Northern Spain self drive vacation

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

Highlights

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

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism: Northern Spain self drive vacation

Environment

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 vacation 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 responsible towards maintaining this unique environmental status of each area. Before your departure, you will receive a guidebook which include guidance and requirements on how to behave in each area to get the most out of the experience and, at the same time, respect the animals or 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 archaeologist, ornithologist, geologist, restaurant owner, local farmer 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 commits to our environmental values.

Community

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 hint, how to get the most out of their vacation.
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.

Reviews of Northern Spain self drive vacation

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2015 by

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


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

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bring umbrella or rain protection.

3. Did you feel that your vacation 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 driving....so 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 vacation overall?


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

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