A place exists in the North of Spain where the intense green blends into the deep blue that writhes between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cantabrian Sea; a landscape of unique beauty that is a meeting point of ancestral traditions and avant-garde trends. Few are those who know that another Spain exists, far removed from the stereotypes, an Atlantic Spain, a “Green Spain, The spirit of the North”.
Get ready to discover the secrets of “Green Spain”, an unforgettable trail through wild beaches, charming towns, large nature parks and Biosphere reserves that will lead you to discover the Northern St. James's Way through the regions of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and Euskadi.
Since ancient times and for centuries and centuries, the known world has ended on the Galician coasts. Nowadays, before you lose yourself in the Atlantic Ocean, we invite you to discover a universe that will awaken all five of your senses. And in Galicia, each stone bears witness to a fascinating history that has left a deep mark on the construction of Europe, the most evident and beautiful climax of which is the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela itself. You will realise that now, just like in olden times, Galicia continues to be the end of the pilgrim world because in Santiago de Compostela, the apostle awaits you. Meanwhile, on the St. James's Way you will find magical forests enveloped in mist, hanging out over the ocean. You will find exquisite delicacies from land and sea, washed down with dreamy wines. You will discover medieval fishing villages, islands with unique species and World Heritage monuments. Travelling through Galicia, you will submerge yourself in an absolutely captivating nature, navigating through legends, mysteries and an infinite peace.+ Info
It has kept intact all the charm and mystery of the age-old kingdom that it used to be, and only looking at it you will surrender to the infinite charm of its caring people and its landscapes, where the greenery and the stones of history merge together in an ensemble of serene beauty. You are in Asturias! From the high limestone summits of the Picos de Europa or the Montaña Central to the Cantabrian Sea, the panorama that is displayed before your eyes is a plethora of mountains and valleys, forests, rivers and waterfalls, towns and villages, historic cities, clifftops and beaches, brañas... In Asturias, prehistory flourishes in 5 World Heritage caves and you can travel through history on its St James’s Ways, which were the first, because the Pilgrimage Route was born here and with it, Pre-Romanesque Art. And if you want to breathe in the Asturian essence in an instant, you will find it summed up in Covadonga and in the whole Picos de Europa National Park, where you will enjoy iconic places such as the Covadonga Lakes or the mythical Picu Urriellu. And also, don’t forget to taste its cider, cheeses and delicacies from the sea and land.+ Info
Its name sounds like nature, and in fact, in Cantabria, the high summits and the green valleys live in harmony with fine sand beaches, shaping an incredible variety in the landscape in which surfing is the king sport. On top of its natural beauty, one must add the virtues of an architectural legacy that covers all the eras, from the Romanesque to the Gothic of the coast, not forgetting Modernism and the avant-garde Botín Centre. And if you enjoy being underground, Cantabria is your destination because it has over 9,000 underground cavities, among which the 10 prehistory caves declared World Heritage by UNESCO stand out, the emblem of which par excellence is Altamira. Additionally, you can enjoy the Cabarceno Natural Park, the Fuente Dé cable car, right in the heart of the Picos de Europa National Park, or the Lebaniego Way which takes you to the Monastery of Santo Toribio, where the largest piece of the Cross of Jesus Christ is safeguarded. In Cantabria, your sensations are multiplied among rural, urban, active and spa tourism, and the enjoyment of its golf courses.+ Info
Can you imagine a land full of colours and flavours? That is what Euskadi is like. A place where you will treasure each moment of excellence, where the experiences are some of the most varied and surprising, and where you will feel at one with nature in the perfect symbiosis between tradition, avant-garde and innovation, letting your five senses levitate. As open and friendly a place as they come, Euskadi displays its charms among incredible forests, places out of a fairytale and dream-like beaches in the middle of a marvellous coast. Its incredibly beautiful fishing ports as well as its towns and cities will be your favourite places to go to discover a gastronomy that is unique in the world, a beacon and guide for other countries and latitudes. And if you like wine, in Euskadi you will be in a perfect place to try out unforgettable oenological experiences. Additionally, its cities will bestow you with museums, walks and historic neighbourhoods full of aromas and tastes, histories that will get you hooked in a sea of emotions where it is possible to surf to infinity and not only on its beaches. Euskadi also has a privileged geographical location which makes it a thoroughfare for the rest of Green Spain and a catalyst of European tourism.+ Info