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A Taste of Spain: 6 Culinary Experiences in Northern Spain

A Taste of Spain: 6 Culinary Experiences in Northern Spain

Planning a road trip around culinary experiences in Northern Spain can be overwhelming given all the fantastic foodie options scattered throughout the beautiful landscape. You want to sample the traditional dishes, sip the best local wines and immerse yourself in the world famous food culture of the area but where should you go and what should you try? To ensure this road trip itinerary includes the best food & culinary experiences, we’ve asked our fellow travelers to recommend their favorites.

Check out this delicious Drive to Discover Spain road trip guide featuring 6 culinary experiences in Northern Spain. Start planning to get a taste of Spain today!

Wine Tasting at Martin Codax
Angela’s Pick
Taste a Spanish Delicacy
Cat’s Pick
Wander Cider Street in Oviedo
Talek’s Pick
La Marisma II
Fatima’s Pick
Lunch at Casa Rufo
Staff Pick
Visit a Gastronomic Society
Christine’s Pick
Sample Anchovy Pintxo at Bar Txepetxa
Staff Pick

With this guide you will begin your journey at Vigo’s airport and will travel east across Spain’s celebrated northern coast. This route is perfect for foodies and beach lovers alike. Take your time exploring the spectacular coastline and feel free to extend the route at any stop.

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Road Trip Drive Distance Driving Time
Vigo Airport to Cambados 34 miles 40 minutes
Cambados to A Coruña 111 miles 1 hour 49 minutes
A Coruña to Oviedo 126 miles 2 hour
Oviedo to Cantabria 124 miles 2 hour 16 minutes
Cantabria to Bilbao 89 miles 1 hour 47 minutes
Bilbao to San Sebastian 62 miles 1 hour 17 minutes
San Sebastian to Airport 6 miles 19 minutes
Total Distance Covered: 582 miles


1. Experience: Wine Tasting at Martin Códax in Cambados

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Picture courtesy of Angela Sibal.

Angela Sibal“This past summer I took a day trip to Galicia for a day of wine tasting at their most popular winery, Bodegas Martin Códax. Martín Códax is one of the most internationally recognized producers of Albariño, Spanish white wine from the Rias Baixas region. As Galicia sits along the northwestern coast, the wines pair perfectly with the seafood of the Atlantic coast. Visitors can choose their tour, whether in the tasting room or out on the vineyards.”

Website: Visit the Martin Códax Winery.

Contributor: Angela Sibal of Foodicles, Food Chronicles, is a Food & Luxury Travel Blogger who splits her time between Manila and San Francisco. She started traveling the world as a baby. Her first memories of travel were of luxury hotels and high-end restaurants. Today, Angela continues to explore food and drink experiences while enjoying the finer hotels and resorts around the world.

Next stop: 1 hours & 49 minutes

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2. Experience: Taste a Spanish Delicacy in La Coruña

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Cat-Gaa-Headshot“Crawling up and down Calle Galera, located on the thin isthmus in La Coruña’s city center, it’s hard not to gawk at the seafood on display at the ‘marisquerías,’ or seafood restaurants. Working at a summer camp in the hills above the town, our first purchase after a month of camp food was always a seafood feast brimming with crabs, razor clams, and gooseneck barnacles considered a delicacy in Spain. Sharing a large metal plate of the goodies, we’d eat until our bellies were full and our fingers licked.”

Website: Plan your visit to La Coruna

Contributor: From the skyscrapers of Chicago to the olive groves of southern Spain. Cat Gaa shares her virtual love letter to Southern Spain on her blog Sunshine & Siestas. Especially akin to tapas, siestas and frilly flamenco dresses.

Next stop: 2 hours

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3. Experience: Wander Cider Street in Oviedo

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Talek Nantes“Wandering Gascona Street or Cider Street as the locals call it and Tapas Street in the capital city of Oviedo is the best culinary experience in the area. Cider Street has great regional cuisine and cider is served from bottles held up to four feet away from the glass. Tapas Street has a myriad of counter service bars offering killer tapas!”

Contributor: Talek Nantes is a freelance writer and travel consultant with a passion for exploring different cultures. She has visited over 100 countries and believes that when it comes to travel…it’s all about the experience. Talek is the owner of Travels with Talek where she shares travel tips and advice to inspire others to create their own unique travel experiences.

Don’t have enough time to commit to the full itinerary? Rent a car in Oviedo and explore the stunning Bay of Biscay or visit the 12 national monuments in the area.

Next stop: 2 hours & 16 minutes

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4. Restaurant: La Marisma II in Cantabria

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Fatima Linares“My favorite restaurant in Santoña (Cantabria) is La Marisma in Calle Manzanedo. They serve typical “Marinera Gastronomy” with the typical Spanish atmosphere. Squid, seafood chowder, and the European sea bass are all to die for. I’ve eaten there hundred of times and have had amazing experiences. For me, it’s the best place thanks to its good prices and outstanding quality.”

Website: Visit La Marisma

Contributor: Fatima Linares is a content marketer who works in Hotel Night’s UK office.

Next stop: 1 hours & 47 minutes

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5. Experience: Casa Rufo in Bilbao

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Casa Rufo has been serving traditional Basque food & local wines for over 100 years. This family owned restaurant, grocery store & delicatessen offers visitors a taste of the local cuisine in a tranquil atmosphere. It is a perfect location to pick up lunch & supplies for the rest of your journey to San Sebastian!

Website: Visit the Casa Rufo

Next stop: 1 hours & 17 minutes

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6. Experience: Visit One of San Sebastian Gastronomic Societies

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Picture courtesy of San Sebastian Tourism & Convention board.

dontforgettomove“In San Sebastian in the Basque region of Spain, food is an experience to be shared with those closest to you. The best way to understand the Basque cuisine is to visit one of the Gastronomic Societies (Sociedad Gastronómica), a traditional cooking club where, originally men only, cooked for family and friends, sharing local wines and singing traditional songs. Now many of these clubs host cooking classes for interested travelers.”

Find out more about Basque Country’s Gastronomic Societies.

Contributor: Christine is one-half of the website Don’t Forget to Move. Christine and partner Jules are adventure travel bloggers and responsible tourism advocates! You can find out all about their travels around the world at Don’t Forget To Move.


Bonus Experience: Bar Txepetxa in San Sebastian

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“This bar is famous for quality, fresh seafood pintxo (Basque version of tapas) served by a friendly staff. If you’re a fan of anchovies, and even if you aren’t, this place should definitely be on your itinerary. It’s always busy, a great way to determine the quality of a restaurant, and the menu offers some truly unique local pintxo that any foodie would love.”

Website: Visit the Bar Txepetx

With many Michelin starred restaurants in the area, rent a car in San Sebastian and explore Basque Country on your own for a few days.

Next stop: 28 minutes to the San Sebastian airport

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Looking for additional road trip itineraries for Spain? Check out our other Drive to Discover guides where we explore the best places to visit in Spain including must-see UNESCO sites, the best cultural activities in Catalonia, and the most breathtaking locations in southern Spain.

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