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Level above sea 0 meters
Nearest airport Santander, Oviedo, La Coruña
Distance to beach 0 meters
Max. temperature 30 C
Min. temperature 0 C


Costa Verde

The Costa Verde, or Green Coast, is a stunning coastline region on the Cantabria Sea, located in the spectacular Principality of Asturias, the capital city of which is Oviedo.

The title of the Green Coast was given to the Spanish northern maritime coast; a lush, green coastal strip which runs north from the Cantabrian and Basque mountains, along the Bay of Biscay and includes the land zones of Asturias, Cantabria and half of the Basque country, from Galicia to the French border.

The beautiful coast is one of the most popular destinations in northern Spain. Breathtaking and rugged, with scattered virgin sand beaches; contrasted with wooded national parks, dramatic mountain ranges, and biosphere reserves.


History
The Kingdom of Asturias was the first Christian nation to be established in the Iberian Peninsula after the re-conquest from the Islamic Moors in 718. Asturias then became a stronghold for the Christian faith and there are still many monuments that depict this dynasty, which lasted for centuries.

The region has its own language, Asturiano or Bable; however, Asturianos also speak Castellano (traditional Spanish).


Beaches
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, the nudist beach of Playa de Barayo de la Vega located in Valdes and the wild gem Cobijeru Beach.

Many of the beaches are fairly remote, with facilities; so make sure you take a pack lunch and plenty of water!


Natural Asturias
The contrast of the Asturian countryside and natural coastal zone makes for a perfect vacation for those who love hiking and walking. The coastal area is both stunning and dramatic; long sandy beaches, hidden caves and a spectacular backdrop of rugged mountains. The marine zone of Asturias was the first in Spain to become a protected area.

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.

Towns and villages
Gijon is situated in the central coastal area of Asturias; it began as a fishing village nearly 3000 years ago and is now considered the maritime capital of Asturias, incorporating one of Spain’s busiest shipping ports. The city combines perfectly its historical past with a modern day, energetic and prosperous town. It’s vibrant and lovely and has great shopping and places to eat.

Aviles is located on the Cantabria coast, although the smallest of the three main towns in Asturias, it is the most popular in terms of tourism, the old seafaring and farming town is now a modern industry-thriving town. UNESCO has declared its city centre a Historical-Artistic site and it boasts many important architectural sites.

The municipality of Llanes, which is located in the eastern area of the Costa Verde, comprises of over 70 towns, villages and hamlets, and is dotted with picturesque valleys, hills and rivers. Llanes itself is a charming and historical village with fantastic views to the Cantabrian Sea.

Cuisine
Asturian gastronomy is created around wholesome and hearty home cooking. When in Asturias you have to try the rich bean stew dish of Fabada Asturiana, which consists of fabes (white beans) with chorizo sausage, morcilla (black pudding), lacón (shoulder of pork), tocino or pancetta (pork fat) and saffron. It’s a rather heavy meal, so best served at lunchtime, so you can enjoy a siesta afterwards, or to try a smaller portion as a starter. Fabada should be washed down with typical Asturian strong cider or a good red wine.

Antother gastronomical favourite from Asturias is Queso de Cabrales (Cabrales cheese); coming from the town of Cabrales in Asturias and made in the traditional way, it’s a blue cheese, deliciously piquant in both smell and taste. All of the milk that goes into the production of Cabrales comes exclusively from herds reared in a small zone in the Picos de Europa Mountains.

Climate
The weather on the Costa Verde is as contrasting as is the scenery; it can be extremely wet and temperate for much of the year and in the winter, especially in the mountainous areas, it can get quite cold. However, this only makes for more dramatic scenery, with the snowy mountains and storm-wrecked beaches. Many areas within the region have their own microclimate, due to the close proximity of the sea to the Cantabrian Mountains.



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Travel information about popular villages and towns at Costa Verde


Reviews for Costa Verde

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Based on 41 reviews.

   
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26 August, 2014

City review

El Valle is not a city just a lovely hamlet.

Coast review

Beautiful and craggy
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13 August, 2013

City review

Beautiful

Coast review

We have visited only the Costa Cantabria. That was beautiful with nice beaches.
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07 July, 2013

City review

Gijon was very Historic the Holiday home was about 12 km from Gijon

Coast review

The coastline was beautiful and many of the small villages are well worth a visit.
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08 June, 2013

City review

Gijon is located in a privileged location in the Asturian geography. It is a fantastic and vibrant city. There are many great attractions nearby. Also its gastronomy is unique.

Coast review

Full of charming little towns, everything so green, people very friendly, I will repeat for sure.
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03 March, 2013

City review

A delightful town, and lovely people in shops. A good market there once a week. Plenty of quaint shops and lovely places to eat and have coffee

Coast review

Very unspoilt and uncrowded
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03 March, 2013

City review

Very quaint and very friendly people. Lovely coffee shops and quite good for shopping and it has a market every week. I think on Wednesday but forget the exact day.

Coast review

It is a short drive to beach, but it is very unspoilt, but I like all this area anyway
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03 March, 2013

City review

A lovely bustling town with lots of shops and cafes to explore. Lots of architecture too and a nice square where there always seems to be something going on!

Coast review

Superb - clean and beautiful
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08 February, 2013

City review

Wonderful city!!! I would love to buy a house here!

Coast review

Thousand of wonderful towns and corners to visit!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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20 September, 2012

City review

As we live on the Costa Blanca and this was our first trip to Asturias, we were very impressed with Gijon and were reluctant to return home!!! It is a lovely clean place with an attractive old town. We hope to return in the future.

Coast review

Very attractive.
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21 August, 2012

City review

Gijon is an amazing mix of style and fashion with down-to-earth city living by the sea. It's a busy place, but at the same time, very relaxed and easy going. With everything from modern city centre shopping to the narrow old streets around the old town and port, there really is something for all tastes and all weathers. The weather in August was sunny and warm (~26 C) with light sea breezes. We saw rain showers on two of our 14 days there.

Coast review

The Costa Verde is very popular with Spanish holiday makers; there seemed to be very few foreigners around. The rest of Europe is missing out! The coast is a mix of cliffs, coves and wide sandy beaches; something for everyone, be they car-cruisers, cyclists, walkers or deck-chair enthusiasts. To get the best out of your stay, you should be willing to practise a little basic Spanish.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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26 July, 2012

City review

It is a very, very small village, nice and quiet.

Coast review

WE have not been to the coast.
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20 July, 2012

City review

This is a rural area with great nature and wild life. Plenty of hiking trails and places to visit. Car is a must.

Coast review

Fantastic beaches even though it's an hour and a half drive away it's definitely worth it!
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25 June, 2012

City review

La ciudad muy tranquilla y bonita. Todo que necesario esta cerca de aqui. Tiene que tener coche.

Coast review

No es para bañarse por todo el dia ))) pero si no tiene miedo de agua fria...
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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27 October, 2011

City review

Cangas de Onis is a very active city, yet not overly populated like most big cities. Great place to walk around and enjoy the typical food of Asturias.

Coast review

There is nothing more beautiful than La Costa Verde. It offers amazing sights for all to enjoy. It mixes the natural beauty of its coast lines, the Picos de Europa etc and just a short drive from the local airport. Asturias .... true Paraiso Natural!!!!!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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29 September, 2011

City review

Great location for outdoor adventures like running and cycling. The Picos de Europa are nearby with beautiful scenery and hiking trails.

Coast review

Beautiful. Might be a little cool for some but if you like getting out and doing things this is a great spot.
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19 August, 2011

City review

Nice little town for a decent meal and a drink.

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18 August, 2011

City review

Bustling city yet had a friendly 'villagey' charm to it. Some guide books have been wrongly dismissive about Gijon. We found the old town attractive, loved the parks, beaches, cliff paths and city centre shopping which we preferred over Santander. Got the impression that Gijon is a 'happening' place to be.

Coast review

Very scenic. Beautiful beaches/coves - yet the mountains are a short drive away.
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28 August, 2014
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27 August, 2014
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25 August, 2014
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