What customers say
" What an amazing trip! We loved everything! Great experience! Best vacation of our life!.. Well, I feel there is no good way to start without sounding like a stereotypical, very much cliché review. Yet all of it is true and pertinent.
Everything started one rainy evening with Steak (R)evolution - a Netflix documentary by Franck Ribière - worldwide dive into gastronomy, farming and butchery while on the quest for the best steak out there. One man and one place stood out. José Gordon and El Capricho in Spain’s Castille-Leon region. After some quick research it was clear to us that the best way to get there was with Elias Gonzalez at Eat Northern Spain. Why? Well, keep reading. Few emails and couple Skype interviews later we were set, counting days to six months out dream trip.
Now, pay attention. The better you will outline your interests, aims, your must-haves, your individual preferences, your budget, your concerns than better your bespoke experienced will be. Elias is a Professional (big “P” is intended), in love with his country. No detail is too small for him and he will not overlook anything. In fifteen days we visited and stayed in four regions. Every place, every time we felt we are in the undeniably best room , in finest hotel the city could offer. Having room in Bilbao across the street for, Guggenheim felt superlative at first until sun start painting titanium tiles in into cacophony of colours, from hard steel to shades of copper to tones of gold. There was an endless beauty, our tour was peppered with picturesque scenes. Twelve century frescoes will give way to chef, gathering something from organic garden right after sunrise, to the river of wineries, to the best in the world Gothic architecture, to kids smiling walking into waves of the sea, to undisputedly best rows of stain glass in Leon’s Cathedral, to boats gathering late morning in the port to sort out daily catch, to bigger-than-bus chestnut barrels filled with apple cider, to huge exposition of Chagall, to my five-year-old daughter playing with newborn calf to glasslike lakes framed in emerald and grey when going over the mountains.
Yet it was food, that took the center stage more often than anything else. So many times we found ourselves on the middle of “Oh, my God! This the best anchovies… steak… razor clam… olive oil… turbot… “cheesecake”… blue lobster… iberico ham… blood sausage… monk fish … lamb roast… fill in the blank … I ever ate”. Everything we tried was amazing. From tiny, authentic hand-full-of-seats small village eatery to three Michelin star best of in the world restaurants. From hand carved, the best the country can offer ham sampling (thank you Augustin) to deep in basement one on one with owner and third generation cheese-make cheese tasting. Wine was the only competition to food in quality and consistency. Not only we visited, but met chefs in some of the best restaurants in Spain. Day prior to our flight back to San Francisco Elias set us up with ultimate culmination experience. While he was “babysitting” our eighteen and five-year-old, too-much-yet-very-appropriate luxury sedan took us to Axpe for about six-hour visit to Asador Etxebarri… Remarkable food, incredible wine, and wonderful service day in and day out.
On value… One morning in León, I woke up early. While I was having my first espresso in the hotel cafe I was watching farmers setting up Sunday market on the main town square. Group of fellow American tourists were gathering up to board a nearby bus. Everyone was dressed like they about to scale Everest plus Samsonite suitcase, plus selfie stick. Many looked bit worn-out, anxious, overly organized and determined, resolute to accomplish things. For a little more (yes more, not less) what me and my family spent for our amazing Spain experience, poor people were about to fritter few weeks inside the bus chasing one after another rationed, stale, to-be-checkmark and forgotten destination. Our Mercedes minivan filled with icy water, mints, new fuzzy toy each morning for my daughter and operated by highly experienced driver was not due for another couple of hours. I ordered another expresso…
Do not get confused. This is not review of Spain. This is a review of expert services from Elias Gonzalez at Eat Northern Spain. It is through his eyes we fell in love with Spain. It is thanks to him we enjoyed every experience. All of it was carefully planned and executed perfectly. On our timeline, on our schedule, with tact, friendly conversation, balance and laughter. Eleven stars out of five, Elias! Please keep it up. Thank you and stay awesome our dear friend!"
Dmitry Rocklin and family- San Francisco, California
West Essex Life Magazine ( UK) - July 2018
" In March 2018 my friend and I plus our wives decided to take a trip to Northern Spain. We had fully intended planning this trip ourselves however having been introduced to “Eat Northern Spain” by another foodie and have to say that the decision to join Elias (CEO & Founder of Eat Northern Spain) on a Culinary Tour was by far the best decision we made throughout the whole planning stages. We had an absolutely mouth-watering four days travelling in a spacious chauffeur driven Mercedes with Elias providing us with snippets of history and knowledge in general of Northern Spain throughout. We stopped in some exceptional hotels and fed like kings in some beautiful locations. We ate the what is reputed to be “The Best Beef In the World” and I would not dispute that as well of some of the finest fresh seafood I have ever tasted. Elias was friendly courteous and very professional at all times, in fact the perfect partner to accompany us on our tour. I would have no hesitation in recommending “Eat Northern Spain” to anyone at all. A truly eye-opening experience. "
Richard Virr - Ripon, North Yorkshire (UK)
"Possibly the most exciting concept we’ve heard this year. Put together from the finest ingredients, Eat Northern Spain trips combine foodie experiences with unparalleled cultural immersion in one of Spain’s greatest destinations"
Kim Kerr - California (USA)
" We loved every moment, from the interactions with locals at every stop of the trip to our formal wine dinners. We would refer Eat Northern Spain to anyone. The experiences you create are superlative in any way. We can't speak highly enough of your itineraries. Thank you for creating moments and memories that will last a lifetime! "
Coleman Family - London (UK)
" We had an absolute blast with Elias! We couldn't have asked for more! I generally have high expectations and I was thoroughly impressed! His warmth, caring and welcoming approach goes well beyond client service. Thank you for the excellent service and hospitality during our girls-only trip in Spain "
Caroline Ostergaard - Denmark
Have you ever been on holiday and felt you didn't get to experience the real essence of the country?
You spent so much time on organised trips to the main tourist hotspots that the authentic culture passed you by?
Eat Northern Spain changes that.
Crafted from the finest ingredients (exceptional lodgings, incomparable insider access, stellar food and wine), Eat Northern Spain trips combine foodie experiences with unparalleled cultural immersion in one of Spain's greatest destinations.