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North of Spain ? worth it ?(except basque region)

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I've been to Barcelone twice, no real need to go back again, I've been to Sevilla, I've been to Madrid.

I will be in Madrid in september, and my plan was to go to Valencia and/or Malaga and/or Cordoba ( so mostly in the south).

If I wanted to enlarge my horizons, would spending a couple of days up north to Gijon, Santander or that region in particular offer my some good food experiences ?

Thanks.

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  1. We visited the north of Spain in 2002. Specifically, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia.

    We enjoyed the trip immensely, especially the scenery of mountains and seashore in close proximity.
    The food that we ate tended toward the simple, hearty and delicious. With few exceptions, we did not eat at any high end, "name" resturants. However, Santiago de Compostela has some high end restaurants. We snacked a lot and ate at Casa Manolo once, a student restaurant where filling up cheaply was more important than fine cooking.

    The outstanding foods were fresh seafoods and the hearty stew-soups such as Caldo Gallego and Fabada Asturiana. Of course, we tried Queso Cabrales and the smelly Gamoneu. Admittedly, we sought out English style breakfasts, because we could not subsist on café y pan for breakfast until afternoon comida.

    The following link will go to some of my photos of food in Spain, including a great little tapas place in Madrid and a few highlights from the final, Murcia leg of our trip.
    http://www.pbase.com/panos/cocinaespa...

    1. I love the north...particularly Asturias. But in my opinion, it's not the big towns like Gijón and Santander that make it special. It's the countryside, coastline, mountains, and smaller towns (Llanes, Ribadesella, Cangas de Onís, Cudillero, Ribadeo, Infiesto, and then all the tiny pueblos/aldeas). I've eaten well all over this region. If you are just going for a few days, I would narrow it down a bit (and then it would be easier to make suggestions). Eastern Asturias/western Cantabria has the most dramatic scenery. The coastline of Galicia and Cantabria is more developed, but still very beautiful.

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      1. re: butterfly

        De acuerdo, butterfly. One of the most enjoyable aspects of our visit was staying in Arenas de Cabrales for several days, making excursions to Potes and the funicular at Fuente Dé; to Lllanes for a great seafood dinner in a tent-augmented restaurant along the muelle; and to Cangas de Onís, where where had a nice lunch at La Pedrera del Molino.