Operated by Scenic Car Tours
Set in the main square in the beautiful Cantabrian town of Santillana del Mar. Explore the charming town of Santillana del Mar, which was declared a national monument, and the origins of which date back to the eighth century. The Parador Gil Bas has its own restaurant, where you can sample local-style cuisine without leaving the hotel. After, you can enjoy a drink in the on-site bar, or explore the bars in the local town. There is also free Wi-Fi internet access available throughout the hotel plus complimentary car parking with underground parking garage.
11 Day, 10 Night Package
MSCC Members Price
£1,449.00 Per Person
Return Brittany Ferries crossings from Portsmouth to Bilbao (Other routes available)
2 Berth Inside cabin on outward & return sailings
7 Nights in Northern Spain & the Picos featuring Excellent Parador Hotels
6 Dinners and 7 Breakfasts
Detailed Road Book featuring Maps, Directions Attractions etc.
Complimentary Parking at all Hotels
Commemorative MSCC Tour Rally Plate
Full Financial Protection
All prices are per person and based on 2 persons occupying car and a twin/double room at the hotel. MSCC Members price applies to the member plus one guest.
30% Deposit required to confirm your booking
Single Supplement - £610.00
Parador Gil Blas, Santillana del Mar
Book on-line or telephone 01732 879153 quoting MSCC/MOG PICOS
Enjoy a touring holiday in Northern Spain and discover a land of contrasts. From beaches to mountains this lovely part of Spain encompassing Cantabria and eastern Asturias is a treasure trove of landscapes full of winding scenic roads, great cities and untouched villages, haute-cuisine and superb local fare, all criss-crossed by the ancient Camino de Santiago, Europe’s most important pilgrim way.
Picos de Europa, on the borders of Asturias, Cantabria and Castilla y León, is probably the most stunning national park in Spain, or even Europe. The contrasts within these 300 square miles of spectacular natural beauty that link Cantabria and Asturias are amazing. Small mountain villages are tucked away in the higher slopes almost completely isolated. Deep gorges that plunge vertically down into deep river valleys, sparkling lakes, and magical forests make this an adventure playground just begging to be explored.
Parador Hotel, Cangas de Onis
A National Monument, this ancient monastery is believed to have been founded by King Alfonso I in the 8th century. It is surrounded by the Picos de Europa Mountains. The Parador de Cangas de Onís offers free Wi-Fi and free parking in a historic setting. All of the guest rooms feature; air conditioning, minibar, satelite TV and en-suite bathroom The restaurant at the Parador serves dishes from Asturias. The Parador de Cangas de Onís is set on the green banks of the River Sella. The Picos de Europa National Park can be reached on foot. The local area is home to a Roman bridge and the historic Santa Cruz Chapel. Many prehistoric caves are found nearby.
Parador Hotel, Cevera de Pisuerga
Set on a wooded hilltop overlooking a reservoir, this hotel boasts an incredible natural setting which makes it ideal for a peaceful break in rural Castile. From the Parador de Cervera de Pisuerga you can admire views over the surrounding Fuentes Carrionas nature park, the waters of the Ruesga Reservoir and the mountains of the Picos de Europa. Take in this amazing scenery whilst relaxing on the comfortable terrace of this distinctive hotel. The hotel’s interior complements its rural setting, with natural tones, wood beams and wooden panelling. Large windows offer spectacular views of the countryside surroundings.
Parador Hotel, Santa Domingo de la Calzada
Located on the main square in the centre of Santa Domingo, this impressive hotel is housed in a former hospital building dating from the 12th century. Parador de Santo Domingo de la Calzada has a number of magnificent lounges. The hotel's luxurious hall features original Gothic archways and wooden details. The hotels guest-rooms feature a TV, a minibar and a private bathroom. The Parador's restaurant serves traditional dishes such as La Rioja cod and stuffed peppers, as well as a good selection of local wines. There is also a bar and both outdoor and underground secure car parking facilities.
DAY 1 (CO) - Overnight sailing from Portsmouth to Bilao with Brittany Ferries including accommodation in a 2 berth inside cabin with private facilities.
DAY 2 (CO) - At Sea to enjoy the on-board facilities
DAY 3 (D) - Arrival in Bilbao followed by the drive along the coast to Santilla del Mar
Overnight Parador Gilblas (79 miles)
DAY 4 (HB) - Santillana to Cangas de Onis, Overnight Parador Cangas de Onis (64 miles)
DAYS 5 & 6 (HB) - At leisure in Cangas de Onis Overnight Parador Cangas de Onis
DAY 7 (HB) - Cangas de Onis to Cervera de Pisuerga via San Gloria Pass - Overnight Parador Cervera de Pisuerga (140 miles)
DAY 8 (HB) - Cervera de Pisuerga to Santa Domingo via Potes - Overnight Parador Santa Domingo de la Calzada (110 miles)
DAY 9 (HB) - Day at leisure to explore La Rioja Region & Valley of the Dinosaurs - Overnight Parador Santa Domingo de la Calzada
DAY 10 (BB) - Santa Domingo to Bilbao - For the overnight sailing back to the UK (70 miles)
DAY 11 (CO) - Morning arrival in Portsmouth
CO = Cabin Only / RO = Room Only
BB = Bed & Breakfast / HB = Dinner, Bed & Breakfast