Leave Spain’s busy beaches behind and venture into the lesser-known, greener north.
When we think of Spain, images of sunny beaches and whitewashed villages often come to mind. But there is a corner of the country that offers a completely different experience: Green Spain.
Galicia, Cantabria, Euskadi (Basque Country) and Asturias make up this northern region, a tourist treasure not yet fully explored by international travelers.
“Green Spain is the ideal destination for those seeking a cool summer filled with authentic experiences,” Blanca Pérez Sauquilo, deputy marketing director of Turespaña, told Euronews Travel.
Green Spain stretches 100 kilometers wide along the coastline of the Cantabrian Sea. Its geographical diversity provides a stunning juxtaposition of natural wonders, from seaside landscapes to mountains over 2,500 meters above sea level.
The region as a whole encompasses more than 2,500 kilometers of coastline and presents a vast and diverse landscape, making it a natural haven for travelers of all kinds. Whether you’re a beach lover, a mountain lover or just looking for the charm of country living, Green Spain has something for you.
Find out how to make the most of your visit to Green Spain.
Green Treasure of Spain: El Camino de Santiago
Cutting through the heart of Spain’s lush landscape, Camino de Santiago Originating in France, it traverses every department in the region.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Pilgrimage de Santiago del Nord winds 900 kilometers from the French border. Santiago de Compostelawhich for centuries was the main route for pilgrims coming from Europe.
In the Middle Ages, the various roads crisscrossing the heart of green Spain offered Christians one of the safest routes to avoid the Muslim-occupied lands to the south and reach the tomb of the apostle at Santiago de Compostela. became a part.
Travelers and pilgrims will be in awe. landscapefrom green meadows and virgin forests to farmland with moss-covered stones.
Find cultural connections in a quiet fishing village
The route runs parallel to the sea and traverses small mountain ranges, river estuaries, beaches and quaint fishing villages.
Some of these seaside towns have transformed their old fisheries boat We offer a unique tourist experience. Aboard these vessels, learn about endangered craftsmanship as you participate in mussel production in floating farms or ‘batea’, offering an authentic connection to the region’s rich culture To do.
Drive along the coast and stop village Ribadesera, San Vicente de la Barquera, Baiona, Santoña, Bermeo, Cudillero, Elachove, Pasaia, etc. There, you can travel to the heart of maritime traditions, where the sea shapes both livelihoods and diets.
Go behind the scenes on a tour of an anchovy cannery and taste some of the finest preserved treasures of the Cantabrian Sea.
Green Spanish agrotourism offers more than gastronomy
After enjoying these coastal delights, gourmet Head inland and you’ll find artisan cheese dairies and organic ciderhouses.
“At the heart of Green Spain are specific programs. ecotourism “It’s a cloister,” says Perez Sauquilo. This project opens the door to a unique experience in a protected natural space in northern Spain. From sighting majestic brown bears to agrotourism adventures, there are many ways to immerse yourself in the country’s natural and cultural richness.
On this journey you will discover the essence of the traditional cuisine of northern Spain. “Asturias leads the way in Cocina de Paisaje” [farm to table] It is a project to introduce the flavors of the land and save indigenous products,” says Pérez Sauquilo. This experience goes beyond taste and connects with the history and traditions of the region.
In Euskadi, you can step into the heart of the countryside and discover charming “caserios” made from natural materials. cider, you can get a detailed glimpse into the production process during a “Puchit Review” experience. Taste Idiazabal cheese while learning about the flocks of sheep grazing in the fields and the homes of skilled shepherds.
Explore the cider route, soaking up the aroma of apples in the lush landscape of Asturias.meanwhile galicia We invite you to an ocean adventure. Experience the life of a crew member for a day aboard a fishing boat and embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of Spain’s maritime heritage.
Immerse yourself in the surf culture of northern Spain
The charm of northern Spain goes far beyond its awe-inspiring landscapes and rich culture. It has become a paradise for surfing enthusiasts. here, surfing It’s more than just a sport. It’s a lifestyle that seamlessly intertwines with nature and the ocean.
The diversity of the coastline allows for a wide variety of surf spots. Try your hand at beginner-level waves at Zarautz Beach in Euskadi or Rodiles Beach in Asturias, or head to Mundaka in Euskadi for world-class waves favored by experienced surfers.
Enjoy wellness in Galicia’s spa paradise
For those who pursue happinessGalicia is a haven of healing waters, and the appeal of its spas continues to grow, not only among locals but also among tourists from all over Spain and abroad.
“Spas are no longer just for adults, but are adapting to all age groups, following the growing trend of caring for both physical and mental health,” explains Pérez Sauquilo.
Explore some of the finest products spa The soothing charm of the water that Galicia offers promises a rejuvenating holiday. La Toja, Mondalis, Cuntis, Augas Santas, or Laias are some of the best.
Green Spain is more than just a tourist destination. It is an invitation to discover the authenticity and diversity hidden in the north of this country. “This summer, go beyond sunny beaches and enjoy the freshness and authenticity of green Spain,” recommends Perez Sauquillo.