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This active family adventure holiday on Spain's northern coast is fun for all the family. Stay in a remote mountain refuge in the Spanish Picos, don your wetsuit for adrenaline-charged canyoning, and enjoy kayaking, cycling and surfing.


£945 adult; £895 children. Land Only

Duration: 8 days
Departures: Various Sunday departures from July to August
Start point: Arriondas
End point: Santander

Greentraveller’s Travel Advice: Why not start this family adventure with a ferry trip? The international port in Santander in Northern Spain can be reached by an overnight ferry journey from either Plymouth or Portsmouth.

>> For full details, see: Ferry from Plymouth to Santander

>> For full details, see: Ferry from Portsmouth to Santander

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Family adventure on the Costa Verde, Northern Spain

An exciting family holiday in Asturias, on the quiet north west coast of Spain. The 'Costa Verde' or green coast, reminiscent of the Cornish coast with its steep sided river valleys running into sandy bays, has the Picos de Europa as its backdrop; the largest single mass of mountain limestone in Europe and the only true maritime range on the continent. The dramatic karst scenery, picturesque villages and fine beaches make this region an ideal destination for a family adventure.

The region is also special on account of the local, rather Celtic, culture that continues to thrive in the towns and villages of the area. Home to some of Europe's most impressive wildlife species, including wolf, bear, chamois and griffon vulture, the Picos de Europa was Spain's first national park. In this new family adventure we have put together a range of activities and sightseeing that will make for an exciting, fun filled and memorable holiday.

Canoeing on the Sella River and a leisurely morning's horse riding or mountain biking provide our introduction to northern Spain's family-friendly Asturias. We then hike to a mountain refuge on the slopes of the dramatic Picos de Europa for a day exploring and enjoying the amazing mountain views. Transferring to the ‘Costa Verde', we will spend a free day on the beach, hunt for dinosaur footprints on a coastal walk, hike to a stunning 360 degree viewpoint and visit the caves close by Cangas de Onis, home to fine prehistoric paintings. A world away from the typical overcrowded and touristic costas, this is Spain with a difference!

What price includes

  • 6 nights hotels (3 nights with swimming pool)
  • 1 night mountain refuge
  • 7 days multi-activity (including swimming)
  • Locally-based English guide
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners



Plan your journey by train

Meeting point:
Hotel La Balsa, Soto de Cangas, Cangas de Onis

Nearest train station to meeting point:

Transfer to meeting point:
Guests make their own way to meeting point
Taxi from Arriondas or group transfer from Santander provided

How to get there:
Train and ferry from London to Arriondas (via Santander)

Plan your journey by train to Santander

Plan your journey by train

Finish point:
Hotel in Colunga

Nearest train station to finish point:

Transfer to finish point:
Operator drops guests off at station

How to get back:
Ferry from Santander to Plymouth or Portsmouth

Plan your return train journey from Santander