This original zoo has been recently made in an old iron open air mines. They have used the natural holes used not long ago to extract the iron to house the animals in a rather 'natural and free' environment. Elephants, leopards and lions in the north of Spain.
Just 1/2 hour away from Santander, heading south.
Trekking in the Picos de Europa: you´ll feel like in the Alps of Switzerland: Just half an hour away from the ocean: cows, snowy mountains - just a great place for trekking etc. On the border to Asturias 2-3 hours
from Santander. Visit Potes - the 'capital' of Picos de Europa - nice village.
Visit the Film Festival in San Sebastian (Sept.) -
we hired a car and went all throiugh Cantabria and
Vascongadas to San Sebastian - it´s a beautiful trip,
and the Festival is great - films of highest quality.
San Vicente de la Barquera:
is the marine village par excellence as it is obvious in all its traditions, customs and even in its popular festivities : La Folía (multitudinarious marine procession to the Virgin, celebrated on the second Sunday after Easter), and the procession to El Carmen (the 16th July).
San Vicente forms one of the most beautiful images of all the Cantabrian Cornice. Located between Asturias and Cantabria, its geographic location has undoubtedly facilitated its development as one of the favourite tourist destinies in the region.
The marine calling of San Vicente de la Barquera can be appreciated in its gastronomy, which revolves around fish and shellfish, the best being the sorropotún or marmita barquereña, a stew prepared with tuna and potatoes.
The Church of Santa María de los Ángeles, constructed between the XIII and XVI centuries is its most outstanding monument.
The old part of San Vicente is a monumental group filled with interesting buildings which have gained it the privilege of being considered Property of Cultural Interest of Cantabria since 1987. The bridges are another of the identification symbols of this village : the Bridge of La Maza with 28 arches, was built by order of the Catholic Monarchs in the XVI century, while the Bridge of El Parral dates back to the XVIII century.
Liendo. 5km from Laredo there is a small village called Liendo. It is not very touristy, you can still smell that typical 'cow scent', to put it nicely...
If you happen to pass by and feel like a beer or coffee, you ABSOLUTELY MUST stop by a bar named 'Los Topos', especially if the weather is good! It is a small wooden house with a garden with trees and tables to sit at. The owner, a very pleasant guy, seems to be an ex-hippy and likes to play David Bowie, Janis Joplin, Lou Reed and all the old good ones. It is cheap too. If you sit out there on a summer night and watch the stars you will never forget it... Don't miss it, especially if you like real places and not those new, fancy clubs with little personality.
Taking a walk around the coastline from the city to the light house you will see many oppurtunities to take some wonderful photographs. If you have any questions about the city, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is another venue to enjoy excellent temporary exhibitions.
- Address: Calle Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola
- Internet: www.fundacionbotin.org
Excellent permanent and temporary exhibitions.
- Address: Calle Rubio, 6
- Phone: (+34) 942 20 31 20
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Sculpture representing the poor children who used to dive into the waters looking for some coins.
Where: Along the docks, between the Embarcadero and Club Náutico.
Stone crane, from 1.896, it's seen from the Embarcadero. It's not used and it remains as a monument in Santander.
Built in the 1920's, it was the customs, and now it is used for temporary exhibitions.
Where: By the sea, in front of Jardines de Pereda.
These are boats used by Vital Alzar on voyages made using authentic materials to prove that pacific islanders could have made the journey to South America (or vice versa will look it up)
Old bridge over the Ebro river. This is close to Frias, a cute little town with castle ruins and old cobblestoned streets. We had great tapas in Frias!
Picos d'Europa. Beautiful mountainrange with a lot of wildlife. These animals were just very inquisitive!
Cathedral of Santander, the most important church in the region, located in the Promontory of Somorrostro and built over Christ´s Church.