Discover the flavours of Spain
From San Sebastian to Madrid, embark on an epic exploration of Spain's culinary traditions
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Sip on some of the finest wines the country has to offer, learn to make Basque dishes, visit food markets and indulge in the sweetest of treats – this delicious journey through Spain will leave you inspired.
Your trip begins in San Sebastian where you’ll discover the city on foot before embarking on a pintxos tour where you’ll get to taste small dishes at a variety of bars. Once you’ve got a taste for Spanish flavours, take part in a Basque cooking class and learn to prepare a selection of dishes using fresh produce from nearby villages. In addition to tasting great food and wines, you’ll also get to discover some of the beautiful sights Spain has to offer. You will visit the small village of Oma and take a hike through Bosque Animado (the Animated Forest) which features the land art of Agustín Ibarrola. There will also be a secret dinner prepared especially for you by the team from one of the top restaurants in San Sebastian.
Next, you’ll head for La Rioja where you’ll take in some of the highlights and learn about the region’s wine industry. Then, venture into the kitchen of Michelin-starred restaurant, Venta de Moncalvillo, where you will be treated to a unique gastronomic experience. And no food or wine tour through Spain would be complete without a tour of the Ribera del Duero wine region. Visit Peñafiel, with its castle and wine museum, and learn about winemaking.
The final leg of your journey takes you to Madrid where you’ll visit some food markets while discovering the history of the city and learning about life in the present. Enjoy a wine and tapas tasting at a collection of taverns, and don’t miss the chance to indulge in churros dipped in a cup of decadent hot chocolate.
Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer to your hotel in San Sebastian
Accommodation in San Sebastian
- 136 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants and a bar
- Culinary school
- Fitness centre
The grande dame of San Sebastian hotels, the Maria Cristina sits overlooking the Urumea River and is set an elegant belle epoque-style building. It first opened its doors back in 1912 and since has hosted everyone from royalty and aristocrats to Hollywood celebrities. Its lavish gold and marble interiors exude grace and refinement, while its 136 rooms and suites add stylish touches of modernity in their colourful contemporary artwork and high-tech features. Choose from river, garden or city views, or even your own private terrace. Each morning begins here with an extravagant breakfast in the grand breakfast room, surrounded by Corinthian columns, heavy damask drapes and ornate plasterwork, while in the evenings pintxos (Basque-style tapas) and cocktails can be enjoyed in the Dry Bar, inspired by the glamour of the golden days of Hollywood. Dinner is also offered at the Asian-themed Saigon Café. With sites such as the San Telmo Museum of Basque Ethnography and History, the impressive Buen Pastor Cathedral and the pretty La Concha Beach right on your doorstep, it’s ideally situated.
- 167 rooms
- La Brasserie Mari Galant restaurant
Set right on La Concha beachfront, the historic Hotel Londres is housed in a grand belle epoque-style building, and has been welcoming guests for over 100 years. Occupying such prime city location, this opulent four-star hotel has become somewhat of a city landmark, offering luxurious and modern facilities, with a touch of old-world charm. The guestrooms and suites are spacious and light, featuring classic design and neutral tones, with small splashes of colour in the artwork and soft furnishings. Choose to wake up to the spectacular views of the sea and the famous promenade or the charming Xabier Zubiri Square and the city’s old town. San Sebastian is of course all about food and gastronomy, and the Hotel Londres is no exception. Dine on delicious Basque cuisine in the modern La Brasserie Mari Galant restaurant, paired with spectacular views over La Concha Bay, followed by a cocktail in the classic Bar Swing. Relax and rejuvenate after exploring the city by heading along the beach to La Perla Thalassotherapy centre, an opulent spa with modern-day technology and luxurious treatments.
The sophisticated and shimmering city of San Sebastian in the north of the country sits at the mouth of the River Urumea, looking out on to the Bay of Biscay, with the natural beauty of Mount Urgull, Mount Ulia, Mount Adarra and Mount Igeldo at its back. Its covetable position has given rise to a lively beachfront that includes Playa de la Concha, renowned as one of the best beaches in Europe, and Playa de la Zurriola, a champion surfing destination. But it's the city's fabled elegant architecture, spacious plazas and plentiful green parks that has led to its moniker as the 'Pearl of Northern Spain'. San Sebastian is famous for its pintxos and an evening dipping in and out of its bars is not to be missed.
San Sebastian, or Donastia to locals, was once the favoured summer resort of Queen Isabella II and is one of Spain's most elegant cities. You'll discover its beautiful Gothic churches and neoclassical town hall, and gain an understanding into Basque history and culture at the San Telmo Museum. You'll also visit La Concha beach, a shell-shaped strip of sand that looks out over turquoise waters to Monte Urgull, topped with a 12m statue of Jesus Christ.
San Sebastian has every right to be incredibly proud of its culinary heritage, and going out for pintxos is a fun and delicious experience. Pintxos are small morsels of food and people will typically visit three or four bars, sampling a different dish in each place. Originally pintxos were held together by a toothpick but nowadays there are all sorts of variations and they are best enjoyed with a wine, beer or a glass of txacolí - the lightly sparkling wine typical of the Basque country.
San Sebastian is famous all over the world for its rich culinary history. Gain an insight into their food culture with a cooking class where you’ll learn to prepare Basque dishes using the freshest produce from the coastal fishing villages and the mountainous provinces of Gipuzkoa and Bizkaia. Enjoy the fruits of your labour as you sit around their rustic wooden table for lunch with wine.
The small neighbourhood of Oma, in Kortezubi, contains a singular spot known as Bosque Animado (the Animated Forest), painted by the Bilbao sculptor and artist Agustín Ibarrola in 1984. This is an enchanted forest located in a magical area that stresses a new connection between nature and art. There, the artist left traces on trees and stones aiming to link the works of the ancestral Paleolithic artists with the modern tendency known as land art, an artistic current that works directly over the natural landscape. Thus, Ibarrola confined himself to paint the surface of pine trees, being aware that the holder he was using was not as inert as the canvas. Most of the figures are scattered around different trees, which are situated in different depths. Build a personalized work by means of decisions that you take in the forest, walking along one or another path, looking at different spots, meaning that every visitor experiences the piece in a unique way.
Experience the luxury of a very private affair being cooked by the team of one of the leading restaurants in San Sebastian. Enjoy at their secret kitchen of a paired dinner with local artists of the famous Basque cuisine. A special menu will be elaborated especially for you and paired with wines in front of your eyes.
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Accommodation in La Rioja
- 29 rooms and six suites
- Bar and roof terrace
- Wine gallery
- Wellness treatments
In the charming village of Villabuena de Álava, surrounded by the Basque mountains and celebrated vineyards of Rioja, the Viura’s stacked cubed form contains cool and bright interiors that amplify the surroundings. 29 rooms are unobtrusively luxurious, with floor to ceiling panoramic windows, some with views over the quant village streets, the neighbouring San Andrés Church and to the Cantabrian mountains on the horizon. Six suites feature a separate living room and private terraces. Gastronomy takes pride of place here, with an intimate restaurant offering exquisite tasting menus of creative Rioja and Basque cuisine, paired with an extensive wine list by the Viura’s sommelier. Guests can enjoy a wide range of wines from the region and fully immerse themselves in the local viticulture on tours to local vineyards, tasting sessions and tutorage in pairing. The surrounding area can be explored on borrowed bicycles and the village swimming pool, a great place to relax and mix with the local, is open to guests and sits next to the hotel.
- 43 rooms
- Two restaurants, one with Michelin star
Eye-catching against the green of La Rioja’s hills, Hotel Marques De Riscal’s striking and innovative roof has been designed to reflect the precious liquid that’s produced in the celebrated adjoining winery of the same name. Created by architectural genius Frank Gehry, the roof resembles a sail in the wind. It’s stripes of titanium are coloured in shades of silver that represent a wine cup, gold for the cap of a bottle, and of course, red to embody the wine itself. Catch the hotel on any different day, and its hues will appear to have changed in the sun. With just 43 rooms divided between two wings connected by a bridge, a stay in this boutique hotel and winery will be an immersive experience. Due to the varying placements of the hotel’s huge windows, each room leaves a difference impression. When you’re not out sampling the delights of the region’s oldest winery, sit down to a meal in either of the hotel’s two restaurants, one boasting a Michelin star. As expected, the wine list is impressive and features collections which date all the way back to 1862. On a sunny day, there’s nothing more pleasant than enjoying a gourmet meal on the terrace and admiring the views of the distinctive countryside and the quaint town of Elciego. Should you fancy some indulgence, the Vinotherapy spa boasts a design-focused indoor pool and multitude of luxury treatments based on the grape. If you can bear the crowds, visit in Autumn to experience the full process of the grape harvest. Regardless of the season, you can look forward to wine tours, tastings, and pairings, as well as a profusion of exhilarating outdoor activities such as balloon rides, biking, and horse riding.
Internationally famous for the quality of its produce, the wines that bear its name, La Rioja showcases more than 500 wineries nestled in vast vineyards. While you’re here, you can discover tiny family owned and operated bodegas alongside huge industrial producers. It’s not all vineyards though. La Rioja also presents a beautifully varied landscape of forests, Iberian mountain ranges, lunar-like landscapes and no less than seven rivers which along with their tributaries have carved almost countless valleys and grandiose canyons.
This tour explores some of Rioja's highlights in just a few hours. Enjoy a panoramic drive through La Sonsierra, where modern winemaking originated, through quaint villages such as Labastida and Briones en route to Haro. As well as containing many of the region's legendary bodegas, Haro houses the Museo del Vino de Rioja which chronicles the history, evolution and creation of Spanish wines. It also has a pretty old town with several palaces and every years hosts the Batalla de Vino, where participants douse each other in red wine during a mock battle. The tour finishes in Laguardia where you’ll visit the Casa Primicia winery.
This unique opportunity takes you inside the kitchen of Michelin-starred restaurant, Venta de Moncalvillo. The Echapresto family have lived in the village of Daroca de Rioja since the 16th century and the restaurant is now in the hands of brothers Ignacio and Carlos, chef and sommelier respectively. Ignacio's love of cooking came from watching his mother and learning her many of kitchen secrets. Local, seasonal produce is sourced from Rioja's bountiful natural larder and letting the wonderful natural flavours shine is at the heart of their philosophy
Depending on the season, you’ll be accompanied on a walk through the forest to pick mushrooms, enjoy a cheese tasting or learn the techniques used to bake sweet potatoes, picked from their orchard. Ignacio will showcase the harvest from his own back garden with a selection of grilled vegetables drizzled with olive oil. You will then enjoy lunch in the restaurant with a menu that expresses the season, and wines to match.
Private transfer to your hotel in Ribera del Duero
Accommodation in Duero Valley
- 30 rooms and suites
- Michelin-starred restaurant
- Indoor and outdoor pool
Located on the banks of the mighty River Duero amongst the vineyards and wineries that characterise the region, sits Abadia Retuerta. Great respect was paid during the restoration of this ancient 12th century monastery, the result of which is an architecturally beautiful yet thoroughly modern luxury hotel. You’re located in the heart of the Abadia Retuerta wine estate, so it’s no surprise that the sight of rows upon rows of vines greets you wherever you look. There are 27 beautifully furnished rooms and three suites, some of which come with a private terrace and original Miró paintings. Northern Spain is immensely proud of their rich culinary heritage, and the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant is a celebration of all that is great about this part of the country. Locally sourced ingredients, including herbs and vegetables grown in their own kitchen garden, are used to created innovative and contemporary dishes. There is also the chance to enjoy traditional Spanish tapas and dine al fresco in the warmer months. No trip to this region would be complete without tasting the exceptional wine, and the 700-hectare estate is the perfect place to start. The climate here is perfect for growing Tempranillo grapes so expect rich, full-bodied reds. Located in the Castilla y León province, east of Valladolid, there are plenty of castles, churches and pretty medieval towns to discover. The hotel can also help you organise helicopter flights, cycling and hiking tours, falconry and cookery classes.
The mighty Duero River winds its way through the rocky outcrops of the elevated plateaus of the Iberian Peninsular, giving life to the multitude of vines that criss-cross the land. Winemaking has been a way of life here for over 2,000 years; a huge Roman mosaic depicting Bacchus, the Roman God of Wine, was discovered here during one of the grape harvists and can be seen in the small town of Baños de Valdearados. There’s no denying the mighty grape is the beating heart of Riberia del Duero, but be sure to go exploring beyond the vineyards. Spanning four provinces, the area is rich in culture, with several magnificent castles to discover, such as the Peñaranda de Duero in Burgos and the Peñafiel in Valladolid.
Your tour starts with a visit to Peñafiel, one of the most beautiful villages in this part of Spain. An impressive castle, which also houses a wine museum, overlooks the village whose main square is transformed into a bullring during the summertime fiestas. You'll also visit Roa de Duero and learn all about the winemaking process at the Lopez Cristobal winery, where you'll taste the wine and enjoy a tapas lunch.
Private transfer to your hotel in Madrid
Accommodation in Madrid
- 32 rooms and suits
History and old-world charm emanate from the luxurious Hotel Orfila, housed in an elegant 19th-century palace. Located in the centre of Madrid, you’re just minutes from the famous Museo del Prado art museum. With 20 rooms and 12 suites, the hotel provides an intimate and relaxing base from which to explore the city and all its artistic and historical treasures. Enter through the doors and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time, with rooms and public spaces decorated with antique furniture, oil paintings, marble carvings and gilt-edged mirrors. Orfila’s garden, a serene green courtyard filled with fountains and seating, provides a welcome respite from the busy city, as does the tea room, an English-style bar serving classic afternoon teas. In the evenings, after a day of sightseeing, choose to dine on gourmet dishes in the garden under the stars or by candlelight in the elegant restaurant.
- 85 rooms and suites
Madrid is not short of beautiful architecture and the Palacio de Tepa, housed in a former 19th century palace, is the perfect way to experience a little of the city’s history. The hotel is located in the heart of Madrid, in the Barrio de la Tatras district. Just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of Puerto del Sol, the royal palace, cathedral, the city’s museums and galleries and it’s also well positioned for Madrid’s city centre nightlife. Charming spacious rooms come with high ceilings and large windows creating a bright and airy space, with some featuring balconies that overlook the Plaza del Angel. Enjoy a true taste of the Mediterranean in the bright and airy restaurant, where the menu is a celebration of Spain’s rich culinary heritage.
- 78 rooms and suites
One of Madrid’s newest boutique hotels, set among noble residences and grand embassies, the Hotel Urso has quickly become one of the hottest and trendiest places to lay your head. Housed in an early 20th-century palace, its neoclassical style gives off an air of sophistication, while its well-appointed interiors are comfortable and stylish. Its six categories of guest rooms and suites, range in size, bed type and views, yet all feature contemporary Scandi-chic-style décor and calming tones. Wake up to breakfast each morning in the light-filled conservatory, decorated in Oriental-inspired 18th century wallpaper and bamboo plants. When you’re ready to head out and explore, you’ll find sites such as the Madrid History Museum, the National Museum of Romanticism and the vast Retiro Park, located close by. Wind down after your day in the plush wood-panelled spa, offering a variety of massages and specialised skincare treatments. And when you’re fully relaxed, head to the sleek Urso Bar for cocktails and gourmet Spanish tapas, made from ingredients sourced at the local Mercado de Barceló. The hotel restaurant, ½ Ración, which means ‘half portion’ offers cuisine based on the traditional Madridian food.
The Spanish capital is bursting with life and passion and through its well planned streets course Madrilenos, the city's inhabitants who really know how to live
Madrid is a powerhouse of culture, and no trip here could miss a tour of the the Golden Triangle of Art, encompassing the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Music is also an important feature and the city marches to the beat of flamenco, jazz and live music of all kinds. And don't forget that Madrid serves some of the most delicious tapas that there is.
Learn about the history of the city through its architecture and urban development on this insightful walking tour. You'll visit some of the city's most well-known areas including Cibeles Square, Puerta del Sol and Gran Via and relive the heyday of the 16th and 17th century at the Plaza Mayor and Royal Palace. This tour is also about life in modern Madrid and provides an understanding of what it means to live in Spain today. You'll visit a food market, artisan shops and a fashion designer's workshop.
Your host will take will take you to enjoy the flavours of Madrid, visiting different taverns across La Latina District, such as Casa Lucas, one of the best places in Madrid to taste good selection of wines and tapas.
You cannot visit Madrid without trying Hot Chocolate con Churros, the traditional hot dark chocolate almost as thick as pudding and delicious too. Churros are distant relatives of the doughnut and the best way to have them is sitting at a table on a Gran Via sidewalk café, so you can relax and enjoy the view of the passing by madrileños.
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