Northern Spain Real Food Adventure

10 Days | Unlock the local delicacies and true character of sultry Spain.

4.8 out of 5 based on 16 reviews submitted.
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Explore the sights, sounds and tastes of Northern Spain on this food-focused adventure. Immerse yourself in local history and culture as you sample produce at La Boqueria Market, whip up Catalan specialties in a cooking class, enjoy myriad tapas bars in Logrono, discover the medieval streets and underground wine caves of Laguardia, and venture north to San Sebastian where beaches 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 in the Potes and taste fresh seafood on the coast in Galicia. With Santiago de Compostela in your sights, your Spanish food pilgrimage is a path worth taking.

Trip overview

Map of Northern Spain Real Food Adventure including Spain
Start
Barcelona, Spain
Finish
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Theme
Food
Destinations
Spain
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ZMZZ
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Learn tried and tested techniques to make the best and most authentic Catalan and Basque cuisine from local experts.
  • Tour the markets of Oviedo, Potes and A Coruna where stallholders will show you how to spot the most flavourful ingredients. After all, who knows where to find the freshest produce better than the locals?
  • Sample the plates that make Northern Spain a true foodie's delight. Whether it’s tapas and paella, or regional specialty cheeses, hams and fresh seafood, your tongue and tummy will be happy you made the trip.
  • Discover the iconic sights of Spain as you wander La Rambla in Barcelona, stroll the Parte Vieja in San Sebastian, and savour Santiago de Compostela.
  • Savour the vast range of delicious drops that Spain is known for, including cava, vermouth, wine and cider. Get up close and personal with their production methods, learn the traditional ways to drink them and sit back and enjoy a sip in the Spanish sunshine.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, Open Arms. Donations help them safeguard the physical integrity and rights of migrant people in imminent danger who have fled their homes across the Mediterranean Sea. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The cuisine of Spain includes a lot of meat and seafood. For vegetarians and vegans we recommend reviewing the itinerary and inclusions to ensure that you will be able to fully participate and enjoy this trip. We also have many other trips to Spain which can accommodate a range of dietary requirements.
  • Regional public holidays can impact the opening hours of local markets. With many included market tours on this trip, you’ll always have plenty of opportunities to soak up the local ambience. Please contact your booking agent if there is a particular market you don’t want to miss.
  • Summer temperatures in the areas visited can be very high (up to 40C), which can be uncomfortable. It is essential to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability for that season.
  • We recommend packing light and smart for this trip as you'll be required to carry your own luggage between train stations and hotels, which can include going up and down multiple flights of stairs, and across cobblestones. Train stations often don’t have lifts available.
  • Space is at a premium in Europe and your hotel is no exception. Rooms are often small, but usually the central location makes up for that. For those travelling as a duo, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.

Itinerary

Map of Northern Spain Real Food Adventure including Spain

Inclusions

Meals

5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Public bus, Taxi, Train, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (9 nights)

Activities
  • Barcelona - Cava or Vermouth tasting
  • Barcelona - Santa Caterina Market Tour
  • Barcelona - Catalan cooking demonstration and lunch
  • Logrono - Tapas Crawl
  • Laguardia - Wine cellar visit and tasting
  • San Sebastian - Basque cooking class
  • San Sebastian - Market tour
  • Picos de Europa - Cocido Lebaniego dinner
  • Potes - Market visit and brunch
  • Arenas de Cabrales - Cheese tasting
  • Oviedo - Asturian cider house visit and tasting
  • Picos de Europa - National Park Visit
  • Oviedo - Guided walk and market tour
  • A Coruna - Fish market visit and seafood lunch
  • Santiago de Compostela - City night walk
Add on activities
  • Picos de Europa - Fuente De funicular - EUR20

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. 
2. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please advise us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking so that we can ensure you’ll enjoy this trip.
3. It is fundamental that you provide your full passport details at the time of booking in order for us to purchase transport tickets. You might be required to show your ID by Spanish transport authorities, and it needs to match the info on the ticket. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 16 reviews submitted.
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Joan · Traveled May 2024
Really fun trip with a bit of everything - food, drinks, markets, history, art, architecture, natural landscapes. If you are lucky to have an excellent guide like Piero and an interesting group like we did, you’ll really enjoy yourself.
Review submitted 19 May 2024

Robert · Traveled April 2024
This tour was a great introduction to Spain and its culinary traditions. Oli, our tour guide was wonderful and the hotels were all centrally located. It might take me a while to look a chorizo in the face again, but it was totally worth it.
Review submitted 09 May 2024

Ron & Sioni · Traveled October 2023
This was more than expected. Travel, food and adventure all in one. We will definitely consider taking another trip with Intrepid. Thank you.
Review submitted 21 Oct 2023

Sandra and Neil · Traveled October 2023
Excellent tour. Well organised and planned itinerary. A variety of experiences and locations with great food and drink. The tour leader, Silvia, was friendly, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and excellent! Would thoroughly recommend to anyone who appreciates food made with fresh local ingredients and love and attention.
Review submitted 19 Oct 2023

Jane · Traveled September 2023
Great tour leader who introduced us to fresh food markets and cooking classes throughout northern Spain. Trip ran smoothly and was a lot of fun. Our group shared food each meal which added to our enjoyment.
Review submitted 21 Sep 2023
Northern Spain Real Food Adventure
From
NZD $4,545