AT A GLANCE

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Savour local food with an innovative touch at the best restaurants in the region

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Be amazed by the beauty of the first National Park in Spain

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Imagine yourself sleeping in three of the most iconic hotels in Spain.

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Be amazed by the beauty of the most charming coastal villages in Spain

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Be prepared for some extraordinary wildlife encounters

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Picture yourself pouring cider like a local during a cider house crawl paired with delicious local tapas

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Day 1 - Dec 27th

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Upon arrival to Oviedo airport you will be welcomed by your guide and escorted to a private vehicle. Then you will enjoy a scenic drive along Nothern Spain's dramatic coastline with the "Spanish Alps" as a backdrop.

After a beautiful drive you will arrive to your home for the next two days: Picos de Europa National Park.

On the banks of the Sella River, surrounded by the spectacular Picos de Europa mountains, a unique historic hotel awaits you in an incomparably beautiful spot. The hotel is located in the former San Pedro de Villanueva Monastery, a beautiful building with spectacular rooms of stone and wood.

For dinner you will indulge yourself in the hotel's à-la-carte restaurant.

ACCOMMODATION: Parador de Cangas de Onís 4*


Day 2 - Dec 28th 

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A scenic drive up to "Covadonga Lakes" following the route of the bicycle race "La Vuelta"
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  • A gourmet picnic surrounded by impressive peaks
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After a reinvigorating sleep, a delicious breakfast will be waiting for you to recharge your batteries.

You will start the day with a morning drive through a scenic road up to "Covadonga Lakes", one of the most beautiful spots in "Picos de Europa". The road ascending to the lakes is a popular climb in professional road bicycle racing, and the most important climb in the Spanish multi-stage bicycle race "La Vuelta".​

You will enjoy jaw-dropping views along the way. The "Covadonga Lakes" is a postcard-perfect valley with two glacial lakes. Goats, sheep, and cows roam freely around the lakes. Artisan cheesemakers make in this remote place one of the best cheeses in the world, "Gamoneu".

With such a beautiful backdrop, you will enjoy a gourmet picnic with ham, cheese, homemade bread and wine surrounded by magnificent mountains. An unforgettable experience for a nature lover.

You will visit the Covadonga sanctuary just before starting the ascend to the lakes.  The basilica, alongside the cave where pilgrims venerate the statue of La Santina, is a place of worship and pilgrimage for the people of Asturias. The basilica is in neo-Romanesque style, with two high towers flanking the main entrance. Inside there are works of great value, such as a canvass by Madrazo. The statue of king Pelayo is in the square by the basilica. The statue of La Santina, the tomb of king Pelayo and that of king Alfonso I, are in a cave, with access via a large staircase. A spring flows out of the cave and below this there is a fountain with seven spouts. On the altar, a gold panel represents the battle of Covadonga.

You will descend down into the valley in search of ‘Pitu de Caleya’, free-range chicken. But this isn’t just any free-range chicken; it is the most delicious in Northern Spain. Far from prying eyes is a restaurant that few outsiders know about. Here you will sample its mouth-watering signature dish, free-range chicken rice as well as some local specialities.

The coast of Northern Spain is dotted with small fishing communities. During the afternoon we will take you to one of these artisan-fishing ports, Ribadesella, an elegant village with one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain.

You will be escorted back to your hotel where you can relax for the rest of the evening. For dinner, you will enjoy local specialities at the hotel's signature restaurant. 

ACCOMMODATION: Parador de Cangas de Onís 4*


Day 3 - Dec 29th

  • A visit to the local fishing port to see the fishermen arrive with the catch of the day
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  • A traditional cider house tour paired with delicious local food & cider
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  • A panoramic visit of the Niemeyer Center, one of Spain's cultural landmarks
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After a delicious breakfast and an early morning dive into the sea, you will be driven to one of the most picturesque coastal villages in Spain, Lastres.

Perched by the cliffs you will discover Lastres’ postcard-perfect lighthouse. Waiting quayside at Lastres’ fishing port, you will meet the fishermen as they arrive with their catch of the day.

You will learn how fishermen live in this region bringing the best fish and seafood to the local restaurants. You will have the opportunity to sample this sparkling-fresh produce in a local restaurant in this picturesque village.

After lunch, you will be driven into the green landscapes of this region and you will visit another type of traditional village.

You will then move on to the charming coastal town of Avilés, (the closest town to the airport) for an injection of sophistication at the Cultural Centre designed by the world-famous Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer.  A spectacular architectural masterpiece. 

Your home for tonight will be a 17th-century palace in the heart of the old town. Bathed in history and surrounded by stunning gardens, you can relax and unwind in royal splendour; the perfect way to finish your food inspired journey through Northern Spain.

Cider is the traditional drink of Asturias in Northern Spain, and it is an important part of the social life.  As a farewell experience, your guide will join you tonight for an apple cider & tapas bar crawl at the heart of the old town, where locals gather everyday to celebrate and enjoy the Spanish way of life. You will brush shoulders with the locals and taste delicious local food and you will learn how to pour cider like a professional.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel NH Palacio de Avilés 5*


Day 4 - Dec 30th


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After a reinvigorating sleep a transfer to the airport on time for your early morning flight will be the saddest experience of your memorable stay in Spain.


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Dates

December 27th - 30th

Starting Point

Oviedo airport

Ending Point

Oviedo airport

What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you'd
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted until you got them.

In a word: everything. In eighty words? A private chauffeur tour guided by an English-speaking local guide, an interesting, fun and like-minded travel companion; authentic and innovative local cuisine; world-class local wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery. Travel at your own pace: My tailor-made holidays are very flexible, allowing you to start road journeys or sightseeing when you choose – within reason.

  • All hotel accommodation
    • 2 nights -- Parador de Cangas de Onís 4* 
    •    1 night -- Hotel NH Palacio de Avilés 5*
  • Daily breakfast at all the hotels.
  • All meals at signature and traditional restaurants and all other meals as indicated à-la-carte (2 lunches  & 3 dinners) with wines and drinks included à-la-carte (no fixed menus, you may choose from each restaurant's public menu what you want to taste)
  • All transportation from airport pickup to drop-off in a chauffeured air-conditioned brand-new vehicle, your safety and comfort are paramount. You will enjoy touring Northern Spain in safety, comfort and style.
  • English speaking guide during the whole trip. Translator services and assistance at restaurants, hotels & experiences. We will break the language barrier for you so you can get the most out of your experiences during your trip.
  • All the experiences, visits and activities included in the itinerary.
  • 24h concierge service during the whole trip.
  • All baggage transportation. 
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service.
  • All currently applicable taxes.

  What’s not included?

  • International Flights
  • Medical Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses

    What to expect

    • A laid-back pace with free time to relax
    • Plenty of scrumptious local food and wine as well as time to really appreciate the dining experience