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The aptly-named "green coast" enjoys attractive sandy coves set below dramatic cliffs

Asturias is a little visited region on the north coast of Spain. Often called Green Spain – sometimes even ‘real’ Spain – it has a wild and dramatically beautiful interior, and a wonderfully unspoiled coastline strewn with sandy coves and tiny islets.

There are no less than 24 nature reserves here and with its distinctive cuisine of simple, honest food (often accompanied by local specialities cider and cheese), it offers all the character and flavour of real, rural Spain.

 

Don’t miss… 

  • Oviedo is the capital of Asturias. It’s a compact, handsome city, yet for a small place it has some great cultural attractions including some of Spain’s finest restaurants and an opera house where both Plácido Domingo and Montserrat Caballé have sung.
  • At nearly 100 years old, Picos de Europa National Park is one of Spain’s first National Parks, and is home to several endangered species – notably bears and wolves!
  • The village of Cudillero is perfect for lunch – outdoor cafes and top-notch seafood restaurants fill the tiny square beside the port – while those who like wide-open beaches will be happy under a parasol at Isla.

 


Cantabria

The coastline of the Cantabria region of northern Spain is sprinkled with fishing villages and coves.