Top 10 Must-Do Activities in Northern Spain: Unforgettable Experiences
In this article, you will find our favorite tips, sights, and destinations for Northern Spain from our Northern Spain road trip. From surfing to hiking, you can do it all here.
Picos de Europa
If you’re in Northern Spain, you must visit the Picos de Europa. With a variety of hiking routes for all levels, the Picos is perfect for everyone. You’ll find multi-day hikes as well as shorter walks. The most popular route is the 12 km long Cares Gorge, but there are beautiful hiking trails everywhere.
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Northern Spain is perfect for surfing. Especially in Baskenland, you’ll find numerous surf towns where you should definitely ride the waves. If you’re a beginner or have never surfed before, no worries. You can book lessons at many places in Northern Spain. We took a few lessons at Meron Surfschool in San Vicente. Perfect surfing conditions for beginners and a great surf school.
Eat your heart out in San Sebastian
San Sebastian is FOOD HEAVEN! Plus, it’s just a fantastic city to visit. In the old town, you’ll find picturesque streets and ancient historic buildings. Moreover, San Sebastian is located by the beach, and you can even go surfing. It’s a solid recommendation.
Immerse yourself in culture in Bilbao
Bilbao was once a somewhat dull and industrial city, but it has developed into a must-visit hotspot in the Basque Country. You’ll find trendy restaurants, charming bars, and plenty of museums.
Experience the royal life in Santander
Santander is located in the north of Spain and combines green mountain landscapes with white sandy beaches, impressive cliffs, elegant historic mansions, regal architecture, and a rich history. It’s a city worth exploring!
Welcome Pilgrims with a Warm Reception in Santiago de Compostela
Every year, around 300,000 people walk or cycle to the pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela through various pilgrim routes. Besides the fact that the town of Santiago de Compostela itself is charming, it’s also special to welcome the pilgrims into the city.
Visit Gaztelugatxe, aka Dragonstone
Attention, Game of Thrones fans! In Northern Spain, you’ll find one of the most famous locations from Game of Thrones, namely Gaztelugatxe, also known as Dragonstone! How cool is that! You can easily visit this place during your road trip, but in reality, the entire coastline of Northern Spain resembles a small Game of Thrones Dragonstone celebration.
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Go Wild Camping on a Cliff
If you haven’t already, you should download the Park4Night app right now. In Northern Spain, you can experience incredible wild camping in the most breathtaking locations. For example, we stayed on a cliff with a stunning sea view in San Vicente, and you can also spend the night next to a lighthouse in Faro Cabo Busto.
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Visit Praia das Catedrais
It may be a bit touristy, but it’s truly stunning to visit. During low tide, you can walk through the beautiful cliffs and sea caves. It’s a remarkable spectacle.
Enjoy as many Sunset Beach Picnics as you can
Always a great idea, especially with the beautiful beaches of Northern Spain. Pack a basket or bag full of goodies, bring a blanket or mat, and enjoy a delightful sunset while savoring a delicious drink. It’s budget-friendly and a lot of fun.