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Asturias Galicia Cantabria Basque country & Navarre

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Small independent hotels in Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria Basque country, Navarre


  • Asturias coast, near Ribadesella
    The 11-room Aldea del Trasgu **
    is a delightful and typically Spanish hotel, 2 km from the sea, 5 from the town of Ribadesella and 2km from the A8 motorway exit 319. Friendly owners, very quiet location with plenty of atmosphere; home-made croissants for breakfast
  • Asturias hills, Arriondas, near Ribadesella
    The Posada del Valle *** 
    has12 ensuite bedrooms. This is an eco-friendly inn, standing in 8 hectares of certified organic farmland. The restaurant serves organic produce. The inn is located between the coast and the Picos de Europa national park, both of which are easily accessible.
  • Picos de Europa, Asturias
     €  The hotel Torrecerredo ** 
    is just outside a small village in the hills between the Picos and the coast. A great peaceful location in this part of "green Spain", with plenty of hiking and seaside opportunities within easy reach. English speaking proprietor. Good value for money, spacious rooms, wonderful views, and a warm and friendly environment.
  • Covadonga - Picos de Europa national park
     €  The Casa Asprón  ** 
    is a traditional stone house in a rural setting near Covadonga : it is a small b&b hotel with seven rooms, offering excellent value. Very friendly and helpful hosts, excellent breakfasts. Hiking trails from the door; an excellent base from which to discover the national park.
  • Asturias coast, near Cudillero - seaside location
     €   The Hotel Azpiazu ** 
      This 14-room hotel is just 100 metres from one of the beautiful beaches that characterise the north coast of Spain. Rural location between forests and sea. Restaurant serving local produce and dishes. 15 minutes from Asturias airport (served by several low-cost airlines). 
  • Asturias mountains - Somiedo
     €   The Hotel Corona del Auteiro ** 
      Small 6 bedroom hotel in the alpine-like scenery of the Someido nature reserve, one of the most sparsely populated parts of Spain. Bar, restaurant, fireplace, a cosy atmosphere.


  • Galicia - near northwest tip of Spain
    The Castano Dormilon *
    is located in a very rural setting in the remote northwest tip of Spain. 11 rooms in this lovely small hotel converted out of an old schoolhouse. Visitors particularly note the warm friendly welcome, the tasteful renovation, and the absolutely calm environment. Restaurant, ensuite rooms, free wifi, gardens . Facilities for the disabled.
  • Galicia - Santa Mariña near northwest tip of Spain
    The Casa de Trillo *
    is in a hamlet in the remote northwest tip of Spain. This country house inn has 6 rooms and a restaurant serving local produce and local specialities. The hotel is certified for ecological tourism by Ecoagroturismo , and is a member of the World slow food association. Free wifi, gardens . 
  • Galicia - west coast  - 60 km s.w. of Santiago
    The * Hotel Rustico-Teixoeira
      is a delightful small hotel located in the stunning and heritage-rich area close to the Corrubedo dunes natural park. Lots of fine and largely deserted beaches close by. The hotel gets top ratings from visitors, for friendliness, cleanliness, room size and breakfasts. Just five rooms
Eastern provinces (Cantabria, Basque country, Navarre )


  •  Barros, south of Santander
    The Posada Real La Montañesa *** is a charming and welcoming good-value guest-house with 12 bedrooms, a short distance from exit 172 on the A67 motorway (to southern Spain, Portugal) 40 km south of Santander. It is a 17th century house with traditional features, and gardens and lovely views. Restaurant close by.
  • Palentina mountains, near A 67 motorway
    The Posada Molino La Vega
    is in a quiet mountain location an hour from Santander, near the village of Reinosilla, south of Reinosa, 7 miles from A67 motorway. This  former water mill has five rooms and a restaurant, and is set in spacious grounds. Very good reviews.

Basque country

  • Basque coast, between San Sebastian & Bilbao
    The Zubieta hotel *** stands among gardens in a quiet location in the small Basque seaside town of  Lekeitio. The comfortable and tastefully decorated hotel is in an 18th century building. 24 rooms or suites. A delightful location for relaxing or exploring the Basque country
  • Basque coast, Getaria
    The Saiaz Getaria Hotel ** 20 km west of San Sebastian. In the historic village of Getaria, this hotel is in an impressive fifteenth century house overlooking the sea. Some rooms with sea view. Choice of restaurants close by.
  • Basque country, Bergara, AP1 motorway
     €  The ** Ormazabal Hotel is in a 17th century building in the small historic town of Bergara, 2 km from exit 8 of AP1 motorway. A comfortable and clean hotel with a pleasant indoor-outdoor eating area, and lounge. Plenty of character and charm, friendly owners. Free Wi-Fi; good value for money. Convenient stop-off point on route from sw France to Portugal, Madrid and southern Spain.
  • Basque country, near Azpeitia
    The  Hotel Larrañaga * sited in a historic building, is a classic small hotel with 8 rooms, and a restaurant serving local fare. Plenty of character, and friendly staff. In the countryside 3km from the small town of Azpeitia with its railway museum and steam railway. Between A1, AP1 and AP8 motorways.


  • .Puente de la Reina
     €   The  Hotel Rural El Cerco * An ancient building carefully and tastefully restored in the small medieval walled town of Puente de la Reina. 10 comfortable rooms, restaurant serving local produce. Very good value. 2 km off A12 southwest of Pamplona 
  • Rioja wine country
    La Capellanía is an attractive boutique hotel in listed building in the historic centre of the small town of San Asensio. Large lounge, terrace, 8 rooms. English and French spoken. The hotel can organise wine-tasting trips and other local visits, including bike and horse rides. Wifi.

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Northern Spain

Forget the classic image of Spain in summer as a searingly hot dry country. There is another Spain too, and that other Spain is a strong of regions along Spain's northern Atlantic coast, stretching from Galicia in the west through Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country, to Navarre and the Spanish Pyrenees in the east.
  With a climate tempered by the Atlantic ocean, these are the provinces of  España verde, or Green Spain; they are the only parts of Spain that generally remain green and pleasantly warm in the hot Spanish summer.
   Not only are Spain's northern coastal areas very different climatically from the Spanish coast that is most familiar to foreign tourists - on the other side of the country; the coasts here are also far less crowded, particularly in the western areas of Galicia and Asturias. Click here to discover real Spain: travel, tourism and Spanish life
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