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Cantabria Coast, The Basque Country, Spain

Northern Spain

Home to some of the world’s finest food, rugged beaches, mountain walking and avant-garde architecture, northern Spain has something to offer all-year-round.

In just a few days find yourself walking a rugged coastal path or a peaceful pilgrim route, eating at a Michelin-starred restaurant and seeing contemporary art collections at the Guggenheim Museum.

With the Cantabrian Sea on one side and mountain ranges on another, northern Spain encompasses picturesque fishing villages and fascinating cities. Pass through the Basque Country, famous for its food and of course, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Explore Cantabria to find perfectly preserved villages and awe-inspiring cave systems. Include Asturias, renowned for its astounding landscapes of stunning sand beaches with dramatic coastal cliffs. This region of Spain offers surprising and sublime experiences.

 

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The Basque Country

The Basque Country ticks every box. Mountainous national parks and coasts dotted with traditional fishing villages sit proudly aside stylish cities, such as San Sebastian. Showcasing modern architecture bursting with galleries and fabulous restaurants, this region is eclectic, individual and unique to Spain.

In essence, this less-visited region offers something different from the norm. If visitors are looking to spend time hiking, walking, surfing or cycling in the fresh air, if they are seeking a more cultural city break with food, wine and art or if their ideal holiday is a mix of it all, then the Basque Country should be high on their wishlist.

 

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Galicia

With its own language this unique region is home to Spain’s most sacred cathedral and is the final stop of the on the pilgrimage trail of Camino de Santiago but it’s so more than that. The fascinating city of Santiago de Compostela, zesty Galician wines served with fresh seafood and a coastline offering rugged coves and protected inlets such as Illas Cies. This diverse and less discovered part of Spain is a worthy part of the northern itinerary.

Cantabria Coast, The Basque Country, Spain
Cantabria Coast, The Basque Country

Asturias and Cantabria

These two regions are easily explored in a day but are well worth investing more time in, the rewards are endless. Home to a dramatic coastline of beaches, small fishing towns and sheer cliffs. Behind lies a blanket of lush river valleys rising up to the Cordillera Cantabrica, which in turn becomes the Picos de Europa mountain range. Local artisan food makers ensure you eat and drink well – sample delicious cheeses, meats, and the wonderful local cider of Asturias.

Experiences

It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Guipuzkoa Market

Don’t miss the Wednesday market at Guipuzkoa. Over 100 years old and perfect for a cooking class and lunch.

The Basque Country Walking Trails

Walk in the national parks and coastal mountains with an expert guide.

Roja Alavesa Vineyards

Spend the night at Roja Alavesa with a walking tour of the vineyards.

Albarino

Drink a glass or two of Albarino in Cambados, the capital of Galicia’s wine region.

San Sebastian

Explore San Sebastian, home to more Michelin stars per metre than almost anywhere in the world.

Guggenheim Bilbao

Take a private tour of the Guggenheim Bilbao, followed by lunch in their Michelin starred restaurant, Nerua.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.

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