Cantabria houses numerous charms and tourist places that must be visited to fully enjoy the trip to this beautiful region of northern Spain. Therefore, below We discover what you have to do in Cantabria so you never forget the experience. Can you come with us?
Santander, between what you have to do in CantabriaSantander
How could it be otherwise, one of the essential places to see in Cantabria is its capital: Santander. Among its tourist possibilities is the walk through the Sardinero, a neighborhood with long beaches, such as Camello, Somo, La Concha or the first and second Sardinero beach.
Special mention requires the Palace of La Magdalena, built in the early twentieth century with the aim of serving as residence for the Spanish royal family. However, the construction of eclectic style ended up being sold by Juan de Borbón to the city and nowadays it is declared as a Property of Cultural Interest.
Other assets of cultural interest of Santander and that deserve a visit are the cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, the Museum of Prehistory and Archeology of Cantabria, the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts, the monumental complex of the noble house of the Riva-Herrera, the house-museum of Menéndez Pelayo or the Mercado del Este.
Cabárceno ParkGiraffes in Cabárceno - unaCasaEcologica.com / Flickr.com
Among what you have to see in Cantabria is also the Cabárceno Park, located in the valley of Pisueña and known for the semi-freedom regime of some animals, like deer, fallow deer or the monkeys of Gibraltar. Visitors can see other species: lynx, brown bears, bactrian camels, eland ...
Likewise, Cabárceno Park has botanical routes that allow you to contemplate different types of plants; demonstrations of flight techniques and sea lion skills; as well as with a cable car from which to enjoy a panoramic view in height of the same park.
Altamira CaveCave painting of Altamira
The importance of the cavity lies in the artistic manifestations it houses and which constitute some of the most extraordinary of Paleolithic art. In fact, it is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and its polychrome ceiling has been described as the Sistine Chapel of rock art.
Visits to the cave of Altamira are limited to five people per week chosen by lottery and have a duration of about forty minutes.
Visitors can freely tour the museum, which is divided into two spaces: the Neocueva, a replica of the cavity that occupies us; and the exhibition The times of Altamira to know more about the Upper Paleolithic.
Your villages: from Santillana del Mar to LiencresSantillana del Mar - Jose Javier Martin Espartosa / Flickr.com
And among what you have to do in Cantabria, some municipalities stand out. Don't miss Santillana del Mar, where, in addition to visiting the cave of Altamira, you can know some of its assets of cultural interest, such as the palace of Mijares; o Liencres, which stands out for its beaches and the Natural Park of the Dunes of Liencres.
Equally recommended is Comillas, where you can see one of Gaudí's few works outside Catalonia: El Capricho. Not to mention San Vicente de la Barquera, which houses the Oyambre Natural Park; Castro, with a historic center of great interest; and Potes, located nothing less than at the foot of the Picos de Europa.
Picos de Europa National ParkEnol Lake in the Picos de Europa
Although it also extends through the provinces of Asturias and León, it is an essential part of any visit to Cantabria, since there is nothing like enjoying the wonderful landscape that offers one of the best natural reserves in the world and the third most visited national park in Spain.
To do this you have to move to the area of Liébana, which includes the town of Potes that we have already named and the municipalities of Camaleño, Cillorigo and Tresviso. These are, therefore, surrounded by some of the best representations of the Atlantic forests of the country, composed of beech and oak.