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My grand tour of ‘Green Spain’, from Cantabria to Asturias and Galicia

A driving tour of Northern Spain ‘increasingly resembles Donegal the farther I travel’, our travel writer says

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San Vicente de la Barquera in Cantabria

San Vicente de la Barquera in Cantabria

A dish of octopus and boiled potatoes in Galicia

A dish of octopus and boiled potatoes in Galicia

Pouring cider in Asturias

Pouring cider in Asturias

Pilgrim in Santiago de Compostela with the cathedral in the background

Pilgrim in Santiago de Compostela with the cathedral in the background

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San Vicente de la Barquera in Cantabria

Some things are best left to the experts, such as pouring exactly 3cm of cider from a bottle held high above your head into a glass at waist level. In Asturias, trainee bar and restaurant staff have to practise for weeks with water before they’re let loose on paying customers.

It’s to prevent the boss going bankrupt from all the dry-cleaning bills,” tour guide Ernesto Fernandez tells me as I admire the small harbour town of Luarca from its hillside cemetery.


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