Spain holds its position as the world’s number one tourist destination for good reason. It is blessed with good weather, old world cities and picturesque towns, stunning topography, congenial people and food. Having traveled over many years as a photographer, I have lost interest in the “must see” destinations along well worn tourist routes. Getting off the beaten track is what I gravitate towards and is still possible along Spain’s north atlantic coast. During a two week sojourn in September 2019, I drove from San Sebastian to Ribadeo hugging an extordinary Bay of Biscay coastline flanked by the steep Basque and Cantabrian Mountains. Cathedral-like sea sculpted rock formations with layered stone “flysch” outcrops dot the beaches along with sandy coves and medieval fishing villages. Without a schedule or reservations, lodging was easy to find and allowed for lingering at places that captivated me. Locally the region is called España Verde (Green Spain) because its wet and temperate oceanic climate helps lush pastures and forests thrive, providing a landscape similar to that of Ireland.
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