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8 days
From August 20 to 27, 2023
Bilbao Airport
Bilbao Airport
for all photography levels
for all physical levels and ages







Our North of Spain Photo Tour, from August the 20 to the 27th, 2023, will be a great chance to photograph some of the most scenic locations in the area. During a week, we will be visiting incredible cliffs, beaches and seascapes in the Costa Cantábrica. But, apart from it, we will also photograph incredible forests, waterfalls and mountain landscapes.

We will travel through three different provinces during these eight days, Cantabria, Asturias and Vizcaya (in the Basque Country). We have planned a very complete itinerary for the trip, so each day you’ll be able to photograph several incredible sceneries. 


What will we photograph during this North of Spain Photo Tour?

The tour is focused in landscape photography, paying special attention to seascapes. We will visit some of the most impressive beaches, cliffs and rocky coastlines all around Spain. Some of the beaches we will visit include Barrika, Arnía, Gueirúa or El Silencio, amazing locations for photography. We will also photograph stunning cliffs and rocky areas, such as San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Costa Quebrada, or the magical coastline in Asturias. But, furthermore, we will visit precious forests, as Otzarreta or Ucieda, beautiful villages, like San Vicente de la Barquera, Llanes or Lastres, and the spectacular mountains in the Picos de Europa National Park


Why doing this photo tour in this time of the year?

Joining our summer edition of the Northern Spain Photo Tour, you will be able to enjoy from many hours of daylight, which will allow us to visit many different locations each day. At the same time, we will  visit forests and dark locations during the worst hours of light. At the same time, we usually get nice sunrises and sunsets during that time of the year, so that’s a great reason to go during the summertime. 


Who is this North of  Spain Photo Tour for?

This Northern Spain Photo Tour is recommended for anyone, regardless your age, your photographic level or your physical condition (as long as you are able to walk short distances). If you like landscape photography and love seeing and capturing amazing views and sceneries, we totally recommend you this trip.



We offer you a whole week of photography in one of Spain’s most amazing areas. During each day of the tour, we will get countless opportunities to capture fantastic images, while we enjoy from the views and the food of the Northside.

Everything will be organized by our professional travel agency for photography lovers, with more than 40 photo tours and 5 years of experience, and guided by professional photographers as our tour leaders.

Don’t miss your chance of joining this amazing Northern Spain Photo Tour, and capture with us all the magic for this incredible coastline. Seats are limited to 12 participants!

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What to expect from this Northern Spain Photo Tour?
  • Capture the most spectacular locations in 'Costa Cantábrica', in Spain's Northside
  • Discover the amazing beaches and cliffs in Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country
  • Photograph some of the stunning peaks and impressive landscapes in the Picos de Europa National Park
  • Practicing panoramic landscape photography in several extraordinary locations around Northern Spain
  • Understanding and learning how to use ND filters in long exposure landscape photography
  • Getting advices, ideas and instruction for composition, as well as learning different photography techniques
  • Learning the importance of including the human figure in landscape photography
Natural landscapes

Our North of Spain Photo Tour, along the Costa Cantábrica area, will begin with the meeting of the group in Bilbao. We will set two different meeting points, one at the downtown, and another one at the airport. 

After meeting up, we will drive to our accommodation, and then will visit Sopelana Beach, with its beautiful cliffs and incredible views. Afterwards, we’ll head to one of the most spectacular locations of the whole trip, the amazing Barrika Beach. This world famous beach, has some impressive rock formations, the flysch, which will bring us extraordinary possibilities for composition. Probably, we are talking about one of the most beautiful beaches for photography all around the world. We will stay there during the sunset, searching for the best possible lights.

Finally, we’ll get back to our hotel to sleep.

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We will wake up early to drive to Otzarreta forest, where we’ll enjoy our first sunrise session of the trip. This wonderful beech forest is a top location for photographers all around the world, so we’ll get early to make sure we’ll take the best spots. At the same time, we will have enough time to enjoy the area, spending between two and three hours in the forest.

After breakfast, we will visit Bilbao downtown, focusing on its most famous and photogenic location, the famous Guggenheim Museum. Certainly, this is the most photographed building in the area, so we’ll have plenty of time t to capture the museum from different points and perspectives. 

In the evening, we will move to another top destination for photography, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. This location, famous for being featured in ‘Game of Thrones’, includes a tiny chapel on top of a rocky island, in an outstanding setting, surrounded by the sea and by spectacular cliffs. We will photograph the sunset in the area, enjoying the last lights of the day, before getting back to our hotel.

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Today, we’ll leave the hotel early, heading to our next destination, Sonabia, in Cantabria. We will photograph sunrise from a rocky area known as ‘The Whale’, due to its shape. During this session, we’ll find beautiful flowers and rock formations, which will bring us fantastic composition options.

After having breakfast, we will continue driving to Costa Quebrada, an impressive coastline full of stunning cliffs and rocky formations, where we will be able to get a lot of spectacular pictures.

First of all, we will visit the beautiful Valdearenas and Canallaves beaches, located by a wonderful pinewood. We will take some images by the beaches, before photographing the beautiful sand dunes in Valdearenas. Secondly, we will get to El Madero Beach, in the middle of a rocky area, with beautiful flysch to compose outstanding pictures again. Finally, we will visit Los Urros cliffs for sunset. This is probably the most famous area for photography in Cantabria, so we will have plenty of time to enjoy it. The rock formations known as ‘urros’ will bring us endless possibilities, and we’ll capture sunset in from of the most famous one, La Puerta del Mar, literally ‘The Door of the Sea.’

We will end up the day getting to our hotel for a well deserved rest.

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We will visit Arnía Beach early in the morning, to capture the sun rising in front of us. This is a really precious beach, with many rocks to search for great compositions. 

Later, we will drive to Ucieda forest, a truly magnificent area, where we will enjoy photographing the trees, as well as some creeks and little waterfalls. After this visit, we will head to the coastline again, visiting the beautiful area of Suances and Tagle. One more time, we’ll be surrounded by fabulous cliffs, something that will bring us fantastic photo opportunities. We will also visit the Bolao falls, a small waterfall in the area next to the sea. 

Finally, we will get back to the Costa Quebrada cliffs, visiting another spectacular area for sunset. 

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Today, we’ll photograph sunrise from the flysch area in the Costa Quebrada, over Arnía Beach. There are usually some flowers in the location, which will be useful as our foreground, with the stunning cliffs and surroundings in the background. 

We will have breakfast after our sunrise session, and then we will visit Santander, where we will photograph El Camello Beach, with La Magdalena Peninsula in the background. Before leaving the city, we will stop by the Botín Centre, to practice some architecture photography. 

After visiting Santander, we will head to the Liébana Valley, in the heart of the Picos de Europa National Park. Liébana is an amazing area, full of beauty and surrounded by the impressive Picos de Europa peaks. We’ll visit some of its most impressive spots, such as us Fuente Dé, and Santo Toribio de Liébana

Finally, we’ll leave the area to head to our sunset destination, San Vicente de la Barquera. We’ll get to to a small lighthouse next to the beach, where we will practice some long exposure photography, using ND filters. 

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We will drive to Llanes for sunrise, visiting the famous Castro de las Gaviotas, a precious rock in the middle of the sea. We will stay by the cliffs in front of the rock, waiting for the sunrise, to capture the beautiful surroundings. 

Next, we will drive west to visit some of the most beautiful villages in Asturias, Ribadesella and Lastres. We will photograph the stunning views of Lastres and its surroundings from a mount next to the village, from which we will enjoy the incredible emerald color of the sea.

After lunch, we’ll visit Avilés, where we will photograph its famous Niemeyer Museum. Time to practice some architecture photography again, playing with shapes and perspectives. This will be a great opportunity to get some long exposure shots, with the help of ND filters. 

Later, we will head to our accommodation, to leave our luggage and have a short time to rest. After that, we will visit El Silencio Beach, one of the most famous and photographer locations in Asturias, where we’ll spend the rest of the day. We will photograph the sunset from the cliffs over the beach, practicing some long exposure shots. If lucky, we will be able to enjoy a beautiful sunset from this impressive location, before getting back to sleep at our hotel.

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Once again, we will wake up early for sunrise. This time, we will head to Gueirúa Beach, a stunning location where we will get after a short hike from the village. Once at the beach, we’ll have spectacular rocks and flysch, that will bring us outstanding possibilities for composition. At the same time, the sun will be rising in front of us, so, depending on weather, we’ll have extraordinary conditions for this session.

Afterwards, we will visit Cudillero, one of the most beautiful villages in Asturias. We will take some pictures in the harbor, as well as some panoramic views of the village, with its colorful houses, in many different colors. 

Then we will visit some forest areas and creeks, before getting to Luarca, another beautiful town, near the border with Galicia. First of all, we will photograph the views of the town from its beautiful cemetery, as well as from above its harbor. Then, we’ll get to the harbor, looking for some shoots between the boats. Finally, we’ll leave the village and head to Portizuelo Beach for sunset. This beach, East to Luarca, features stunning rocky lines and formation, being a perfect setting for photography. 

Once the night has come, we’ll get back to our hotel.


Today, we’ll wake up early and drive East to Bilbao, where this North of  Spain Photo Tour will come to its end. 


Pricing and Bookings

The cost of this amazing 8 day (7 night) long North of Spain Photo Tour, is US$2,350 per person. Price include double shared accommodations with another participant in the trip, according to the itinerary.

Price calculated for a minimum group of 6 participants. In case there were less than 6 people for the group, customers will have the chance to continue with the trip paying an extra supplement, or to receive a full refund if the trip has to be cancelled.

Single room supplement: US$700, depending on availability.

To book your spot for this photo tour, you can send us an email to, or call us at (+34) 625 01 44 81 (also available by WhatsApp). You can also book your spot with the form located at the top right area of this page.

General Considerations

This Photo Tour is organized by the Official Travel Agency ‘Viajes Fotográficos – Dream Photo Expeditions’ ( hereinafter referred to as ‘the travel agency’).

The travel agency carefully studies and designs all the trips that we are offering, always trying to adapt them to our travelers needs. All our itineraries and activities are chosen from a photographic point of view. However, the itineraries shown here is just an idea of some of the places that we will be visiting, not being contractual information about what we’ll do during the trip. The tour leaders, photograper guides, other guides and/or the travel agency and organizers of the tour, reserve always the right to do any kind of changes to the itinerary and the tour, both before and during the trip.

In this sense, it will be up to the photographer/s guide/s or to the travel agency, the decision of changing any of the programmed activities, places to visit, and shooting sessions for each day, depending on factors as weather, security or light conditions, but not limited to these. We will always be in search of the best possible experiences and moments of light for the customers of this trip. However, sometimes we may decide to change plans depending on some factors. The program may also be changed in case of emergency, injury of illness of any of the participants or main photographers.

At the same time, both the photographers and the travel agency reserves the right of changing the tour leader/s, as well as the photographer/s guide/s, in case it’s necessary. Some of the reasons might include injuries, illness or hospitalization, severe health problems, accidents, (both of themselves as well as first grade relatives too), etc. In those cases, the agency will bring another photographer able to guide the group in the same destination.


Each traveler is responsible of having all the documentation needed for the trip, as well as for entering the destination/s. You will need a valid Passport to enter Spain, but you might also need a visa or electronic authorization to enter the country. Always check the requirements with your country authorities before traveling to a foreign destination. The photographers and the travel agency have no responsibility about each traveler’s documentation, or about the requirements to be allowed to enter in Spain or any other country.

Travel Insurance

This Northern Spain Photo Tour includes a basic assistance insurance. However, we strongly recommend you to bring a full travel insurance, which has unlimited or high limit money coverages in case of accident or disease.

Personal Counseling

The travel agency will give personal counseling and advice to travelers when purchasing their trip. Customers will receive a list with everything that they might need for the route, tips about how to prepare a medical kit for the travel, recommendations about the photography gear for the place, etc… At the same time, our staff will be happy to help and solve any doubt that the clients could have while they are preparing their trip.


We are completely sure that this Northern Spain Photo Tour will be an unforgettable experience for travelers, as well as an intensive learning process. The travel agency will always try to promote values such as respect (cultural, social and environmental). Those values will always prevail in all our trips. At the same time, ‘Dream Photo Expeditions’ will always ensure that the impact of their trips is never negative for the country, their citizens or their wildlife.

The travel agency, tour leaders, guides, or the photographers hosting the trip, will have no responsibility at all for any accident, loss, theft or damage suffered by the customers participating on it.

Each customer declares that he or she accepts all the conditions on this trip at the time he or she is doing a reservation request and/or payment for it.


At the moment of booking, the client will be required to send an initial payment of US$600. Payments can be done by bank transfer, by credit or debit card, and by PayPal. However, please notice that credit or debit card and PayPal payments are subject to a supplement fee, to cover the costs of these payment methods.

The rest of the payment will have to be sent as late as 60 days prior to the beginning of the trip. The agency can resolve the contract and apply the established withdrawal rules before the departure if the client doesn’t make effective any of the expected payments in the deadline, as the terms previously seen. The features that make up the combined travel contract come from the information given to the client in the website, brochure or program, as well as from the indications regarding this information that could have been given when confirming the reservation.


In case the agency doesn’t complete the minimum group needed to confirm the trip, customers will have the choice between doing the trip paying an extra supplement, or being refund the 100% of the payments they had sent.

If the travel agency needs to cancel the trip, for any reason, customers will get a 100% refund of the total cost of the photo tour.

However if the client doesn’t show or cancels the trip, the following cancellation policies will be applied:

– Until 60 days prior to the trip: US$600€.

– 60 days prior to the trip: 100% of the cost of the trip.

Prices are based in the Exchange rates by August, the 14th, 2018. The currency may be updated until 21 days prior to the departure, according to Spanish Travel Laws, applying a supplement/discount in case of change.

Once the reservation is done by the client, and the services and their prices are confirmed by the travel agency, these prices only could be revised until 20 calendar days prior to the departure dates, only in case there are variations in the transportation costs (including the fuel prices), in accommodations, in rates and taxes referring to certain services (such as landing, boarding in ports and airports), or in monetary exchange rates applied to the trip.


Starting/ending location

Bilbao Airport, Spain (Google Maps)


  • Accommodations during the 7 nights of the trip, in a double room shared with another participant.
  • Transportation during the trip, including picking up at the airport.
  • Services of the professional photographer/s leading the group.
  • Personal attention and photography instruction.
  • Basic travel insurance.
  • Organization and services by an official travel agency.

Not Included

  • Flights from the customer hometown to the destination, or from the destination to the customer hometown.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch or dinner), snacks or beverages.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Anything not included in the “Included” section.


This is just a list of the ideal gear for a trip like this. However, there is no need at all to have or bring all this gear. You can join the trip using any kind of camera, or even a smartphone!



We recommend you to bring a DSLR or Mirrorless system camera with interchangeable lenses, but you can join the photo tour bringing any kind of camera, including compact ones, or even a smartphone.

Wide Angle Lens

For example, a 14-24mm or a 16-35mm

A wide angle lens will be really useful to capture the beaches, cliffs and rocky formations in Northern Spain. It’s also interesting that it’s a fast lens (f/2’8 or faster), for possible night photography sessions.

Standard Zoom

For example, a 24-70MM

An standard zoom, like a 24-70mm, or a 24-105mm, will be also a very important lens for a trip like this. With that focal length range, you will be able to capture a great variety of the scenes we’ll find.



If you already own a lens like a 70-200mm, and you don’t care about the weight or the space, we recommend you bringing it to the trip. It might be useful to capture some distant sceneries.



FOR EXAMPLE, A 14MM 1'8 OR A 20MM 1'4

These kind of lenses are not really needed, but if you already have them, a lens like a 14mm 1’8 or a 20mm 1’4 would be perfect for our night photography sessions.




A tripod will be needed for our low light photography sessions, such as the sunrise, sunset and night photography ones. We recommend you bringing a really sturdy one, so it’s not easily moved by the wind.



We recommend you bringing ND filters for long exposure photography, as well as graduated ND filter for sunrises and sunsets. A polarizer filter will be very useful too, to add saturation or avoid reflections.



Bringing a remote or an intervalometer will be a great idea, because they will be very useful in low light sessions, avoiding the need to touch the camera, and therefore minimizing the risk of moved images.

PRactical Information

Details about the trip and the destination

Is there a minimal physical level to join this trip?

No, this a trip suitable for all physical levels and conditions

This Northern Spain Photo Tour is recommended for anyone, no matter the physical level to join the trip. As long as you are able to walk for a short hike with no problems, you are welcome to join us on this photo tour. Most of the photo locations are located just a short walk from the places where we’ll park, meaning this will be an easy trip. There are just a couple of locations around a 15 or 20 minute hike (one way) from the parking, but it will be easy hikes (and you always have the choice of skipping that session!). At the same time, there are not age limits for the tour, as well as your health and conditions are reasonably good.

Do I need a minimal photography level to join the trip?

Absolutely not, all photography lovers are welcome, no matter the level!

There is no need of a minimal photography level to join this photo tour. You don’t have to be a professional photographer to come to this trip, nor even having a lot of experience with your camera. All our photo tours are open to all levels, even for beginners, or unexperienced photography users. Sometimes, we even have people just taking shots with their smartphones. One of our highlights is providing customized attention, so we will help you to get the best possible images, regardless your previous level. We’ll be there to help you becoming a better photographer!

What kind of weather can I expect during this trip?

Temperature may be high during the day, but it can be cool at sunrise, sunset and at night

For the summer edition of our North of Spain Photo Tour, we can expect quite warm temperatures most of the daytime. However, please notice that many of our sessions are held at sunrise, sunset or during the night, so temperatures will be much cooler then. Therefore, we recommend you bringing a light jacket, like a fleece or a softshell one. For most of the time, the best choice will be wearing light and fresh clothes, like summer mountain clothes, easy-drying t-shirts and light trousers. A Gore Tex jacket or similar could be also useful, in case of rain. Mountain boots would be perfect for most of the time. Once you confirm your booking, you will also receive a guide withe the recommended gear list for this North of Spain Photo Tour.

Are meals included on this trip?

No, meals are not included in the trip

This North of Spain Photo Tour, as most of our trips, doesn’t include meals (breakfast, lunch or dinner). This will give us maximum flexibility during the trip, in order to focus mainly in the most important thing: photography. Normally, we will be having breakfast in the hotel or in cafes near the area, before or after our sunrise shooting session (depending on timing). For lunch, sometimes we’ll be stopping at restaurants, but other times we’ll be going to a supermarket and doing a picnic near to the locations we’ll visit. Then, we will have dinner at the hotel or in town. 

However, we will lots of chances to enjoy the amazing food we’ll find in this part of Spain”

Which payment options do you offer?

We offer several payment options for you

Currently, the main payment option we have is the bank transfer. However, if you prefer it, we also have other payment options, such as credit or debit card, PayPal or Transferwise. Please notice that these other payment options may apply a commission fee. You can ask us about these different payment options. 

If you choose to pay by credit or debit card, or by PayPal, you can process your payment online, when you finish the booking process. For bank transfer payment, you just have to proceed with the booking and then, once you finish the process with the chosen payment method, you’ll receive an email with al the instructions and bank details. 

What kind of accommodations will we have?

We will stay in mid/high category hotels (3 or 4 stars)

During this North of Spain Photo Tour, we’ll be normally staying in 3 or 4 stars hotel. Each traveller will be staying in a double twin shared room, staying with another participant of the tour. Rooms will always include a private bath. 

If you come with another person to the trip, you’ll share the room, However, if you are traveling alone, we’ll choose a roommate for you between the other participants in the trip (always same genre). Anyway, you will also have the chance to choose a single room for you, paying an extra supplement. Contact us for all details.

Can I join this photo tour regardless my country of residence?

Absolutely, no matter the placer where you live to join us!

Anyone can join this North of Spain Photo Tour, no matter your country of residence. Our main travel agency is settled in Santander, Spain, but our trips are open to customers from countries all around the world. Therefore, we may have clients from different places in our photo tours.

This North of Spain Photo Tour, as all our tours, begins in a location in the destination country, normally at the airport. Therefore, all the participants need to get there for the first day of the tour, traveling from their country of residence, and there is no need of traveling to a particular town to fly together.

What else should I bring to the tour?

We will send you all the information about what you need to bring

Once you have confirmed your booking for this North of Spain Photo Tour, we will send you the trip info with a recommended gear PDF guide. This will include suggestions not only about the photography gear, but also about the clothes and accessories you might need during this photo tour. To sum up, you won’t have to worry about anything, since our expert photo leaders and guides will inform you about everything you will need, so you can enjoy your travel as much as possible!

As a first tip, we would suggest you bringing a light color jacket for sunrises and sunsets (for example red, orange, yellow, light green, etc…). That jacket will protect you from the cold but, at the same time, you’ll look great to be photographed in some of the most beautiful locations around the North of Spain!

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Teresa Salvador

Solo Traveler

‘Traveling with Sergio to the North of Spain has been great, due to his professionalism and kindness. All the locations we visited are amazing for landscape photography, and with his help and advices, I took wonderful images. I am sure that I will repeat more experiences with him, see you soon, Sergio.’

August 30, 2020

Juan Lorenzo

Solo Traveler

‘Great trip to enjoy the North of Spain, mainly covering its coastline, but also gettin to other places, with incredible landscapes perfect for photography, as long as the weather cooperates. Sergio lanza Casado doesn’t lead the group to take his own pitcures, but to help and teach all the participants to capture their own great images, always adapting to their level, and wiling to solve any issue, also in a small group, something great. My conclussion: highly recommended.’

August 27, 2020

Antonio Martín

Solo Traveler

‘Over the basis of a magnificent professional and human team, Dream Photo Expeditions has grown to be what I consider the best photo tours travel agency in the market. All their destinations are fantastic, the photo locations they choose are just perfect, and the organization and personal treatment is simply perfect. My last photo tour with, to the North of Spain, has been a wonderful experience!!! 100% Recommended.’

August 26, 2020

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