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Highlights of Northern Spain

Sunshine coast and lush vineyards

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Highlights of Northern Spain

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Travel timeFrom 10 days
Type of travelEscorted group
Best timeAll year
To destination8-16+ hours



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Northern Spain is the country’s best-kept secret. Here, rugged landscapes meet medieval towns and rolling vineyards give way to epic coastlines. Start with a cooking class in Girona, where you’ll get to know Spanish cuisine first-hand, then cruise to Cardona for some fresh cheese. Head north to the celebrated vineyards of the Basque Country and end your trip on the warm sands of San Sebastian.

  1. Girona

  2. Cardona

  3. Aragon

  4. Navarre

  5. Basque Country

  6. Hondarribia

Highlights of Northern Spain



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Travel Itinerary

Destination 1: Girona

Begin your journey on the sun-kissed shores of Costa Brava and head inland to Girona, the picturesque town on the banks of the River Onyar. Explore the medieval architecture of the city and visit the ruins of the ancient Roman fortress, Força Vella. But to truly know Spain you must get to know the cuisine, so dive in head-first with an interactive cooking class. Bon appétit—or buen provecho as they say in Spain.

Destination 2: Cardona

Take the scenic route to Cardona, soaking in the sights along the way. First up, Siurana and a scrumptious cheese tasting at a local farm. Next up is Besalú, a medieval village where a 12th-century Romanesque bridge makes for a perfect photo op. Don’t linger too long, Cardona still lies ahead. You’ll want to see this beautiful sunset views from this medieval fortress town. 

Destination 3: Aragon

No trip to the Aragon region is complete without a visit to Salt Mountain. You’ll take a subterranean tour through the salt mines, and learn about the crystal-like mineral deposits. In the afternoon, you’ll return to daylight and the green vineyards of Bodega SOMMOS winery. Explore the hyper-modern architecture of the onsite restaurant where you’ll enjoy a wine tasting. Salut! 

Destination 4: Navarre

Today you’ll tour Navarre, the far north province bordering France. There’s no shortage of historical sites to discover from the medieval fortress of Jaca to the Monastery of Leyre—one of the oldest in Spain. Of course, you’ll want to visit the Royal Palace of Olite. This hilltop castle feels more like a town, allow yourself plenty of time to explore this sprawling Gothic landmark.

Destination 5: Basque Country

Start your day with a walking tour of the medieval fortress walls of Laguardia’s old quarter. Once you’re done exploring this hilltop town, you’ll head to the wineries of La Rioja where a wine tasting and tapas await. Talk to the local vintners and learn about the regional varietals and winemaking techniques.  

Destination 6: Hondarribia

Carry on down the coast towards the golden beaches of San Sebastián—we recommend Playa de la Concha, where the surf’s—almost always—up. Head into town to see some spectacular Art Nouveau architecture and find a restaurant to enjoy the city’s culinary reputation first-hand. Drive on to Hondarribia—a coastal city on the French border—and try to catch the sunset at Mount Igueldo Mirador along the way.

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