Manni was recently interviewed by Mr Hudson Explores, read the original interview on their website, here is a taster of that interview for you to enjoy…
Born in England, Manni made Andalucia his home in 2000 and now lives and breathes all things Spain. He has explored most nooks and crannies of Andalucia, and after 10 years of working for other tour operators, set up TOMA & COE, a boutique tour consultant, with a vision of sharing the more authentic aspects of this part of the world with smaller groups and families. He talks to Mr Hudson about some of his favourite places.
Tell us about yourself
I was born in the North of England, spending most of my summers in the Yorkshire Dales, which rooted me in my love of nature and landscape. After studying Spanish at university, I fell in love with all things Latin American and Spanish, guiding in South America for several years until eventually calling Andalucia my permanent home.
What makes TOMA & COE special?
I set TOMA & COE up to slow down the way I guided. After leading tours for other companies for several years, I understood that I wanted to do something a little different. TOMA & COE’s speciality is surprising our guests and sharing with them the very best that Andalucia has to offer, in a personal and insightful way. We like to push the boat out, go the extra mile and make sure our clients leave beaming with joyful memories.
Why are your tours in Andalucia so popular with gay travellers?
We are a gay-friendly, inclusive agency and have run tours for gay travellers for many years. We understand the way certain people like to travel, anticipate their needs and set up refined experiences in quirky and authentic places. All of us are foodies and a well-stocked table with flowing wine is a huge part of our daily routine. We also create a sense of fun, and while our tours are very informative, we do lend ourselves to animated conversation. A sense of humour is key to any guiding success.
Read more of this wonderful interview here.