We are planning few weeks in Spain late August/early September, but for one week of it plan to rent a vacation home/villa with our parents as a base from which to do nearby trips, but also enjoy the local food (including cooking at home) and village life. Portugal is another consideration (I know, different forum, will post there too).
We want to avoid overly touristy environments and areas dominated by expats so that we can get a feel for the real culture of the area. Visit local art shows, hang out in the cafes and restaurants in a village square, visit the market to buy fresh olives, wine, cheese, breads to take home and enjoy. See a local festival if it is happening.
We will probably be touring along the south for the most part, from the French border through to Portugal, but not sure about where to plan the one week of staying put. We will have a car.
All replies are most appreciated!Edited: 11 June 2014, 00:39