Our third tour celebrating the brilliance of the Paradors takes us to a wonderful corner of Spain and two of the original members of the Parador chain; the Castle of Carlos V in Hondarribia, which is very near the frontier between the Spanish Basque Country and France, and the legendary Parador de Gil Blas in Santillana del Mar which has been a Parador since 1946.
DAY 1, 2 & 3 : Flying to Bilbao we start our coastal tour in the attractive resort town of Hondarribia. Hondarribia combines much of what makes northern Spain so attractive. Its large and attractive medieval quarter is set in a stunning location with the splendours of the Cantabrian coast on one side and the first views of the Pyrenees on the other.
Our hotel is one of the great historic buildings of the Basque Country, reflecting the historical and cultural significance of the Region. Our visits include a day in incomparable San Sebastian, the most elegant coastal city in Spain and – of course – one of the capitals of European gastronomy. Needless to say, our visit will include lunch at one of the world-famous restaurants. On Day 3, our itinerary takes us away from the coast and into the rolling hills of the interior. We shall spend some time on the outdoor display of sculptures and installations by Spain’s most celebrated modern sculptor, Antonio Chillida, and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of the Natural Park of the Peñas de Aya.