Hideaway: Asturias, Spain
Sunday 27 January 2008
The Costa Verde is the relatively unexplored region of Asturias in north-west Spain. Blessed with 200 miles of coast, undeveloped beaches and a mountainous interior, it is the hub of eco-friendly tourism in Spain. The contrast with the high rises of the Costa del Sol couldn't be greater than in the area's Picos de Europa National Park.
This is a wild world of tiny villages, Celtic traditions and western Europe's largest population of bears. And there's very little tourist traffic, making it family-friendly, its sheltered bays explorable by bicycle or on foot.
Inntravel has a range of properties in the region: its Casas Rurales range from one-bedroom apartments in a large, converted property to several handsome detached period houses sleeping six or eight. But be warned, you might well need waterproofs. RB
From £298 per person for seven nights for a one-bedroom apartment (including car hire but not flights), 01653 617 949, www.inntravel.co.uk
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 3 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
- 4 Germanwings crash: 'Andreas Lubitz planned to marry pregnant girlfriend', claims German report
Dreamland: Britain's oldest amusement park is set to reopen this summer in Margate
The Atlas of Beauty: Photographer travels around the world to capture cultural diversity through stunning portraits of women
The 10 Best hiking boots
The ten best city beach breaks
Turkish Airlines flight makes emergency landing after note with the word 'bomb' found in toilet
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
£24,000 pa, plus benefits: SFL Group: Looking for a hard-working and self-moti...
£16000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This rapidly expanding travel c...
£24000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Do you have a strong record of ...
£24000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: You will have demonstrable unde...