A Gastronomic Adventure in Northern Spain

A Gastronomic Adventure in Northern Spain

For the gourmet traveller, one of the great gastronomic regions of Europe is Northern Spain.

On your journey you will discover the impressive variety of culinary traditions and be able to explore these marvellous regions at your own pace. You may like to visit some of the cultural highlights such as the impressive Guggenheim Museum and medieval cities or perhaps go ‘tasting’ in one of the famous wineries of the Rioja. The cuisine is strongly regional, with fresh local ingredients at the heart of tasty dishes. Excellent fish and seafood is a Spanish specialty, delicious with a glass of sparkling Cava!

The variety of accommodation on this tour has been specially selected for its charm, style, history and atmosphere, each with its individual character and unique location.

This is a self-guided tour which includes all your accommodation and car hire as per the itinerary. You will be given a comprehensive Route Guide containing suggestions on a scenic driving itinerary, interesting regional attractions, recommended tapas bars and taverns, bodegas for wine tasting and a 10km circular walk from the Monastery Valdediós which includes part of the St James Way.

Day 1 San Sebastian

Arrival in San Sebastian. The Basque cuisine is generally regarded as Spain’s finest and you will certainly be in food heaven! Overnight Hotel Niza.

Day 2 San Sebastian

Morning visit to the market to see the splendid assortment of fish and seafood. This afternoon, you can wander the beautiful old quarter and learn the art of ‘tapear’ or tapas tasting, a culinary art that has made the city famous. Optional: Dinner reservations at 3 Michelin star restaurant, “Arzak”. Overnight Hotel Niza.

Day 3 San Sebastian - Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Today you travel to the famous wine growing area of Rioja, where the vine has been exploited since Roman times. Accommodation tonight is in a Parador. The hotel was originally built as a hospital which cared for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

Day 4 Santo Domingo de la Calzada - Bilbao - Picos de Europa

An early departure for Bilbao to visit the Guggenheim museum. Afterwards you will make your way through the beautiful majestic mountain range of Picos de Europa to Casa la Valleja, a rural B&B. Paula and Antonio, our Spanish hosts will make you feel right at home.

Day 5 Picos de Europa - Libardón

Sightseeing in this stunning natural paradise. Optional: Lunch reservations at “Casa Marcial”, a 2 Michelin star restaurant in beautifully situated hamlet. A short drive takes you to your next accommodation in a small 16th century palacio.

Day 6 Libardón - Villaviciosa

A trail past numerous pre-Romanesque churches leads into the delightful town of Villaviciosa. You are offered a circular walk along the Northern St James Way with a map included as well as detailed walking notes to follow. Overnight Manor House ‘La Corte de Lugas’.

Day 7 Villaviciosa - Oviedo

The last leg of the trip will take you to Oviedo, the beautiful capital of Asturias. Overnight at Hotel Campoamor.

Day 8 Oviedo

End of tour.