Across Spain’s northern border, starting at the rugged Atlantic coast, the region known as Green Spain stretches eastward. This vast area, containing the autonomous communities of Galicia and Asturias, is a striking contrast to the poster stereotype of hot Spanish holidays.
While all parts of Spain compete for culinary accolades, few would contest Galicia’s claim for the best seafood on the Iberian Peninsula.
Here, the oceanic climate results in rainy warm winters and relatively sunny summers. Both areas offer excellent experiences in exploring and hiking. The Asturian coast has hundreds of beaches, coves and natural caves, while Galicia offers majestic cliffs and endless rias, the coastal inlets that are permanently flooded river valleys opening into the ocean.
Whether you choose to follow the pilgrims’ Camino to it’s conclusion at the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia, or follow any of the multitude of coastal or inland trails, you will be rewarded with breathtaking landscapes, both historical and natural UNESCO Heritage Sites, periods of quiet serenity and opportunities for social encounters with like-minded explorers and warm friendly locals.