Food: Gourmet and spanish gastronomy

by / Wednesday, 15 January 2014 / Published in Pack, Popular

Michelín starred restaurants

Visit the north of Spain and try some of the michelín starred restaurants (subject to availability). Tour the main cities and enjoy the best restaurants. You will be hosted in 4* or 5* hotels during your stay.Please note that we can increase/decrease the number of nights or restaurants depending on your preferences.

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Day 1

Guipúzcoa: Arrive in Bilbao and travel to San Sebastián. Visit this beautiful town in which you cannot miss “La Concha” bay with its wonderful city line. At the end of the path of this beach you can find the “Windcomb” (Peine del Viento), a spectacular statue designed by the famous sculptor Eduardo Chillida. Go up to “Mount Igueldo” where you will set your eyes on the best views of the town. Discover the old town and the romantic area and have one of the renowned “pintxos” (small portion of food). Then you will have your dinner booked at Akelare (San Sebastián) ***: This restaurant is brought to you by Pedro Subijana (chef) and his highly efficient team of professionals. All dedicate their deep-felt passion to ensuring that you take away the best possible memories of your visit from start to finish thanks to a perfect gastronomic experience and the exquisite ritual of the service that goes with it. You must know the menu is served per complete table and drinks are not included.

Day 2

o Vizcaya (Biscay): Today we are moving to Bilbao. This old industrial city started its change few years ago and has become one of the most modern towns in the north. You cannot miss the “Guggenheim Museum” and the Zubi-Zuri footbridge, designed by famous architech Calatrava. This town is crossed by many bridges because it has been built in the margins of a “Ría” (estuary). You should visit the “San Antón Bridge” from where you will see “San Antón Church”, a Gothic Church built between 1871 and 1877. The “Arriaga Theater” resembles the Paris Opera and features a sumptuous interior. Its eclectic façade has large balconies supported by Atlantean figures. After this you can walk through the “Dog´s street and fountain”, a small Neoclassical monument remodelled in 1800. People started to call it " del Perro " (the dog's fountain) because it features figures resembling dogs in its three projecting pipes. Later on you will enjoy dinner at: • Nerua (Bilbao) *: Located in the Guggenheim Museum, Nerua combines one of the most attractive spaces in the world and the best gastronomy, creating an unforgettable experience for diners. One of the best and most creative kitchen teams in the country offers tasty creativity, managed by Josean Alija, chef at Nerua. You can make your own selection from the menu or getting a fixed menu for the whole table (possibility of including drinks).

Day 3

o Cantabria: This coastal city is a member of the “Most beautiful Bays in the world” thanks to its south-facing bay. It was originally a fisherman´s town. However it is a modern town now due to the fire in 1941 that destroyed the historic part, completely renewed at the moment. Don´t miss the “Palacete” (Small palace) on the Quay and the “Menédez Pelayo” Library, a historic beautiful building. The Cathedral, the Magadalena Palace, the square “Plaza Porticada”, the Bank of Santander building and the Great Casino are also a must-see. Take a walk through “Las Llamas Park”, the largest in town where you´ll find a wide variety of trees, birds and lakes. Afterwards take pleasure in: • El serbal (Santander) *: it is the combination of cuisine and creativity, an elegant and quiet ambience to enjoy the experience, and careful attention to service, with special emphasis on the wines. Dishes of subtle elegance in the flavours, textures and presentation. Exotic details carefully integrated in the Cantabrian tradition. You can make your choice or getting a menu for the whole table with drinks included.

Day 4

o León: Get to know this fortified city whose history begins by the first century, when the Romans established their camp until the fifth century. See the old Roman wall around the old town. Visit San Marcos, the old jail converted into a 5 stars hotel with the distinctive of Great Luxury, San Isidoro Church, “Botines” (designed by famous architect Gaudi), the magnificent Cathedral (voted as second most beautiful Cathedral in Spain) and the “Wet neighbourhood” (Barrio Húmedo) with hundreds of small streets full of churches and bars where you can enjoy a free “tapa” (small portion of food) with each drink you ask for. The MUSAC (Contemporary Art Museum) and the Auditorium talk about the modernism in this wonderful city. Then get to: • Cocinandos (León) *: The only michelín starred restaurant in this city offers a menu which defines the kitchen sensitivity and the respect for the product. Just seasonal products go into this kitchen what makes sense to their weekly changing menu. Drinks are not included.

More info

If you want further information about this pack and how to quit, add or modify anything to adapt it to your likes and preferences, please e-mail us at info@hiddeninspain.com or visit our contact section. We will be happy to tailor-made your holidays.

Local gastronomy

Visit the north of Spain and try local food on selected restaurants. You will be hosted in 4* or 5* hotels during your stay.Please note that we can increase/decrease the number of nights depending on your preferences. If you desire to be booked on any restaurant of the ones we recommend when receiving the personalized guide we send you when booking with us, please let us know and we will do it for you.

Map

Day 1

o Guipúzcoa: Arrive in Bilbao and travel to San Sebastián. Visit this beautiful town in which you cannot miss “La Concha” bay with its wonderful city line. At the end of the path of this beach you can find the “Windcomb” (Peine del Viento), a spectacular statue designed by the famous sculptor Eduardo Chillida. Go up to “Mount Igueldo” where you will see the best views of the town. Discover the old town and the romantic area and have one of the renowned “pintxos” (small portion of food). Then you will have your dinner booked at: • Bar Néstor (San Sebastián) This bar has a short selection of food but salads, “guernica” peppers, cutlet and Spanish omelette are some of the best in town. You will have to make your own selection from the menu.

Day 2

o Vizcaya (Biscay): Today we are moving to Bilbao. This old industrial city started its change few years ago and has become one of the most modern towns in the north. You cannot miss the “Guggenheim Museum” and the Zubi-Zuri Footbridge, designed by famous architech Calatrava. This town is crossed by many bridges because it has been built in the margins of a “Ría”. You should visit the “San Antón Bridge” from where you will see “San Antón Church”, a Gothic Church built between 1871 and 1877. The “Arriaga Theater” resembles the Paris Opera and features a sumptuous interior. Its eclectic façade has large balconies supported by Atlantean figures. After this you can walk “Dog´s street and fountain”, a small Neoclassical monument remodelled in 1800. People started to call it " del Perro " (the dog's fountain) because it features figures resembling dogs in its three projecting pipes. Later on you will enjoy dinner at: • Restaurante Mugarra (Bilbao) This restaurant is fabulous and well known for its fresh and quality fish. It is a haven of peace where you can taste mouthfuls of sea. You can make your own selection from the menu but if you are travelling in group (more than 8) we can book a menu for you.

Day 3

o Cantabria: In this pack we don´t visit Santander. However, if you want to do it tell it to us and we will arrange one night in Santander so you can visit it. From Bilbao we are travelling to the heart of “Picos de Europa”. Potes, the closest big village is always full of people as it is the only entrance to this part of the valley. You can have a drink and make some shopping here. 13 km. far away is Cosgaya, where the hotel we are going to be hosted is. Scenery is awesome with the mountains in the horizon. 13 km. farther you get to Fuente Dé, where the cable car will take you up the mountains. Don´t miss it because the views worth the trip itself. Back in Cosgaya enjoy its restaurant. • Hotel del Oso (Cosgaya) This hotel, where you will be hosted has one of the best food in all the province. You can try the typical “cocido Lebaniego” (peas, soup and meat) or any other thing in the menu. Everything will match your expectations.

Day 4

o Gijón: Coastal town located in Asturias. It is not the capital but it is the biggest town in Asturias. You have to walk beside the beach in the path called “El Muro” which finishes in a hill where you can see the “Elogio al horizonte” (Eulogy to the horizon). Go in the middle of this sculpture designed by Chilida and you will hear the waves crashing. Go down and visit the old town, Cimadevilla, where lots of “Sidrerías” (traditional bars) are waiting for you. Ask for a “Sidra” (cider” which is poured in a traditional way. We will dinner at:• El Tropical (Gijón) This “sidrería” offers plenty of different asturian food. It is a habit when going out with friends to ask for several things to try and eat a little of each. The most traditional and renowned food in Asturias is the “Fabada” (white beans with red sausage, pork ham and bacon). Fishes are pretty good and the highest recommendation is the “Cachopo”. Big (I mean BIG) breaded steak filled with “Serrano” ham or “Cecina” (cow ham) and cheese. You can drink “sidra” or wine while you are having dinner.

Day 5

o León: Get to know this fortified city whose history begins by the first century, when the Romans established their camp until the fifth century. See the old Roman wall around the old town. Visit San Marcos, the old jail converted into a 5 stars hotel with the distinctive of Great Luxury, San Isidoro Church, “Botines” (designed by famous architect Gaudi), the magnificent Cathedral (voted as second most beautiful Cathedrals in Spain) and the “Wet neighbourhood” (Barrio Húmedo) with hundreds of small streets full of churches and bars where you can enjoy a free “tapa” (small portion of food) with each drink you ask for. The MUSAC (Contemporary Art Museum) and the Auditorium talk about the modernism in this wonderful city. Then get to: o • Sorrento (León) This restaurant is one of the best to try the most traditional food in León, “Cocido”. It is similar to the one served in Cantabria. The “morcilla” (kind of black pudding) is also nationally recognized and “cecina” (cow ham) is one of the products with more fans in Spain.

More info

If you want further information about this pack and how to quit, add or modify anything to adapt it to your likes and preferences, please e-mail us at info@hiddeninspain.com or visit our contact section. We will be happy to tailor-made your holidays.

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