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Gastronomy Tour of Cantabria Spain

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The region of Cantabria in Northern Spain is blessed with a rich and varied gastronomy due itīs fertile lands and proximity to the Cantabrian sea. Cantabria boasts a wide variety of unique regional dishes and world class locally grown produce that are protected by a Denomination of Origin.

Be adventurous! Come and discover the delicious cuisine of Cantabria, the regions emerging boutique wines and Cantabriaīs first class restaurants on our special 6 night Cantabria Self Drive Gastronomy Tour.

Read more about Cantabrian Cuisine on our blog.



2 nights Parador de Limpias
2 nights Palacio de la Peņa

2 nights Hotel del Oso






Day 1

Arrival at the Parador Limpias and tonight enjoy a special tasting dinner in the stunningly located Restaurante La Solana in Ampuero.

Day 2

This morning you visit one of the coastal Cantabrian wineries, Bodegas Vidular, which is producing quality white wine mainly from the Albariņo grape.

Spend time with one of the winemakers visiting their vineyards and later enjoy a specially prepared lunch at the winery accompanied by their delicious Rio Ason and Cantabricus wines. After lunch continue to the fishing town of Santoņa famous throughout Spain for itīs anchovies and delicious tuna.

Tonight we recommend that you head to the nearby town of Laredo where you can enjoy the atmosphere of itīs charming old maritime centre and itīs many tapas bars featuring regional produce from the Cantabrian coast and countryside.  

Day 3

After checking out of your hotel you drive inland to the picturesque Valle de Villaverde to visit the modern Casona Michaela winery which is also producing a Cantabrian white wine using the Albariņo grape mixed with Riesling. Later continue to the pretty town of Isla stopping on the way in the village of Escalante where you can try the locally produced cider, another traditional product which has been revived in recent times. In Isla enjoy lunch at a typical restaurant where we recommend trying local dishes from the area such as īpeppers from Islaī and a īCarico bean stewī.

Tonight you enjoy dinner at an unusual restaurant called Los Brezos in Meruelo. Despite itīs unexpected location beside a petrol station the young chef here, Ruben Abascal, has become one of the best emerging young chefs in the region of Cantabria. His dishes are as delicious as they surprising for their appearance and presentation.

Day 4

Today we recommend you travel to the Sunday market in Lierganes where you can purchase lots of tasty regional food including cured meats and preserves of all kinds. Afterwards we suggest a visit to the La Jarradilla Cheesery and later the Dougalls Brewery which British owner is producing a fine range of boutique beers.

Lunch today is in the magnificent surrounding of the Palacio de Soņanes, a small palace hotel from the early 18th century which features stunning stonework on itīs faįade and gardens containing 200 year old magnolia trees. Tonight dinner is at the Restaurante El Sambal in Noja which is overseen by the award winning young chef Javier Ruiz. Here there is a strong focus on using local produce including surprising ingredients such as sea urchins from Noja.

Day 5

Today travel to the magnificent Liebana area of Cantabria by the majestic Picos de Europa mountains. Stay in the idyllic and welcoming Hotel del Oso in Cosgaya located between the Picos and the town of Potes. Upon arrival visit two very interesting boutique wineries which have revived the traditional of making red wine in Cantabria. These are Bodega Picos (Cabariezo) and Bodega Riosanto (Esanos). Both produce wines using the local mencia grape which is also found in the El Bierzo and Leon area. Vino Lusia which is produced by Bodega Riosanto has received multiple awards in recent times. Later enjoy a typical lunch in Potes before continuing to your hotel. Dinner tonight is recommended at your hotel which offers lovely local cuisine and a service that is second to none.

Day 6

A visit to the Liebana area would not be complete without a taking the cable from Fuente De high up into the Picos Mountains from where you can enjoy breath taking mountain views and spectacular walks. Later, having worked up a thirst and a hunger, we suggest heading to the historic town of Potes.

Before lunch why not try a locally produced vermouth called īMarianoī as an aperitif before tucking in to a delicious hearthy mountain stew īcodido montaņesī. You might also fancy trying a local black pudding known as īboronoī and for desert some local cheese from Las Braņas Cheesery.

Be sure also to try the famous local liquor or disgestif, orujo (a pomace brandy made from the solid remains left after pressing grapes). Dinner tonight is at the Restaurante Urgallo just a stoneīs throw from your hotel. This restaurant set in pleasant surrounding is famous for itīs game dishes.

Day 7

Return to your point of departure following breakfast





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