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Driving Picos de Europa National Park, Northern Spain

Where is one of the most underrated places I have visited in Spain? That is an easy one to answer. It would definitely be Picos de Europa in Northern Spain. Translated as Peaks of Europe, I really understand how it got its name. I drove through this beautiful area which reminded me a lot of the Lake District near my home in Northern England but on a grander scale. It was one of the highlights of my trip and something I recommend everyone to do if you love nature. So here is my guide to driving through Picos de Europa, in the Cantabrian Mountains in Spain.

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Riaño, Spain tourist guide: Why you should visit and things to do.

Imagine being told that you had to leave your home. That the land that had been in your family for centuries was going to generate hydroelectric power and reduce flooding in the surrounding area. The forfeit for this was that your home was going to be underwater for years to come. This is what happened to the villagers of Riaño (or Riano if you can’t find the ñ on your keyboard)  and six other villages located in the Cantabrian mountains, the foothills of Picos de Europa in Northern Spain.

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Hiking in Picos de Europa, Spain: PR-PNPE15 Prada

On a warm sunny day in September, what more can you want, than to be sat up on top of the world, with buzzards circling above and eating a cheese and pickle sandwich. Breathing in the cool mountain air whilst looking out over the spectacular view with limestone cliffs, jutting out into the sky, I am sat on the edge of the PR-PNPE15 path in the Picos de Europa, Spain, which literally translates to the peaks of Europe. I can hear the soothing sounds of the cow bells, from the herd down in the valley below.

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Respecting The Dead In The Cemetery Of Comillas, Spain

As I walked along the rugged cliff top road, with the waves crashing beneath and the sea breeze in my hair, I caught a glimpse of something. Eerily a white marble angel towering over some iron gates. One wave of relief was that I wasn’t travelling here alone at night. For I was about to go into a graveyard here in northern Spain in the town of Comillas. I was respecting the dead in the cemetery of Comillas.

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Destinations, Europe, Free Things To Do, Spain

A Tourist Guide to Noja, Spain: 10 free things to do in Noja

Beautiful Noja in northern Spain gets a massive thumbs up from me. With its long sandy beaches, spectacular rocks jutting out of the sea and historic places there is so much to do and see. Encircled by green hills which are irresistible to climb I spent my days swimming in the sea and hiking. But there is more to Noja than what a lot of people come for, the beach. This is why I have decided to write this tourist guide of things to do in Noja, Spain and guess what! They are all free!

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A Tourist Guide To Santander, Spain: 10 free things to do.

Santander in northern Spain, Cantabria region is mostly unspoilt by tourism despite its great travel connection with with the UK and natural beauty. Surrounded by mountains, Santander certainly has character despite losing a lot of its history in a fire in 1941. Although it is a city, and a transport hub, it does not have to be expensive especially when you have this tourist guide to the top 10 free things to do in Santander so that you can travel on a budget.

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Santander Lighthouse: The Cabo Mayor Lighthouse

As I sit on the edge of the cliff top, I gaze out at the sea. The fresh sea air blowing my hair in the wind. This is a spot of many a life lost. An eerie history where Falangists where thrown over the cliffs by Republicans as well as boats tricked into crashing onto these cliffs by wreckers. But this is also one of the nicest viewpoints over the Bay of Santander and the home of The Cabo Mayor Lighthouse (Santander Lighthouse).

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Why you should take the Santander To Somo Ferry

Imagine taking a scenic boat ride for 20 minutes across a beautiful bay as your daily commute. Well this is what some of the locals in Santander, Spain do each day. However, along with them are tourists who want a wonderful day trip to Somo and, of course, the pilgrims walking the Santiago de Compostela which crosses Northern Spain. And all this for a bargain 5 Euros, return ticket. Great for budget travellers.

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Taking the Pilgrimage to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Spain

As the waves crashed against the bridge connecting the little church on the rocks, to the mainland, my mind could imagine how the pilgrims coming to this place would feel edging their way here in a storm. How the many lives that have been lost at sea around this treacherous coast. San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Spain used to be just know well known amongst pilgrims but now it is the most well known due to the tv series, Game of Thrones. This hermitage, on the small island which you can access via a man-made bridge is historically known as an important fortress in battles and against pirate attacks.

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