Cantabria and Asturias
Picos de Europa mountains
Enigmatic cave art
Ancient churches of Oviedo
These two regions form the central part of the green north coast. Both are composed of inland uplands descending to a gentle coastline punctuated by pretty bays and good beaches. The two regions share Spain’s most approachable mountain range, the Picos de Europa, whose canyons and summits are a draw for hikers. Prehistory and history are other regional fortes. The most famous of many caves painted by early humans are those of Altamira. The exquisite, pre-Romanesque churches of Oviedo and the town of Santillana del Mar, seemingly frozen in the Middle Ages, are also worth a visit.
Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa, Cantabria