Uncover the local delicacies and the local character of Northern Spain

Explore the sights, sounds and tastes of northern Spain on this food-led adventure. Immerse yourself in culture, history and cuisine as you taste local produce at Santa Catarina Market, whip up Catalan specialties in a cooking class and wander the stunning Gothic Quarter. Enjoy the wealth of tapas bars in Logrono, explore the medieval streets and underground wine caves of Laguardia. Venture north to one of Spain’s most celebrated cities, San Sebastian, where beautiful beaches, historic buildings and a thriving food and arts scene bask together under a beaming sun. Experience a traditional Asturian sidreria (cider house) near Oviedo, attend a centuries' old farmers market near the Picos de Europa National Park and devour fresh seafood on the coast in Galicia. End your gastronomic pilgrimage in the holy city of Santiago de Compostela.

Barcelona, Spain
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Cultural rating
Min 15
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Min 1, Max 12
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  • Whip up some Catalan specialties in a spirited cooking class
  • Sample the renowned tapas of Logrono
  • Savour a glass of famous Riojan wine
  • Taste local Basque specialties of taxkoli wine and idiazabal cheese
  • Fill up on hearty Spanish stew in the Picos de Europa mountains
  • Uncover the art of cheese making in the caves of Arenas de Cabrales


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Kick off your post-welcome meeting evening by diving straight into the rhythm of Barcelona – perhaps find a spot to sip cava in a local bar or bodega.
In the morning head to the Santa Caterina Market, a huge trove of local produce beneath a colourful, undulating roof. Hang out with the locals as they select the best produce, and then enjoy a Catalan-flavoured lunch with a local chef. Spend the afternoon exploring the city for the gorgeous local flavours around every corner or get cultural with some Gaudi at the Casa Mila or La Sagrada Familia.
Ride the rails east to the prized vineyards of La Rioja wine region and Logrono. The town is home to some of the best tapas bars in the whole of Spain, all crammed into its small medieval centre. Stroll the streets of town and sample regional specialities like grilled chorizo or wild mushrooms, all washed down with a glass of the region’s famous red wine.
Go back in time in the historic walled town of Laguardia with its maze of underground tunnels and caves for making and storing wine. Stroll through vineyards and learn what goes on behind the scenes of a winery. Continue north to stunning seaside San Sebastian, jewel of the Basque country and discover a city obsessed with food. Hit the streets for a Basque-style tapas crawl that will fill the senses – and stomach – with the unique tastes of the region.
Wind along the coast to the small finishing village of Getaria. Stop at a local cellar and try local wine - taxkoli - before sampling idiazabal, a smoked local Basque cheese. Later, perhaps visit a traditional sagardotegia (cider house) and savour Basque dishes complimented by a glass or two of cider. If feeling indulgent this evening perhaps treat yourself to one of the Michelin-starred restaurants in this region.
Continue east to Bilbao, a city that was revitalised by the arrival of the Guggenheim. Spend some free time visiting the iconic sweeping metal building and the artistic treasures housed inside and out. Then climb up in to the mountains and the small town of Potes. Nestled in the Picos de Europa National Park in the Cantabria province, the village is bordered by stunning ancient monasteries. In the evening fill up with a dinner of fabada; a rich stew of black pudding, pork shoulder, bacon and haricot beans.
Work off all that wonderful food with a walk around the National Park. The Picos de Europa are an alpine landscape - high, cool, lush and green - with forests and deep gorges through the cliffs. On the way to Oviedo, the ancient capital of the region, enter the otherworldly caves of Arenas de Cabrales and discover the art of making cheese beneath the earth. Stop by a cider house and try a local Asturian cider.
Take a stroll around the handsome city of Oviedo, with its unique personality, quaint pre-Romanesque churches, elegant streetscapes and grand houses built by those who sailed to the New World and returned wonderfully rich.
Delve into the region of Galicia, famed for its seafood. Stop past the port town of A Coruna and take a turn around the impressive fish markets, followed by a lunch of locally caught mussels. Finish the day in Galicia's capital, the beautiful old city of Santiago de Compostela, which holds many delights within its walls, all overseen by its mighty cathedral. Take a walk around the Old District at night, through arcaded stone streets, the spacious Praza del Obradoiro and past the Archbishop’s imposing palace.
Finish this Northern Spain adventure on a gastronomic high with a city food tour sampling the best of Galician produce. Toast the end of the trip with a glass of Galician wine. Your real food adventure will conclude at midday.
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3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Public bus, Taxi, Train, Van
Hotel (9 nights)


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Real Food Adventure - Northern Spain , September 2015

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