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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.
1. EXPERIENCE: WINE TASTING AT MARTIN C³DAX IN CAMBADOS
'This past summer I took a day trip to Galicia for a day of wine tasting at their most popular winery, Bodegas Martin C³dax. Marti¬n C³dax is one of the most internationally recognized producers of Albarino, 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.'
2. EXPERIENCE: TASTE A SPANISH DELICACY IN LA CORUNA
'Crawling up and down Calle Galera, located on the thin isthmus in La Coruna's city center, it's hard not to gawk at the seafood on display at the 'marisquer¬as,' 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.'
3. EXPERIENCE: WANDER CIDER STREET IN OVIEDO
'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!'
4. RESTAURANT: LA MARISMA II IN CANTABRIA
'My favorite restaurant in Santona (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 hundreds of times and have had amazing experiences. For me, it's the best place thanks to its good prices and outstanding quality.'
5. EXPERIENCE: CASA RUFO IN BILBAO
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!
6. EXPERIENCE: VISIT ONE OF SAN SEBASTIAN GASTRONOMIC SOCIETIES
'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 Gastron³mica), 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.'