Northern Spain is unlike other parts of Spain. Firstly it is green. The climate is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. They also have their different languages – Galician, Basque etc. Even their traditional musical instruments and dances are different to those in the south. This is very surprising in the European context. Spain is an old country by European standard and yet these minority communities still much in evidence. On the other hand, Germany and Italy are much younger countries, even though they share a common language within the two countries. It was the common language that united the German and also the Italian, to form their own countries.
The Cantabria range is a formidable barrier. Not only it divides the Green Spain from the rest of Spain, the Moorish conquest of Spain was stopped here at Cavadonga. Asturias is proud that it resisted invasions by the Moors. In the 10C, Al Mansur led 100 raid into the north alone. Right in the middle of the Cantabria range in the geological entity of Los Picos de Europa, which consists of three limestone massifs, with peaks reaching over 2600m high? It is the single largest limestone formation in the continent of Europe. This Powerpoint is a collection of photos taken in or around the National Park of Picos de Europa and also included photos of the Costa Verde some 20m away along the coast.
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