Food and drink
Cooking in Cantabria
Santoña, Cantabria, Spain
- All Inclusive
Enjoy a taste of ‘Green Spain’
Your trip has been put together in conjunction with celebrity chef, Mark Sargeant – former Head Chef of Gordon Ramsay at Claridges and winner of Michelin Star and National Chef of the Year awards.
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.
- Expert Host
- Saga Host
- Included themed activities
- Expert Host Talks
- Hosted welcome drinks reception
- Meet and greet with expert host
- Leisure time
- 20kg checked-in luggage
- Free hotel Wi-Fi
- Hotel porterage
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return flights and transfers
Plus, this hotel features:
- All breakfasts, tapas/snack lunches and waiter served dinners
- All inclusive – only available with Saga
- Option to make packed lunches from the buffet breakfast
- Free bar 12 hours a day (wide range of spirits)
- Waiter service
- Premium drinks
- Local wine and water at lunch and dinner
- Afternoon tea and cake
- Direct transfers
- Free local bus tickets to Santoña
- Six visits
- Tapas-making experience
- Cooking demonstration
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 where seafood is a speciality. 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 tennis
- Table football
- Golf - Available nearby – please ask the resort staff for details
Heated indoor pool
You’re well placed for exploring this region: scenic walking trails lead right from this beachfront hotel’s doorstep and there are birdwatching opportunities at a nearby reserve. The hotel is two kilometres from the centre of Santoña which can be reached by local bus (guests receive free bus tickets). Here you will find shops, cafes and restaurants. There’s plenty to do in the area, from enjoying the splendid beach and delicious food, to exploring the mountains and discovering age-old villages.
Bilbao airport is an hour’s drive away and Santander port is a 45-minute drive away.
Experience the essence of true Spain and immerse yourself in the culture, gastronomy, language and landscapes with a stay in the idyllic small fishing town of Santoña, which backs onto the mighty Picos de Europa. Set on Spain’s northern Cantabrian coast, it fronts a superb three-kilometre-long beach of fine white sand, the Playa de Berria. This spectacular beach and surrounding hillsides are popular with walkers, while the nearby marshes are rich in bird life and the mountains offer plenty of options for outings.
28/10/2020 UK to Santoña
Fly to Spain and transfer to your hotel where you can look forward to a welcome reception.
29/10/2020 Santander and Santoña
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!
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…
31/10/2020 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.
01/11/2020 The Pas Valley
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!
02/11/2020 Wines of 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.
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.
Check out after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return journey to the UK.