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Galicia ,  located in the northwest of the  Iberian Peninsula is a  autonomous community  formed by the  provinces  from A  Coruna ,  Lugo ,  Ourense  and  Pontevedra . The capital is the city of  Santiago de Compostela , while  Vigo  It is the most populated municipality. It is washed to the west by the  Atlantic Ocean  and north by  Cantabrian sea . It is bordered to the south by  Portugal  and east with  Asturias  and  Castile and Leon  (provinces of  Lion  and of  Zamora ). In addition to the continental territory, it includes the archipelagos of the  Cíes Islands , that of ons  and the one of Sálvora , the islands of cut , Arosa , the Sisargas , the Malveiras  and other smaller ones. It has an essentially mountainous interior and a coastline crossed by numerous estuaries, where the Rías Baixas is the warmest area in the north of the country. Its coast presents great contrasts, between the smooth shapes of As Mariñas and the dangerous cliffs of the Costa de la Muerte.

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How to get to Galicia

Plane: it is the most agile way to get there since it has 3 international airports:  lavacolla  on  Santiago de Compostela , that of  Alvedro  on  A Coruna  and the one of  Peignoir  on  Vigo .


train: the  rail transport services company for passengers and goods RENFE connects Galicia with the rest of Spanish and European cities. It also allows you to comfortably move around Galicia through the lines that connect the different cities.


Ship:  with more than 1,600  kilometers of coastline has about 130 ports of different sizes and characteristics that, together with their own infrastructure, provide all kinds of comforts to facilitate the arrival of visitors who choose this means of transport. Another way to get to Galicia is by tourist cruises, which, in increasing numbers, depart, arrive or stop at the ports of Ferrol, A Coruña, Vilagarcía de Arousa and Vigo.

Bus: it has an important road infrastructure network that facilitates the arrival of people as well as large and complete terminals in the cities and stations in the towns for local services.

What to see in Galicia

Santiago de Compostela

It is the Galician capital, a World Heritage Site since 1985,  has been attracting pilgrims from all over the world for centuries  with a great tourist atmosphere in summer and university in winter. It stands out for its historic center that houses the Cathedral, the tomb of  Santiago el Mayor, and that remains splendid despite having turned 800 years old. It is the final destination of  "Santiago's road",  main itinerary which, starting from the  Pyrenees  Westerners, travels through Spain. In that charming Galician atmosphere with its delicious gastronomy and the light wines of its taverns, of the narrow and fascinating alleys, the university atmosphere that gives the city so much life during the day and at night, you will find its emblematic squares: the Obradoiro, the of O Toural, that of Quintana; its churches, cloistered convents, silver and jet goldsmith shops and the Cidade da Cultura.

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It is a tongue of rocky land that goes into the sea about three kilometers and is 1.5 km wide. A place that since ancient times has been the object of attention for many Greco-Roman geographers and historians. In those days it was the westernmost point of the entire known world. It is the place where the ancient Greeks and Romans placed the End of the World. Currently, it marks the end of a long journey on the Camino de Santiago. It is here that the pilgrims make their last offering, burning all the items used along the way in honor of the apostle. There is the  lighthouse built in 1853 known for signaling the entrance to the dangerous Costa da Morte that offers panoramic views of the Corcubión estuary, Mount Pindo, the Carnota Coast and the endless ocean.



It is located in the  Rías Bajas being the most populous municipality in Galicia and the fourteenth in Spain, as well as the city without the rank of capital of the most populous province in Spain. In the Vigo estuary there are dozens of sunken galleons with treasures that have not yet come to light.  At the mouth of the Vigo estuary are the three virgin Cíes islands that form part of the  Atlantic Islands Maritime-Terrestrial National Park . The Cíes are known for their abundant bird life and the crescent-shaped beach of Rodas, which joins 2 of the islands. The city has much more to offer the traveler: the old quarter of the city that is home to the Vigo Cathedral, in neoclassical style, and the Castro de Vigo archaeological site.


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A port city located on a promontory in the Galicia region, it is the second most populous city in Galicia. It is a fantastic city to walk around, especially along the long Paseo Marítimo that surrounds it almost completely and is presided over by the Tower of Hercules.  built by the Romans where, in the center, you can find wonderful beaches. In addition to the Tower of Hercules, the Old City is home to an interesting Romanesque set of streets, squares and churches and excellent museums.   In the old medieval city there is the Plaza de María Pita, with beautiful arcades  surrounded by narrow pedestrian passages.  



Known as the city of water and located on the banks of the Miño River, it has eight bridges that cross it.  Almost two thousand years ago, the Romans settled in this territory attracted, among other reasons, by its thermal waters. A symbol of the city is “a ponte vella” (the Main Bridge), which connects both banks of the Miño and was restored in the 13th and 17th centuries to its current appearance. Its Old City preserves some important monuments  What  the 12th century Cathedral which houses the ornate Puerta del Paraíso.

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Capital of the homonymous region and province has its Roman origin; founded in the year 25 a. c.  It is the oldest in Galicia. Settled on a hill on the banks of the River Miño, the city of Lugo preserves important traces of its Roman past, such as the Roman wall that surrounds it, the only one in the world that remains intact. For this reason, and also for its beauty, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the city, with quiet pedestrian streets, wide squares and landscaped spaces, buildings such as the Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace and the City Hall stand out.  



It is the sixth most populous city in Galicia with a long maritime and mercantile tradition. It is an administrative, monumental,  tourism and services that has a historic center that, after the  Santiago de Compostela , is the most important of  Galicia .In it is located the Plaza de España, where the Town Hall stands,  the collection of gold jewelry in the Museum of Pontevedra, the Basilica of Santa María, the Church of San Bartolomé or the Ruins of Santo Domingo. In November 2014 he was awarded the world award  UN -Habitat, delivered in  Dubai , which recognizes it as one of the most comfortable European cities to live in, especially in terms of urban quality, mobility and accessibility.



Located at  52 kilometers from A Coruña is a  A town full of contrasts that maintains the charm of its seafaring origins in its streets and traditions. It is located inside the  Ferrol estuary , although the municipality also has an outstanding coastal façade open to the  Atlantic ocean . El Ferrol Viejo, the modernist neighborhood of La Magdalena, the 18th century La Cortina walls, the Castillo de San Felipe, the Fortresses and the Arsenal. Although visiting Ferrol is worth visiting at any time of the year, we must highlight its Holy Week, which is the oldest and most spectacular in the entire autonomous community and declared of International Tourist Interest.


Galician beaches

The Cantabrian Sea to the north and the Atlantic to the west are the waters that bathe the coast of Galicia, where we find some of the  most spectacular beaches  from Spain that  adds 1,500 kilometers without counting the nearby islands. The beaches can be mentioned:  One of the Cathedrals located in the Mariña de Lugo that surprises with its arches, domes and stone needles that the wind and the passage of time have been sculpting. From Rhodes (Isla Cies, Pontevedra) who is called the Caribbean, for its fine white sand and emerald waters. Xilloi or Vicedo on the coast of Lugo with dunes, reeds, cliffs, and fine white sand with a recreational area and all kinds of services. From Menduiña, located on the banks of the Ría de Vigo, which has 39 sandy areas with crystal-clear blue waters and  White sand. De Covas with a kilometer and a half of sheltered beach and fine sand near the Viveiro estuary, in the province of Lugo. From O Vao in Pontevedra to  just 8 kilometers from the center of Vigo with 45 meters wide. De Melide located in the Ons archipelago in Pontevedra with five practically virgin beaches. Areia Maior located in A Coruña that with a length of a kilometer and a half of fine sand encloses the As Xarfas lagoon. And De Carnota, an extensive open beach 7 kilometers long located in A Coruña.  


Galician gastronomy

The combination of the cliffs with the peaceful estuaries fills Galicia with good fish and, above all, magnificent shellfish, which are prepared with maximum respect for the flavor of the raw material.

Galician soup:  turnip greens, turnip tops (turnip stem),  cooked potatoes,  cabbage,  pork fat and some additional ingredient, such as bacon, chorizo.

Octopus a Feira: cooked octopus cut into slices, sprinkled with olive oil, coarse salt and sprinkled with paprika, it can be sweet or spicy according to taste.  

Lacón con grelos: lacón (meat dish), turnip tops, potatoes, chorizo, paprika and olive oil.

Empanada Gallega: the dough for this empanada is made with flour, yeast, lard, eggs, water, salt, olive oil and white wine filled with  cod and raisins, tuna with peppers and onions.

Cooked Gallego:  lacón, tail, pig's ear, veal leg, pork rib, chicken, chorizo, turnip greens, potatoes and chickpeas; It is accompanied with vegetables.

Santiago cake: eggs, almonds and sugar, cinnamon and lemon zest. It is, as its name indicates, typical of Santiago de Compostela, although it can be found throughout Galicia.

Larpeira: dough  similar to stuffed kings thread  pastry cream and drunk with syrup.

Gingerbreads: sweet threads of egg, flour, sugar and anise. Once fried, they are submerged in syrup.

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Asturias  Located in the narrow strip between the Cantabrian Sea and the Cantabrian Mountains, it thus forms part of the so-called "Green Spain", and it is this geographical location that has made it bear the nickname of Little Switzerland, due to the greenery of its meadows and the height of their peaks. Bathed to the north by the waters of the sea  Cantabrian , it limits to the west with the  Lugo province  ( Galicia ), to the south with the  province of Leon  ( Castilla y León ) and to the east with  Cantabria . Get the name of  Principality  for historical reasons, as the heir to the  Castilla's crown  the title of nobility  Prince of Asturias.  Since 1981 Asturias is an autonomous community within Spain. Divided into Councils or Municipalities  form of government is  parliamentary composed of  General Meeting , the  government council  and  the President ..

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How to get there and get around Asturias

Plane: Asturias Airport, located in  Santiago del Monte , 47 km from Oviedo, 40 km from Gijón and 15 km from Avilés, carries out national and international flights through the companies: Iberia, Volotea and Air Europa.

Train: In Asturias there are trains from RENFE and the former FEVE, a company incorporated into Renfe Operadora. The connection with Madrid is daily through the RENFE Alvia trains. There is also a line with Alicante. We are connected to Galicia with FEVE trains on the Ferrol-Oviedo-Gijón line. There are also lines with Bilbao or Santander.

Ship: the regular line ships that arrive in Asturias do so at the Port of El Musel, located six kilometers from the urban center of the city of Gijón/Xixón, and which is one of the most important port facilities in the North of Spain. Thanks to its location, deep drafts and sheltered waters, El Musel allows the entry and permanence of all types of large tonnage ships, including the scale of tourist cruises.


Bus: To get there it has to be through the company ALSA. From Oviedo there are connections with practically all the Spanish provinces and some international destinations.

Car: It is one of the fastest ways to get to Asturias. Depending on where you come from, there are different ways to access our community. Its road network is one of the most advanced in the country, with many kilometers of highway and  free (there is a toll road to León).

What to see in Asturias


The municipality of Oviedo is the second  most populous of the autonomous community  behind Gijon,occupying the 23rd position among the most populous municipalities in Spain.  The City of Oviedo is  the capital of the autonomous community, the most important administrative center and  touristic city  with numerous samples of pre-Romanesque art being that  its origin dates back to the  High Middle Ages , 8th century. It is the geographical, university, religious, political and administrative center of  Asturias , seat of the  General Assembly of the Principality , of its institutions, of the  University of Oviedo , from  Museum of Fine Arts of Asturias , of the  Princess of Asturias Awards  as well as of the  Archdiocese of Oviedo . According to  European Commission is recognized as one of the cities with the highest quality of life in Europe.

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Gijon (Xixon)

Located on the banks of the  Cantabrian Sea next to a  bay  in the central-northern area, 28 km from  Oviedo  and 26 km from  Avilés is the largest city in the principality and the  seventh  from Spain. Since its foundation at the time  Roman its development has been linked to that of its  port . In recent decades, the crisis in the steel and shipbuilding sectors has led to the  reconversion  of its productive fabric, which has transformed the city into a tourist, university and commercial center. Thus, in addition to having a municipal network of museums, it houses the cultural complex of the  Labor University , a  University campus  and a  scientific-technological park . The headquarters of the  Consultative Council of the Principality of Asturias , the  Radiotelevision of the Principality of Asturias  and the  Comprehensive Maritime Security Center  from  Maritime rescue .

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Located on both sides of the  Avilés estuary , is only 25 km from  Gijón , 27 km from the capital,  Oviedo and is the third municipal capital in population of Asturias. It is connected through a wide network of highways, railways and buses, and is also one of the main fishing and freight ports in Spain.  It is an industrial city that has several museums and buildings conserving a historical and artistic complex.  made up of several palaces, noble houses, churches, squares, streets and large parks, together with a cultural heritage in which the  Museum of Urban History  and the  Niemeyer Center .

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It's a  council  industrial complex that houses an interesting mining museum and borders to the north with  siero  and with  Noreña , to the west with  Oviedo , to the south with  wednesday  and east with  Saint Martin of King Aurelio . It was one of the most important industrial centers in the country where the history of mining and industry dates back to the second half of the 18th century, when  he promoted the extraction of coal to make the country progress economically. Due to its location, it is one of the most important coalfields in Asturias, since  Its economy revolves around the use of its soil, but the exploitation of coal mines led to the appearance of a relevant sector that, together with industry, stood out for more than a century, being marked by a crisis that continues to this day.

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this municipality  bordered to the north by  Cantabrian Sea , to the south with the municipalities of  sariego ,  Nava ,  Goats  and  Piloña , to the west with those of  Gijon  and  siero  and to the east with  Colunga . It is known for the quality of its cider and for the abundance of apple trees. The historic center of the city has architectural, artistic and historical gems. It has several beaches among them Playa de Rodiles  the  best known of the municipality that arises from the mouth of the Ría de Villaviciosa to the Cantabrian Sea and has more than 1 kilometer in length. The fishing port of  Tazones is in one of the most beautiful towns in Spain, whose foundation dates back to the 16th century. It is interesting to visit Sidra El Gaitero, founded in  1898 that manufactures one of the best ciders in Spain. In 2017 the town of Poreñu was awarded the Exemplary Town of Asturias Award.

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It is bordered to the north by the  Cantabrian Sea , to the east with  Llanes , to the south with  Cangas de Onis  and  pairs  and west with  Caravia . Founded by  Alfonso X el Sabio , was one of the main ports  Asturians  the  19th century . The council also has numerous companies dedicated to adventure sports, such as canoeing, caving or climbing, standing out for the variety of tourism it offers, especially for the activities that surround the  Tito Bustillo cave . It is famous for its prehistoric paintings that  they vary according to the times and overlap each other, depending on the preferences of those who inhabited the cave between 22,000 and 10,000 BC. C. Next to it is the Cuevona, a cave that gives access to the town of Cuevas del Agua, to which  to access you have to cross it; inside you will find stalactites, stalagmites, columns and lava flows.

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Asturian beaches

There are more than two hundred, kilometers, wild, sandy, boulders, virgin, urban beaches such as:  Penarronda Beach, somewhat windy, full of dunes and cliffs and exposed to waves and currents, ideal for surfing; Playa de Poo, is funnel-shaped and is located next to the mouth of the Vallina River, in Llanes; San Lorenzo beach, located in the  Gijón Bay, is one of the most beautiful in all of northern Spain and has a beautiful 3-kilometre promenade; Playa del Silencio (Cudillero), is located at the foot of a white cliff with a most peculiar access. You have to walk along a dirt path to reach the bay and climb a ladder with more than 100 steps; Cadavedo Beach (Valdés), has  shell-shaped with numerous rock formations,  dark sand and  crystalline waters; Playa de las Cuevas del Mar (Llanes), an authentic white sandbank and rock formations pierced by the sea that show their caves and tunnels; Mexota beach, crystal clear waters and white sand protected by high cliffs; Ballota Beach (Llanes), with calm waters and little waves, fine white sand and a landscape crowned by the Castro islet; Playa El Aguilar (Muros de Nalón), with strong waves where the Ruta de los Miradores begins; La Franca Beach (Ribadedeva), located  between cliffs and forests.

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Asturian gastronomy

Asturias hides a delicious cuisine that is very particular and  Although it shares characteristics with its neighbors, its gastronomy has remained faithful to its kitchen, without haste, always taking advantage of the resources of the land.  

Fabada: bean stew based on typical Asturian white beans, chorizo​​ red, morcilla (blood sausage) and diced bacon.

Cheese: the best known Spanish blue cheese is Cabrales cheese, which is produced only in the town of the same name and in three towns in the Peñamellera Alta district.

Cachopo: It is a delicious breaded and fried kid with ham and cheese.

Frixuelos: very similar to French crepes (they have the same origin) and are eaten as dessert.

Casadielles:  wheat flour dough, which is filled with nuts, anise and sugar. They can be fried or baked.

Arroz con Leche: It is a very popular rice pudding dessert in Asturias because of the way it is cooked.

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Cantabria is an autonomous community that unites the best of the inland landscape with the proximity of the coast  that endows this region with a varied landscape where mountains, valleys and coast are combined that offers  to travelers  many  tourist routes, adventure tourism and wonderful beaches. It belongs to Green Spain, the name given to the strip of land between the Cantabrian and the Cantabrian Mountains, named for its especially exuberant vegetation due to the humid oceanic climate. This area has prehistoric caves such as Altamira, the most famous of all, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and called the "Sistine Chapel of Cave Art. It is also part of the well-known Camino de Santiago and its towns have beautiful monuments such as the Palacio de la Magdalena de Santander, the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana or the Capricho de Gaudí de Comillas.Along its coast there are  many  beaches of fine white sand in tourist destinations such as Laredo or San Vicente de la Barquera. In the interior, in addition to several Natural Parks,  the Picos de Europa National Park, perfect for practicing adventure sports.

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How to get there and get around Cantabria

Plane: Santander International Airport is located in Parayas, a short distance from the center of Santander with direct flights to Madrid, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Rome, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Paris, Malaga, Alicante, Gran Canaria, Tenerife North, Ibiza, Menorca, Seville, Palma de Mallorca and Valencia.

Train: daily communications with Madrid and Valladolid with Renfe and with Bilbao and with Asturias  with Faith. The FEVE-RENFE lines cross the Cantabrian territory in a "T" shape.

Bus: The company Alsa has lines between Santander and the main cities of Cantabria. Alternatively, public buses are available for larger cities.

Boat: there are ferries that connect Santander with Plymouth (England).

Car: communicated by toll-free highways with Bilbao and Asturias and with Madrid.

What to see in Cantabria


Capital of Cantabria forms with its bay a natural port whose first traces that are known date back to Roman times  where today is the Cathedral. From that time to the present day, Santander has been one of the most important ports in the north of the peninsula, both commercial and military.  The visitor finds in Santander  the ancient and the modern, the traditional and the cosmopolitan  around its large natural harbor.

The city combines its urban environment with beaches, nature,  gastronomy  and  culture with a privileged landscape, with wide green spaces and  beaches , such as the beach area of  Matalenas ,  The Sardinero  with extensive  Beaches  and  one of the most exclusive neighborhoods and La Península  La Magdalena , where Alfonso XIII had his summer residence. Near the city are the southern shores of the bay and the coastal strip that reaches the mouth of the Pas River.



Belongs to the  Besaya region  and is located in a valley about 8 kilometers from the coast  Cantabrian . The rivers flow into it  Saja  and  Besaya . Of an industrial and commercial nature, it is the second most important urban nucleus behind the capital and one of the towns that crosses the  Camino de Santiago del Norte  along the Besaya route. With an area of 35.54 square kilometres, it is the fifty-seventh municipality in Cantabria by area. It is located about 24.5 kilometers from the Cantabrian capital. Archaeological sites have been located in the municipality, such as Mount Dobra or nearby caves located in neighboring municipalities where human presence has been confirmed in prehistoric times. It is interesting to visit  The Herrero Palace, built in 1906, which is one of the most beautiful architectural works in the city, while in its historic center, among others  Torrelavega Town Hall and the Church of the Virgen Grande built in 1964, the "cultural triangle" formed by the  Concha Espina Municipal Theater , the Gabino Teira Municipal Library  and the Mauro Muriedas Exhibition Hall, the  Torrelavega urban park  and  the National Livestock Market.

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Santillana del Mar

It is a picturesque town  33 km from Santander famous for its medieval architecture since the original core of the medieval town survives in the center. It was declared a historical-artistic complex in  1889 .Nearby is the  Altamira cave discovered at the end of the 19th century, protected as  World Heritage by UNESCO and which is  known as the "Sistine Chapel" of cave art that  it contains probably the most famous prehistoric paintings in the world. The towers of Merino and Don Borja (today the headquarters of the Santillana Foundation) are among the oldest civil constructions, the  Santa Juliana Monastery , which would give way to the prestigious Santa Juliana collegiate church in the 12th century, the first and most important exponent of Romanesque art in Cantabria.  In its cobbled medieval streets we can also find multiple craft workshops and taste the  tasty milk with biscuits,  most popular snack in the village.

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Located 50 km from Santander  It has a majestic beach of 7 kilometers long, toasted sand and very safe.  The first thing to see is the Puebla Vieja, the medieval old town, at the foot of the church of Santa María, a beautiful building built between the 12th and 18th centuries and declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1970. The medieval Puebla Vieja, which is considered to be one of the best preserved and largest in Cantabria and northern Spain  It is made up of six streets within the old wall from the time of Alfonso VIII built around Puebla Vieja in the 13th century. Puebla Vieja shows many stately buildings with heraldic coats of arms of the oldest families in Laredo in the Middle Ages and later times, as well as the Risco viewpoint with panoramic views of all of Laredo, the gates of the aforementioned wall, the house of the Constable of Castile where the royalty stayed,  the watchtower and  the Fort of the Rake at the top of the Watchtower,

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Founded by the Romans  it is a popular tourist destination offering a marina, a fishing port and two beaches. It is a modern town, although its castle and the Gothic-style parish church of Santa María de la Asunción date from the Middle Ages. Its main industries are tourism, fishing, and the preservation of fish, especially sardines and anchovies, in oil. In the center of the city, next to the sea, is the aforementioned Church of Santa María de la Asunción  built under the protection of King Alfonso VIII of Castile in the 13th century, completed in the 15th century and declared a National Monument in 1931. Other places of interest are: El Castillo de Santa Ana, an old castle located next to the port; the Cotolino Park, a spectacular projection of the coast towards the sea;  the Paseo Marítimo, which runs through a large part of the town  where will you see  Brazomar beach; Amestoy Park and  the most popular area, its Puebla Vieja, where the visitor usually gets lost in its alleys to enjoy its typical marine atmosphere and its popular constructions.

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San Vicente de la Barquera

Historic town of just 41 km2 surrounded by a privileged environment, in the heart of the Oyambre Natural Park, it is a protected natural area where tourism is its main economic activity. There is evidence of human settlement since the  Prehistory . Fishing and seafaring town, whose port was and still is the heart of activity, also has beautiful beaches such as Oyambre and the extensive sandbanks of Merón, small coves such as Gerra, without forgetting the San Vicente estuary, the of the Tostadero and Sources. All of them have as a common denominator their transparent waters, surrounded by meadows. Its architectural heritage is represented by the Puebla Vieja, which is located on an arm of land between the forked channel of the estuary. Declared a Historic-Artistic Site, its most significant buildings are the King's Castle, from the 13th century and  the Tower of the Provost. Other points are  the Hospital de la Concepción, the church of Santa María de los Ángeles and  the ruins of the convent and church of San Luis, built at the end of the 15th century next to the estuary and at one end of the Puente de la Maza.

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Half a hundred kilometers from Santander bordering to the north with the  Cantabrian Sea , is this city with medieval and baroque buildings that was one of the few places outside of  Catalonia  in which modernist artists took part showing their abundant and visible works throughout the town. That's why it counts  with some of the most emblematic buildings of Cantabrian modernism, highlighting the Palacio de Sobrellano -where the Chapel/Pantheon of the Marqueses de Comillas is located-, the Pontifical University or the internationally known "Capricho" of  Gaudi . It was also the first Spanish town to have electricity. The town has a beach of  fine sand close to the fishing port and due to the ecological interest of its coast it is included in the Oyambre Natural Park.

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Located in  the  Liebana region  of which is capital was  elected Rural Capital 2020. There  the two come together  rivers  from  Liebana : the  Deva  and its tributary  Quiviesa at the confluence of four valleys and near the mountain  Arabesque  (694  m asl ), which can be climbed from the town. Have a  microclimate  of type  Mediterranean  that allows the cultivation of  vine , walnut, poplar. There are no more  vestiges of the  antiquity , although  historians  They suppose that it must have been populated in the  prehistory . Its main point of visit is the Torre del Infantado, which was the town hall of the town but today is a cultural center; the Almenada, an Italian-style castle and other towers such as those of San Pedro, Orejón de la Lama, Calseco, Linares and Osorio where in some of them you can  see the Picos de Europa. Very close to the Torre del Infantado is the old church of San Vicente, a Gothic building with two naves that began to be erected around the 14th century.


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It is located almost 45 km southwest of Santander,  in the Saja-Besaya Natural Park and 495  meters  high in the valley of  Argoza river.  It's a  well-preserved village of rural mountain architecture from the 16th and 17th centuries with stone houses and wooden balconies full of colorful flowers declared in 1979  as a set  historical-artistic . It is one of the oldest towns in Spain, as there are citations about the Cabuérniga valley since the Middle Ages.  In its surroundings you can enjoy oak and beech forests, the Church of Santa María  from the 18th century and its urban area with cobbled streets. There are craft shops where you can buy articles made of wood, leather,  wicker and  ceramics.

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In its 220 kilometers of coastline there are more than ninety beaches, some  urban such as the beaches of El Sardinero located in the neighborhood of the same name in Santander and Mataleñas, which is not too large with clean white sand and others such as:  Berria, 2,200 meters long, located on the Trasmiera coast, very close to Santoña; Langre for many  the most beautiful beach in all of Cantabria  located in Ribamontán al Mar; Virgen del Mar, one of the most beautiful sandy areas in Cantabria, just  6 km. from Santander; El Pedrero one of the natural borders between Cantabria and Asturias, located at the mouth of the Tina Mayor estuary; He loved a tongue of sand that joins a small islet located right on the border with Asturias; war  a virgin beach of almost a  kilometer long near San Vicente de la Barquera;  Oyambre a beautiful sandbank 2 km long  4 km from Comillas and about 6 from San Vicente de la Barquera;  Noja, 45 km east of Santander;  we are  a 2-kilometer-long sandbank, which is added to the beaches of El Puntal and Loredo, forming a 4-km strip of golden sand.


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Gastronomy of Cantabria

The profile of Cantabria presents two well-differentiated gastronomic zones: the Cantabrian coast, where the fishing tradition of seafaring towns brings to the tables very fine fish and shellfish cooked in aromatic sauces, and the inland mountains, where livestock plays a great role both for meat beef and dairy production.

Cheeses:  Of the 11 denominations of origin that exist for cheese in Spain, Cantabria monopolizes three, which are: Queso de Cantabria, Queso Picón Bejes-Tresviso and Quesucos de Liébana.

Tenderloin with Tresviso cheese: beef tenderloin covered in a Treviso cheese sauce with cream, white wine and pepper.

Lebaniego stew: chickpeas from Potes, potato and compango (chorizo, cecina, bacon, knee bone).

Mountain stew: white beans, cabbage and compango (chorizo, black pudding, marinated rib, bacon).  

Anchovies from Santoña: once the process is finished, they are preserved in olive oil and are already  ready to eat.  The most renowned are those of Santoña, but there are other coastal towns that also produce them, such as Colindres, Castro or Laredo.

Sorropotún: tuna stew accompanied by potatoes, green pepper, loaf bread, tomato and onion.  

Bonito marmita: chopped vegetables, potatoes plus fish broth, tomato sauce, hot paprika, white pepper and salt to which the bonito cut into cubes is added.

Quesada pasiega: curdled cow's milk mixed with flour, eggs, butter and sugar.

Sobaos pasiegos: very spongy biscuits with  wheat flour, white sugar and butter.

Orujo de Liébana: liquor that comes from the Lebaniega grape; It is usually taken after dessert as it has digestive properties. There are several types of pomace of different flavors such as  herbs, honey and pomace cream. 

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Basque Country

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The Basque Country islocated at the eastern end of the Cantabrian Sea coast, bordering France . It is made up of the Álava provinces , whose capital is Vitoria-Gasteiz; Guipúzcoa, whose capital is San Sebastián/Donostia , and Vizcaya, whose capital is Bilbao , the most populous in the country, followed by Vitoria , the official seat of Parliament and the Government of the autonomous community of the Basque Country . It is bordered to the east by Navarra and the French department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques ( New Aquitaine region ), to the south by La Rioja , and to the west by the province of Burgos ( Castilla y León ) and Cantabria . Its alpine relief is combined with 246 kilometers of coastline, alternating both with spectacular  cliffs as with  fine sand beaches (San Sebastián, Zarautz or Getxo) and Natural Parks. It has known how to preserve its ancestral culture, its language and its character throughout history with strong cultural traditions, a famous gastronomy and a characteristic language that predates the Romance languages.  


How to get to the Basque Country

Plane: it has three airports, one next to each provincial capital, in Vitoria , San Sebastián and Bilbao (the largest), airports that you can reach from numerous points on the continent by plane. Biarritz Airport, in France, is only 11 km from the border with the Basque Country.

Train: the cities of Bilbao, Vitoria and San Sebastián receive daily trains from Madrid and Barcelona with  routes that  They last between 5 and 7 hours. As for long-distance lines and their international connections, in the border city of Irún there is a connection with the French TGV, which allows you to travel daily to Paris in just over five hours.  

Buses: they arrive at the capitals of the Basque Country from various points in Spain and even from other European countries. The main terminals are: Termibús de Bilbao, Vitoria-Gasteiz bus station and Donostia-San Sebastián bus station. All are located in central points in their respective cities. The main companies are Pesa, Alsa, Continental, La Unión and Bilmanbus.

Ship: the port of Bilbao is the main entrance by sea. Every three days a ferry leaves for Bilbao from the English town of Portsmouth.

What to see in the Basque Country


Located at the mouth of the Ría de Bilbao, it is not only the largest city in the Basque country, but it is also the most important economically and has the main port in the region. The name of Bilbao is very likely to have its origin in the Basque words "bi albo" which mean "two sides" since the city actually extends on both sides of the estuary, so the different neighborhoods are linked by bridges. . apart from the  Guggenheim museum  you can enjoy numerous attractions, such as: The Old Town  one of the most important shopping and leisure areas in Bilbao; the new square  arcaded square from the middle of the 19th century; the  Plaza Elliptica with one of the most beautiful monuments in the city, the Chávarri Palace from the 19th century; Bilbao's Gran Vía where the Palace of the Provincial Council of Biscay is located, a building from the end of the 19th century;  Bilbao City Council; the Bilbao Stock Exchange; The Arriaga Theater, neo-baroque style; the Campos Elíseos Theater, in a modernist style, and Deusto University; the Cathedral of Santiago, a Gothic temple from the 14th century; the Iglesia San Antón, also Gothic but with a Renaissance portal and a Baroque tower; the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Begoña, a 16th century basilica and the Church of San Nicolás, in baroque style. The Isozaki Towers (in Basque Isozaki Atea) are two twin towers of about 83 m. tall with 23 floors.


Riverside Market  

Located on the right bank of the Nervión estuary next to the Casco Viejo and very close to the San Antón bridge, it has a commercial area of 10,000 m², making it the largest covered market in Europe.Popularly called "the Square"  it was built in 1929 on what had previously been an open-air market. Its history dates back to the fourteenth century obtaining in 1990  the Guinness Record for being the most complete Municipal Food Market and the largest covered market in all of Europe. The enclosure is made up of three floors, where you can find a wide variety of food with a  gastronomic offer of restaurants and bars where you can taste ham, seafood, gildas or enjoy the best live jazz.

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Bilbao Guggenheim Museum

Built by Canadian architect and designer Frank O. Gehry, it is today perhaps Bilbao's most important hallmark. Its construction lasted four years and its architecture,  made of glass, metal and limestone, it is characterized by its spectacular organic shapes that contrast with sober geometric shapes, creating a very original set. Its reflections of light and games of mirrors  produce interesting optical effects  caused by the glass cladding whose reflections multiply with those generated by the artificial lake and the same estuary where it is located. In an area of 11,000 m², it houses both a permanent exhibition and temporary exhibitions of contemporary art, specifically works that range from the second half of the 20th century to the present day. Additionally, the museum organizes the aforementioned temporary exhibitions that change frequently, offering activities for those who wish to broaden their artistic knowledge.

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City of exemplary urban design founded  in 1181 it is the official seat of the Parliament and the Government of the autonomous community of the Basque Country . It preserves a medieval quarter where it is possible to find innumerable charming places, gardens and tree-lined walks that make this  capital a green lung with medieval streets that mix harmoniously with Renaissance palaces and neoclassical churches. Its nerve center is the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca, presided over by the monument to the battle of Vitoria. In it is the church of San Miguel, which houses the image of the Virgen Blanca, patron saint of the city. In the highest part stands the Gothic temple of the Cathedral of Santa María or Old Cathedral declared a Historic-Artistic Monument. In its old streets you can  find some of the most significant Renaissance palaces in the capital, such as the Palacio de los Escoriaza-Esquibel, the Casa de Maturana-Verástegui and the Torre de los Anda, the Palacio de Bendaña (16th century) and the Casa del Cordón, the Palacio of the Provincial Council of Álava, from the 19th century and the Tower of Doña Otxanda, 


San Juan de Gaztelugatxe  

It is an islet in the town of Bermeo, 35 km east of Bilbao , linked to the mainland by a bridge with two arches.  On the island, at the top of a rock, there is a hermitage dedicated to San Juan that dates back to the 10th century, although some discoveries refer to the 9th century. Until reaching the Hermitage there is a path and a staircase of 240 irregular steps, one of the most spectacular stairs in the world. It has historically been a place of pilgrimage  built on the remains of a castle attached to the Kingdom of Navarre. His  coast is wild where the  The sea gradually erodes the rock, sandstone and hard reef limestone.  carving in them tunnels, arches and caves.  


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Donostia in Basque, is located 20 kilometers from the border with France and is the capital of the province of Guipúzcoa. Its Casco Viejo full of alleys and monuments is very beautiful and quiet with ancient monuments such as the "Museo de San Telmo", the "Church of Santa María" and the "Parish of San Vicente". The city has three urban beaches: Ondarreta, La Concha and Zurriola. Ondarreta Beach  It is located between the Miramar Palace and Mount Igueldo. It is the smallest of the three and somewhat more informal than La Concha. Playa de la Concha which, with a length of 1,350 m, 40 m  wide and with an area of 54,000 m², it has been an elegant summer destination since the 19th century.Zurriola Beach  It is the most open beach to the sea that due to its  strong waves is the most frequented by young people and surfers. In the center of the bay, 500 meters in front of Ondarreta, is the Island of Santa Clara.

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Or Fuenterrabía in Spanish, is located about 20 km east of San Sebastián, at the mouth of the Bidasoa River and is considered one of the most beautiful towns in the Basque Country. It has a walled historic center and beautiful Basque-style houses, most with wooden balconies painted in a range of colors. After the walk through the Casco Viejo, you can finally descend little by little towards  the Church of Santa María de la Asunción (15th century), the Plaza de Armas and the Barrio de la Marina, a fishermen's quarter,  where most of the bars and restaurants that have made the town famous are located. Another tourist attraction in Fuenterrabía is its beach, which stretches 800 m, offering sand and calm waters to both locals and tourists.   

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Gastronomy of the Basque Country

Basque cuisine is a true reflection of its own culture, which for centuries has maintained its own personality in a border environment that has always known how to combine sea and mountain products of each season.  


Pintxos:  small tapas or bites that are usually presented on bread in the most imaginative and delicious combinations of flavors.  


M armitako : tuna in pieces with a sauce based on  potatoes, onion and peppers.


Hake 'a la Koskera' :  accompanied with  a green sauce made up of olive oil, minced garlic and fresh parsley leaves, fish broth or fumet, dry white wine and salt to taste.  


Bacalao al pil pil: based on a sauce called pil pil that forms when it comes together  the oil where it is fried  the cod to its juice. This releases a gelatin that binds with the oil to create a delicious sauce.  


Bass a la donostiarra: roasted sea bass  served with a garlic, cherry and oil dressing.  

Piperrada:  It is a basic vegetable to cook with tuna or as a garnish for other fish or meat.

Gilda:  It is one of the most renowned pintxos, consisting of olives, chillies, anchovies rolled up on itself and olives again, skewered on a toothpick.  

Goxua: typical sweet with cream plus a layer of sponge cake soaked in liquor covered with pastry cream and liquid caramel.  

Basque cake or 'gâteau basque': dough made of flour, butter and eggs, sugar and cinnamon  which is usually filled with pastry cream.


Navarre  officially called Comunidad Foral de Navarra  It limits to the northeast with the French department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques , to the northwest with the Basque Country , to the east and southeast with Aragón , and to the south with La Rioja .

The current Foral Community of Navarre covers the territory corresponding to the High Navarre of the Renaissance ; Lower Navarre is part of the so-called « French Basque Country ». Historically, it formally maintained its institutions and kingdom status until 1841 , when, for all purposes, it was one more province within Spain , although it continued to maintain high fiscal autonomy.

On a trip through this community you will be able to enjoy great landscape contrasts, from the green and mountainous Navarrese Pyrenees, to the semi-desert landscapes of the Bardenas Reales as beautiful villages of great beauty and  a great gastronomy.

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How to get there and get around Navarra

Plane: Pamplona has an airport located in Noáin, 6 kilometers from the city, which connects Pamplona with Madrid, Barcelona or Gran Canaria and in summer with some of the Balearic Islands and Frankfurt.  

Train: there are daily direct trains to Donostia-San Sebastián, Irun, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Zaragoza, Tarragona, Lleida, Barcelona, Madrid, Gijón, Oviedo, Palencia and León.  Also, several days a week there are direct links to Burgos, La Coruña, Orense and Vigo.

Bus: there are both national and international services. Twenty bus companies connect Pamplona daily with many regional and national destinations such as Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Murcia, Bilbao, Donostia-San Sebastián, Vitoria-Gasteiz or Logroño and  to some French towns. To move around Pamplona there are very good means of public and tourist transport, although it is advisable to walk it.  


Car: there is a good road network with a center in Pamplona from where the main roads to the rest of the community depart. 

 What to see in Navarre

Capital of the province of Navarra extends to both banks of the river Arga . It is known for the bullfight of the Fiesta de San Fermín in July that lasts for several days where daring runners lead the bulls through the streets of the city. It is also an important stop on the Camino de Santiago. Traditionally it has been believed that the city was founded in 74 BC. C. by the Roman general Pompey as Pompaelo or Pompelo. Among its most representative monuments are the Cathedral of Santa María , the Church of San Saturnino , the Church of San Nicolás , the Citadel or the Chamber of Accounts , all of which have been declared Assets of Cultural Interest .It is the financial and commercial center of Navarre, in addition to also being the administrative center of the community because it is the headquarters of the institutions of the regional administration and the territorial administration of the State. 

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About 40 kilometers south of Pamplona, you can stroll through the narrow pedestrian streets of a medieval town with stately houses with coats of arms and a large castle that dominates the city, an outstanding example of Navarrese and European civil Gothic. You can  walk the narrow streets of this city and contemplate the stone facades of its ancestral homes, its walled enclosure, impressive churches such as Santa María la Real, a heritage of Spanish Gothic.  Its origins date back to the 12th century and in its beautiful interior you will see a single nave and a large Renaissance altarpiece from the 17th century, as well as two Gothic carvings from the 14th century.

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It is located at an altitude of 764 meters north of the Salazar Valley, northeast of the Navarrese Pyrenees, 85 km from the capital of the community, Pamplona.  It is located next to the limits of the Selva de Irati , one of the most beautiful natural landscapes you can see in Navarra. This town seduces the visitor with its cobbled streets, its houses with steep roofs, always separated from one another, the stone church and the medieval bridge that crosses its river where you can visit the medieval palaces of Urrutia, Iriarte and Donamaría and the different emblazoned houses from the 18th and 19th centuries. In the Navarrese Pyrenees you will also find various examples of beautiful rural architecture. 



Capital of the region of Tierra Estella has its origins in Roman populations; It was born under the Camino de Santiago and already in the fifteenth century it was known as Estella la bella. Crossed by the river Ega, it has a medieval old town where the Romanesque and Gothic buildings tell us about its historical splendour. Walking through its streets gives you the opportunity to contemplate its palaces, stately homes, bridges and churches of Romanesque origin. The Palace of the Kings of Navarre  located in Estella is one of the few examples of Romanesque still in Spain. You can also visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, with its Gothic façade, the Eguía palace or the Fray Diego house. At the top of a large staircase is the church of San Pedro de la Rúa. The historic center, on two sides of the Ega River and crossed by the Puente de la Cárcel, also has Renaissance palaces such as San Cristóbal (today Fray Diego de Estella House of Culture) and Baroque palaces, such as the Palace of Justice . The Plaza de los Fueros is the center of the city, where the traditional market is held and where the neoclassical façade of the church of San Juan stands.  


Queen's Bridge

This medieval town is located 24 kilometers from Pamplona and is one of the places with the most Compostelan symbolism in Navarra. Two of the main routes of the Camino de Santiago meet here, so you can continually see pilgrims on that route. It has preserved its initial urban layout, built around its main street. Some of the architectural jewels of this Navarrese town are the churches of the Crucifico, Santiago and San Pedro and the Romanesque bridge over the river Arga whose length is 110 meters, with a 4-meter-wide roadway, supported by 7 half-span arches. point and 5 pillars. There are several archaeological sites in Puente la Reina that suggest an early human occupation of the territory; in fact in the town of Mendigorria, just 6.8 km from Puente la Reina,  are the ruins of the Roman city of Andelos.  



Located in the Baztán valley, 65 kilometers from Pamplona, where upon arrival you will be greeted by a striking entrance arch with  white wood-framed houses in a lush green setting. Later, as you walk through its streets, you will discover the magnificent red façade of its farmhouse, made of stone from the Almándoz quarries. At the top of its mount Gaztelu, was the Castle of Amaiur where one of the last resistances of the Navarrese to the Conquest of Navarre took place. Recent archaeological excavations have brought to light some towers of the now disappeared castle. Among the obligatory visits are the Palacio Arretxea, the Casa Arriada and, above all, the mill that offers various products related to corn or wheat flour and taste fine corn cakes that are consumed accompanied by other products such as cheese and chocolate.



This small town is located 30 kilometers from Pamplona. Its medieval fortress from the 11th century and its labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets, together with its monumental houses and palaces will give you the feeling of having gone back centuries in the history of Spain. I know  its palaces, the gothic church of San Pedro and the basilica of Our Lady of Jerusalem stand out. Its most impressive space is the walled complex of El Cerco, of medieval origin.  The tower of the church of San Saturnino stands out majestically above the walls  what had  fourteen towers, of which nine have been preserved, cubic and battlemented, joined by the twelfth-century wall and a walkway. 



Located on a terrace on the left bank of the Aragón River  about  44 kilometers from Pamplona is the capital of the region; In addition to being part of the Camino de Santiago, it is important for its historical-artistic heritage of medieval origin, such as the  doorway of the church of Santa María, which is considered a National Monument and is one of the peaks of Romanesque. Its streets recall that past with numerous religious and civil buildings originating from the era of great medieval splendor of the city such as  the roofs of the palaces of Calle Mayor and Alfonso el Batallador. Within a few kilometers there are such outstanding monuments as the Javier castle and the San Salvador de Leire monastery, as well as spectacular landscapes: the Lumbier and Arbayún gorges and the Roncal and Salazar valleys, already in the Pyrenees. No less important is its crafts and its delicious gastronomy, where vegetables and legumes, red meat, cheese, mushrooms, game and fishing are not lacking.


Located 47 km from Pamplona and in the heart of the Pyrenees, it is the 'official' gateway to the Peninsula and the most frequent starting point where many of  pilgrims start the Camino de Santiago. Everything in the place is imbued with that atmosphere of pilgrimage and wrapped in the legendary halo of the famous battle that took place here in the year 778. One of its most important points of interest is the Collegiate Church of Orreaga / Roncesvalles, a space of architecture 13th century mediaeval  In whose three-nave Gothic interior the 14th-century wooden carving of the Virgin of Roncesvallesa is preserved. Its historical and cultural heritage is exceptional: Pilgrim Hospital, Chapel of Sancti Spiritus,  the old mill converted into a Tourist Office, the monument with the mythical fight between Roldán and Ferragut and the beautiful cross that marks the exit from Roncesvalles, on the way to Burguete.

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is the  capital of the Baztan valley located 57.5 kilometers from the capital Pamplona. It is a settlement that is more urban than rural given the abundance of shops, bars, restaurants, workshops and bank branches, with services being its socio-economic base. The combination of a natural environment of great beauty and stately homes and palaces in its streets makes this town an idyllic setting where various fairs and markets are held. The white walls, the gabled roofs, the wooden balconies characterize the landscape of the streets of Elizondo, in which the stately homes and palaces of the old neighborhood stand out especially. You cannot miss visiting, among many others, the imposing baroque palace of Arizkunenea; the Datue Palace built between the 17th and 18th centuries;  the Church of Santiago and the City Hall of Elizondo  original from 1695, and located in the Plaza de los Fueros.

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Gastronomy of Navarra

With strong influences from its neighboring communities, such as La Rioja, Aragón or the Basque Country, its recipes have managed to differentiate themselves and create a  own identity that has traditional dishes and recipes for all tastes.

Idiazábal cheese: one of the most prestigious that is made with raw milk from sheep of the Latxa and Carranzana breeds.  

Asparagus: they are very recognizable due to their white color and their smooth texture, and they are one of the most important products of Navarra gastronomy. They are grilled and  add pure pine nut paste, chive flowers , salt and extra virgin olive oil.

Tortas de Chanchigorri, or Txantxigorri: desserts made with fatty products from lard, sugar and bread dough.

Pisto: fried vegetables and one of the most famous is the Pisto de Tafalla.

Curds: sheep's milk and natural rennet, to which sugar or honey is added,  a natural coagulation process, where dairy enzymes act on their own.  

Chilindron:  lamb stew with olive oil, garlic, parsley, lemon peel and salt cooked with water.

Bacalao ajoarriero: cod with  various vegetables whose paste, the ajoarriero, is made from potatoes, oil, eggs and garlic.  

Navarra trout:  fish stuffed with ham crumbs and fried in a frying pan, to later wrap everything with slices of Iberian ham.

Txistorra: sausage made with pork, garlic and paprika, it is usually eaten fried and accompanied with bread.  

Pochas de Navarra with chistorra: variety of white beans that are consumed before they reach maturity; they are stewed with carrot, pepper, tomato, garlic, leek and spring onions.

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