Spain & Portugal Real Food Adventure

17 Days | Uncover the local delicacies and the local character of Northern Spain and Portugal.

4 out of 5 based on 7 reviews submitted.
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Welcome to the Iberian Peninsula, home to some of the world's freshest seafood, finest wines and most flavourful local produce. On this 17-day trip across Northern Spain and Portugal, tingle your tastebuds as you eat and drink your way through cities and towns made famous by their cuisine. Hop from taperias to wine bars, learn how to cook authentic and delicious local meals, explore ancient wine cellars and fresh food markets and wander the fields of a farm before sitting down to a home-cooked meal. From sweet Portuguese tarts to savoury Spanish jamon, delight all your senses on this food-forward adventure.

Trip overview

Map of Spain & Portugal Real Food Adventure including Portugal and Spain
Start
Barcelona, Spain
Finish
Lisbon, Portugal
Theme
Food
Destinations
Spain, Portugal
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ZMZLC
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Pick up some local recipes during a cooking classes in Barcelona, San Sebastian and at your farm stay in the rolling hills of the Alentejo region, whipping up regional specialties like pork with clams.
  • Explore the Coa Valley, the centre of a rewilding project, and enjoy a night in a gorgeous historical guesthouse where you’ll join your hosts for a home-cooked meal of fresh, local produce.
  • 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 this region a true foodie's delight. Whether it’s tapas and paella, or regional specialty cheeses, pasteis de nata and tinned fish, your tongue and tummy will be happy you made the trip.
  • 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 directly support 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

Is this trip right for you?
  • The cuisine of Spain and Portugal 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 and Portugal 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 Spain & Portugal Real Food Adventure including Portugal and Spain

Inclusions

Meals

12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Public Bus, Taxi, Train, Private Vehicle, Metro, Tram

Accommodation

Hotel (14 nights), Guesthouse (1 night), Farmstay (1 night)

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
  • Santiago de Compostela - Market visit and tasting tour
  • Porto - City Tasting Tour
  • Douro Valley - Wine Tasting & Lunch
  • Coa Valley - Home-cooked dinner
  • Alentejo - Farm cooking class
  • Lisbon - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Alentejo - Local producer visit and olive oil tasting
  • Lisbon – Canned-fish tasting
  • Lisbon – Ginjinha tasting
  • Lisbon - Market Visit
  • Lisbon - Pasteis de Nata tasting in Belem
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 excludes Day 14 Farmstay) where you will be in shared accommodation, 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 out of 5 based on 7 reviews submitted.
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Lyn · Traveled May 2024
A tour leader makes all the difference to your experience and Marta gave us an outstanding introduction to Portugal.
Review submitted 01 Jun 2024

Narelle · Traveled October 2023
Learn to cook Paella, fresh Mussels, and delicious fish, find out the difference between Pintxos and Tapas, taste incredible wines, walk in the Picos Europa NP and join the pilgrims in Santiago de Compostela - this is a great trip but allow extra time in Lisbon to get to see even more of Portugal.
Review submitted 06 Nov 2023

Debbie · Traveled June 2023
Have enjoyed every moment
Review submitted 20 Jun 2023

Deanna · Traveled June 2023
I absolutely loved my time in spain and Portugal, so much yummy food
Review submitted 21 Jun 2023

Jennifer · Traveled May 2023
I cannot recommend this tour. It is poor value and does not offer a genuine food focus. Included meals were poor quality, little help given on goid restaurants in free time. Breakfasts often not included when no other options nearby. Relief on many market visits-free to intrepid. In one included meal we were served Vienetta-on a food tour!! Enough said, cross.
Review submitted 27 May 2023
Spain & Portugal Real Food Adventure
From
GBP £5,027