If you have never been to a vacation in the northern part of Spain yet, you should definitely check it out – the beaches and coasts here seem to be taken right out of a fairytale. With to see villages dating back to the Middle Ages, the northern Spanish cities will provide you with an authentic Latin holiday experience.
Today we will travel through the stunning historical villages of the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia, all famous for their mesmerizing green hills.
Northern regions of Spain – medieval villages of the Basque Country
Hondarribia is known as the most beautiful city in the Basque Country. Surrounded by a fortified wall, here you will experience an indescribable feeling surrounding you when you take a look at the entire landscape – you’ll instantly feel teleported back in time.
Besides the old town, Hondarribia boasts special culinary traditions that attract chefs from all parts of Spain who come here to enjoy and learn to cook Basque cuisine.
Feel as if you’re right in the middle of the atmosphere of the 13th century, and enjoy the narrow streets and architecture that will instantly capture your attention with its beauty. Don’t forget to also visit the Galdona Palace, which complements the historic landscape with its unique houses.
Northern Regions of Spain – Historical Cities of Cantabria
While exploring this city, you will discover that it has a very interesting and unique historical center dating back to the Middle Ages, with Gothic churches.
Santillana del Mar is one of the most beautiful cities in Cantabria, northern Spain, and it features a national monument in the city center. Located in Northern Camino is the famous Santa Juliana church, visited by thousands of tourists every year.
The coastal city gives you an extraordinary feeling from the moment you get here. Its uniqueness is represented by the historic buildings of the Pontifical University, featuring some of the most beautiful architecture in the whole city.
Regions of northern Spain – medieval villages of Asturias
This medieval fishing village has an active port that still works today. The village played an important role in whaling. It is also famous for four major festivals that take place here during the summer: Nuestra Senora on Augst 15, La Magdalena on July 22, San Roque on August 16 and La Guia on September 8th.
The capital of Asturias has a unique history dating back to the 8th century. Centuries later, it has still managed to keep its medieval charm and provide visitors with exceptional tourist attractions.
Cudillero is considered one of the most beautiful fishing villages in Spain. Along with the stunning scenery, which is an important attraction for tourists, the warmth and hospitality with which locals greet visitors makes thousands of people travel here every year.
Regions of Northern Spain – Historic Sites in Galicia
Sobrado dos Monxes
“Monx” means “monk” in the Basque language and the name is very appropriate, since the main attraction of this place is the Cistercian Santa Maria Monastery, which dates back to the 10th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Santiago is far from being a village. This old place is one of the most beautiful urban areas you will ever see. The architectural styles vary from Roman to Gothic and even Baroque, all of which provide a unique and mysterious atmosphere. Also, if you are traveling here, don’t miss the chance to enjoy a wonderful view of the village from the roof of the cathedral!