The regions that run along the top of the country, from Galicia above Portugal to the Basque Country and the French border area, are beautiful. They are steeped in tradition, the architecture is unique and the land sweeps from the deepest of valleys to the high mountain peaks. There are also rugged coastlines and sandy beaches.
We headed from Madrid to the region of Cantabria - how nice to see a river-bed with water actually running along it! This is almost impossible in August anywhere south of Madrid!
The wonderfully green fields, trees and the dry stone walls reminded me of England and came as a refreshing break from the intense sun and heat of the capital.
We came across a traditional reenactment of a mediaval battle, a beautiful village and picturesque valley and some interesting displays of rural life. But more about those during the week!