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  • Luxury holidays to Green Spain

    Luxury holidays to Green Spain

    Our luxury holidays to Green Spain feature some of the best four and five star hotels in the regions of Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria in northern Spain, including coastal properties, city hotels and rural retreats.
    From the pretty rivers on the west coast of Galicia to the spectacular mountains of Asturias and the prehistoric caves of Cantabria, Green Spain is a picturesque area in the north of Spain. With quiet sandy beaches, green landscapes, charming villages and Romanesque architecture lining the famed pilgrimage route which leads to Santiago de Compostela, there is plenty to discover. Although many of those who go on holiday to northern Spain simply pass through en route to Santiago de Compostela, the entire region has much to offer. Stunning beaches are almost untouched, whilst the mild climate has produced rich vegetation which covers unspoilt countryside. Both along the coast and further inland there are attractive cities, towns and villages with a wealth of historical, architectural and cultural sights to discover. Galicia and Asturias have strong cultural identities, both fiercely defending their Celtic traditions which include playing bagpipes, and even speaking their own languages.


    In the far west is the remote region of Galicia, known as ‘The land of a thousand rivers’ thanks to the numerous wide inlets that run into the sea. The Atlantic coastline is rugged, with rocky headlands, idyllic beaches and isolated fishing villages, whilst the interior is hilly and overwhelmingly green. To the east is the Principality of Asturias, an enchanting region of contrasts with secluded beaches as well as peaceful countryside. Forming a natural barrier in the south are the towering Picos de Europa mountains, a spectacular area with small mountain villages, lush pastures, emerald forests, sheer gorges and glittering lakes. Next is the small, mountainous region of Cantabria, where white sand beaches line the coastline facing the Bay of Biscay, separated by rugged headlands.
    Further east towards the border with France is the Basque Country - click here to view our full range of holidays in this region.

    Local highlights

    Santiago de Compostela cathedral, the supposed resting place of St James the Apostle, from whose rooftop you can enjoy unforgettable views over the old town. The attractive Galician cities of Ourense, Pontevedra and Lugo, all with historical sites including Roman architecture. Maritime cities along the Atlantic coastline including A Coruna, Ferrol, Vigo, and Baiona. The Tower of Hercules, an ancient Roman lighthouse near A Coruna. Galicia’s fjord-like inlets known as the Rías Altas (along the north-west coast) and the Rías Baixas (along the southwestern coast). The dramatic Cape Finisterre, so called because it was thought to be the westernmost point in Europe. The stunning Picos de Europa mountains, home to a diverse range of walking trails and the atmospheric Covadonga Sanctuary. Oviedo, the attractive capital of Asturias which is home to some remarkable pre-Romanesque churches. Altamira Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with ancient rock paintings which are up to 20000 years old. Comillas, a beachside town with impressive architecture including a building designed by Antonio Gaudí. Pleasant towns along the shores of the Cantabrian Sea including Gijón and Llanes. Santillana del Mar, a picturesque village inland with a number of well-preserved mediaeval buildings. Santander, a lively port city with a historic quarter, a modern centre and the famous El Sardinero beach.

    Local events
    February/March: Carnivals celebrating Lent, March: Vigo Reconquest Festival; March/April: Holy week celebrations, July: ‘A Rapa das Bestas’ horse festival held in Galician villages, July: Saint James the Apostle festival in Santiago de Compostela, July: Nava Cider Festival (near Oviedo), August: Festival of San Roque in Betanzos (near A Coruna), August: Santander International Festival.

    Cuisine
    Cuisine in the north of Spain tends to be simple and hearty, making good use of the excellent local produce including abundant fish and seafood, plentiful meat and game and a great variety of vegetables. The regions produce a range of dairy products, from the mild soft cheeses of Galicia to the smoked cheese of Cantabria and the blue cheeses of Asturias. Asturias is known for its dry cider, whilst Galicia produces high quality wines, both crisp whites and fruity reds, as well as a strong liqueur, ‘Orujo’. Local dishes include ‘Vieras de Santiago’ (Scallops, the symbol of St James, which are baked in their shells), ‘Empanada gallega’ (a Galician meat pasty), ‘Lacón con grelos’ (pork shoulder with chorizo, turnips and potatoes), ‘Caldo gallego’ (thick soup with meat, potatoes and beans), ‘Fabada’ (an Asturian stew with pork and beans), ‘Tarta de Santiago’ (an almond cake), ‘La quesada’ (a Cantabrian cheesecake) and ‘Sobaos Pasiegos’ (Cantabrian sponge cakes).

    Climate
    Green Spain has a wet and mild climate with warm summers and cool winters. Summer is a popular time to visit northern Spain as the weather is sunny yet comfortable, but you can expect good weather in Spring and Autumn as well. Rain falls throughout the year although there is little during the summer months. Temperatures are rarely extreme, although mountainous areas can be very cold in winter with snow falling.

    Travel arrangements

    By air: Santiago de Compostela airport is served by low cost airlines including Easyjet, with flights to the UK and to other Spanish cities. Buses run from the airport into the city centre (taking approximately 25 minutes) and to other destinations including A Coruña. Asturias airport, located around 30 miles away from Oviedo is also served by low cost airlines, with buses running to Aviles, Gijon and Oviedo. Eastern Cantabria is within easy reach of Bilbao airport. There are also a number of small airports within the region which have flights to other cities within Spain.

    By rail: There are train stations in many towns which facilitate rail travel within the regions. However rail links to the rest of the country are poor with long journey times.

    Hire-car: Car hire is recommended for visitors to Green Spain as driving is the simplest means of transport.

    Own car: Brittany Ferries offers weekly ferries from Plymouth to Santander (journey time 20 hours) and twice weekly ferries from Portsmouth to Santander (journey time 24 hours). LD Lines offers weekly ferries from Poole to Santander (journey time 26 hours) and Poole to Gijon (journey time 25 hours).

    Two centre recommendations

    Experience the variety of the region during your holiday to Green Spain by combining a stay on the coast with a stay inland, perhaps in an idyllic mountain setting.



    Green Spain 23 Mar 16
  • Coast and country of Green Spain

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    Explore the northern Spanish regions of Cantabria, Galicia and Asturias by car

    A Grand Tour of Spain

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    Discover the highlights of Spain by car and by rail

    Follow The Way of Saint James by car

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    Follow the Camino de Santiago by car across northern Spain, from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela.

    Grand vineyards of Spain

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    Sample exquisite wines and taste regional produce from Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León and La Rioja.
  • Hesperia Finisterre - Luxury holidays in Galicia

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    The 5 star Hesperia Finisterre is located at the centre of the charming Galician city of La Coruna.

    Hotel Palacio de Luces - Luxury holidays to Asturias

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    Palacio de Luces is a 5 star Relais & Chateaux hotel located between mountains and sea in North Spain.

    Parador de Baiona - Luxury holidays to Galicia

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    Inside an ancient fortress, the 4 star Parador de Baiona punctuates the isolated Monterreal peninsula.
  • Parador de Santillana Gil Blas - Luxury holidays in Cantabria

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    The 4 star Parador de Santillana Gil Blas sits the cobbled streets of the historic Santillana del Mar.

    Parador de Fuente De - Luxury holidays in Cantabria

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    The Parador de Fuente Dé is a contemporary alpine lodge in the Picos de Europa National Park.

    Parador de Santo Estevo - Luxury holidays in Galicia

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    The 4 star Parador de Santo Estevo is a rural retreat on the edge of a rugged canyon in Galicia.
  • A Quinta da Auga Hotel Spa Relais & Chateaux - Luxury Holidays in Galicia

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    A 4 star hotel just outside Santiago de Compostela, where accommodation is elegant and luxurious.

    Parador de Santiago de Compostela - Luxury holidays in Galicia

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    The 5 star Parador de Santiago de Compostela is a historic monument opposite the city’s famous Cathedral.

    Parador de Leon

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    Parador de Leon is a 5 star hotel in northern Spain, combining history with luxury.
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