15 Days Spanish Camino Food Tours

  • Bilbao - Oviedo - Pamplona - Logroño - Nájera - Burgos - León - Salas - Asturias - Tineo - Grandas de Salime, A Fonsagrada, Castroverde - Lugo - Santiago

Overview

Wine Tasting and Walking Holiday in Spain

  • Wine tasting
  • 9 guided excursions
  • Sample local gastronomic delights
  • Cooking demonstrations and samplings
  • Walk the original pilgrimage route to Santiago through superb scenery
  • 12 dinners (4 special gourmet, 4 regional cuisine)
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

This unique approach to a classic pilgrimage route combines a passion for good food with the incredible history of the trail crossing northern Spain. With fully supported day walks on the best sections of the pilgrimage trail paths, including the original route from Oviedo, the essence of the pilgrimage is retained. The walking is combined with cooking demonstrations and numerous samplings of the local cuisine from the heart of Spanish modern cuisine in the Basque region to the small rural villages on the Camino, as the pilgrimage is commonly called. In the company of a local gastronomic expert, there will be many insights into the local culinary scene.

  • 14 days with instruction
  • English
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We have specially hand-chosen the accommodation during the trip to ensure that the flavor of the region is captured. We have carefully selected a range of charming country inns, pensions, guesthouses, hotels and bed and breakfasts based on the local atmosphere they offer, epitomizing the regions you are travelling in. Most are family run, so expect a healthy dose of local charm and insights while you're there.

Day 1 - Arrival in Bilbao

Check-in.

In the early afternoon, meet with your gastronomic host.

Later, visit the impressive Guggenheim Museum.

Special gourmet dinner at a mens cooking club (Sociedad Gstronmica).

Meal plan: dinner.

Day 2 - Excursion, food tour

Breakfast.

Transfer from Bilbao to Pamplona to enjoy a local coffee

Walk along the Camino trail through Logrono. We will walk from Uterga to Puente de la Reina, passing through the village of Eunate with its strong links to the pilgrimage in the middle Ages. On the other side of the village is a fine example of a Roman road.

Drive to Logroo, with short stop in Ciraqui to take in the ruins. In Logrono, our local guide will introduce you to the Camino history and share their favorite tapas bars.

Dinner on your own.

The distance covered will be 8 kilometers with 150 meters of ascent and descent and duration of 2 hours.

Meal plan: breakfast.

Day 3 - Excursion, wine tasting, gourmet dinner

Breakfast.

Guided visit and wine tasting at Marqus de Riscal winery.

Drive to Njera, the former capital of La Rioja.

Lunch on your own in Njera.

Walk from Njera to Azofra, right across a classic Riojan landscape of wheat fields, sunflowers and vineyards.

Explore Santo Domingo de la Calzada, visiting the impressive cathedral (and chicken coop!).

Dinner at Echaurren Tradicin restaurant famed for its exceptional interpretation of local Rioja cuisine.

The distance covered will be 6 kilometers with 200 meters of ascent, 585 meters of descent and duration of 2.5 to 3 hours.

Meal plan: breakfast, dinner.

Day 4 - Excursion, authentic dinner

Breakfast.

Drive to a walking route close to San Millan de la Cogolla. Alternatively you can ride on the bus to visit the monasteries of Yuso (Baroque) and Suso (Romanesque).

Midafternoon, reach Burgos and enjoy free time to roam the city.

Guided visit to a traditional bota bag workshop.

Optional visit to the Gothic cathedral where El Cid is buried.

Dinner at Casa Cesar near Burgos, a lamb restaurant. A traditional meal of lechazo castellano.

The distance covered will be 9 kilometers with 200 meters of ascent, 585 meters of descent and duration of 2.5 to 3 hours.

Meal plan: breakfast, dinner.

Day 5 - Excursion, gourmet dinner

Breakfast.

Short walk on the Meseta, followed by a 2-hour drive to Leon.

Guided visit to the Panteon in Len. The Panteon Real is the home to sarcophagi of late royalty and lies beneath some of the finest examples of Romanesque frescoes in Spain.

Lunch on your own.

Walk along the Camino right through the city, before driving into the Asturias to the town of Arriondas. To Spaniards, Asturias means rural, green, friendly, tasty and authentic. This is the place to relax, walk, swim and sample fresh products, straight from the garden, mountain meadows or the sea. Thanks to a relatively mild and humid climate, temperatures are pleasant, even in the height of summer, and the landscape is green year round. Rural Asturias is a patchwork of walled pastures, dense forests and farming villages, bordered by a magnificent coastline to the north and steep limestone massifs to the south. A rich cultural tradition, vibrant historical towns, pre-Romanesque churches and superb regional cooking combine to make travelers feel at home instantly.

Your accommodation this evening is a welcoming family-run hotel. On clear days, this historic building on the banks of the Sella River offers spectacular views of snowy summits in the Picos de Europa.

Dinner in the tiny village of La Salgar at Casa Marcial, the renowned Michelin-starred restaurant run by chef Nacho Manzano.

The distance covered will be 4 kilometers with 100 meters of ascent and descent and duration of 1 hour.

Meal plan: breakfast, dinner.

Day 6 - Excursion, authentic dinner

Breakfast.

Trip to the coast to walk along the Camino Norte, a less travelled route on the Camino. The walk view today is quite spectacular as we walk from beach to beach along the limestone cliffs.

Depending on the weather, we will either drive up to a viewpoint in the Sierra del Sueve or we will visit a pre Romanesque monument.

Continue on to Oviedo where we will have an afternoon guided tour of the Historical Centre.

Dinner will be light tapas taken at a cider bar. Here we will have the opportunity to taste this special beverage.

The distance covered will be 13 kilometers with 100 meters of ascent and descent and duration of 3.5 to 4 hours.

Meal plan: breakfast, dinner.

Day 7 - Excursion

Breakfast.

Join the first walking route on the Camino Primitivo, otherwise known as the original pilgrims route, to Santiago. Follow Jacobean copper shells through narrow lanes, then out into the green Asturian countryside. Tarmac lanes and old foot paths take us between quiet villages, some of which still have pilgrims hostels and historic inns.

Transfer back to our hotel in Oviedo.

The distance covered will be 18.5 kilometers with 200 meters of ascent, 300 meters of descent and duration of 5.5 hours.

Meal plan: breakfast.

Day 8 - Excursion

Breakfast.

Transfer to Salas to pick up lunch supplies.

Start of our walk at El Pedregal. The route takes us through beautiful countryside to reach the abandoned monastery of Obona, which was an important school and retreat for wise men in the middle ages.

Transfer to our unique accommodation of a renovated old palace in historic Tineo.

Dinner.

The distance covered will be 15.7 kilometers with 350 meters of ascent, 250 meters of descent and duration of 4.5 to 5 hours.

Meal: breakfast, dinner.

Day 9 - Excursion, authentic dinner

Breakfast.

Challenging ascent along one of the most famous stretches of the Camino. Our walk will take us along sections of the original high ruta de los hospitales and crosses steep slopes toward Puerto el Palo. Due to extreme winter weather, several pilgrims hospitals were built on either side of this challenging mountain pass. Superb views will reward your walking efforts.

Dinner with regional specialties at the renowned Nueva Allandesa restaurant at Hotel Grandas in Grandas de Salime.

Overnight in Lake Granadas.

The distance covered will be 13.3 or 15 kilometers with 600 meters of ascent, 150 meters of descent and duration of 4.5 or 6 hours.

Meal plan: breakfast, dinner.

Day 10 - Excursion

Breakfast.

Shop for picnic supplies in Grandas before transferring to Fonsagrada. Todays section of the Camino has been surfaced, and is now tarmac from Grandas to Fonsagrada.

Drive to Pboa de Burna, a village which once had a castle and large pilgrims hospital near to Fonsagrada.

Walk along one of the most ancient sections on the Camino, the high route which leads to O Cdavo. We will end our walk in Paradavella.

Afternoon transfer to our welcoming rural accommodation near Castroverde.

Dinner.

The distance covered will be 12.3 kilometers with 450 meters of ascent, 675 meters of descent and duration of 5 hours.

Meal plan: breakfast, dinner.

Day 11 - Excursion or rest

Breakfast.

Have some time to explore a small rural area independently, relax in the garden and read a book.

Alternatively, there is an opportunity to walk along the Camino Primitivo between Paradavella where the walk ended the previous day, and OCadavo.

In the evening, well be treated to a unique tradition: the queimada, a ritual followed in preparing this tasty beverage of coffee infused with liqueur (the Galician specialty called orujo - an eau-de-vie distilled from grape skins after theyre crushed to make wine).

Dinner.

Overnight in Castroverde.

The distance covered will be 12.4 kilometers with 300 meters of ascent, 250 meters of descent and duration of 3.5 hours.

Meal plan: breakfast, dinner.

Day 12 - Excursion, authentic dinner

Breakfast.

Enjoy the pastoral Galician countryside following quiet tarmac lanes and rural tracks from one hamlet to the next. Beautiful examples of traditional architecture such as the well-preserved pazos and casas grandes, impressive buildings in stone and wood often turned into modern-day hotels.

At Lugo, The Camino Primitivo blends with the French Route and well stop here for the night to enjoy its impressive Roman Walls and outstanding tapas bars.

This evening well learn about regional wines and classic Galician cooking. Our highly specialized guides will share their in-depth knowledge, as well as their love of good food and wine.

Dinner at a local restaurant in Andeade, where they prepare the traditional dish pulpo a feira (Galician-style octopus) among other delicacies.

The distance covered will be 17.5 kilometers with 200 meters of ascent, 400 meters of descent and duration of 5 hours.

Meal plan: breakfast, dinner.

Day 13 - Wine tasting

Breakfast.

Wine tasting in the Ribeira Sacra region.

Well continue to Lalin or Chantada for lunch before transferring to a lovely pazo in the country, not far from Santiago de Compostela, which will mean an easy access to the city the following morning.

Visit to a small family-run cheese factory.

There is no walking today.

Dinner.

The distance covered will be 5 kilometers with 100 meters of descent and duration of 1 hour.

Meal plan: breakfast, dinner.

Day 14 - Excursion, gourmet dinner

Breakfast.

Enjoy both the Pilgrims mass and the local market or walk for 2.5 hours from Monte del Gozo into Santiago.

Free time to explore the city. You may wish to share emotions with other pilgrims as they approach the St. James Cathedral in the old center of town.

Dinner at A Tofana in Santiago de Compostela to close the tour.

Meal plan: breakfast, dinner.

Day 15 - Departure

Breakfast.

Farewell to your fellow travelers.

Gracias. Adis!

Meal plan: breakfast, dinner.

  • Bota bag workshop - day 4
  • Cathedral and Panten in Len - day 5
  • Cheese factory - day 13
  • Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao - day 1
  • Logrono - day 2
  • Lugo - day 12
  • Marqus de Riscal winery - day 3
  • Oviedo historical centre - day 6
  • Winery in the Ribeira Sacra - day 13

This retreat will take place in northern Spain.

The itinerary from Bilbao to Oviedo is filled with special dinners and a strong gourmet focus. Breakfasts are continental style, while the dinners vary; we will have 4 very special gourmet dinners, 4 authentic dinners featuring regional cuisine and 4 dinners featuring home cooking (3-course set menu served at your accommodation).

We introduce you to provincial restaurants that feature local flavors and traditional specialties unique to the region. Food is an integral part of any European experience and the many culinary delights are yours to savor. Where possible, we also cater to most dietary requirements, provided you let us know in advance.

  • 2 wine tastings
  • 9 guided excursions
  • 12 dinners
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Guided or self-guided walks as per the program
  • Tour escort throughout and local gastronomic experts at points through the trip
  • Transfers according to program
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Dinner on days 2, 7 and 15
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Lunches
  • Storage of luggage
  • Tipping
  • Travel to Bilbao and from Santiago de Compostela

Driving directions

Driving routes can be accessed via www.viamichelin.com.

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Bilbao airport (BIO). Depart from Santiago de Compostela airport (SCQ).

For information about the booking conditions, please send World Expeditions an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Lock Martin from Sydney, Australia

    "I booked four Utracks holidays end to end. The first two were self-guided through Cornwall. They were both brilliant and can thoroughly recommend. The sense of achievement in doing a self-guided trip as a solo traveler was high."

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  • Review by a traveler from Beth Schleusener

    "Had a great time on the self-guided Transylvania Castles and Mountains! Scenery was breathtaking, food was fabulous, hosts were accommodating, price was right."

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  • Review by Ricardo

    "A fantastic trip that was unfortunately cut short by the April earthquake. Everything leading up to it was perfect, food, accommodation and service! Our guides were knowledgeable and happy to help us with anything! Following the earthquake Subal, our guide, made all the right decisions to keep us safe. Even though we didn't achieve our goals, it was an amazing experience."

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  • Review by a traveler from Exeter, Australia

    "We completed these 7 days from Linz to Vienna in September with two adults and two teenagers. We are not bike riders. We did a few 30 kilometers warm rides before we left home but that didn't prepare us for the up to 55 kilometers days riding into a 30 kilometers head wind along the Danube. We booked our tour through UTracks in Australia around USD 4,700 for the seven days which included two rooms accommodation for 6 nights with breakfasts and dinners and bike hire. All contact with UTracks via phone and email was excellent, we received our travel documents at our first nights hotel in Linz the Park Inn by Radisson. Our bikes were delivered to the hotel at 8 a.m. (a change in plans as we were supposed to pick them up). We dropped our bags at reception by 9 a.m. each day to be transported to our next accommodation. It is not an easy ride for those, like us, who don't ride at all when in Australia and did only a few 30 kilometers rides in preparation.All that said we as a family have shared many wonderful experiences that we wouldn't have done if we were in a car, on a boat or in a plane. I would recommend this tour to families with children over the age of 12 not 8 as recommended by Utracks. Utracks Australia were easy to deal with over the phone or via email, we would use them again but maybe not a cycling tour this time."

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  • Review by L. Hermans from Victoria, Australia

    "If the Camino is on your bucket list, contact UTracks for an experience of a lifetime. We did and enjoyed it greatly. The itinerary catered for experienced and less experienced walkers. The support provided throughout the walk was exceptional. And the food experience was even better! If I had to score, I would give a 9.9 out of 10!"

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  • Review by F. and J. Flynn from Victoria, Australia

    "We hope you decide to run this tour again as we have recommended it to so many people. The day walks chosen were on sections with superb scenery. The accommodation and food were outstanding and Teresas leadership and knowledge made for a memorable holiday."

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  • Review by R. Kreger from Queensland, Australia

    "A very enjoyable trip! Our guides were knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and fun. Im a trekker so the walking was a doddle; my wife in not a trekker but did 4 months of training and although she found the hardest day hard, she did the trip with no physical pain, so if youre not a trekker, follow Utrack's training recommendation. The selection of parts of the four different Caminos that we walked was excellent: forests, high alpine, beach or cliff face, farmland, villages, towns, cities, monasteries and cathedrals.Similarly, the activities we did were varied and interesting. Loved the ambience and experience of the Michelin Star or near Michelin Star experiences but tasting the regional food specialties and participating in their customs was even more enjoyable. Accommodation was fine throughout. The trip notes were exceptionally well done - best Ive ever had. As Camino walkers, the welcome you receive from the locals is overwhelming. We highly recommend this trip across Green Spain."

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