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  • Seek out Pintxos in San Sebastian
  • Visit San Sebastian
  • Visit an historic lobster nursery in the Cantabrian Sea
  • Check out the fresh seafood at Santander’s El Mercado de la Esperanza
  • Sample some Sobao cake
  • Enjoy a taste of La Rioja
  • Hotel Juan de la Cosa
  • You’ll enjoy a cooking demonstration during your stay
Special Interest - Food and Drink
Food and drink

Cooking in Cantabria QQQQ

Santoña, Cantabria, Spain

Cooking in Cantabria

Santoña, Cantabria, Spain

Prices from
£1,129 per person

2 passengers

7 nights

Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
  • A glass of wine All Inclusive

Enjoy a taste of ‘Green Spain’

From anchovies and lobster to cheese and wine, this mouth-watering holiday allows you to feast on the natural bounties of the stunning Cantabria region – an area so lush it is known as ‘Green Spain.’

Look forward to a guided tour of the bustling Santander Food Market and an interesting visit to an anchovy factory in nearby Santoña. Head to San Sebastian’s Old Town to seek out some of the best pintxos, for which the city is renowned. Visit a local cheese factory and try Sobao cake before a trip to La Rioja for wine tastings and a tapas lunch. Another excursion visits a lobster nursery in the Cantabrian Sea.

Combine all this with a stay at the small and friendly Hotel Juan de la Cosa, which is run by the Santillana-Astuy family and is located mere moments from Santoña’s renowned Playa de Berria beach. You’ll quickly feel right at home at this locally rated 4-star hotel, where you can join Head Chef Rodrigo for a tapas preparation class, enjoying the fruits of your labour for lunch of course, and a less hands-on seafood cookery demonstration.


Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plateAll breakfasts (B), lunches (L) and dinners (D)

PersonLocal expert guide

CocktailFree bar open 12 hours a day


  • Cancellation rights
  • Expert host talks
  • Hosted welcome drinks reception
  • Tapas-making experience
  • Cooking demonstration
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Return flights and transfers
  • 20kg checked-in luggage
  • Hotel porterage


Juan de la Cosa, Playa de Berria, 14 - 39740 Santoña, Cantabria, España


You can look forward to a warm welcome and personal service from owners Felipe and Margot at their comfortable locally rated 4-star hotel. They take special pride in the hotel's restaurant, which has splendid views of the beach and sea as well as delicious dishes.


The hotel has 55 contemporary-furnished rooms.

You can upgrade to a sea-view room for a supplement, subject to availability.

Tea coffee making facilities

Food and Drink

Enjoy delicious home cooked dishes typical of the region: savour buffet-style breakfasts, tasty tapas or snack lunches at the bar or on its terrace and waiter-served dinners in their locally acclaimed à la carte restaurant. Complimentary tea and cake is also available at 4pm daily in the bar.

A delicious demonstration

The hotel prides itself on its food, and during your stay you’ll be able to enjoy an included cookery demonstration – a great way to take a taste of Spain back to your own kitchen. As the chef cooks up a storm, you’ll be able to taste a selection of wine from the area, each carefully selected by the hotel’s owner, Felipe.


During your stay, you can enjoy the following programme of activities and entertainment. Some activities are at an additional charge. Activities may change from time to time.

  • A cookery demonstration with a selection of wines
  • Live music/flamenco dancing
  • A talk on interesting facts and differences between the British and Spanish cultures
  • Mystery tours
  • Table football
  • Golf - Available nearby – please ask the resort staff for details

Other Hotel Information

The hotel has a lift to all floors and air-conditioning and central heating.

Juan de la Cosa Bedroom
Swimming pool
Juan de la cosa reception


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Day 1 UK to Santoña

Hotel Juan de la Cosa

Fly to Spain and transfer to your hotel where you can look forward to a welcome reception.

Day 2 Santander and Santoña

Santander market, Spain

Enjoy a guided tour of Santander market and an anchovy factory in Santoña.

Santander’s bustling market is the main source of quality ingredients for the region’s restaurants and your visit is sure to be a treat for all your senses. Cantabrian anchovies are renowned as being some of the best in the world, and this afternoon you get the chance to enjoy a tasting and find out why. You will also try your hand at preparing the salted fish ready for canning – and learn why its easier said than done!

Day 3 Hotel Juan de la Cosa

Spanish tapas Pintxos

Join Head Chef Rodrigo in the kitchens and try your hand at preparing some of the tapas dishes and 'pintxos' that are served each lunchtime at the hotel, perhaps enjoying a glass of wine along the way…

Day 4 San Sebastian

Pintxos in San Sebastian

This is likely to be a highlight of your holiday – San Sebastian is a Mecca for food lovers from around the world with more Michelin star restaurants per head of population than any other city in the world.

Join an expert guide who leads you through the backstreets of the atmospheric Old Town to seek out some of the best 'pintxos' for which the city is renowned. Spend the rest of the day exploring this beautiful coastal city at leisure.

Day 5 The Pas Valley

Sobao cake

Visit the beautiful Valley of the River Pas in the Cantabrian mountains, famous in Spain for its highly prized butter, milk and cheese.

Enjoy a guided visit to a local cheese factory and taste the renowned 'Quesos de la Jaradilla'. Later you will tour a factory that produces 'Sobao' cakes which, as you will discover, go particularly well with a good Spanish coffee!

Day 6 Wines of La Rioja

Vineyard in La Rioja

Visit a family run bodega in Haro and enjoy a tasting and lunch.

The Sierra Cantabria Bodegas are pioneers in Rioja of production of wine using only grapes from the same estate which although common in France is not usual in the Rioja region. Enjoy tastings at two bodegas and learn the difference between wines originating from the different vines that grow in La Rioja.

Enjoy a tapas lunch before returning to Santoña.

Day 7 Santoña

Visit a lobster nursery

Visit a lobster nursery in the Cantabrian Sea that is over 100 years old.

Later, join head chef Rodrigo in the kitchens to learn some traditional Spanish recipes and the best accompanying white wines before enjoying a selection of the finest Cantabrian lobster, crab and crayfish for dinner.

Day 8 Santoña-UK

Check out after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return journey to the UK.

Cooking in Cantabria

Santoña, Cantabria, Spain

Prices from
£1,129 per person

2 passengers

7 nights

Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
Cooking in Cantabria QQQQ

Santoña, Cantabria, Spain