Northern Spain Short Break
Discover the delights of Northern Spain at this Spice Escapes exclusive destination
Come and explore 'Green' Spain as we head to the north of the country. Cantabria is a place where nature excels in expressing herself. The seasons are no exception - cold winters and warm summers. When the sun shines in Cantabria its hot. When it rains in Cantabria it pours. The mountains and coastline are green for a reason so come prepared, enjoy the rain when it comes and celebrate all of the seasons.
- Flights including 10kg luggage hand
- 3 nights’ accommodation
- continental breakfasts, light lunches*, evening meals
- Local wine, beer and spirits in the hotel just help yourself
- Tea/coffee available in the house throughout the day
- Minibus Excursions
*Note-Lunch provided if at the property or a picnic lunch if walking or cycling, unless the guests wish to try local cuisine which will be at their own cost. .
- Travel Insurance
- En suite room supplement
- Optional excursions
- Lunches if you wish to sample the local restaurants
- Personal extras
- change luggage allowance to 20kg checked in
- Covid testing as required at the time of travel
This is a wonderful opportunity to visit a less well trod area of Spain and enjoy a fully inclusive break at what we think is a bargain price. The rooms are all single occupancy unless requested to share so this isn’t a big trip (maximum 12 if everyone has a single).
Location & Itinerary
Things to do
The area is a mecca for walking and cycling. The house has a number of bikes (enough that you should be able to find one that suits you) and helmets but you are welcome to bring your own equipment and even your bike but you will definitely need your own transport from the airport then and will need to let us know so we can book space on the flight and there will be extra cost. If you want to walk there will be a number of self guided routes available but you will need boots and all other sensible equipment for a days walking in changeable weather. Depending on demand the Spice host will also arrange some guided walks too.
Further afield, you can head for the coast where there are some stunning beaches (see the gallery). There is the natural park of Oyambre with the villages of Comillas and San Vicente de la Barquera 20 minute drive away. Comillas is famous for its huge university buildings built on the cliff and for its “Capricho de Gaudi” (a building built by the famous architect Antonio Gaudi who built mostly in Barcelona). San Vicente is a great place to sample fish at one of the many restaurants on the quay. There are also street markets to visit in both towns. Further afield Santander is 50 minutes away by car with its many beaches, restaurants and galleries.
Included in your trip is a continental breakfast, light lunches (available if we are at the property or a picnic lunch if on a a walk or cycle ride) and evening meal everyday. Also, there will be complimentary tea/coffee available for you to help yourself to.
Locally sourced spring water will be available in the house so you won’t need to worry about getting bottled water unless you really want to. Finally local wine, beer and spirits will be available between 6-12pm every day (we will ask your favourite tipple before you travel to make sure we are well stocked!); these drinks will also be available at other times for a small charge and premium brands will also be available at any time for a charge.
Travel & Stay
‘Agara’ translated as Home in Sanskrit – your accommodation is a large house that was formerly used as a restaurant but has recently been renovated. It has completely new electrical and bathroom installations and a new kitchen. Despite the physical improvements to bring the house up to modern standards the owners have tried to retain the character of the house. This is a chance for a relaxing break in a home away from home where you can immerse yourself in the local area and culture – you won’t find a choice of bars and nightclubs on your doorstep so if you want a party you’ll have to do it in the house!
There are twelve bedrooms and eight bathrooms; four rooms have bathrooms en-suite and the rest share the remaining four. There is a supplement for an en suite room.
All rooms will accommodate 2 people but we are using them all for sole occupancy; we are not offering a room share service on this trip but f you would like to share with a friend who has booked please let us know.
Provisional Flight Information
16/03/2023 Manchester to Santander Dep: 1145 Arr: 1445
19/03/2023 Santander to Manchester Dep: 1230 Arr: 1330
16/03/2023 Edinburgh to Santander Dep: 0630 Arr: 0950
19/03/2023 Santander to Edinburgh Dep: 2210 Arr: 2325
Northern Spain Short Break - Accommodation
|Single Room Shared Facilities
|Single Room En-Suite
Northern Spain Short Break
|Stansted (16-20 Mar 4 nights)
|change luggage allowance to 20kg checked in
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- Issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’)
- valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)
You must check your passport meets these requirements before you travel. If your passport was issued before 1 October 2018, extra months may have been added to its expiry date.
Please ensure that you have adequate personal travel insurance to suit your requirements in place before you travel. Spice Escapes have arranged a scheme with Staysure who are fully authorised and regulated by the FCA (firm reference number 663617) full details of which can be found on the FCA website www.fca.org.uk. For an instant online quotation please click here.
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Once your EHIC has expired, you’ll be able to replace it with a GHIC.
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FCO travel guidance for Spain