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Places in Spain - Your guide to Green Spain

 

Think not of Spain as just sun, sand and high-rise hotels. Spain has an expanse of land, rich in history, unique landscapes and unrivalled beauty. An area that has its own individual attractions and is fast becoming a holiday destination in its own right. Welcome to 'Green Spain'.

 

Generally, the area covers Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and Pais Vasco (Basque Country). All the regions are joined by a double boundary, the coastline to the north with its cliffs, beaches, tiny ports and major cities and the mountain range to the south with its snow-capped peaks and hidden valleys.

 

 
Culture and history
Green Spain has been inhabited since the dawn of time and everywhere you go you will see fragments of past civilisations. Caves in the Basque Country are rich with prehistoric paintings. Megalithic monuments adorn Llanada and the Alava part of Rioja. Roman history is well represented especially surrounding the road to Santiago. Galicia offers numerous stately homes, monasteries and monuments to history.
 

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Nature
With such a wide expanse of land with a variety of landscapes it is inevitable that nature is to be a top attraction. In the Basque Country, valleys, wide and narrow are covered by maize fields, grazing lands and woods. Mountainsides are sprinkled with oak and beech. The Basque coastline offers pale beaches and fishing villages. Asturias is a total contrast with its dizzy peaks offering perpetual snow. Here, bears, deer and wild boar roam unhindered. Natural parks are of huge proportions. The coast offers countless placid beaches. Within Galicia you will hear the howl of the ever-present wolf. Explore national parks such as the Saja National Reserve (pictured above). The freshness of the rain ensures a healthy, green landscape.

 

Sport and leisure
The diversity of landscapes is equally matched by the diversity of sport and leisure opportunities available in Green Spain. If the visitor wishes to stray from the visiting of ancient cities or one of the hundreds of beaches, then time could well be spent travelling between the chain of campsites, rural guesthouses or Paradores that runs through all the regions. Some of the most active sports are to be found here, including windsurfing, water sports, climbing, hiking, cycling, horse riding and canoeing as well as some of the more mechanical sports such as 4x4 trips.

 

 

 
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