Green Spain (Spanish: España Verde) is a region in northern Spain. Forget the Spanish stereotypes of bullfighting, flamenco dancers, and sunwashed beaches — with its ancient Celtic heritage, bagpipe players, and often rainy weather, Green Spain is more akin to Scotland than the rest of the country. Favourable climate helps keeping emerald hillsides always lush, and you'll have little reason to wonder why this part of the country is depicted with the name of a colour.
It is called "little Switzerland" because of the greenness of its meadows and the height of its peaks.
Mountains, valleys and coast combine to offer a multitude of green tourist routes, adventure tourism and wonderful beaches.
This coastal region is well known for its mild climate and a strong relationship to the sea.
- 1 A Coruña — one of Galicia's most populated and oldest cities, with the world's oldest functioning Roman lighthouse, the Tower of Hercules
- 2 Gijon — the largest city of Asturias has beaches and a railway museum
- 3 Lugo — a UNESCO World Heritage Site enclosed by a remarkably intact 2-km Roman wall
- 4 Muros — a nice old centre, a bustling port and fresh seafood near the Monte e Lagoa de Louro nature reserve.
- 5 Oviedo — the capital of Asturias has a fine old town and cathedral
- 6 Ribadavia — a quaint old town with a dilapidated castle and a beautiful old centre and a 1000-year-old Jewish quarter
- 7 Santander — a seaside resort, university town, and main infrastructure hub and capital of the region
- 8 Santiago de Compostela — a magificent historic city, UNESCO World Heritage site, and the culmination of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage
- 9 Vigo — Galicia's most populated city. It is modern and industrial, whose history is shown in Roman ruins and Romanesque churches
It is called "green" because its wet and temperate oceanic climate helps lush pastures and forests thrive, providing a landscape similar to that of Ireland, Great Britain, and the west coast of France.
The average precipitation is about 1,200 mm, higher than in most areas in inland central Europe, and wetter than almost anywhere in Spain, a country generally considered dry. Asturias has an average summer temperature of 20-22 °C, being one of the mildest climates in Europe.