Cantabria Things to Do

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Cantabria Things to Do

  • Cueva del - Soplao - Cave

    A "soplao" (blown) is a current of air that is noticeable when drilling a gallery from another with less oxygenThis mine has eight levels and we can imagine the surprise of the first miners who discovered this part of the mine in 1908. Fortunately though they worked near did not major damages and the conservation of the Cave is very goodInside you...

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  • Gandarilla 1

    Gandarilla is a small village not far away from San Vicente de la BarqueraIt has a nice church , the restaurant La Coteruca ( the only one ) were the food is great , you may eat some stews( cocido , alubias...) as starter , then a dish of meat of an special type of local cow named "Tudanca", you will not forget and to finish a nice rice pudding...

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  • Gandarilla4-Arrastre paso a paso-Drag...

    Let's see step by step what is done on a drag contest:- Prepare apeos for oxen and cows- Make the yoke of the two animals, using the yoke and straps, to tie the horns and end the "mane" which is a leather protection, which is placed on the head, with a fringe of wool to avoid the sun and fliesOnly is missing the "ijada" ( long stick for the...

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  • Gandarilla 3. Vacas y bueyes - Cows and...

    To drag the stones different breeds of cows and oxen are used The breeds more common here are what we call Swiss cow , Black cow and Tudanca that is a cow that lives on this area with grey colour , you do not get milk from it , but you get meat and work of themIn Summer time they live in the mountains and not require much care of their owners but...

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  • Gandarilla 2 - Arrastre de piedra-Stone...

    The stone drag is a rural sport widespread throughout northern Spain.It was originated when farmers used oxen to work in the field, because in these areas with many slopes and roads in poor condition were adapted to work better than horses and mulesTesting is done by different categories based on the weights of the animals, this day we saw oxen and...

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  • Mirador del Puerto de Los Tornos

    In the midst of some of the most beautiful hills and valleys you will find this "mirador" or look-out. Stop, breathe in the mountain air, and enjoy the amazing view.

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  • El Soplao cave

    This cave is unique due to the whiteness and the abundance of its eccentric formations that, unlike stalactites or stalagmites, have not an axis. Their composition is aragonite and calcite.These concretions appear on the floor, the walls, ceilings, on top of old stalagtites, stalagmites and even on the shields.

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  • Enjoy the urban charms of Santander

    The capital and main city of Cantabria, with a population of less than 200.000 inhabitants, is a charming place located on what has been dubbed one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Since Santander does not have many historical sites, it is the pleasant waterfront that keeps on attracting visitors to this area. The city's natural backdrop is...

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  • Have a Concentrated Taste of the Sea in...

    Of all the small villages on the opposite shore of the Bay of Santander, Pedreña is the best known. Still, it is just a small fishing village which is famous for the quality of its shellfish and other sea fruits (clams and razor clams in particular) and for its gorgeous golf course, where the local hero Severiano Ballesteros started his career....

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  • Cabárceno

    In spite of officially being called Nature Park, Cabárceno is actually a zoo, however one of the best in Spain. It was built at the foot of Peña Cabarga in a former iron mine that had been exploited since the time of the Romans. Ancestral mining techniques and the remains of the iron mineral had turned the landscape into an out-of-worldly space,...

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  • Explore the Santander Bay

    The so-called Santander Bay is actually the largest estuary in the North coast of Spain. Most of the region's population is concentrated in the city of Santander and around its bay, and yet, there are plenty of unspoilt beaches and wetlands to enjoy. For instance, if you visit Santander by the end of the Summer, you can presence the annual...

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  • Enjoy the Medieval Charm of Santillana

    For most Spaniards, Santillana del Mar is the perfect medieval town. Not in vain, most surveys on the most beautiful town in the country are topped by this charming little village crammed with wooden-balconied houses and heralded palaces around the impressive Romanesque collegiate church of Santa Juliana. Its 12th-century cloister contains the most...

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  • Cervatos

    The one reason that would take you to this remote little village nestled in the rolling hills of Campoo can only be its beautiful Romanesque Saint Peter's Church, possibly the best in Cantabria. The atmosphere in the tiny town is deliciously rural, but already since your first glimpse from the highway, your attention will be dragged to the pure...

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  • Cantabria: what you can do

    I would second the choice of staying in Somo, especially with kids. There's a 8 kms long beach there and several hotels and rural inns that are great, extremely well-equipped. Hotels include http://www.hotelesdesomo.com/ orhttp://www.hoteltorresdesomo.com/ and rural inns maybe searched at http://www.cantabriarural.com/,e.g. La Posada de Somo....

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  • Watch out for Animals at Balcon de la...

    We were driving north and climbing steadily along bendy-twisty roads in the Reserva nacional de Saja Parque. Suddenly, as we neared the brow of a hill on a bend we spotted a rather startled, large deer.But he was very tame!It was a lovely warm, sunny day at the end of March but the mountains ahaed were still snow-capped.

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  • The cave of Altamira

    The place for pilgrimage for each historian, it is Altamira. Be prepared for long rows and limited time for going inside. The best way how to get into the caves is: the first day to buy tickets, the second day to go in. Check the timetable!

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  • Wild beaches

    If your destination is a quite place without crowd of people, you'd go to beaches in Cantabria between small towns. For example playa de Oyambre.

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  • Visit San Vicente de la Barquera

    Almost in the border of Asturias and Cantabria is very beautiful small town San Vincente de la Barquera. Directly from this place startes very beautiful small road along the ocean coast. Take the right bank of river R.Escuda and go to the east and you'll find amazing beaches and views.

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  • Climb the Buciero and taste anchovies in...

    Santoña is the most important fishing port in Cantabria. It is located at the footsteps of the Mount Buciero, a huge rock that protects the Bay of Santoña and offer unforgettable views over the entire estuary of the Asón river. During high tide, the rock and the town are almost an island linked to the mainland by a fine strip of sand swept by the...

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  • Santillana del Mar

    If you plan to visit Cantabria, Santillana del Mar is a must do stop to visit. Every single building of the village is of historical or architectural interes. They try to maintain the style of the buildings and the village so even the banks have iron decoration outside, instead of the normal signs and all modern details are hidden.Some of the most...

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  • Cueva de El Soplao

    A wonderful landscape of stalactites and stalagmites, in a cave which has been made of easy access for visits. The 1-hour visit walks over a flat surface with an interesting and well commented 1,5 km. tour, astonishing and a delight, but there is also the possibility of a more adventure visit through additional 6 km. galleries (see the official...

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  • Cuevas de Altamira

    The caves of Altamira are a jewel of Paleolithic frescos representing bisons and other scenes, which has valued them the name of "sistine chapel" of cave drawings. Since 1985 they are included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.The original caves are closed or only to be visited with an special application, but a new museum including a...

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  • SUANCES

    Suances is a town located in the coast, a bit touristical, but with some really beautiful views, specially from the lighthouse, where you can wacht the sea from the cliff.There is a place called La playa de los Locos (Mads beach), renowned for its waves, where a lot of surfers meet to practice.

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  • Plaza de la Constitución - Comillas

    When we were here, a wedding took place. At this square you will find the antique ayuntamiento and the church of Comillas.

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  • El Capricho de Gaudí - Comillas

    El Capricho is a nice house made by Gaudí in 1883. Nowadays it is a restaurant.Comillas is a nice little town at the ocean. In the summer it can get quite busy, but in june it is nice.

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  • Palacio de Sobrellano - Comillas

    El Palacio de Sobrellano is constructed by the Catalan architect Joan Martorell y Montells between 1881 and 1888 for the fisrt Marques of Comillas, Antonio López. When we were there it was closed, but you can visit the palace every day, except monday and tuesday. In july and august it is open every day.Comillas is a nice little town at the ocean....

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  • Santillana del Mar

    Santillana del Mar is a nice little town. Unlike its name it doesn't lays near the beach. In the summertime in get quite busy.

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  • The Cantabrians

    The Cantabrian Mountains are very scenic and spectacular. Just beware of the very changeable weather.

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  • Riocorvo

    If you visit Cartes, you should plan some time for nearby Riocorvo. It shares the same characteristics than the former town, although Riocorvo is, in my opinion, a bit more rustical.

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  • Cartes

    Cartes is one of the best preserved little towns in Cantabria and a perfect place to admire the traditional architecture of the area.Although its historical area is really very smal -it is practically confined to a single main street- all the buildings seem to have kept their original structure and provide the town with a flair of bucolic...

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  • Castro-Urdiales

    Castro-Urdiales is another photogenic fishing town but on the opposite extreme of the coast, in this case, close to the Basque border.Its picutresque fishing port is litterally the Plaza Mayor of Castro-Urdiales; the place that all urban life turns around.

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  • Saint Vincent of the Boatwoman

    Saint Vincent of the Boatwoman has all the ingredients to make a photogenic town: it has a castle, a Barroque church, a long bridge and a colourful fishing port. What is more the snow covered Europe Peaks could not make a better background for this pretty town.Unfortunately, the sky was not clear on the day that this picture was taken.

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  • Reinosa

    Reinosa is the largest town in southern Cantabria. Crossed by a just born river Ebro, its main attractions are lined along the main street that used to be the road connecting the port of Santander with the Castillian plains.This picture shows the oldest picture that crosses the Ebro at Reinosa.

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  • Castañeda

    Castañeda is a small hamlet that deserves a visit because of its Romanesque church of Saint Mary, one of the most important in this style in the region.

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  • Liérganes

    Many little towns in rural Cantabria have retained a sober atmosphere of nobility and authenticity. Liérganes is one of them. Its cobbled streets lined with rural palaces and big stone houses (casonas) invite to the walk.In the picture you can see the Medieval bridge of Liérganes over the river Miera.

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  • Picos de Europa

    The national park spreads among the provinces of Cantabria, Asturias and Leon.In Cantabria, you can approach through Potes, and after having a good Cocido Montañes, go on through Liebana monastery and climb with "Fuente De" cable cabins to the top, for breathtaking panorama.

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  • Laredo

    An old town with historical significance and a splendid beach that has made it grow as a major tourist center. You can see more pictures in my page about Laredo.

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  • Comillas

    Comillas is one of the jewels of Cantabria: it combines the elegant and sophisticated atmosphere of a traditional beach resort of the Spanish aristocracy and bourgeoisy with the charm of a traditional fishing village.

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