- Very green, as the name suggests. Weather can be variable - it was hot throughout our time but some rain during the night and a few overcast days. Handy for crossings to Santander if you don't want to be driving far. Some good day trips within easy reach - Bilbao and Santander are great to explore and the old town of Laredo was a hidden gem. The area to the east of Noja is fairly industrial - some evidence of mining on the way to Bilbao - but balanced by areas of nature reserve.