Get a taste of northern Spain's culture, cuisine and charisma
Come on a short but sweet tour through the north of Spain and get to know the people, landscapes, customs and cuisine that combine to make this part of the country so fascinating. From sipping delicious Rioja in Logrono and delighting in the seaside charms of bustling Barcelona to enjoying the lively tapas bars of San Sebastian and pulling up a seat in an atmospheric square in Madrid - this will be one eight-day adventure you won't forget.
It's easy to be filled up by the architecture, culture and vibrant nightlife of Barcelona, but the food on offer is just as good. Traditional Catalan dishes such as fideua (similar to seafood paella) and botifarra amb mongetes (haricot beans served with sausage) taste a little like heaven. The wine isn't bad either; Barcelona is renowed for sparkling wine
The fortified medieval city of Pamplona is a great place to discover on foot. Weave through the city's winding alleyways to the immense Gothic Cathedral and walk down the street of the famous bull run
Logrono is bursting with delicious local produce and wine, just waiting to be enjoyed on an included pinxtos crawl. Delicioso!
Take a long siesta on the golden beaches of San Sebastian, one of Spain's most scenic coastal destinations. As the sun goes down, join the crowds as they come out to play among the city's exciting nightlife
The Art Walk in Madrid is every art lover's dream. In one small stretch you can browse the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, the Reina Sofia and the Prado, one of the world's most celebrated galleries
It's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/cases at home and bring a backpack instead. It will make it easier when walking around metro or train stations with your bag. Sometimes lifts aren’t available and you would need to walk up and down some stairs carrying your luggage. Please make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the 'What to Take' section of the trip notes.
Summer temperatures can be very high in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
As accommodation on this trip is multi-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
Please note that only selection of our hotels will have Air-Conditioning in all rooms.
Rooms in Europe can seem rather small by American or Australian standards.
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Our North Spain Discovery trips score an average of 4.6 out of 5 based on 92 reviews in the last year.
I love travelling with Intrepid as it gives you the support of a tour leader and tour group, but also the freedom to do the activities and visits that interest you. And lets you get amongst the local culture!
Review submitted 03 Jan 2018
Classic Spain & Portugal provides great value for what is quite an extensive coverage of these two enchanting countries. The itinerary caters for those who want to explore as much as possible or those who might want to take a more leisurely pace with their free time. Highlights such as the Alahambra Palace in Granada, Seville and its Flamenco, the golden beaches of Portugal's argave coast or its bustling capital Lisbon will provide lasting memories. Porto's ancient river frontage architecture and access to the terraced vineyards of Douro Valley are as intriguing as the the religious mecca that is Santiago de Compostella with its display of architectural iconograpghy, including the Cathedral, monasteries and support buildings of the former walled city. The northern loop of the tour takes in the scenic smorgasbord that is Barcelona, Pamplona, Spain's tapas heaven in the city of Logrono and the exquisite beauty of San Sebastian's sandy bay, outdoor restaurants and historical center.
Review submitted 24 Nov 2017