If you fancy seeing some of the real parts of Spain, this area in the north of the country is for you.
We flew into Santander and had a week in Cantabria close to some of the best beaches and equally gorgeous seafood you can imagine, then a week in the mountains in Asturias.
A trip to Antoni Gaudi's summer house, El Capricho, in Comillas is well worth seeing as is a day pottering around Santander, a colonial Spanish town with heaps of history. Find a Valon coffee shop for the thickest hot chocolate and churros known to man!
The Cangas De Onis area of Asturias is an adventure junkie's playground. We took a day trip white water kayaking; an afternoon horse riding, hiking in the hills, to going underground in pre historic caves. Needed a holiday when we returned!
TIP: Don't miss a visit to the pilgrimage site of Covadonga to kiss the feet of the Blessed Virgin Mary.