Sea and mountains are like a tightknit family when it comes to the Costa Verde which is what's magical about this area in Northern Spain. It's not strange to be out and about on and have sea on your left and mountains on your right, the two go together like two peas in a pod.
The "green coast" has a lot to offer for active holidaymakers like sightseeing, leisure activities and water sports. It's hard to say what's more beautiful between a boat trip along the Costa Verde or a trek around the stunning Picos de Europa National Park but both are worth a go.
The too many to mention coastal towns and seaside resorts attract visitors with their beaches, bays and intriguing tales. A mark was certainly made by the primeval times with dinosaur footprints being an ever-popular attraction.
The Costa Verde hooks people in with its delicious delicacies, seafood and fresh fish from the Bay of Biscay are served up there as well as a hearty bean stew which goes down a treat. The region is best known for its "Sidra", an apple wine, which is loved by locals and tourists alike. Find out all about how and where the wine is made by going on a terrific tour that takes you through the apple farms. Enjoy Costa Verde like the locals do by bar hopping around a different bunch of tapas joints and take a real look into the region's rich culinary offerings.
We'd be delighted to give you a helping hand in making your holiday on the Costa Verde unforgettable. Here is a rough overview of what you can pick from:
Things to do in Costa Verde: Boat Trips
The Costa Verde offers nothing short of stunning views along the coastline. Majestic mountains, beautiful bays and captivating cliffs are available in abundance. Take off on board a catamaran and explore the Atlantic Ocean and if you're lucky you'll catch sight of some dolphins or whales!
If you like it fast and furious, rent a Jet Ski and really get the speed cranked up. On the Costa Verde there are great beaches with a wide range of water sports on hand. Try out some stand-up-surfing or get those arms working on a kayak. Bear in mind that sunrise and sunset boat rides are certainly a cut above the rest if you're on the lookout for a romantic trip for two.
Things to do in Costa Verde: Sports Activities
Get your blood pumping as you set out on the Sella descent and kayak your way down the 14km stretch. This cannot be missed by the keen kayakers out there! When you get peckish, you can stop to have a riverside picnic. Go it alone or buddy up with a mate or two and ride along with the current as you take in the splendid sights.
Go snorkelling and diving to get in touch with the underwater world. Water sports on the Costa Verde serve up many an option like: Jet skiing, flyboarding, parasailing, banana boating and speedboat sailing to mention a few.
Float like a bird over the picturesque coastline and enjoy the view of the sea and mountains as you paraglide around the pretty place. You get the chance to focus on the scenery whilst your guide sorts out the flight. If you’d prefer a more traditional tour, hop on a bike and ride around alone sussing out what’s about on your own. With this option you don’t break the bank and you get the freedom to check out the spots you have in mind.
Things to do in Costa Verde: Sightseeing and Culture
Don't miss a spot on a super fun Segway tour through Gijón. You get close to all the top spots and you're riding in comfort and style. Get up the steep city hills on a Segway without breaking a sweat and enjoy the view of the city and the sea from the Elogio del Horizonte monument. Roam around the museum to set your eyes on the remains of the Roman thermal baths. History buffs pay attention, the millenniums old wall paintings and the stalactite cave "Cueva de Tito Bustillo" are certainly worth paying a visit to in Ribadesella. If you want to take it all the way back to the days of the dinosaurs, you'll definitely be interested in the dinosaur themed museum In Lastres.
Things to do in Costa Verde: Adventure Holiday Activities
If you’re looking to keep fit whilst on your break, step away from the treadmill and bite the bullet by canyoning on the Costa Verde. Do it all in one: go climbing, swimming and hiking at the same time! Explore the caves in a canoe or abseil down the ravines of the Rio Sella as you trek along the cliffs. If you are looking for adventure, you will certainly find it on the Costa Verde.
A full-day Jeep Tour on the Costa Verde takes you deep into the heart of the countryside in Asturias. Go off-roading through gorges and valleys until you reach the Picos de Europa National Park. There are plenty of hike routes to pick from there.
Have you gone paintballing before? If not, now is the time and if so, you already know how to use skill and strategy to shoot your opponents and now is your time to shine in Ribadesella.
Things to do in Costa Verde: Kid-friendly Activities
If you go on holiday with children to the Costa Verde, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the choice. Some of the shallow, sloping beaches offer fun for the whole family. The possibilities are seemingly endless when water sports are taken into account. Kids can go home having picked up a skill such as how to sail, dive or surf on the Costa Verde.
Things to do in Costa Verde: Road Trips
The Costa Verde is jampacked with little villages waiting to be discovered and can easily be reached by car. We recommend writing a list of the places you'd like to see before you set off so that you can either print maps or set up the satnav, so you know exactly how to get there, if you'd rather follow a pre-planned route then you just need to ask for the satnav to be programmed to do so which is no hassle.