Category Archive: Northern Spain

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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City Portrait: Oviedo

Set in the heart of Asturias in the northern region known as “Green Spain”, elegant Oviedo offers a sharp contrast to some of its more working class neighbors. As the Asturian capital, the city’s noble history can be seen in its grand architecture, which has been carefully restored and maintained. Its pedestrianized Old City has […]

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Summer holidays are here…

… and that means it’s time for us, too, to take a small blogging break! But you can take Spain on your tablet with you to the beach or enjoy our articles comfortably at home with a glass of fresh sangria. Maybe you will even get inspired and decide to take a last minute short […]

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Asturias: A refreshing summer destination

Gorgeously green hills, a dramatically jagged coast, soaring mountains cut with deep valleys, colorful fishing ports and quaint country villages…the northern region of Asturias is a perfect balance of nature and culture, topped off with some of Spain’s finest and freshest cuisine. While most summer visitors to Spain flock to the Mediterranean coast, Asturias remains […]

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Galicia: The Ortigueira Festival of Celtic Music

With its stunning coast and rivers, cool green hills, and charming villages and cities, Galicia in northwestern Spain makes a great summer destination. For Celtic music lovers, the Ortigueira Festival makes it unbeatable. This Celtic music festival is a world reference point in folk music, and is one of the most massively attended musical events […]

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