Hola, my name is Iván Ricoy
I am a Spain Trip Planner specialized in Andalusia.
I am 41 years old and I was born in Madrid. However I was raised in El Puerto de Santa María: a small Andalusian town on the Atlantic coast surrounded by Sherry vineyards.
I am an enthusiastic and passionate individual with British and Dutch ancestry too and since I was little, I have been thrilled by exploring the different regions of Andalusia.
How I became a Spain Trip Planner
My curiosity and thirst for knowledge, discoveries and languages led me to live, study and work in different parts of Spain and also in France, Germany and the U.K.
While living abroad, I learned how important and enriching it is to travel and to experience other places and other cultures in order to have a deeper understanding of other people and of ourselves.
This led me to gradually reorientate my career from the telecommunications industry towards the travel and culture sector.
I worked as a full-time telecom engineer for 10 years, so I first decided to go part time at work in order to have the time to reeducate myself in the travel and culture field. After two intense years combining work and studying again in Uni I got a Master’s in Culture Management.
I then kept combining a part time job as an engineer with some voluntary work in the culture sector. At the same time, I would participate very actively in some culture exchange platforms for travellers as a local host.
Meeting people traveling through Andalusia and sharing with them my favorite places and local knowledge became a real passion for me. I met wonderful folk who left some really nice reviews. I then started to dream of having a company through which I could make a living out of this passion.
Finally, I took the decision to fully commit to my dream. So in 2014, I founded my own bespoke travel company and I named it Genuine Andalusia. You can read about the creative process behind the name of the company and its logo here.
Genuine Andalusia is a Spanish travel agency based in Seville and in Jerez
We offer private bespoke trips to individuals, small groups and families visiting Southern Spain, who prefer to keep a local and respectful perspective away from mass tourism. We also work for selected specialized travel agents (Virtuoso travel specialists, Traveller Made members and Brownell Travel affiliates) from different parts of the world, who need a trusted and reliable counterpart in Southern Spain in order to design and conduct private bespoke trips for their clients.
Our private trips are a combination of selected tours and experiences with knowledgeable and warmhearted local hosts, private transportation services in modern and comfortable vehicles with a dedicated driver and accommodation in hand-picked hotels.
Our mission in the culture and travel sector as a Spain Trip Planner
We truly believe that sharing the most beautiful and authentic aspects of our homeland with our guests, generates understanding between different cultures and ultimately contributes to making a better world.
If you are a travel agent from other country and are looking for a trusted and reliable Spain trip planner based in Spain to be your counterpart, we are also here to help!