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8 Day Walking and Cooking Tour in Cantabria, Spain

Hotel Risco, Calle La Arenosa, 2, 39770 Laredo, Cantabria, Spain

Cantabria Cooking Tour

Meet Bonito Norte Viajes SL in green Spain in the region of Cantabria on an easy walking holiday along the coastline, the Pasiego Valleys, and the impressive Picos de Europa National Park. Learn to cook typical local dishes, as well as modern cuisine on the cooking sessions. Local guides will take you to villages, its people, and beautiful secret spots. The week is completed with interesting visits and sublime gastronomy.

Meet the instructors

Hans & Eva
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Highlights

  • Apron and recipes
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes
  • Visit producers of cheese, butter, cider, honey, and more
  • Leisure walks and meeting with locals
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Transfer from the airport
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Wine in all meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Spanish, Swedish
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
Airport transfer included: Bilbao Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
17:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

You stay at five different hotels during this tour. Different kinds of accommodations from city hotels to rural country villas.

  • 1 night at Hotel Risco in Laredo
  • 2 nights in Hotel Silken Coliseum in Santander
  • 1 night in Comillas
  • 2 nights in Hotel San Pelayo, San Pelayo
  • 1 night in Hotel Abando, Bilbao

In Picos de Europa area, you will stay at a family-owned small hotel with swimming pool, wonderful setting, and if you are lucky, you can enjoy a glass of wine and some reading on your balcony watching the silent Picos. A long lasting moment.

Program

During the first days of your explore Cantabria tour, you are based in Santander and in the beautiful village of Santillana, 20 kilometers away from the regional capital. Your walking routes start from your cozy hotels and in the afternoon and evening, you will experience fun and inspiring cooking in the kitchen as well as nights to explore on your own.

You will learn and participate in local Cantabrian cooking to also take on modern fusion cuisine. After action-packed first days, you move on to the impressive mountain sceneries at Picos de Europa National Park.

Day 1: Saturday

You fly to Bilbao and continue by bus to the beautiful seaside town of Santander. Intro with a cheese and delicatessen tour with the guide followed by cooking course with a recognized local chef.

Day 2: Sunday

Explore Cantabria walking begins with a short transfer to the lighthouse in Santander, where you walk high along the wild coast, towards El Sardinero Beach and around the beautiful Magdalene Peninsula. Lunch at the Real Club de Tenis with a delicious fish menu. After lunch, walk towards the city center for visits to the art center Centro Botín by Renzo Piano. Free evening in Santander. Hiking 10 kilometers without climb.

Day 3: Monday

During the morning (due to the tide), you have a tidal safari where marine biologist Gustavo teaches you more about life under the surface at Santander’s course. Transfer to a dairy in Tezanos with butter making activities, then on to Bodegan Sel d’Aiz for tasty wine and tapas. The afternoon offers a short walk before reaching one of Spain’s most beautiful villages, Santillana del Mar. Light dinner. Hiking 6 kilometers / 200 meters.

Day 4: Tuesday

Today pilgrim walking along the northern coast route of Santiago. Stop for a picnic and the seashells show the road to Comillas and visit to the Capricho de Gaudí - a fantastic landmark signed by Gaudí. Dinner on your own in Santillana del Mar. Hiking of any length - 6 / 10 / 14 kilometers, without a noticeable increase.

Day 5: Wednesday

By car (about 1.5 hours), you will visit the neighboring region of Asturias where you visit local producers of fresh cider and honey. Hiking in Picos central massif, where you can perceive Picos perhaps the most important peak of El Naranjo de Bulnes and wander on the magnificent route between Cares and Caín. Accommodation in a rural hotel in Liébana at the foot of Picos de Europe. Dinner together. Hiking 8 kilometers / 200 meters.

Day 6: Thursday

The cable car at Fuente Dé rapidly brings you 900 meters higher and you begin the route of day 6 from the cable balcony, one of the most impressive natural observation spots in Spain. The route continues through the green and Alp-like Puertos de Áliva. Traditional lunch at one of the local family restaurants. Rest and dinner in Potes.

Day 7: Friday

Today a short walk takes us to the Santo Toribio Monastery. After your walk, you will visit a proud cheese producer and get a tasting of the D.O. cheeses Quesucos de Liébana and Picón Bejés-Tresviso. Farewell picnic and transfer to Santander or Bilbao according to your flight schedule.

Day 8: Saturday

Free time in Santander or Bilbao according to your flight schedule. Transfer to the airport on your own.

Included excursions

  • Walking level: easy
  • Shortest / longest walk: 7 / 14 kilometers
  • Maximum climb: 300 meters
  • Maximum descent: 900 meters

By the coast, in the mountains or in charming villages, your leisure walks to explore Cantabria are always suited for all ages. As they have prepared written detailed itineraries and maps, you will be able to complete each route at your own pace. And if you still need an extra challenge, they can provide you with some alternative extra kilometers to complete the physical activity of each day.

  • Winery visits
  • Dairy visits
  • Guided walks
  • Self-guided walks
  • City tour

Instructors

Hans Eguinoa

Eva Gómez-Pallete

Location

This tour will take you to some of Cantabria's highlights, including Santander, Santillana del Mar, and the Picos de Europa National Park.

Food

Seven breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners are included. There will be wine with all meals. On this tour, you will enjoy solid buffet breakfasts with bread, cereals, juice, coffee and tea, ham, eggs, and cheese, as well as local sweets to get ready for a day of walking.

On the roads and always in hand-picked sceneries, you will taste and enjoy local products on charming country picnic lunches, where there will often be fresh products purchased on the visits you make. The dinners will be the delicious results of your cooking sessions as well as winery dinners! Tradition and fine-dining in a nice blend.

Cantabria is a diverse and fun place to eat with the mountain and sea closeby! Like an open-air natural market place available for guests!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation in a double room at selected three-star hotels or equivalent
  • Transfers and luggage transport according to program
  • Tour guide
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners (wine in all meals)
  • Cooking class, apron, and recipes
  • Visits, tastings, and activities according to program
  • Walking routes itineraries and maps
  • Travel documentation and useful information

What's not included

  • Means of transport to Bilbao
  • Last transfer from Bilbao city to airport
  • Anything not clearly included in hotels (minibars, etc)
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How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bilbao Airport (BIO). Transfer from this airport is included. Bonito Norte Viajes SL will pick you up from the airport. Bilbao is the best airport for regular incoming international flights. However, Ryanair operates to Santander airport from several European cities. From the UK, there are weekly ferries to Bilbao and Santander. Send an inquiry for the best option.

All bus and minibus transfers in Spain are included, except the last transfer Bilbao hotel-airport. Mostly short transfers 30 minutes-1 hour. The longest transfer is Picos-Bilbao 3 hours.

Airport: Bilbao Airport Airport transfer included: Bilbao Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Friday June 18, 2021
Departure: Friday June 25, 2021

Solo travelers

This tour can accommodate solo travelers.

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