About Spain Savvy

Experience Authentic Spain

Behind Spain Savvy is a team of true professionals you will meet along your journey.  From the driver who meets you at the airport to your private guide; from the waiter at the restaurant we recommend to the reception staff at your hotel, we pride ourselves on teamwork to make sure you have the most pleasurable experience.  At the helm of our operations is our Founder & Principal Travel Designer, Sarah Gemba – an American-born resident in Spain for over 15 years and a seasoned travel advisor.  She will be your main point of contact from the moment you decide to travel to Spain until the moment you are back home unpacking your souvenirs.

Sarah Gemba

At just 10 years old Sarah boarded a plane from hometown Boston for Guadalajara, Mexico to visit a school friend and began a lifelong love affair with the Spanish language, the Hispanic culture and all things travel.

Through her alma mater Connecticut College, Sarah was able to spend two semesters studying abroad in Spain with the idea of perfecting her Spanish and learning flamenco.

Little did she know, she was slowly becoming enchanted by the city of Seville and would ultimately make a permanent move to Spain in 2004, embarking on a career in cultural travel.  Since then, she has been sharing her personal discoveries with travelers of all ages and backgrounds.  Sarah worked for over a decade for a boutique study abroad company leading the travel department, in between stints at local travel agencies.  She counts among her previous and current clients many prestigious educational institutions such as Road Scholar, Union College, Princeton University, the Culinary Institute of America, as well as countless families and other private groups who have entrusted her with their travels and experiences.

Today, she brings to Spain Savvy her strong work ethic, high attention to detail, a true passion for travel planning, and the ambitious vision to make Spain THE premier destination for discerning travelers.

Sarah spends her free time enjoying the outdoors and traveling the world with her Spanish husband and three children. She is an amateur foodie and loves to keep up with the restaurant scene in Seville, as well as cooking traditional meals for her family at home.

Welcome to Spain Savvy

Staff

Megan Lloyd
Travel Designer & Web Content Creator

Megan Lloyd is a food and travel writer living in Sevilla, Spain, with publications in spots like Bon Appétit and United Airlines’ Hemispheres. She’s also an avid traveler who knows her way around the secret corners of Spain and greater Europe. Though originally from the U.S., she’s found a niche telling the magnificent (and delicious) stories of her adopted country, and helping other travelers experience the same insider magic firsthand.

Daniel Egea
Business Manager

Daniel, Sevillano, works behind the scenes to make sure everything local runs smoothly and handling all of our business operations. You may also meet Daniel on one of our cultural tours or private experiences. He is an avid Feria goer and loves to teach our clients how to cook an authentic paella. Married to an American, Daniel is passionate about bringing the best of Spain to our visitors.

Francisco Bendala
Personal Guide

Fran is a true professional and has over two decades of experience leading groups of all ages, working almost exclusively with private American clients. His knowledge of Spain and Portugal is vast and our clients always thoroughly enjoy his company on their travels.

Sara Rumbao
Personal Guide

Sara, born and raised in Sevilla, has been working with individuals and groups from North America for over two decades, and lived for a short time in the United States on a teaching cultural exchange. As a university-level professor of the Spanish language and culture and an experienced official guide, she is adept at bringing Spain alive through her explanations and presentations.

Raquel Barea
Personal Guide

Raquel, born and raised in Seville, fell in love with traveling and the English language at a young age. She has a degree in Tourism and Business from the University of Seville, is a certified official guide, and has over 20 years of experience in the tourism sector. Raquel and has spent long periods of time outside of Spain in English-speaking countries and brings an innate passion to her wide variety of tours, focusing on showing visitors the best of the past, present and future of Seville.

Francesc García
Travel Specialist

Francesc was born and raised in Barcelona, and is a licensed tour guide specializing in the Catalonia region. He has been designing and executing personalized tours with Barcelona365 since 2010 within the city, as well as to the surrounding areas like Girona, the Costa Brava and Montserrat. The seamless execution and jovial atmosphere he creates for his guests have consistently left our Spain Savvy clients wanting more. Francesc particularly loves to share his knowledge of the history, gastronomy and natural beauty of this region.

Gina Vasquez
Travel Specialist

Founder of Visit My Mallorca, is originally from Southern California, and has called the Balearics home for nearly 3 decades. When she’s not showing Spain Savvy visitors what she loves about island living, she’s out in the field looking for new experiences. Some days you will find her in a vineyard, taking a course on extra virgin olive oil, checking out the latest restaurant, or visiting an artist’s studio.