España Verde (the Green Spain)
España Verde (the Green Spain) Reviews
España Verde (the Green Spain) a must for Adventurers. Aug 04, 2011
my most treasured place in the world lies in a corner of europe called España Verde, it is a place where high mountains and towering sea cliffs meets the sea. España Verde covers the autonomous provinces of Asturias, Cantabria, Galicia and some parts of País Vasco and remains one of the oldest corners of Europe, of celtic origin and combines religion with mysticism, it has not been conquered by the moors because of the almost impenetrable Picos de Europa mountain range (and cordillera cantábrica as a whole) that separates this region from the rest of Spain, that is why, in this part of Spain, there is no moorish influence - in architectures, languages and music for example.
the climate too is different from the rest of Spain, it receives the highest precipitation in all of europe, thats why its called the Green Spain, unlike the rest of spain where it is almost arid and dry, in España Verde - you can see lush greeneries covering the rolling hills and the lower mountain peaks with the healing smell of eucalyptus forests specially in Galicia.
España Verde has 3 of the 12 treasures of Spain: the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the Altamira caves in Cantabria and The beach of La Concha in San Sebastian-Donostía.
España Verde has lots of adventures for the young and the young at heart! i dont know where to begin! im going to list the things that are a must, whether they are spiritual or for self fulfillment:
1. The Pilgrimage of the Camino Santiago (Camino Frances - the classic, Camino del Norte - the most demanding and difficult and Camino Portuguese - coming from portugal)
2. Trekking the limestone peaks of the Picos de Europa in Asturias and Cantabria and experiencing one of the last wilderness in Europe.
3. Seeing the highest sea cliffs in continental Europe - Acantilados en la Serra da Capelada - in Galicia and a mystic pilgrimage to San Andrés de Teixido.
4. Bike Riding the entire coast of the Cantabrian Sea
5. White water rafting the mountain rivers
6. Surfing the the coast as the waves here are probably the highest in Europe.
7. Bird watching and wild animal photography - there are lots of endangered species here.
8. Camping along the coast and in the mountains.
9. Rock climbing the faces of Naranjo de Bulnes- the most famous mountain in Spain for example: sueños de invierno face (winter dreams) and orbayu on the west face - the most difficult face to free climb on any mountain on earth.
and many other more!
this area of spain - specially in remote towns and villages are so friendly to foreigners because foreigners are seldom seen in this region. the beaches here have the cleanest water as its an open water: the Atlantic in Galicia and the Cantabrian sea in Asturias, Cantabria and País Vasco.
it is also very cheap here as its not the touristic area of Spain and when i say not touristic - you can have an entire stretch of beach only for yourself even in high summer! (water is cold though lol) the coastline is dotted with fjords (in galicia) and coves in the cantabrian coast.
the only catch is that - its very difficult to travel the remote parts of this area in spain if you dont know spanish. the autunomous provinces are very proud of their culture and heritage - and some dont even know how to speak the castellano spanish - gallego, montañes, asturianu and basque are spoken in the remote areas. so learn spanish so that you can explore the vast remoteness of españa verde and experience the true heart of it!
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