After a delightful overnight stay in Santo Domingo, it is obvious to visit one or two of Rioja's beautiful wine villages. If you are interested in a wine tasting, this can easily be arranged. Some of the vineyards in the area are architectural masterpieces, designed by world-renowned architects, while others are historical and beautifully preserved. Even if you are not particularly interested in wine, Rioja still has much to offer. The charming streets of the wine villages can captivate anyone, and the region's main city, Logroño, offers everything from shopping and markets to cozy pinchos streets.
On the way back to the Basque Country, one passes several historical small towns, including Oñati, which is hidden in the mountains, but is definitely worth a visit.
The route continues to the Spanish-French border, where one of Northern Spain's hidden gems, Hondarribia, is located.
The tour concludes with a three-night stay at one of the most beautiful hotels in the Parador chain, in Hondarribia. The magnificent castle building leaves little to the imagination, as one imagines oneself as a noble in the Middle Ages, descending the majestic staircase to greet guests arriving by carriage.
Hondarribia has it all. A lovely beach, France right in front (you can sail there in 10 minutes), a beautiful town, and fantastic restaurants. A natural sightseeing trip from here is to drive along the Camino route to the world-famous food mecca, San Sebastian. Three days of enjoyment and pure indulgence.
After the last night, there is a return journey from Bilbao.