Head north to the area known as “Green Spain” and you’ll discover a lush destination that’s wild at heart yet also connected to the history and traditions that make this such a rewarding place to visit. Immerse yourself in this lesser known part of Spain and you’ll get to see some of the country’s most scenic and spectacular regions, with the wind in your hair and the sun (and a smile) on your face.

Galicia

Galicia is the spa capital of Spain with more than 300 hot springs yet, perhaps surprisingly, the region receives few international visitors. Join the locals in one of the natural hot springs dotting the countryside then check in at one of the region’s luxe spa hotels. It’s the perfect way to relax if you’re hiking the famous Camino de Santiago, Europe’s oldest pilgrimage route. This part of Spain is also famous for its wine so you can toast your success with an excellent drop when you reach the finishing point of the Camino in Santiago de Compostela. 

Cantabria

If you can’t decide whether you want to explore beaches or caves, visit historic towns, or go hiking in the mountains, Cantabria is the place for you. Hit new heights on holiday on the Fuente Dé Cable Car which climbs to an altitude of 1,823 metres in Picos de Europa National Park, where the scenic beauty will take your breath away. Under the ground, there are more than 9,000 caves to explore, ten of which have been declared World Heritage sites by UNESCO. Here you’ll also find one of the most charming villages in Green Spain, Potes, and its famous historic old quarter. 

Asturias

Surround yourself with nature in Asturias where you’ll discover not one, but seven, UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and the spectacular Picos de Europa, Spain’s first National Park. Rugged mountains, tumbling waterfalls, and lush valleys provide superb photographic opportunities. Caves filled with prehistoric art and world class museums highlight the region’s cultural heritage which stretches back thousands of years. At the end of the day, take a seat in an atmospheric restaurant, order a glass of local cider, and reflect on richness of this little known region. 

Euskadi

Euskadi, as the Basque Country is known in Basque, offers an irresistible pick-and-mix assortment of incredible things to do. Tour the sites where Game of Thrones was filmed, stroll through charming fishing ports, explore the villages and wineries of Rioja Alavesa, or view contemporary art works at the famous Guggenheim Bilbao Museum in Bilbao. If you fancy a hike with no chance of going hungry, lace up your walking shoes and set off along the Idiazábal Cheese Trail which showcases Euskadi’s picturesque farms and cheese markets along its scenic route.