Cantabria’s Coast, Spain
Northern Spain is more than just Basque Country and the Santiago del Compostella. The small region of Cantabria isn’t the place most tourists want to go – or have even heard of. Compared to the rest of Spain, Cantabria’s weather is far more mild and its climate is temperate. The rains come more often, and the scenery is a lot more green (in fact, it is part of a region nicknamed “Green Spain”)! Cantabria is home to a beautiful coastline along the Bay of Biscay. It has a mountains – offshoots of the Pyrenees – cliffs, lakes, valleys and of course beaches, and therefore perfect for travellers who want to get outdoors. Besides its greenery and serenity, the small region of Cantabria is known for its ancient archeological sites from the Upper Palaeolithic era, including almost a dozen caves full of paintings, with the most famous is the Cave of Altamira known for their ancient cave paintings near the beautiful cobbled village of Santillana del Mar. In fact, these caves are actually protected by UNESCO! Cantabria may be small and off most people’s radar, but there is so much to do here. Rent kayaks to explore the hidden coves, head to places like the Faro de Caballo for some cliff diving, try ancient cider recipes in Santillana del Mar, get bikes and discover the winding country lanes, taste the world-famous anchovies of Santoña, summit mountains like the Pico Del Monte Buciero near Santoña – or any of the other of dozens of peaks!
Pro tip: This is the kind of place you want to be outdoors – make sure you bring lots of outdoor clothes and hiking boots! Do visit some of the wee villages like Santoña, Santillana del Mar, Isla and more.
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- Village of Santillana del Mar
- Faro de Caballo Lighthouse
- San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
- Wee village of Isla