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Northern Spain

Annabelle's verdict:

To discover the real Spain, head to the beautiful northern regions where the beaches are unspoilt, cities such as Bilbao, Oviedo and Santander have the best tapas in the country and there are dozens of wineries to visit. From Gothic splendour to Belle Epoque grandeur and the iconic Guggenheim Museum, it's short break heaven.

Recommended tour operator: Inntravel

Inntravel says

Escape to Bilbao or Santander and discover the extraordinary natural beauty, gastronomy, sites and sights of Northern Spain’s coast and most exciting cities.

Home to the iconic Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao has transformed from a somewhat industrial town to a world-class city break destination. It’s a centre of gastronomy from Michelin-starred restaurants to character-packed bars serving lip-smacking Pintxos in the Old Town. You’ll find Neo-classical and Baroque buildings, a thriving arts scene and, i the so-called New Town, riverfront cafes and beautiful Art Nouveau architecture.

Stay in style at the five star Carlton Hotel, ideally located between the Old Town and the Guggenheim.

Oviedo is the capital of the region of Asturias and was founded in the 8th century. Its impressive Gothic cathedral is one of the stopping-off points for pilgrims en route to Santiago de Compostela. Oviedo is understated, charming and the Old Quarter alone is a little-known gem worthy of a weekend escape packed with authentic Spanish flavour.

From its 12th century Gothic cathedral and grand Belle Epoque architecture to spectacular white sand beaches, the city of  Santander. is so much more than a ferry port! Foodies will love the restaurant scene – the seafood in the Barrio Pesquiero especially – it is renowned throughout Spain. We have picked the gorgeous Hoyuela Hotel, a Belle Epoque villa located close by Sardinero beach in the outskirts of the city.

All of these city breaks make a great add on to one of our walking or cycling holidays in Northern Spain.

Find our more about our short breaks in Northern Spain.

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