in the gardens of the Generalife at the Alhambra.
Cordoba, Ronda, Gibraltar, Granada, Seville and Malaga are no longer names on a map, they are treasured memories of our visit.
As for Shane & Jess, hosts par excellence – they have given us an insight into Spain's history, culture and day to day life. To be looked after in such a personal way is something special.
This has been a memorable and fascinating holiday, to be treasured by the hospitality and kindness of Shane & Jess."
T. Moors & J. Overton – Australia
"Once we'd met Shane and Jess, So much better than the rest,
For they worked as a team,
"Our" house was a dream,
And this week was just one of the best.
May all your home games be blessed by a herd of goats!

The Edmonds Family – Australia
"Thank you for a wonderful week; it far exceeded our expectations. Apart from your beautifully equipped and comfortable house, we thoroughly enjoyed our day trips, your company and lunches, drinks and dinners together- great fun.
You will long live in our fondest memories and may Spanish Detours prosper and flourish."
I. & M. Lee-Conway – Australia
"Possibly one of the most difficult tasks of our holiday is putting into words our gratitude to you both for a truly memorable holiday and experience. We feel both privileged and fortunate to have stumbled across your website and were able to book a tour with you. The highlights – Could be any number of things: Paco's antics, the Alhambra, the scenic beauty of El Torcal, Jesus' dapper style, the Mezquita – and the awe you feel when passing from Moorish to Christian, Calamari and pork with raisins and pine nuts at Bar Posada, goat-herds on the streets of Riogordo, the Church bell, stunning Andalucian scenery including brilliant blue skies and clear views of the Mediterranean, very comfortable and well equipped accommodation in "our house", the elegance and style of Seville, the Plaza España..........
But the real highlight has been your unconditional good humour, patience and amazing knowledge, as well as your willingness to share a small (actually huge) part of your world with us.
We know we have had a unique experience and, believe us, we will be spreading the word Down Under. We hope to be back, and wish you every success and good fortune with Spanish Detours in the future."
A. & L. Rodwell-Ball – Australia
"Spanish Detours es unico, estupendo!
We have had a fantastic seven days in Riogordo and Andalucia. They have far exceeded our hopes and expectations and we have never experienced anything like it.
We owe so much to Shane & Jess: their knowledge, experience and warm friendship – and their beautiful house – our heartfelt thanks to you."
A. Baxter & S. Cruttenden – Australia
"Thank you so much for your hospitality! We have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will take home so many amazing memories. "Our house" is so charming – please apologize to Antonia for all the loud laughter she must have endured."
The Babcock Family - USA
"Thank you so much for a great holiday. It could be our last overseas trip, so it was good to finish touring on the highest note. Everything was perfect, location, great trips, knowledgeable tours, great food, wine and plenty of laughs with 2 new friends.
We will recommend you and your business to all of our friends."
H & B Little and R & J Brown – Australia
"We can't believe our 8 days have passed so quickly. Certainly Spanish Detours lived up to our expectations and then some! You have helped create memories that will last a lifetime. We strongly suggest you follow Shane & Jess' food recommendations, they were spot on.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our vacation in Spain a total success."
M & M Bombace – USA
"Thank you both for an unforgettable trip. As you said on the first day, you can visit the tourist cities like Madrid and Barcelona, but this area is the true Spain. Every day was full of unbelievable sights and stories. We also loved Riogordo, from the friendly people, excellent food, and the culture. We got to see how Spain is day to day.
Of course, who can forget seeing Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in Seville!! All in all it was a once in a lifetime trip, and will highly recommend you to anybody looking to find 'the real Spain'."
The Hungerford Family – USA
"We came to Andalucía to see the sights and learn the history. We have left having made some great friends.
Muchas gracias for all of the laughter and the good times."
C & L Taylor – Canada
"Showing people the 'true Spain' is your aim
You certainly do live up to this claim
Riogordo we sure did find
People to be so friendly and kind
Professional drivers you both are
Taking us places both near and far
So many authentic things we did see
As well as historic sights with so much history

Local food was so very fine
We found it to be simply divine
Lunch on the 'Med' the water within reach
It was so very pleasant eating on the beach
Authentic Flamenco we do agree
Was a great privilege for us to see
Shane's history knowledge we can't overlook
We found it so much better than reading a book
Jess enjoys watching Spanish men strut
But really prefers a Matador's butt
We enjoyed many laughs with you two
Making others comfortable is something that you do
Now our time has come to an end
We feel we are leaving 2 new friends
We have had such a wonderful time
Leaving with memories to last a lifetime
Muchas gracias amigos. Hasta el proximo tiempo
D & L Pate – Canada
"We had a lovely time touring Andalucía. You are wonderful people, interesting, knowledgeable, organized, patient and very funny. Our little home away from home was comfortable and charming. What really stands out for us is your obvious love for Spanish history and culture. You gave us a holiday we will long remember."
B & J Blattmachr – USA
"Two visits with you are not enough!!
Your hospitality, your humor, your conviviality, plus your darling townhouse in the center of town. The charm and fascination of Andalucía, plus the special events, plus taking total responsibility for us (even Dave)!!
Adds up to our best vacation ever!!!"

I Smith – USA
"What a memorable vacation you two created for us here in Andalucía. We loved Barcelona but would have missed much of Spain if we had not found your wonderful 'Spanish Detours'. Each day brought us fantastic sights and wonderfully interesting sights.
Your home which you shared with us was very comfortable. We loved each restaurant you pointed us to... you truly know your beloved Andalucía."
M Bowling & M Alexander – USA
"We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for providing us with a heavenly week, well beyond our expectations. You two thought of everything to make strangers from New Jersey USA feel like friends. We will always remember you….. your warmth, knowledge and helpful suggestions helped make our trip an awesome experience. We are your biggest fans!! You are indeed more than the website can say!
We loved the roof terrace, the house with it´s amenities, but most of all the quaint town and people of Riogordo. The views and weather could not have been better. We also loved Ignacio, Maria and Marta."
B & D Christensen – USA
"Thank you so much for making our stay in Al Andalus such a wonderful – and funny – time. We eagerly awaited the grey van appearing around the corner, ready to wheel us off into another day of scenery, art, architecture and great food, with a knowledgeable pair of 'locals' (and friends), with a fund of stories and a riotous sense of humour.
A thousand thanks, hasta luego"
C & D Ford – Australia
"Thank you for showing us your corner of the world. It was wonderful to get a little taste of what you find so special. Hands down the best papas fritas and prawns ever!! at Molinas."
The Merges family – USA
"Thank you for showing us the wonderful, brilliant sights of Spain. Without Spanish Detours we would never have seen its true beauty and learned so much of its ancient history. Individualized itineraries make for a top notch touring company, adding that personal touch to the trip."
S Core & L Kreicar – USA
"We could not have been luckier finding Spanish Detours. This was just what we were hoping for, beautiful scenery, great hospitality, well informed guides and NO driving. In a few words 'the best of holidays'.
We never imagined Spain to be so enchanting. ´Our´ little home was comfortable and the town people most welcoming. Many thanks for a lovely holiday in the South of Spain. We saw more than we hoped for."
R & A Emery – Canada
"Thank you both for a very enjoyable stay in your beautiful country home which was far beyond my expectations, as were the visits to El Torcal, Ronda, Seville, Cordoba and Gibraltar.
Looking back we covered a great deal thanks to your relaxed driving. Everywhere we went provided that WOW factor, and this will be a memorable time for me for many years to come. However, I do hope to repeat it all soon."
F Thompson – Australia
"We have really enjoyed exploring Andalucía with you, savoring local cuisine and seeing highlights of the area. The trip was made particularly enjoyable by your open and easy going personalities.
Riogordo is quaint and full of color and life – It is just as we envisioned it would be and your house is very charming.
You have made every effort to make us welcome and comfortable and we have had a vacation we will remember fondly."
I & T Buch – USA
"Thank you both so much for sharing 'your Andalucía' with us. This holiday was just what we needed. No queues, hassle, stress or decisions to be made – just put our trust in the hands of Spanish Detours and all was revealed in peaceful luxury. Your terrace is amazing and we found your house extremely comfortable.
All in all a most relaxing holiday which lived up to all the promises of your website. Thanks for all the history, driving and food suggestions in great 'out of the way' places."
C & N Allen – Australia
"This is the perfect way to travel. We were able to experience so much more because of your knowledge and experience.
We loved the rooftop patio and the quiet nights of Riogordo. The time went much too fast. We leave with very fond memories. Maybe someday we´ll be back, having just scratched the surface of Andalucía."
R & S Johnstone – USA
"Well done Jess and Shane! So much to see and learn – it was all there. More than that you were able to program things to meet our capabilities and the specialists Marta and Maria made it all the more special!
The house was all that was promised and the roof terrace was a lovely way to end each days travels before contemplating where to dine each evening. What fun some of that was! Riogordo on TV on the cooking show etc!"
P & D Bowker – Australia
"Thank you for such a wonderful week that was more than we ever expected and just what we hoped for.
Our many detours have been memorable and so enjoyable for us both. Your generosity with time, care and 'specials' has made us feel more like friends than clients, and we feel privileged to have been included in your plan and part of your dream."
S & F Lewis - Australia
"We know you usually have late July without guests, but we truly appreciate your willingness to take us on because of our limited time in Spain. You were right though - it's HOT, HOT, HOT, but the cool evenings and busy days made the time go so quickly!
The history, the sights, the tapas, the villagers, the Moroccan food. What hosts!
Your hospitality and thorough support of non-Spanish speakers made this a stress-free time for us. JUST what we needed! Thanks for everything!"
Diane R & Michael P - USA
"Let me summarise our feelings at the outset. For any English speaking group of two to four who wish to experience Andalucía, Spanish Detours is THE GATEWAY.
Having a pleasant home in the heart of an unspoilt village like Riogordo enabled us to settle in. The required driving was no problem thanks to a very pleasant and roomy 'coach' that allowed for wide ranging and informative discussions, great sights and, if needed, sleep! We cannot imagine any other avenue by which we could have had so much fun getting to know the Spain of now and the Spain of the past. We will be ever grateful that you ditched your previous careers in favour of a life that appears so suited to your talents. Proof that the personal touch can still be found."
J Chyu & D Whitney - USA
"You promised we would experience the REAL Spain - and we're going away knowing that you kept your promise. Riogordo will always have a special place in our hearts. Thank you for sharing 'your' Andalucía with us and for making history come alive.
Thank you too for enabling us to experience El Borge and the Festival of the Raisin. Arranging the goatherd and goats was clever of you Shane!
Last of all, thank you for your company, we felt we were travelling with friends."
J & W McGlynn - Australia
"We echo our friends thoughts, your professionalism, knowledge and friendship ensured we had a stay that will remain in our memory forever. We experienced a journey that few will know - the sights, the insights, the fun of the festival, the 'Thank you God' moments and memories."
J & K Twohill - Australia
"We've had a wonderful week, and the best of the best bits were:
Ignacio and his wonderful bodega - such a fine person and such fabulous wine. Ronda, the bullring, the views from the bridge and the shopping (with great help from our personal shopper, Jess). The beauty of the Alhambra. The Alcazar with its Moorish architecture. I loved El Torcal - the cool mist, the limestone, the exercise!! The gazpacho with grapes, and the terrace in Riogordo. The absolute best of the best was the both of you - your patience, your knowledge, your consideration for each aspect of our week long tour - and what a marvellous trip through Andalucía we have had. We thank you most sincerely for a first class holiday."
J Coghill - Canada & R Sutton - United Kingdom
"It has been a wonderful experience to get to know you both and experience Spain as it simply would not have been possible otherwise. In addition to the typical sights you opened our eyes to Andalucían culture, food and people - thank you. Jess, your friendly presence was a delight. Shane - your passion for Andalucían history and culture is 'worth your weight in gold', and I thoroughly enjoyed our discussions and learning from you - 'DAD'! The room was a blessing to return to each day - I loved my room - my bathroom and the rooftop! Everything was perfect. Thank you!!"
K Otley - Canada
"Thank you so much for such a wonderful time in Southern Spain. We loved staying in the townhouse and really thought of it as our home while we were here. The views were all amazing, especially the sunrises."
C Douse - Canada
"We had wonderful time for our first visit to Spain. We've seen many places that we'd never find on our own. The concept is great and we'll recommend it to our friends.
R & L Farson - USA
"We have never had more knowledgeable companions of an area, its people, history and culture than Shane & Jess Lewis. Shane you are SO passionate about what you do, and this makes you SUCH a great storyteller.
We especially enjoyed hiking El Torcal with Jess. I still can't believe I did it, and with a cane, no less. The Cathedral, Palaces, olive tree covered mountains and quaint 'white villages' will be treasured memories."
P & J Swanstrom - USA
"Everyday was better than the one before! Our experience has been totally cool. We won't even try to list our favorite adventures. But, we can tell you that 'you-all' made our week the very best - your knowledge of history, your hospitality, your sense of humor and your patience and kindness."
Judy & Patsy (Your Southern Gals) - USA
"Thanks for providing the opportunity for me to step back in time in Riogordo. Loved Ronda best amongst the cities, but I got to see so many places that previously lived only in my imagination. The best day for me was my nature day at El Torcal, the wolf park and the donkey sanctuary, I would never have experienced any of those places on another tour. Seeing so many places of historical significance was a delight as well. Hope you continue to live your dream for many years to come."
L McNany - USA
"Congratulations Shane & Jess on being able to live your dream and the best of all, to share it with us.
The warmth of your welcome and the length you go to ensure that you catered to our particular needs, guarantees a successful stay in Andalucía. By the end of our holiday we felt like 'old friends'.
We experienced the real Spain, and gained an insight into Spain's fascinating history, which was so impressively imported to us by Shane. Jess was great for us women, subtly pointing out the best shops.
We enjoyed all that this part of Spain has to offer and particularly the wonderful food and dining experiences away from the tourist haunts.
Thanks for the stay!!!"
M & T Bonney and J & L Cahill, Australia
"Super... Location, Historical information, Views, Insights, Food, Accommodation, Weather, Hospitality.
Shane & Jess it was the SUPER BOWL of holidays for us."
The Thomas Family, USA
"When one is treated with such warm and welcoming hospitality there is a certain imperative to respond in kind with a glowing report. Alas words alone cannot really convey the deep appreciation for this wonderful week with you. I came to Andalucía after nearly three weeks of a gruelling tour of Morocco – and in six days have enjoyed a blissful stay in this beautiful region. You arranged a perfect tour, suited to our interests and energy levels. No wonder that after day 2 I am already planning another visit! It is a perfect way to spend a holiday. Thank you for every minute of care and friendship."
A Laszlo, USA
"Can you imagine a perfect vacation. Look no further - it's here! In the beauty of Andalucía lie a couple, perfectly matched with each other, and with their jobs of welcoming, hosting, caring for, driving, telling tales to and laughing with their guests. Your wish is their command. When they give you the key to their beautiful and well appointed house in Riogordo, enjoy!"
I Smith, USA
"Thank you for your hospitality. We've enjoyed our stay in your beautiful home. Thanks for the good time and taking us to all the great places. You have such style and grace, your fun and good humor were a Brucie Bonus!!!"
J Stang, USA
"Thank you so much for making us feel 'at home'. Your personal touches and the wonderful (and colourful) history you shared with us, have made this a truly memorable holiday. My only suggestion would be that you clone yourselves and move to my next holiday destination so I can enjoy your company there too!"
S Dutt, Australia
"Thank you for your warmth and personality, and your wealth of knowledge. I especially appreciate the care you look to provide us with. It was a very special holiday, and one the poorer had we not had you as our hosts."
P Rego, Australia
"Thank you so much for your warm hospitality, wealth of knowledge, and for keeping us and everything 'sorted out' during this wonderful trip to Andalucía! Living in your attractive, cozy house in this picturesque Spanish village has been a unique experience. We'll miss our Riogordo house when we head for home."
C & S Neustadt, USA
"What a great holiday in stunning Andalucía, constantly full of surprises. We feel we found new friends who showed us their neck of the woods with knowledge, panache, not to mention Jess' driving skills. Your commitment, your attention to detail and your care for the wellbeing of your clients shines thru at all times.
It was such a treat to live in a Spanish house, albeit made cozy, and to enjoy band practice, church bells, and the warmth of Riogordo. We have seen a very different Spain from the usual coastal towns & thank you so very much for that."
R & S Tucker, Canada
"Thank you so much for being such gracious hosts and showing us the best of southern Spain.
Even though the original plan changed, the new "4" of us had a wonderful time. Loved the sunny days and, of course, the food. The house was comfortable and filled our needs. We'll tell our friends about this UNIQUE opportunity."
The Janka Party, USA
"Congratulations Shane & Jess on your care & hospitality. Everyday has been a pleasant and educative adventure and we have hoped the adventure would continue. Sadly, tomorrow we leave for Seville - we don't expect the same warm experience, but have been prepared for 'Spanish' life by our stay in Riogordo."
J & E Hammond & Padre Pedro, Australia
"Thank you for showing us the real Andalucía. So glad we took this 'Detour' from our daily routines to cross paths with you. Hope destiny will allow our paths to cross again."
D, L & A Lei, USA
"Thank you for your 5 star hospitality, from our first comatose day to Spanish translations to rescued kittens. We are taking home many fabulous memories.
Cheers! To many more Spanish Detours!"
The Mackay Party, Canada
"Thank you Shane & Jess, for all you have done to make this such a memorable holiday for us in Andalucía.
Your comfortable traditional house in the village atmosphere of Riogordo, away from the beaten tourist track. Organising so smoothly our daily excursions with nice personal touches and unexpected surprises.
Your good company as we travelled through the beautiful countryside.
Your historical & local knowledge which added so much to our experience.
Altogether, we feel that we have spent ten wonderful days with good friends."
The Howell Party, Australia
"Thank you for all your kindness and hospitality. We thoroughly enjoyed the week with you, especially your good sense of humour.
It felt like a home from home here and the days we spent with you will forever stay in our memory.
You have certainly hit the spot with the choice of destinations, tapas bars etc."
B & L Pees, United Kingdom
"We've come a long way since arriving 7 days ago, from a faltering "gra-see-as" to "Me ha encantado conocerte". This holiday has left us with so many memories. We all have our favourites: Ronda, the Alhambra, Sevilla, El Torcal and croquetas in tapas bars.
Riogordo is a charming village and the people have been wonderful hosts. We can't say enough about the pizza place where we ate nearly every night. Thank you so much for showing us the real Spain and for providing us with so much background history of the sites, and thank you Jess for the Spanish shopping knowledge. Your service has been exceptional from top to bottom.
The Coates Family, Canada
"What an education. Spain is not just crowded beaches, bars & drunken tourists. We have had a wonderful week seeing amazing sites and learning about Spanish culture. You are superb hosts and the house has all anyone could need. Thank you so much for your time and knowledge. And to top it all last nights feria in Riogordo was just the best."
R & C Pounde, United Kingdom
"What a perfect week in your company. Professional, thoughtful, polite and educational."
P & J Francolini, United Kingdom
"Words can't express our appreciation for this wonderful week. So different from our usual holidays.We feel we have not only gained these wonderful memories, but two wonderful friends as well."
F & I Molod, G & C Haber, USA
Tribute to Shane & Jess (sung to the tune of "You are my sunshine")
You are our tour guides,
Our only tour guides.
You made us happy day by day.
You’ll never know, friends,
How much we loved it
Even though we all had to pay.
L Frew, R Bourassa, K Darrah, G Riemer, USA – The Cape Cod Lot
"When God was giving out 'nice', he gave a double dose to the both of you. From the smiling Shane at the airport to our last excursion, both of you made this Riogordo experience one we'll never forget and refer to with fondest memories. Cutar, the Moorish fiesta, the Alhambra, wheelchair purchase (not an ordinary souvenir!!!), Ronda, Sevilla, Cordoba and the friendly 'holas' in Riogordo – Ignacio's bodega, ice cream, delicious food – when we talk about Spain we will recommend your Spanish Detours to everyone. The perfect way to enjoy southern Spain to the fullest."
J & M Aslanis, USA
"Our week with you in Riogordo was the highlight of our Spanish holiday. You have given us a marvellous insight into the ‘real’ Spain, for which we are very grateful. You were both always helpful with every detail anticipated and covered efficiently. We enjoyed your good humour and leave feeling we now have two new friends in Spain. I know your business will prosper because it deserves to. We will certainly recommend you to our friends after we return to Australia."
T & J Keady, Australia
"Shane – It's a shame we have leave this place and… Jess, yes, it was a fabulous time with both of you!!!
Riogordo is a lovely place to hang our hats while in Andalucía. Every day was a great adventure ... the beautiful sights mixed with interesting tidbits just made for a vacation extraordinaire. The only thing surpassing the lovely region and your wonderful home is the warmth and hospitality you shared. I felt as though I was visiting two old friends. The laughter and levity far exceeded my expectations, making this a contender for the BEST vacation EVER. It was a blast. Thanks for everything."
V Barnitt, USA
"Shane & Jess – I am sad to leave your good company. Thank you for sharing your bit of paradise. You were lovely travelling companions! Shane – all things Moorish & Christian come alive as you weave the stories and legends of this proud and beautiful region, Andalucía, into a memorable tapestry. Jess - what an English rose! Your sweet nature and saucy humor made the perfect foil to Shane. I will always remember this week with fondness and laughter. The best of life is yet to come for you two. I have no doubt."
C Liles, USA
"Shane & Jess, you have both been so patient with our slow progress on our trips out with you and this has been special for us. There is no way that my husband, in his current state of health, could have coped with a normal tour, but your way we have been able to truly enjoy visiting Cordoba, Granada and Seville with knowledgeable guides. An intensive few days but so interesting and enjoyable, with the added bonus of staying in your comfortable, well equipped house in an 'un-touristy' little Spanish town. You have been great companions and hosts."
T Wright & G Young, United Kingdom
O'er the Everest & towards the Mediterranean sea,
A jewel among the greenery found with glee,
Warm hospitality melts the November snow*,
The cosy dwelling full of tranquillity & peace.

Columbus found the New World beyond the seas,
We now found his native land, luckier than he.
From the coast up to the hills,
Tall palms growing among fruit trees.

Riogordo welcomes friends from the Far East,
And here we have had a good vacation with thee.
Above all, in these few memorable days,
Hearty thanks & remembrance should go to the Lewis'

Adios, our warmest regards to our new found friends,
Olives & oranges will remind us forever of this land.

* Rare and special occurrence on this day in the mountains, 26 Nov 2008!
The Wei Family, Hong Kong, China
"Thank you for giving us a wonderful time during our holiday in Spain. Thank you also for adapting our tour to suit our requirements. We enjoyed staying in your lovely home. You both provided a wonderful tour of your country. Your knowledge of local history is amazing. The food was great. We wish you the very best for the future and would be very happy to provide future clients with a reference."
L & L Clotworthy, New Zealand
"We would like to take the opportunity to jot down how we feel during our one week being with both of you on our first trip to Spain. On the first day of our arrival we were really impressed with your fully equipped, cozy and comfortable, house in Riogordo. The Alhambra, plus the extras we got like Setenil and Comares. Shane has put his effort in getting as much history of Spain to tell us. Again thank you, muchas gracias, for all your hospitality during our stay."
A Ismail, A Ahmad, H Hassan, E Osman, Malaysia
"From beginning to end, you have looked after us magnificently. The house more than lived up to our expectations. We both voted the beds the best ever! Our trips to Seville, Cordoba and Ronda were as memorable as we had hoped. Good luck for the future, you deserve it."
J & M Creagh, England
"This was our first trip to Spain and you made it so very special. It's hard to believe that we saw so much in our week, but you made it so much fun. Everything you showed us was so great and very enjoyable. Everyday was a new adventure and your ability to tell us about the location, the history and customs gave us great insight without overload. The best thing is, we came away with two new friends!"
M & L Gilkerson, USA
"It was great spending a week with such a nice couple as you Jess & Shane. We were truly fortunate to have you as our hosts and tour guides. You are kind and warm and we feel that you spare no effort to turn our vacation to a most successful one! Thanks a million."
A & A Gerber, USA
"What a great time we had. The house was perfect and the touring great!! Thank you for showing us a little bit of Andalucía. When you next travel to the States please call us. We'd love to take you to a Yankee game."
D & N Bower & P Smith, USA
"Thank you again for helping us create wonderful memories of Spain. We are back home in California, and my parents should be back in Novosibirsk by now."
The Poukhnatcheva Family, USA & Russia
"We both enjoyed our stay and the tours. Your house was best of all. We should have made more time to enjoy the house, grilling and relaxing in the outdoor sitting area. Thank you for such an enjoyable week in Spain and for providing the means to see so much in such a short time."
R & S Sullivan, USA
"Touring Spain with you was more like visiting friends in a foreign place. We felt at home right away. We experienced the REAL Spain, not some pre-packaged tour. You gave us the opportunity to follow our interests while, at the same time, not letting us miss anything important. We never felt rushed or hurried at any time. Our vacation truly exceeded our expectations!!! Thank you so much for this experience. We will never forget it, or you."
J & L Talley, USA
"When we first saw Shane waiting for us at the bullring in Antequera, little did we know what lay ahead in the week to come. Your extensive knowledge and passion for your adopted culture was infectious. We enjoyed immensely learning about the complex history of this area and seeing and feeling its impact on the Spanish heritage. No.2 Calle Dean was comfortable and a relaxing place to come home to, and your sense of humour. Fair dinkum - WE HAD A BALL!"
D & K Baker and B & T McConnell, Australia
"Thank you so much for the wonderful hospitality you showed during our stay. The house is lovely and Riogordo is charming. This will be a trip we will long remember and we have 400+ photos to remind us. It was a great vacation and appreciated Shane's knowledge of the history of the region, and also its' botany! Awfully glad we didn't miss El Torcal - absolutely spectacular!"
E Gagnon, J Temperley, D Morse & K Brandenberg, USA
"You've outdone yourselves! We couldn't have asked for any better care or service. Your house is lovely and we've enjoyed the evenings on the rooftop. All the trips were great, especially Malaga, El Torcal, Comares, the wine bodega and the horse show. Your sense of humour and cheerfulness made it all a trip full of happy memories."
E & C Alden and D & K Blackwood, USA
"Riogordo perched on a hillside,
A cat looks down from the rooftop,
to the pattern of life below.
Man, woman, cats, cars and priests.
All challenged by the inclines in the labyrinth of streets.
A way of life that is daily resolved.
The church bell tolls the hours to midnight,
not counting the centuries passed.
Peace that should go on forever."
Stan Yoannidis Oct'07
"We just loved our stay here. The beach at Torre del Mar was great as was the Alhambra and the mountains, they are fantastic. Thank you Shane & Jess we really enjoyed your easy manner and hope we will remain friends."
S & S Yoannidis, Australia
"The last day of a wonderful adventure with Jess and Shane. You two are amazing folks. We would never have seen anything like your tours without you two. We wish you only the best. Thank you very much for making our vacation even better than I had hoped. The house and Riogordo have been a most pleasant location. Your choices of what to see were excellent. I will spread the word."
S Blake & J Banks, USA
"Today is our final day here with Shane & Jess. We've had a great week with the best weather you could ask for! Jess & Shane's tours have taken us to places that we would have never seen on our own or with any other tour group. They truly personalized our tour- even stopping so our boys could watch some motorcycle riders on the local motocross track. It is unbelievable the amount of history and sights there are to see in this part of Spain. Shane's knowledge of it all is amazing! The stay here at the house has been excellent - so much better than a hotel! Thank you for sharing your knowledge, your friendship and your home with us. We are excited to recommend Spanish Detours to anyone looking to visit Southern Spain."
The (Racing) Lancaster family, USA
"There were three ladies from Alemania,
Who wanted to do a tour of Espana,
They found Jess and Shane,
Who took them down many a winding lane,
In their beautiful corner of Andalucía.
Thanks for a great holiday!!"
G, M and S Rottenegger, Germany
"Wow! What a week! Thanks to Shane and Jess, we feel like we really got a great overview of Andalucía. The village of Riogordo was more than we had hoped for. The restaurants, bakery and convenience stores were all welcoming and the people helpful. We loved meandering the twisty streets. The house is awesome! Every need met. Our tours, and Shane’s knowledge of history and culture were fantastic. Every day was an excursion into Andalucían culture that we all loved. Thanks to you both for dreaming up Spanish Detours."
The Weibel family, USA
"The last 10 days have been amazing. Thank you for taking all of the stress out of covering an enormous amount of Spanish history and culture. To cover Neolithic to Renaissance to Modern in just 10 days via cuisine, shopping is frankly an amazing feat. As you might have guessed we have really really appreciated all your efforts to pull this miracle off. In short, thank you for a wonderful holiday. We will be back!!!!"
J & B Knight, Great Britain
"I would guess at our ages this may be our last trip to Europe. If so, you two have certainly given us a grand finale!! This week has been greater than our best expectations. Your knowledge, enthusiasm and easy manner have made it one of the best tours we have ever taken."
T E & P Lundy, USA
"In all our travels to all seven continents, we have never enjoyed such great personal and friendly touring! You were both wonderful; we felt like we had known you for years right away. Thanks for everything!!"
R & D Ham, USA
"A wonderful house with great guides! It does not get much better than this. We loved living in Riogordo. Each day a new adventure awaited us. Thank you for sharing your passion. A special visit in a special place with special people!"
T & C Hoberg, USA
"Thanks so much. We loved your house and town. It has been my dream to be in a peaceful, beautiful place like this. You were so helpful and kind to us. Loved all the history Shane, the tours were so informative. Thanks for your side trips and taking such good care of us."
S & L Nechemias, USA
"The best part of this trip has been the joy of meeting you. We have never laughed so much. You are delightful. Shane, your knowledge of history is amazing and meant so much to our travels. Jess, you are so much fun, I wish I could put you in my suitcase and take you home. This has been a vacation we will never forget."
B & B Pichon, USA
"We thank you for a most wonderful week in friendly, beautiful Riogordo and Andalucía. You both are delightful, knowledgeable, accommodating and fun to be with. We'll especially remember the Bodega, horses, bars and fine restaurants, as well as the Alhambra and beautiful Spain."
L & M Moore, USA
"We really appreciated your attention to detail, warmth, knowledge and enthusiasm for Andalucía. We had a wonderful time with the week exceeding our expectations."
Nigel M, Judi S and Susan W, Australia
"The only thing sunnier than the Spanish countryside is the shining hospitality of Shane & Jess Lewis. Thank you so much for your introduction to Spain- its history, its culture, its beauty. I can’t imagine how it could have been better."
J & L Cheney, USA
"Thanks for showing us your part of Spain through both Spanish and English eyes. The guys especially loved the hike in the mountains, swimming in the Med and the Bullfight. You are fantastic hosts, this was exactly what I was looking for."
The Maltsberger Family, USA
"Thank you for a fascinating, balanced week that catered to ones needs and interests and squeezed in so much of what is wonderful about Spain. Your house is a very relaxing, artful, well supplied and appointed place to be. Thanks also for your wealth of knowledge, senses of humor and adaptability. Loved our stay."
C Ehrlich & E Papsali, USA & Greece
"Thanks for such a brilliant introduction to Andalucía. It was an opportunity to explore southern Spain in a unique way from our beautiful home base in Riogordo. Thank you too for your professional and cheerful company. Everyday was wonderful, everyday was a highlight. Gastronomically it couldn’t be beaten. We will return!!"
The Wright Family – Australia
"Many thanks for making our trip such a memorable one, and for introducing us to your homeland. You made sure we saw all we had to see of this beautiful Andalucían land. It was great meeting with the people of Riogordo and a privilege to meet both of you.
P.S. We loved the prawns at Molina's."
The Wong Family – Australia
"You are two special people who have woven your passion, warmth and talents into a great team, Team Lewis, that makes ones stay effortless and full of adventure.
The memory of lingering at the winery, and trying to figure out how to bring that big barrel home with us will always bring a smile. Sipping mint tea, learning about tapas, and filling our mind with unforgettable stories of amazing and unique cities has been a journey of ten vacations in one.
Thank you for allowing us to travel with map-free hands, to linger longer to shop, drink & eat, and for all those moments which will linger even longer in our hearts."
G Notaro & J Schaefer – USA
"Thank you very much for a wonderful week. Each day brought new wonders to discover. Just about everything we saw had a very high 'WOW' factor."
M Casano – Canada
"Thanks for a terrific week. I never knew southern Spain was so hilly, had so many steps and so much history. I learned so much and enjoyed it all at the same time. This was a unique vacation. "
K Miller – Canada
"Thanks for a fascinating tour of Andalucía. You were on deck every morning with a sunny disposition ready to show us a great variety of sights and gastronomic delights."
The Simpson Family – Australia
"Well, what a week! So, we had a little rain, but that didn't get in our way. And thanks to you, Jess and Shane, we saw the best of everything in Cordoba, Ronda, Nerja, Malaga, Seville and, let us not forget, Riogordo!
Andalucía Day was splendid on top of the hill in Riogordo with the sun blazing down on us all, plus paella and beer for all – what more could we ask for?
You both worked above and beyond your call of duty, carting us around from city to city, monument to monument, tapas bar to bodega to tapas bar.
So, we thank you both. We've had a brilliant week!!"
F & L Armstrong – Australia
"The very best part of a wonderful trip was meeting two very great people.
Seeing pictures of the Alhambra at age 20 and reading of the exotic Moorish culture in Spain – 40 years later we got to see it!!
Everyday was a new and exciting adventure. Meeting Ignacio at the Bodega, all of Seville, the Mezquita, and the Alhambra were the highlights!
Thank you so much for the great trip, it was way beyond our expectations!"
W & I Robinett – Canada
"We could not have asked for a better 'mother – daughter' trip. We enjoyed the house, your town of Riogordo, your knowledge of history and insight into local life.
Loved the tapas, Moroccan lunch, paella and pizza. Oh and Molina's shrimp on skewers were divine!
We are glad we didn't have to drive or figure out how to get around. We are grateful for your guidance on what to see and adjusting to our interests.
We were spellbound by the mountains and green rolling pastures and rushing rivers and the marks left by Romans, Moors and Christians throughout.
This was not just another vacation. Thanks for making our visit to Spain special."
S & J Schaeffer – USA
"We had a magical and wonderful time in this beautiful land of Andalucía.
You gave us a special insight into this land and we all hope that you continue to share your knowledge and kindness with other travellers."
The Stone Family – USA
"Thank you so much for sharing your home and town with us- loved both of them!
Your knowledge and passion for Spain made this a once in a lifetime trip!"
S Taylor – USA
"What a fabulous week of memories from the south of Spain. Shane, your historical knowledge added a perfect dimension to the trip! Thanks for sharing your home and town with us. It was great to be a part of Semana Santa."
S Simmons – USA
"We could not have asked for a better way to see Andalucía. We fell in love with Riogordo and looked forward to coming 'home' every evening. It is easy to see why you have fallen in love with this charming, authentic town.
The beauty of Andalucía is breathtaking; the history fascinating and our hosts "lovely". Mum and I had great conversations on the terrace and in the lounge."
J & M Bond – USA
"How can we put into words the magic of our stay in Riogordo. Sadly, it's our last morning here and suddenly a group of elderly people gather around the fountain- an old man sings his heart out with women playing castanets. This is a piece of heaven.
You are both truly artists in your creation of an experience of the real Andalucía. Each day was packed with culture, history and incredible beauty.
The house was charming, with every detail attended to, making our stay comfortable and home-like.
We can't thank you both for your time, attentiveness and above all for your delightful company."
M Kurzman & W Kassoway – USA
"Our time with you in Andalucía has flown by and we wish that it would never end, because of your passion for the region and sharing your history made the trip even more memorable.
We loved all the bars in town, and vino on the terrace. Our favourite place were the Alhambra, Seville cathedral, La Mezquita, Comares and Tapas! Tapas! Tapas!"
M Wenz, M Dolson & S Nix – USA

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