This region in Spain is well known for its beautiful coastline, unspoilt landscape, rich history and some of the country’s best wines and vineyards.
After our overnight ferry and arrival in northern Spain:
We spend a relaxing 2 nights at MOGRO, a small village surrounded by stunning scenery in the coastal Asturias region.
SANTILLANA DEL MAR is said to be one of the most perfectly preserved medieval villages in Spain and most probably Europe! Its cobblestone streets and ancient buildings have a timeless feel along with the honey coloured sandstone mansions and bustling plazas.
CASTRO URDIALES is one of the prettiest fishing ports in Cantabria and is known for its local specialities of sardines and anchovies. The town is dominated by the 13th century Iglesia de Santa Maria – one of Cantabria’s finest Gothic monuments and a lighthouse built within the shell of a Knight’s Templar Castle.
We continue to the Rioja region for the second part of this holiday:
The city of HARO is the wine capital of the Rioja region and known for its mix of culture, landscape, fine food and wine. The beautiful, medieval centre is compact with architectural styles ranging from Baroque, Rococo, Gothic and Neoclassical.
Picture-perfect LAGUARDIA is set on top of a hill in the middle of a valley with the Cantabrian Mountains in the background. This walled town has many narrow streets and is surrounded by vineyards on all sides. Tunnels under many of the town houses were once used to protect the residents during battles, they are now used as wine cellars.
RIOJA WINE TASTING At Bodegas Carlos San Pedro take the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour with an introduction to their traditional wine making method, visit the underground cave and sample some wine. The family has produced wine here for over 500 years.
A visit to SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA, an ancient, walled city that sits at the foot of the Sierra del Demanda hills. It has a labyrinth of medieval streets with a cathedral, an old Pilgrim’s Hospital and the impressive Plaza de España.
SANTANDER is an elegant city with excellent views of the Cantabrian coast. Its historic quarter with majestic buildings and maze of narrow streets are set against an incredible natural backdrop of sea and mountains.