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Explore northern Spain from a holiday home in Cantabria. Green valleys, high peaks, magnificent seaside resorts and prehistoric caves welcome you to Cantabria. This particularly colourful region borders Asturias and the high mountains of the Cordillera Cantábrica. Cantabria is the perfect holiday destination all year round, due to its many natural and cultural treasures. Enjoy this interesting region to the full, from a holiday home in Cantabria!

A holiday full of nature

A holiday in Cantabria is full of contrasts. The varied landscape goes from green valleys, high peaks and valleys to forests, rivers and beaches. The coastline is characterised by sheer cliffs, impressive caves and beautiful beaches. To the south, the region borders onto the high mountains of the Cordillera Cantábrica. The region has no less than six protected nature reserves, the most important of which is the beautiful mountainous region of Picos de Europa. From your holiday home in Cantabria, go on an excursion to this region, with peaks up to 2,500 metres high. This area, a succession of gorges and ravines, is a real paradise for hikers. The same goes for the Parque Nacional de Covadonga. On the northern slopes of the Cantabrian Mountains lies the Parque Natural Saja. A unique park comprising meadows and beautiful mountains, with various types of forest. The area is a suitable habitat for wild boar, golden eagles and even brown bears. Also worth a visit are the springs of the Asón, the bay of Santander, the Vega de Pas canyon, the estuaries of the Tina Mayor and the Tina Menor, and the Ebro lake. This last one can call itself the largest reservoir in Spain. From your holiday home in Cantabria, you can step right out into nature among the mountains.

On the road while on holiday in Cantabria

Go back in time, from a holiday home in Cantabria. The history of Cantabria has left behind many interesting villages and towns. One important coastal town is Santillana del Mar. A medieval town full of city palaces, monasteries and towers where you can feast your eyes. San Vicente de la Barque, a charming town found at the mouth of a river, is characterised by the castle ruins and the Romanesque church. In the east of Cantabria lies Castro Urdiales: a lovely fishing village with a lighthouse, medieval fortress and beautiful Gothic church. In Cóbreces you can wander for hours through the narrow alleys. Be sure to visit the Trappist abbey of Santa María de Viaceli, and the church of San Pedro Advíncula. Noteworthy palaces and striking villas can be found in Comillas, a city in the north of the region. There is also one of Gaudi's famous buildings here: El Capricho. Your holiday home in Cantabria is an ideal starting point for exploring!

Ideas for your holiday in Cantabria

While on holiday in Cantabria you don't have to hang around! The varied nature of the region in terms of nature, culture and history gives you plenty of opportunities for spending the day. Cantabria has been inhabited since the Stone Age, and you can see evidence of this with your own eyes. Close to the coastal town of Santillana del Mar are the famous caves of Altamira, with prehistoric rock paintings. The Cueva del Castillo in Puente Viesgo is another cave where petroglyphs can be found. Riding in the chairlift from the Alto Campóo winter sports centre is great fun to do. From the top of the Tres Mares, the source of the Ebro, you get a beautiful view across the region. Explore the varied region with ease, from a holiday home in Cantabria - and be surprised by the many opportunities.

Enjoy the summer from your holiday home in Cantabria

The coastline of Cantabria has sheer cliffs, impressive caves and quaint seaside resorts. There's a good reason Cantabria attracts so many tourists during the summer months. The beautiful, wide beaches and intimate bays are ideal for a wonderful day relaxing. The beaches of Laredo and San Vicente de la Barque are very popular, as are those of Cerrias and Somocuevas. Santander, the capital of Cantabria, is surrounded by small fishing villages and busy beaches. From the holiday homes in Cantabria you can get to the most beautiful bays by car!

The varied nature of Cantabria has a wide range of opportunities for sports enthusiasts. So you could go mountaineering, sailing, horse riding, surfing or even skiing. The caves are ideal for speleology. The range of altitudes in the region mean you can go paragliding. The dunes area of Cantabria is the perfect place to go walking. The walking route from Isla de la Virgen del Mar to Playa de Valdearenas runs for 16 km along beautiful cliffs. Cycling is of course also an option while on holiday in Cantabria! The cycle routes along the coast offer a breathtaking views of the deep blue sea, wide beaches, deep cliffs and green plains. A holiday in Cantabria is about enjoying, exploring and experiencing. With a holiday home from our Cantabria holiday homes range, you will have an unforgettable holiday experience!

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Holiday in Cantabria - FAQs
What are the most important places to visit in Cantabria?

The most important places to visit in Cantabria are Museo de Altamira, Centro Botin, Iglesia Rupestre de Santa Maria de Valverde, Palacio de Sobrellano and Cueva de Covalanas.

 

Any activities that I must include during my stay in Cantabria?

Some of the must-do activities in Cantabria are-

  • Rafting
  • Hang-gliding
  • Wave canoeing
  • Relaxing at spa resorts
  • Visiting prehistoric art collections and caves at Altamira
  • Exploring the Santo Toribio de Liebana Monastery
What are the recommended dishes in Cantabria?

Some of the recommended dishes in Cantabria are Marmita, Hake in Green Sauce, Arroz con Leche, Cocido Montanes and Rabas.

If I’m coming from the UK, what are my options?

Travelers from the UK can reach Cantabria by air, ferry and connecting bus.

When is the ideal time to visit Cantabria?

The months from May to November are the best to visit Cantabria.