Tag 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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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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Luxury trains in Spain: travel in the ‘Belle Époque’

Imagine travelling across Spain on one of the finest luxury sightseeing trains in the world. Forget about rushing at airports or sitting for long hours on buses – and picture your group relaxing in ‘Belle Époque’ décor enjoying the views of Green Spain’s mountains, valleys, cliffs and beaches of Green Spain, or the rolling hills […]

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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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Beating the crowds: unspoiled summer destinations

Spain welcomed an estimated 82.2 million international visitors in 2017, making it the world’s second most popular travel destination – and for good reason. The country is home to an amazing diversity of culture, history, nature, and cuisine. Despite the numbers, there are plenty of pockets to explore that have been untouched by mass tourism, […]

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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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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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City Portrait: León

The city of León is often overlooked as a Spanish destination, which may add to its appeal for the travellers who do arrive there. Its architecture tells a centuries-long story of rich history, which is topped off with a lively energy and many modern attractions. Wrap this in green waves of natural beauty, like the […]

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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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