Category Archive: Northern Spain

Galicia: The ritual of La Queimada

Galicia: The ritual of La Queimada In the northwestern corner of Spain, you will find Galicia, which is a land of pure magic. In this place of witches and spirits, your group can take part in the unforgettable ritual of the queimada. This rite, which involves a flaming punch of alcohol, herbs and other ingredients, […]

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Hiking in the Picos de Europa national park

The Picos de Europa national park is located in the Cantabrian Mountains, between the provinces of Asturias and Cantabria. Within this stunning region of “Green Spain”, the Picos de Europa park offers landscapes of indescribable beauty: rocky peaks, deep gorges, rolling green valleys, crystalline glacial lakes, lush forests…The best way to take it all in […]

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Top 5 Coasts: The Green Coast

The mention of Spanish beaches tends to conjure images of endless stretches of golden sand, warm beneath an always sunny Mediterranean sky…but there’s another side to the Spanish coast. The Green Coast (la Costa Verde) in Asturias stretches 350 kilometers along the wild Cantabrian Sea, and is best known for its verdant nature, secluded coves, […]

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Gourmet tours: Let cuisine be your guide

Most people know that Spain has excellent cuisine, always based on the freshest ingredients – and with plenty of fine wines to match any dish. But not so many people are aware of the incredible gastronomic diversity they will find in the different regions of the country. It’s hard to choose just one favorite, so […]

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City Portrait: Vitoria-Gasteiz

The Basque capital of Vitoria-Gasteiz is often overshadowed by the other more prominent Basque cities, but don’t let this turn you away. This city of a quarter of a million people has a lot to offer, like the best preserved medieval center of all the Basque cities, impressive renaissance architecture, leafy tree-lined streets and boulevards, […]

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City Portrait: Santander

Santander is the Cantabrian capital, a lively seaside city built upon the rocky Magdalena Peninsula. It boasts fine urban beaches, busy shopping streets, a hopping bar and restaurant scene, and some intriguing cultural attractions. This is enriched with the passage of the Way of Saint James pilgrimmage route to Santiago de Compostela and the neighboring […]

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Asturias: Covadonga Jubilee Year 2018

Covadonga is one of the most important sites in Asturias. Not only is it said to be the gateway to the magnificent Picos de Europa mountain range, it is also home to an important religious sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Covadonga. The sanctuary has long been a site of religious pilgrimage, and now in […]

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Las Rias Baixas: Galicia’s magical fjords

Galicia, on the far western end of the northern coastline, is a different kind of Spain. Mists, mystical religion and a rugged coastline reveal its Celtic connections. The region’s unique geography, defined by the presence of countless fjord-like inlets along the coast, adds to its otherworldliness. For nature lovers, this is a destination that cannot […]

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City Portrait: Pamplona

For many people, Pamplona conjures up images of one of the biggest and most famous festivals in the world: the festival of Sanfermines, otherwise known simply as “the running of the bulls”. However, if this festival (and the July heat that goes along with it) is a bit more intense than what your group is […]

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Saint Ignatius Way: a pilgrimage across northeastern Spain

Many travellers have heard of popular routes like St. James’s Way, the stunning pilgrimage route through northern Spain to the city of Santiago de Compostela. But for those seeking adventure and culture, as well as peace and solitude, there is a less-travelled alternative. It begins in the Basque Country’s Loiola and ends in Manresa, Catalonia, […]

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