North Spain small group holiday, a food adventure
Description of North Spain small group holiday, a food adventure
Tuck into a truly delicious exploration of North Spain and its varied, tempting cuisine on this 10-day foodie adventure. There’s plenty of culture and history in between the meals, but the fresh produce, wonderful wine and regional dishes are the stars.
The journey begins in Barcelona, where jamon hangs from the roofs of the numerous delis. Here, get a chef’s insight into the best ingredients at Santa Caterina market, whip up Catalan specialties in a cooking class and wander the stunning Gothic Quarter. Logrono is packed with excellent taperias, so go on a tapas bar crawl here, tasting the specialities in each, before heading north to celebrated San Sebastian, where beautiful beaches, historic buildings and a thriving food and arts scene bask together under a beaming sun. You’ll be able to hike off some calories in the Picos de Europa National Park and also hike to the caves in Arenas de Cabrale where blue cheese is made underground. This exercise will help build up an appetite for the food market in Potes and the abundant fresh seafood on the coast of Galicia – try the mussels!
You won’t go thirsty either! Sip a glass of famous Rioja in the centuries old cellars beneath the medieval walled town of Laguardia, enjoy a cava tasting in Barcelona and experience a traditional Asturian sidreria (cider house) near Oviedo. With cooking classes and demonstrations, market visits and plenty of tastings, this is a true gastronomic pilgrimage which ends, fittingly enough, in Santiago de Compostela.
This trip uses public bus, taxi, train and private vehicle to transport you from highlight to highlight, with nine nights’ accommodation in hotels. You’ll travel in a small group with no more than 12 people in total. Come hungry – for the food and for discovery – and uncover both the local delicacies and the character of northern Spain.
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We are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travellers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip. In addition, we expect our staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel - respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.
We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when travelling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment.
We take care to use local transport throughout, and stay in small, locally owned hotels and guesthouses. This tour will lead you on a cultural and culinary journey with countless opportunities to interact with the locals and learn their gourmet secrets, from perusing the Santa Catarina markets, dining with the locals in the taverns, bars and bodegas of Barcelona, gaining an insight into the traditions of the local wineries and the chance to try your hand Catlan dishes yourself with a local expert.. We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travellers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans and recruit our on the ground team from the local community. This not only gives a fantastic insight into the country and a snap shot of day to day life, but it also puts valuable financial resources back into the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses. We encourage our travellers to reduce their excess waste using a reduce, re-use and recycle policy. We also in avoidance of animal cruelty never visit places known to use cruel practices in rearing and/or slaughtering of livestock. We also make sure that foods from the endangered species list are not served on the trip.
As company our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.
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