Northern Spain self drive holiday

“Drive through the mountainous national parks and wine regions of Cantabria and La Rioja en-route to the charming seaside town of San Sebastian.”


Picos de Europa | Liébana valley | Fuente Dé cable car | Santo Toribio de Liébana | Santander | La Rioja | Alavesa | Guggenheim Bilbao | San Sebastian | Basque Country |

Travel Team

If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. The Travel Team.

01273 823 700 Calling from outside the UK?

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

All of our travels are individual, tailor-made vacations, which basically give our guest the chance to discover Northern Spain their way.
In many aspects Northern Spain is less developed, tourism wise, than southern Spain. This is, however, a considerable competitive parameter, as the experiences get unique. We spend a lot of time finding the most interesting, most knowledgeable and most service-minded partners in the area, to help us to give our guests truly exceptional holiday in Northern Spain.

This roundtrip is (initially) made in a smaller environmental friendly car. Some of the areas you visit are home to endangered animals, like birds and bears, and its important to be aware of each person's responsibility towards maintaining this unique environmental status of each area. Before your departure, you will receive a guidebook which includes guidance and requirements on how to get the most out of the experience and, at the same time, respect the animals and the nature.

Furthermore, its not only an interesting and authentic way to see Northern Spain, but at the same time you have the chance to support the local communities and their small-scale productions.

Using this approach, we are able to offer whale-, brown bear-, bird- watching, fishing from a fishing boat, collecting and preparing local food and gastronomy with ecological products, sustainable wine-tourism etc. Each local person assisting us, is truly enthusiastic about his/her field and by working with these people, we support the activity, the animals, the park or the local community, as most of the guides as well are archaeologists, ornithologists, geologists, restaurant owners, local farmers etc.

We are proud to be able to develop and support small societies and not least enthusiastic people that make a difference, and that support and commit to our environmental values.

The Impacts of this Trip

Our guests typically look for a different experience and an alternative to large-resort-commercial-travels. The peacefulness, the small villages, the local food, “secret” beaches and amazing mountain hikes and not least 100% customised pilgrimage are keywords in our philosophy and daily work visiting and discovering new places for our guests.

All of our guest receive, prior to departure, a comprehensive guidebook describing norms and hints, how to get the most out of their holiday.
In this guidebook we describe our recommendation on where to find local craftwork, where to find smaller interesting museums as well as tips for the larger ones.
We describe as well how to experience things, which are impossible to find for foreigners, like how and where to witness the local wildlife in a respectful manner.
Local gastronomy is an important part of the local culture, and across Northern Spain, the variety is great and very exciting. We intent always to be up-to-date on the best local restaurants, and we guide you through local dishes, wines etc.

Our office is located in the heart of Northern Spain, in the old historic town of León. Our prime focus is to show our guests the most authentic, most beautiful and loveliest parts of Northern Spain.

We always share our guest’s experiences with the hotel and other collaborations partners we work with, to help develop local tourism into a sustainable and healthy destination, that is differentiated from similar areas in Spain, Italy and France.

Its important for Us to give our guests an experience that is not reachable in other parts of Europe, though showing the real local life and hidden places. We cant wait to welcome you to Northern Spain.


2 Reviews of Northern Spain self drive holiday

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 09 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

We enjoyed many elements of the holiday. The city highlight was probably the Guggenheim area in Bilbao (the contents not especially exciting). The
countryside highlight was ascending Fuente De by cable car and walking down afterwards - 8 griffon vultures circling overhead just added to the day. Roads
were very quiet, although narrow and winding in places, so one or two longish journeys weren't a burden. We called in on Burgos Cathedral which I'd never
heard of - absolutely stunning!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The tour operator are a friendly company and can respond to changes in the standard tour if requested. Santander is an easy airport to use, we flew with Ryanair. The hotels chosen were all in good locations with clean rooms and friendly staff. Take a travel kettle if you want hot drinks in your room.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not in any special way.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Enjoyable & relaxing. We had good weather which, as always, is a great help.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi, we are happy to receive your wonderful feedback on your holiday in Northern Spain. We always intend to use local hotels, and local transport to enforce help to local communities to improve and also because we believe it gives our guests a much more authentic experience. We are looking forward to welcoming you again another time. Best regards from Northern Spain :-)

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The scenic drive from one town to the next and the fabulous churches

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Bring umbrella or rain protection.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes! There are so many things to discover and the only way to see them is via if more people will opt to do a self-drive tour...more tourist will go to the area.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was great and will recommend to my family and friends.

Popular similar holidays

Spain tailor made holiday, Green Coast

Spain tailor made holiday, Green Coast

Tapas, mountains, authentic charm, lovely towns and hotels

From €950 - €1050 8 days excluding flights

Spain self drive holiday, Rioja & Pyrenees

Spain self drive holiday, Rioja & Pyrenees

Premium self-drive through Rioja, the Pyrenees and Barcelona

From £3775 18 days excluding flights

Andalucia walking & self drive holiday, Spain

Andalucia walking & self drive holiday, Spain

Self drive, mountains, cities and walking in Andalucia

From £3100 21 days excluding flights

Picos family adventure holiday, Spain

Picos family adventure holiday, Spain

Walk, canoe & mountain bike in northern Spain

From £1560 11 days excluding flights