Spain Food Tours: On the couch with Andreas Holland

Andreas Holland, Food Lover's Spanish Camino escort, walking with group in Galicia Spain | Andreas Holland
Andreas Holland, Food Lover's Spanish Camino escort, walking with group in Galicia Spain | Andreas Holland
Andreas Holland is a legend in the active travel industry, having shared his time between Australia and South America for 25 years before settling in Catalonia. His wealth of experience leading walking holidays is hard to equal and now, thanks to his base in Spain, he has turned his attention to another passion, Spanish food, by leading our Food Lover's Spanish Camino. We sat down with Andreas to find out what he think makes our Spain food tours so special. 
 
Tapas bar in PamplonaGo tapas bar hopping in Pamplona, which is famous for these Spanish appetisers 

What excited you about this trip when you were first asked to lead it?

The itinerary and experiences – it is meticulously planned to include a fabulous mixture of walking on 3 camino routes and eating in some stand-out restaurants. I couldn’t wait to lead it! 
 

You've led this trip for 5 years now. What has been your favourite memory so far? 

The walks through medieval villages and the superb traditional food.
 

What is your favourite hotel?

It's hard to choose as there as so many excellent ones UTracks uses on this itinerary, but I would have to say either the famous Echaurren Hotel & Restaurant in Ezcaray or the fabulous Hotel Palacio de Meras with its breathtaking spa. In the lovely Echaurren Hotel the ‘mini bar’ in every room consists of local nuts and olives plus a superb bottle of local Rioja, all of which is complimentary.
 
Hotel dining room on Food Lovers' tourStay and eat in handpicked hotels full of character on this foodie tour 

What's the most memorable meal on of the trip? 

I would have to say the 10 course dinner at the Michelin star Casa Marcial in the Asturias region. 
 

What's your overall favourite restaurant? 

Eating at A Tafona is a different dining experience that travellers aren't likely to forget any time soon - I wasn't surprised when this restaurant earned a Michelin star in 2018 – our groups having been dining there for 5 years now. 
 

How does the food compared to other parts of Spain? 

I think one of the main factors that makes the food in northwestern Spain so exciting is the great quality of locally sourced ingredients and the fact that food is such an important part of the culture. 
 
Pilgrims on the Camino NorteSoak up spectular coast vistas on the Camino Norte 

Do you think this trip is only for foodies? 

It is definitely a trip that foodies would love but it would also suit anyone who loves walking in beautiful countryside and building up an appetite for wonderful meals. 
 

How hard is the walking? 

Very relaxing, never challenging and always interesting. 
 

Have you got any tips for people considering this trip? 

Book as soon as possible as we can only take 15 group members and it always books out early. Despite having led trips all over South America I definitely count this as one of my favourites and can't wait to do it all over again in September 2019. 
 
Group on Food Lovers Spanish CaminoA group of foodies on the Food Lovers Spanish Camino trip 
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