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Rural & City

Your custom private escorted Northern Spain tour with us is your best option for going from urban to bucolic in no time.   Northern Spain offers stark contrasts between its vibrant historic cities and the bucolic rural areas.  The cities here are generally easy to walk and offer the services you would expect from any modern city.  The rural areas get you away from the hubbub and closer to the tranquility many seek.   

Bilbao, San Sebastian and Santiago have each secured their spot in the hearts of international travelers.  A handful of lesser known, yet just as interesting, cities also provide great anchors for tours depending on your interests and goals.  Cities offer a variety of options from historic centers, to world class museums, and modern expansions with unique contemporary architecture.  The city allows you to experience the regional culture of each area in a urban setting, but in a more subdued manner.

Juxtaposed we quickly encounter the rural side of Northern Spain with its rustic details, verdant pastoral areas and less eroded cultural identity.  In the green hills framed by the mountains and the ocean we find traditional ways of life and architecture that speaks through its stone and wood elements.

Do you love the bustle of the city but also the tranquility of rural areas? Enjoy both on your private, escorted Northern Spain Tour with us.  Your Chief Experience Officer, Charles, will custom design your tour, guided by your interests and tailor an experience that will exceed your expectations.  A Northern Spain rural tour or a Northern Spain city tour can be a focus for your custom tour.  My tour area covers traditional Northern Spain, including the regions of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Euskadi (Basque Country), Navarra, La Rioja and northern Castilla & Leon (Leon, Palencia and Burgos). 

Northern Spain Rural & City on the Net


 Enrique Etxebarria is a shepherd who takes his flocks every May to the higher pastures at Gorbeia for the summer months, the transhumance. 



Ferrol is not a one-size-fits-all kind of city. In fact, whether you have or have not heard about this Galician hotspot before, I’ll spill the beans now: Ferrol wears many hats. At least one of them is meant to make you enjoy the city.



Terras de Pontevedra is a tourism association that includes the town councils of Pontevedra, Poio, Marín, Ponte Caldelas, Cerdedo-Cotobade, Campo Lameiro and Vilaboa. Get ready to discover the best of this destination and surroundings with this list of the best plans and things to do in Terras de Pontevedra



Piornedo, in the Sierra de los Ancares (Lugo) The village of Piornedo, located at 1300 meters above sea level, is one of the most enclaves enchanting in Galicia. Its originality lies in its historical-artistic set, made up of the fusion between typical houses and pallozas of Celtic origin. In addition, the village is located in …



he essence of coastal living. Watching the hustle and bustle in harbours and fish markets, strolling along the cliff tops and the beaches, savouring the finest fish and seafood… The seaside towns of Galicia, Asturias, and Cantabria are great to visit any time of year. These destinations combine nature, culture, and fine dining, and above all, keep alive their strong links to the sea.



 Last week I spent two days and nights in the beautiful, little beach town of San Sebastián. Located on the Bay of Biscay in Spain’s mountainous Basque Country, San Sebastián is known for picturesque beaches, world-renowned restaurants, and its old town (Parte Vieja), home to cobblestone streets lined with upscale shops and vibrant pintxo (tapas) bars that offer local wines and a selection of delicious regional pintxos. San Sebastián is the perfect destination for families, friends or couples looking to have a romantic getaway