The Costa Verde or ‘Green Coast’ is a fantastic family holiday destination and is a nice alternative to the busy resorts of the Costa del Sol, Costa Dorada and Costa Blanca. There are plenty of baby and toddler friendly hotels and restaurants and there are also many activities to keep young children entertained. The weather tends to be milder than on the southern coast of Spain although it gets warm during the summer months.
The area lies in the Asturias region in northwest Spain and is filled with maritime towns and villages steeped in charm, endless beaches set amid verdant nature, secluded coves and spectacular cliffs. It also has the cities of Bilbao, Santander and San Sebastian which are worth a look if you are touring the region.
The Costa Verde has over 350 kilometres of coastline, of white sands expanses, secluded coves, wild gorges and fishing communities and ports. Some of the most stunning beaches include the hidden treasure Playa Xago and Cobijeru Beach. Many of the beaches are fairly remote, with facilities; so make sure you take a pack lunch and plenty of water!
Head inland and the scenery is no less spectacular; mountain villages, emerald forests, gorges, fertile plains, rushing rivers, and the serene and magnificent snow capped Picos de Europa (Peaks of Europe), which attract walking enthusiasts from all over the world. The ancient land is still dotted with the footprints from the dinosaurs from the Jurassic age, 150 million years ago. It’s also one of the only places in Western Europe where brown bears still roam and its home to wild wolves, chamois and golden eagles.