Although the Mediterranean coast of Spain is more popular, there are 12 reasons to visit the northern coast. We travel along the northern route of El Camino de Santiago through the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia.
This is 12 cool things to do in northern Spain
Number 1: Northern coast of Spain
Explore the coast all along the northern coast of Spain you can find awesome beaches and charming fishing towns. We suggest you to visiting as many beaches as possible as you can. Around the streets of one of the many fishing villages to see some of the freshest seafood you will ever find
Number 2: Gastronomy
Gastronomy, the food in northern Spain is from another planet a delicious planet. All four regions have an excellent variety of seafood and land fair, in Galicia you have the famous pulpo de gallego, pinchos, a small snack on top of a slice of baguette is what is recommended in the Basque Country try not to get wet at one of Asturias famous cider houses and do not forget the Orujo shot in Cantabria.
Number 3: Adventure
Adventure after stuffing your face you might want to burn off some of those calories in northern Spain. There are many great ways to do this, tons of water sports like surfing and swimming, can be enjoyed all over the blue side of the coast. On the green side of the coast there are plenty of hiking and biking options for those looking for a real challenge try to complete the Camino del Norte that starts in Irun near the French border and goes over 500 miles to Santiago de Compostela.
Number 4: History and Culture
History and culture throughout the north of Spain you will find the opportunity to see many unique Museum and religious buildings that help explain the deep cultural roots of the region and how it shaped what we see today A rich history dating back thousands of years.
Number 5: San Sebastian
San Sebastian Located in the Basque Country you will find one of Spain’s best beach resort towns. In summer months this place is packed with tourists, but who can blame them? Here you will find nice wide beaches, stunning art nouveau architecture and delicious cuisines that attract tourists.
Number 6: Geopark
Geopark in Zumaia jump on a boat and head to the Flysch to learn about the history of the earth before man. Geologist from all over the world come here to learn from the spectacular rugged cliffs that hold the secrets to what life was like over 60 million years ago.
Number 7: Cave of Altamira
Cave of Altamira In Cantabria you will definitely want to stop by this famous cave, that once turned previously believed theories of human evolution upside down. Altamira is the first cave found to have prehistoric drawings dating back as far as eighteen thousand five hundred years ago.
Number 8: Picos de Europa
Picos de Europa Along the borders of Cantabria and Asturias you will find a truly awesome lime Stone Mountain range. Even on a cloudy day you will find yourself amazed with the terrain, for the best view head to the mirador Santa Catalina. Here you will also find plenty of great hiking options available.
Number 9: Biking Llanes to Niembro
Biking Llanes to Niembro, This short ride along the Asturian coast was absolutely breathtaking and should not be left off your itinerary, passing many outstanding beaches that can only be reached by bike or foot, and if you’re lucky you might be the only person for miles.
Number 10: Oviedo
Oviedo the capital of Asturias has a rich history that can be observed by taking a stroll in the Old Town Many buildings date back to the early medieval period, also the original Camino started here.
Number 11: Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela, This Galician gem is not to be missed, it is the end point of the Camino and it is full of pilgrims coming from all directions, here you will want to visit the famous Cathedral. Possibly do a roof tour for the best views of the entire city and if you’re real lucky you’ll get to witness the Botafumeiro Ceremony See 8 burly men swing a 65 kg pot of burning incense over the congregation.
Number 12: Pazo de Oca
Pazo de Oca also called the Galicia Versailles by some. This traditional Baroque style manor house and garden is a treasure of Galician culture. 8 hectares of gardens, surround the manor house, with two large ponds full of stone sculptures.