Picos de Europa & Basque Coast Family Adventure

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Experience our ultimate northern Spain family adventure

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Travel from the grandeur of Bilbao and its famous Guggenheim...

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To the idyllic mountains of the Picos de Europa...

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Along the unspoilt beaches of the Basque Coast...

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... To the elegant coastal city of San Sebastián

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This trip immerses you in authentic Spanish flavours...

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And brings you together as a family...

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With memorable places to stay...

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The chance to mingle with locals..

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... Lots of time to enjoy Spain's great outdoors

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From green mountains to golden beaches, trade the noise of modern life for the peace and quiet of northern Spain, where the only hurrying you need do is when you're giggling down a mountain stream together.

  • Epic mountain scenery
  • Quiet golden beaches
  • Hike, bike, swim & surf
  • Mingle with locals
  • Welcoming hosts
  • Great for food & culture
  • Lovely places to stay
  • Time to relax
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What's Included

Key Inclusions

10 nights in first-class hotels

4 nights in self-catering aparthotels

Family-sized hire vehicle

10 x breakfasts

1 x lunch

3 x dinners

Guided activities as described

GPS tracks for self-guided walks

Guided Activities

Shared Bilbao pintxos tour

Cable car return tickets

Private full-day Picos de Europa tour

Private half-day river canoeing

Shared canyoning

Shared surfing

5* Service

We have personally experienced & loved every aspect of this trip

Travel Guide App with advice, background information and recommendations

ABTOT / ATOL Financial protection

Local support throughout

24/7 emergency support

Industry-leading 160% carbon capture

Please note: International travel not included.


Day 1

Meet your guide to explore Bilbao

You begin in Bilbao, reached by train, plane or ferry. Bilbao is the Basque Country's biggest city and home to Frank Gehry's famous titanium-clad Guggenheim. The best way to get to know the city, and to set you up for your travels, is to explore the pintxos bars of the old town with our lovely local guide. Pintxos are small works of bread-based culinary art, a Basque version of tapas if you will.

Day 2

Travel in the Picos de Europa

Day 3

Walk an easy but stunning trail

Day 4

Ride the cable car into the highlands

Day 5

Canoe on the way to your next base

Day 6

Experience rural Picos life with your guide

Day 7

Hike the Cares Gorge

Day 8

Giggle your way down a mountain stream

Day 9

Discover the hidden landscapes of Ponga

Day 10

Peek at cave art and walk in a painted forest

Memorable moments you can look forward to...

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Down mountain streams

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The cable car into the highlands

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Put your feet up...

In idyllic wildflower meadows

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Soak in...

Views you'll never forget

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Enormous Picos lunches together

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Fill your basket...

With tasty picnic treats

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Make friends...

With the goats of the Cares Gorge

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Eat way too much...

Creamy cave-matured cheese

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Go off the beaten track...

In tiny mountain villages

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Chance upon...

Traditional local festivities

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Potter around...

In pretty medieval towns

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Make footprints...

In quiet golden beaches

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Breathe in...

Fresh sea air

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Learn to surf...

The warm Cantabrian waves

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Go for a walk...

In the painted forest

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Mingle with locals...

At weekly produce markets

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Find a quiet moment...

To watch the sun set

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The flowers on Bilbao's puppy

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Sit back...

With some pintxos in the sun

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Hear the stories...

Of your local guides

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Make memories...

To share together, forever

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