explore Cantabria walk & cook

explore Cantabria  – Santillana – Santander – Picos de Europa – Walking holiday – Cooking session – Local producers  – Gourmet picnics
Meet us in green Spain in the region of Cantabria! Easy walking holiday along the coast line, the Pasiego Valleys and the impressive Picos de Europa National Park. Learn to cook typical local dishes, as well as modern cuisine on our cooking sessions. Local guides  will take you to villages, its people and our beautiful secret spots. The week is completed with interesting visits and sublime gastronomy. (8 days/7 nights)

Thank you Bonito Norte for a wonderfully planned tour! Interesting visits, a whole bunch of good laughs, great company, the family owned hotels, the food, the cooking sessions, I could go on…Mrs. M. Hagbyhn 2013

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Itinerary highlights
During the first days of our explore Cantabria tour we are based in Santander and in beautiful village of Santillana, 20km away from the regional capital. Our walking routes start from our cozy hotels and in the afternoon and evening we will experience fun and inspiring cooking in the kitchen as well as nights to explore on your own. We will learn and participate in local Cantabrian cooking to also take on the modern fusion cuisine. After action-packed first days, we move on to the impressive mountain sceneries at Picos de Europa National Park.

 

Day 1 Saturday

We fly to Bilbao and continue by bus to the beautiful seaside town of Santander. Intro with a cheese & 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 delicious fish menu. After lunch, walk towards the city center for visits to the art centre Centro Botín by Renzo Piano. Free evening in Santander. Hiking 10km without climb.

Day 3 Monday

During the morning (due to the tide) we have a tidal safari where marine biologist Gustavo teaches us more about life under the surface at Santander’s course. Transfer to 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 km / 200 meters.

Day 4 Tuesday

Today pilgrim walking along the northern coast route of Santiago. Stop for 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 km, without noticeable increase.

Day 5 Wednesday

By car (about 1.5h) we 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 km / 200 meters.

Day 6 Thursday

The cable car at Fuente Dé rapidly brings us 900m higher & we 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 monestary. After our walk we 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.

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Day 8 Saturday

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

Getting here & transfers

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Bilbao is the best airport for regular incoming international flights. However, Ryanair operates to Santander  airport from several European cities. From UK there are weekly ferries to Bilbao and Santander. Ask us for the best option!

 

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All bus and minibus transfers in Spain included except last transfer Bilbao Hotel-Airport. Mostly short transfers 30min-1h. Longest transfer Picos-Bilbao 3h.
Hotels & meals
Some pictures from our selected hotels on this tour!

 

 

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Picos de Europa day 5-7. Another family-owned small Hotel with swimming pool, wonderful setting and if you are lucky enjoy a glass of wine and a some reading on your balchony watching the silent Picos. A long lasting moment…

 

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On this tour you will enjoy breakfast buffets with bread, cereals, juice, coffe & tea, ham, eggs, 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 & enjoy local products on charming country picnic lunches, where we often buy fresh products on the visits we make. The dinners will be the delicious results of our cooking session as well as a countryside restaurant visit!

 

 

Activities on this tour

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Walking Level: Easy         Shortest/longest walk 7 km/14 km
Maximum climb 300m     Maximum descent 900m

 

By the coast, in the mountains or in charming villages, our leisure walks to explore Cantabria are always suited for all ages. As we 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 we can provide you with some alternative extra kilometers to complete the physical activity of each day.

 

Recommended walking accesories : Walking poles, gore tex walking shoes/ low ancle boots, light ruck-sack for daily necessities.
cooking greenOur cooking session is meant to be learning and inspiring!  We will visit small cheese-producers and wineries where we also will be able to taste their products. Delicious and original picnics in hand-picked beautiful outdoor spots, wellness opportunities and just relaxing mindfulness in any of the family owned small country-side hotels where we will feel just like home, will make this week a 100% disconnecting experience.
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See the areas we explore on this tour!

What´s included?

7 nights double room at selected Hotel 3*** or equivalent

Transfers and luggage transport according to program

7 Breakfast, 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

Pricing & general Conditions

From 1.290,00€

(210,00€ single room additional fee)

Flight and means of transportation to Spain excluded

Cancellations, Amendments and Refunds Bonito Norte Viajes

 

Cancellation due to severe sickness, illness, death of close family or catastrophic events at home such as fire, flooding or else: Total refund of the whole Price.

Cancellation due to other reasons

Cancellations up to 7 days tour starting date, 75% refund

Cancellation from 6 days to 48 hours prior to tour start date, 50% refund

Cancellation of tour start date prior to 48h, non-refundable

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Pelle Olssons Tour documentary Pelle Olssons Tour documentary  Taste it – Cantabrian recepies Taste it – Cantabrian recepiesCantabria basics Cantabria basics Impressive Picos de Europa Video Impressive Picos de Europa VideoVideo Silent Pasiego Valleys Video Silent Pasiego Valleys   Santander Video Santander Video

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