Northern Spain comprises of the four autonomous regions of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, and the Basque Country (or Euskudi), a place where the intense green of the mountains blends into the deep blue of the Atlantic Ocean and the Cantabrian Sea; a landscape of unique beauty that is a meeting point of ancestral traditions and avant-garde trends. Beyond the Basque Country, which is renowned for its distinct culture and gastronomic experiences ranging from bustling pintxos bars, private cooking associations and exquisite Michelin-starred restaurants, the rest of Green Spain has remained relatively unexplored by international travellers, a region waiting to be discovered.
Galicia, home to the finishing point of the pilgrimage route, St Jamesâ€™ Way, at Santiago de Compostela, is Spainâ€™s wild western edge with medieval fishing villages, lush forests and World Heritage Monuments. The stunning Picos de Europa National Park staddles the regions of Asturias and Cantabria, verdant mountains and valleys dotted with historic towns and villages â€“ a natural delight for those outdoor enthusiasts. You find UNESCO listed prehistoric caves, architectural legacies across time, as well as beautiful sandy beaches.
Get ready to discover the secrets of â€œGreen Spainâ€, an unforgettable trail through wild beaches, charming towns, large nature parks and Biosphere reserves. Bienvenidos a EspaÃ±a! See you soon in Spain!
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Cristina Gonzalez Ruiz – The Green Spain Ambassador
Cristina was born in Bilbao, Spain, and holds a BA (Hons) in Leisure and Tourism Management from the London Metropolitan University, UK, and an MA in Leisure and Tourism Management from the University of Deusto, Spain. After a short work stint in the Tourism Industry, she moved to Brussels, Belgium, to work at the European Commission for a year. After this, she started to work at the Spanish Tourism Board, first in Brussels and then in Singapore, as the Director Assistant. In 1999, she began her career in the field of education, first as a Lecturer in Tourism studies and later as a Lecturer of Spanish as a foreign language. Since 2002, she has held the position of Coordinator of the Spanish Language Program at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. After completing a double MA in Applied Linguistics and Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, she was promoted to Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Modern Languages at NTU, Singapore. Currently, Cristina is pursuing a PhD in Applied Linguistics to Language Teaching while continuing teaching Spanish at NTU, Singapore.