Blue and green.

Where the air smells of salt, sand, rock, fresh grass, flowers and ancient trees.

In Green Spain, nature is not something apart and separate, but forms part of the life and the very fabric of its cities. For example: Gijón, with four beaches in the town itself, six others in its surroundings, 52 parks and 7 gardens. The jewel in the crown, its Botanic Gardens, 15 hectares where you can take a stroll among 2,000 different plant species. Its sustainable tourism model has made it the second city in the world to obtain accreditation as a ‘Biosphere Destination’.

This balanced presence of areas where you can breathe fresh air can be found in all our ‘cool cities’, where small coastal mountains and gardens combine with urban and other, more secluded beaches, always bathed with the captivating waves of the Bay of Biscay. A stimulating setting in greens and blues, which you can also view from boats like ‘Las Reginas’, which cross Santander Bay, voted one of “the world’s most beautiful bays”.

In A Coruña, besides choosing from a variety of beaches, you can also take a stroll around the historic Méndez Núñez and San Carlos Gardens in the city centre and appreciate the peace and quiet on the top of Mount San Pedro, easily reached by elevator. Paths surrounded by greenery allow you to experience the peace and quiet of nature just a stone’s throw from any of the city centres. For instance, on the three small mountains surrounding San Sebastián or in its magnificent parks (Cristina-Enea, Aiete), which the guidebooks barely mention.

The coastline of Avilés is dotted with dunes, which you can enjoy on lengthy Sablón Beach or at the natural monument of El Espartal Dunes. Although you will always return to its ‘green lung’, imposing Ferrera Park, one of the settings for Woody Allen’s ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’... or for a film of your own making! _