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15 DAYS. NORTHERN SPAIN ROAD TRIP

DESCRIPTION OF THE ROUTE.

HOLIDAYS IN NORTHERN SPAIN. 15 DAYS. ROAD TRIP

In this trip you will be able to enjoy an holidays in northern Spain, we recommend you the accommodation and we offer you the best itineraries to travel with your car. 

If you wonder about places to visit in the North of Spain, we will tell you right away, and if you wonder about the weather in Northern Spain, we would not know what to tell you. The color of Northern Spain is green, and that is due to its usual rainfall. There are also clear and sunny days to marvel at. And if it rains, then you can enjoy all its culture and gastronomy.

BILBAO

The journey begins in Bilbao to enjoy its spectacular change to a beautiful, cultural and connected city. We will do a Basque coast road trip between Bilbao and San Sebastián. We will see unique places like San Juan de Gaztelugatxe or the Urdaibai biosphere reserve. We will visit fishing villages like Leketio and Getaria. We will visit the streets and buildings of one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, San Sebastián-Donostia. If you like culture, you can visit Contemporary Art in all Basque cities.

SANTANDER

In Santander we will be 2 nights. Time to walk around the city. Tour around Santander bay. If you like to observe animals in the wild, we can visit the Cabárceno Natural Park.

ASTURIAS

Our next stay will be 4 nights near the town of LLanes in Asturias. We can enjoy the beaches on the eastern coast of Asturias. Beautiful beaches that we can reach also by walking some of the stages of the Camino de Santiago del Norte.

PICOS DE EUROPA 

From the sea to the mountains. Next destination of our holidays in Northern Spain 2 nights in the Picos de Europa National Park. We will sleep in the province of León to be able to walk along the Ruta del Cares.

LEÓN

We will approach the city of León to sleep one night. Visit its streets and enjoy its history and gastronomy. In León we invite you to a dinner. 

We usually walk around León. Maybe we can have dinner together. You fancy?

VITORIA

Finally we have to close the trip with 2 nights in the province of Vitoria to enjoy a tourism concept that we are passionate about. Slow tourism.It’s time to relax. Connect with nature. Let yourself be seduced by yoga, meditation or forest baths. It is time for healthy food. It is your valuable time.

On the last day after a good rest and breakfast you will have time to return the car to the Bilbao airport and relax to return home.

It will be a WAW trip. 

Promised.

And if you like to ride a bicycle we suggest this other trip. Camino de Santiago by ebike. 9 days. Pamplona-León

and if you are more on the beach and you like to walk you will love this trip to Menorca. Walking holidays in Menorca. Cami de Cavalls. 8 days.

ITINERARY. HOLIDAYS IN THE NORTH OF SPAIN

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DAYS 1-3. BILBAO AND THE BASQUE COAST

On the first day of holidays in northern Spain we will land at Bilbao airport. We will take the rental car and we will have theas a destination city ​​of Bilbao to rest in the selected hotel. Time to locate the Old Quarter, the Arriaga theater, the Guggenheim museum, the University of Deusto, and the football Cathedral (the Atlético de Bilbao stadium)

We propose to sleep 3 nights in Bilbao, but we can study other alternatives.

On days 2 and 3 we can distribute them to visit on the Basque coast. To get out of Bilbao we recommend driving to Portugalete and crossing to Getxo using its famous Bizkaia suspension bridge. Then we continue along the coast passing through Plentzia and Bakio until we reach the San Juan de Gaztelugatxe church. We will have to climb 241 steps, but it is worth it. 

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San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

We will be able to visit in the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve the fishing villages of Mundaka and Elantxobe and the beaches of Laida and Laga. Continuing along the coast we will arrive at the fishing village of Lekeitio.

The next day we can go to San Sebastián-Donostia. Without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With its famous urban beach of La Concha. 

The city is home to the International Film Festival and the Festival Jazzaldia.

During several days of the month of August there is a fireworks competition that you can observe brilliantly from Monte Igueldo. 

The gastronomy of San Sebastián is one of the best in the world with 11 restaurants in the Michelin Guide.

If you want to spend the night in San Sebastián, you can go to visit Hondarribia, Zarautz or Getaria. Beautiful towns on the Basque coast.

DAYS 4-5 SANTANDER CITY AND VILLAGES AROUND

We depart from Bilbao towards Santander. We propose you to visit the Natural Park of the marshes of Santoña on the way to the city of Santander where we will stay.

We can take advantage of the afternoon to walk around the city, visit the Palacio de la Magdalena, the former royal summer residence, the Sardinero beach, the Centro Botín of contemporary art

or come by car to watch the sunset at Cape Mayor. Santander night is a good opportunity to taste its gastronomy. You can enjoy your accommodation in the city center.

The next day we will dedicate ourselves to touring Santander Bay visiting the Puntal Dunes and the Miera Estuary.

If you like to see animals in the wild, don’t miss the Cabarceno Nature Park.

DAYS 6 to 9. THE EAST COAST OF ASTURIAS. LLANES

We leave Santander to enjoy 4 nights in the Llanes area, Asturias province.

This holidays to the north of Spain takes us to an area of ​​beautiful beaches, surrounded by the green color of the gorse, eucalyptus, pine slopes and in the background the majesty of the Picos de Europa. 

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Playas de Asturias

Leaving Santander we stop to visit the village of Santillana del Mar Santillana del Mar. The town was declared a historic-artistic complex in 1889. In its vicinity is the Altamira cave, protected as a World Heritage Site.

We follow the route to visit the Comillas village, the Oyambre beach on the way to San Vicente de la Barquera

Our accommodation for the next 4 nights is in the vicinity of Llanes from where we can go to spend a day at the beach in true paradises such as Playa de Ballota, Playa de Torimbia (one of our favorites in Spain).

The Camino de Santiago del Norte runs through some of these beaches in case we feel like walking some sections. 

We have time to rest, walk, enjoy Asturian food and the famous ciders.

DAYS 10 to 11 PICOS DE EUROPA. VALDEÓN

Our holidays in Northern Spain will move from the beach to the mountains. Just at the back of Llanes is the mountain range of Picos de Europa. Spain’s first national park since 1918. It belongs to the provinces of Santander, Asturias and León. We will drive from Llanes to Valdeón. Here we will spend 2 days of vacation in Picos de Europa. We have chosen a very nice place for you, with good views of the mountains. You can take walks such as the Cares route or the climb to Vegabaño.

DAY 12 THE CITY OF LEÓN

On the way to the city of León we will pass through the town of Riaño. Here we can ride a boat to tour the Riaño reservoir surrounded by the Picos de Europa mountains.

In the City of León a day full of interesting things awaits us. Visit the Cathedral of León, the Basilica of San Isidoro and walk through its streets in the old town enjoying its viands. Here we have prepared a surprise for you. You are invited to a dinner. And if we are in the city and you feel like we can accompany you. 

DAYS 13 TO 14 SLOW TOURISM IN VITORIA

We will leave the city of León for the Basque Country, passing if we feel like it in the city of Burgos. 

We will arrive at a town in the province of Vitoria-Gasteiz where our objective will be to meet nature with an attentive, slow, slow gaze. 

Stroll, meditate, do yoga or forest baths. Feeling unique.

The town is relatively close to the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Capital of the Basque Country. We can visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria. The Plaza de la Virgen Blanca. Themuseum Artium.

DAY 15 RETURN HOME 

We can still enjoy various activities on our last day of travel in Northern Spain. Start the day with a meditation. Take a walk in the woods. Have a good slow breakfast. From here to Bilbao airport it is only an hour away.

The 15 days of vacation in the North of Spain have filled us with life. 

A truly WAW trip.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 15 days northern road trip
  • 14 nights of central, beautiful accommodation with breakfast included
  • 5 nights in Bilbao, 3 in Santander, 4 on the coast of Asturias
  • 2 nights in Picos de Europa, 1 night in León and 2 nights In a small town in Vitoria
  • Visit famous villages like Getxo, Lekeitio, Gernika, Getaria. Santillana del Mar, Comillas, Santoña, Llanes
  • Walk the Way of St James in the Llanes area in Asturias
  • Visit and walk the routes of the Picos de Europa National Park in Valdeón
  • Visit the City of León and enjoy dinner
  • Visit and rest from tourism slow in a small town in Vitoria
  • CO2 generated during the Fly and Drive trip will be compensated with a donation.

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DAYS 1-3 BILBAO AND THE BASQUE COAST
DAYS 1-3      BILBAO AND THE BASQUE COAST
On the first day of holidays in northern Spain we will land at Bilbao airport. We will take the rental car and we will have theas a destination city ​​of Bilbao to rest in the selected hotel. Time to locate the Old Quarter, the Arriaga theater, the Guggenheim museum, the University of Deusto, and the football Cathedral (the Atlético de Bilbao stadium)
We propose to sleep 3 nights in Bilbao, but we can study other alternatives.
On days 2 and 3 we can distribute them to visit on the Basque coast. To get out of Bilbao we recommend driving to Portugalete and crossing to Getxo using its famous Bizkaia suspension bridge. Then we continue along the coast passing through Plentzia and Bakio until we reach the San Juan de Gaztelugatxe church. We will have to climb 241 steps, but it is worth it.
We will be able to visit in the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve the fishing villages of Mundaka and Elantxobe and the beaches of Laida and Laga. Continuing along the coast we will arrive at the fishing village of Lekeitio.
The next day we can go to San Sebastián-Donostia. Without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With its famous urban beach of La Concha.
The city is home to the International Film Festival and the Festival Jazzaldia.
During several days of the month of August there is a fireworks competition that you can observe brilliantly from Monte Igueldo.
The gastronomy of San Sebastián is one of the best in the world with 11 restaurants in the Michelin Guide.
If you want to spend the night in San Sebastián, you can go to visit Hondarribia, Zarautz or Getaria. Beautiful towns on the Basque coast.
DAYS 4-5 SANTANDER CITY AND VILLAGES AROUND
DAYS 4-5      SANTANDER CITY AND VILLAGES AROUND
We depart from Bilbao towards Santander. We propose you to visit the Natural Park of the marshes of Santoña on the way to the city of Santander where we will stay.
We can take advantage of the afternoon to walk around the city, visit the Palacio de la Magdalena, the former royal summer residence, the Sardinero beach, the Centro Botín of contemporary art
or come by car to watch the sunset at Cape Mayor. Santander night is a good opportunity to taste its gastronomy. You can enjoy your accommodation in the city center.
The next day we will dedicate ourselves to touring Santander Bay visiting the Puntal Dunes and the Miera Estuary.
If you like to see animals in the wild, don't miss the Cabarceno Nature Park.
DAYS 6-9 EAST COAST OF ASTURIAS. LLANES
DAYS 6-9      EAST COAST OF ASTURIAS. LLANES
We leave Santander to enjoy 4 nights in the Llanes area, Asturias province.
This holidays to the north of Spain takes us to an area of ​​beautiful beaches, surrounded by the green color of the gorse, eucalyptus, pine slopes and in the background the majesty of the Picos de Europa.
Leaving Santander we stop to visit the village of Santillana del Mar Santillana del Mar. The town was declared a historic-artistic complex in 1889. In its vicinity is the Altamira cave, protected as a World Heritage Site.
We follow the route to visit the Comillas village, the Oyambre beach on the way to San Vicente de la Barquera.
Our accommodation for the next 4 nights is in the vicinity of Llanes from where we can go to spend a day at the beach in true paradises such as Playa de Ballota, Playa de Torimbia (one of my favorites in Spain)
The Camino de Santiago del Norte runs through some of these beaches in case we feel like walking some sections.
We have time to rest, walk, enjoy Asturian food and the famous ciders.
DAYS 10-11 PICOS DE EUROPA. VALDEÓN.
DAYS 10-11      PICOS DE EUROPA. VALDEÓN.
Behind Llanes is the mountain range of Picos de Europa. Spain's first national park since 1918. It belongs to the provinces of Santander, Asturias and León. We will approach from Llanes to Valdeón. Here we will spend 2 days of vacation in Picos de Europa. We have chosen a very nice place for you, with good views of the mountains. You can take walks such as the Cares route or the climb to Vegabaño.
DAY 12 LEÓN CITY
DAY 12      LEÓN CITY
On the way to the city of León we will pass through the town of Riaño. Here we can ride a boat to tour the Riaño reservoir surrounded by the Picos de Europa mountains.
In the City of León a day full of interesting things awaits us. Visit the Cathedral of León, the Basilica of San Isidoro and walk through its streets in the old town enjoying its viands. Here we have prepared a surprise for you. You are invited to a dinner. And if we are in the city and you feel like
we can accompany you.
DAYS 13-14 TURISMO SLOW EN VITORIA
DAYS 13-14      TURISMO SLOW EN VITORIA
We will leave the city of León for the Basque Country, passing if we feel like it in the city of Burgos.
We will arrive at a town in the province of Vitoria-Gasteiz where our objective will be to meet nature with an attentive, slow, slow gaze.
Stroll, meditate, do yoga or forest baths. Feeling unique.
The town is relatively close to the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Capital of the Basque Country. We can visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria. The Plaza de la Virgen Blanca. Themuseum Artium.
DAY 15 RETURN HOME
DAY 15      RETURN HOME
We can still enjoy various activities on our last day of travel in Northern Spain. Start the day with a meditation. Take a walk in the woods. Have a good slow breakfast. From here to Bilbao airport it is only an hour away.
The 15 days of vacation in the North of Spain have filled us with life.
A truly WAW trip.

Included/Exclude

  • 14 nights accommodation included breakfast
  • 1 dinner in the city of León
  • Route plan by car and on foot
  • Donation of 1% of the trip to a defense of nature association
  • Flights and car rental.
  • Possibility of flight management and car rental. Service cost € 25 per person
  • Vehicle parking costs in hotels
  • Prices in July and August may experience some increase

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FAQs

What does the cost of flight management and car rental services consist of?
Selection of best dates and arrival options that will be sent to you by email. After you choose the best option, we will reserve it on your behalf with the payment method that you provide us. Vehicle rental is offered through partner companies of WAW.travel at different airports in Spain. After you selct the vehicle we formalize the rental in your name with the payment method provided by you. The cost of the transport management service is € 15 per person per transport. The cost of the flight management service and vehicle rental as a whole is € 25 per person
What type of accommodation will we sleep in?
In the city we select the accommodations based on the distance to the center, the possibility of parking, balance between quality, service, design and price. In rural villages we seek that the lodgings offer a close treatment and are taken care of in detail. We always offer accommodation with breakfast included. The environmental responsibility of the accommodation is important to us.
Will we have freedom to move where we want?
If you like the Northern Spain road trip we can adapt it to your own tastes and choices. The routes offered on this trip are indicative so that you can do what you really want at all times
What is slow tourism?
It is a way of traveling and offering tourist services in which the most important thing is Being and Feeling instead of collecting and hoarding. It is offered in less popular places, for clients who appreciate an attentive treatment close and connected with nature. Stays longer than two days, unplanned and in which you practice healthy activities and learn about the local. The food is from KM0 (suppliers of the environment) and responsible consumption.
How do we compensate for CO2 consumption on the flight and the car trip?
Included in the final cost of the trip is a contribution of 1% to an association in defense of the nature of the territory through which we will travel.

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