Painting tour in green Spain – Cantabria – Liérganes – Santander – Picos de Europa – Bilbao – Creative holiday – Museums – Gourmet Picnic Come to our painting tour in green Spain, Cantabria, find inspiration, paint and enjoy life in the Green valleys of Cantabria. We also paint by the sea & in Picos Europa natural park. An art professor will guide your outdoor works daily & visits to Art Museum Elsedo, Cantabria,the Guggenheim & Bellas Artes Museums in Bilbao make this tour a 100% inspirational and creative experience. Personally selected boutique hotels will offer you supreme gastronomy & wines for picnic & dinner, so relax between painting sessions! (7 days/6 nights).
Thank you Bonito Norte for a fantastic tour! The flowers are from the hotel garden, the Cabo Mayor light house & museum view from Picos de Europa. I want to live there…Mrs. K. Rånman 2013
During the first days we are based in the beautiful village of Liérganes, 20km away from the regional capital of Santander.
With this Painting tour in green Spain we intend to provide you with all the ingredients for a week of inspiration: a place surrounded by beautiful landscapes, quiet and well-appointed hotels, where we will comment our daily work with a painter/art professor. After these the first days, we move on to the impressive mountain sceneries at Picos de Europa National Park.
Arrival to the Hotel in Liérganes where we enjoy a welcome drink and program presentation. A short walk to get to know the close surroundings, opens up our appetite.
Today, after a short walk, we begin to paint historic Liérganes. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon, we travel (± 10′) to the Museum of Contemporary Art Elsedo. Back at the hotel, artist workshop with teacher to review and comment on the day’s work. Dinner at the Hotel.
After breakfast we head for Santander (± 20′) where we paint the coast and around Cabo Mayor lighthouse. Here we also find a small museum with an interesting collection of works related to the sea and lighthouses. Picnic lunch in beautiful setting while we watch the ships and seagulls pass us by.
We move on to Picos de Europa (1,5h) with several painting spots such as beautiful village of Potes or enjoy the scenery of the Mountains and the green valleys of the National Park. Lunch on your own in Potes and dinner close to the hotel.
We head for more beautiful painting spots or just stay around the surroundings of our beautiful hotel to get more inspiration. Picnic lunch and dinner in Potes.
Transfer or travel to Bilbao (± 3h), where day is free to enjoy the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts or to paint around town. Lunch and dinner on your own. We will offer you a nice itinerary with the best pintxos and tapas route in Bilbao.
Transfer to airport on your own. Flight back home.
Getting here & transfers
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!
All bus and minibus transfers in Spain included except last transfer Bilbao Hotel-Airport. Mostly short transers 30min-1h. Longest transfer Picos-Bilbao 3h.
Hotels & meals
Some pictures from our selected hotels on this tour!
Liérganes day 1-4. A typical “Casona de Indianos” converted into small 9 room Boutique Hotel, some 10 years ago now. A better base camp is hard to find and the host couple Espe & Rafa will make you feel just like home…
Picos de Europa day 4-6. 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…
On this tour you will enjoy solid buffet breakfasts 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 sessions as well as a countryside restaurant visit!
Activities on this tour
Choice is free if you wish to draw, paint aquarelle or even paint with oil or acrylic. Our invited expert is open for your inspirarion and artistic freedom. Some will choose to do several rough drafts and some will want to detail more on the spot.
Enjoy the Guggenheim Bilbao museum, the Fine Arts museum of Bilbao, the Elsedo museum, the Light house museum of Cabo Mayor, Casa de las Doñas
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See the areas we explore on this tour!
6 nights double room at selected Hotel 3*** or equivalent
Transfers and luggage transport according to program
6 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Picnic, 5 Dinners
5 Painting workshops
Travel documentation and useful information
Pricing & general Conditions
From 1.200,00€ (minimum 6 persons)
(180,00€ 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
Read more about this tour! Due to Madrid’s high altitude of 650 metres, it experiences quite different temperatures in the summer and the winter. The most pleasant warm weather falls between May and mid July