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The Magdalena Palace
The Royal Palace of La Magdalena is a building located in La Magdalena, Front of Moorish island. It was built between 1908 Y 1912 to house the Spanish royal family. It has an eclectic style, a mixture of English and French styles with the incorporation of typical elements of mountain architecture. Restored in the forties, hosts every summer the courses of the Menéndez Pelayo International University.
Address: Queen Victoria Avenue, s/n, 39005 Santander, Cantabria
Schedule: check schedule by phone *
Phone: 942 203 084
El Sardinero is a neighborhood and at the same time a tourist enclave of the city of Santander known for its extensive Beaches and for being one of the most exclusive in the city. Its name is because, formerly, sardines were fished in abundance in its waters. This area is one of the most charming and beautiful corners that you will find in the cities of the Cantabrian coast in Spain..
Address: El Sardinero, Cantabria
Mataleñas beach is located in Cueto, in the municipality of Santander. Located close to Lesser cape, it is accessed through the avenue that gives access to the Cabo Mayor lighthouse. You have complicated access, since it is accessed on foot by a steep staircase. These characteristics make it a sandy area of great beauty.
Address: Mataleñas beach, Santander
Cabo Mayor Lighthouse
The Cabo Mayor Lighthouse presides over the entrance to Santander Bay. Privileged balcony to the sea and the City, today it is one of the most emblematic and suggestive buildings for citizens and visitors. Located in the northeast corner of the City, the area where the Cabo Mayor Lighthouse is located is part of a larger area consisting of the headlands of Cabo Mayor and Cabo Menor.
Address: Cabo Mayor Lighthouse, 21,
The Botín center
This art center is located in a privileged place in Santander fully integrated with the city center and the historic Jardines de Pereda and its bay. The architect Renzo Piano devised this construction with light and lightness as protagonists. Hence, it has a cantilever over the sea giving the feeling of not touching land. It is suspended over a series of pillars and columns at the height of the trees of the popular Pereda Gardens, allowing the passage of light and incredible views of the bay of Santander.
Address: Albareda Pier, Pereda walk, s / n, 39004 Santander, Cantabria.
Schedule: Winter time (October to May):
from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00h a 20:00h.
Summer schedule (June to September):
from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00h a 21:00h.
Every Monday from 15 From July to 26 of August, from 10:00 a 21:00h
The viewpoint of the Río de la Pila
It is the most beautiful viewpoint to see in Santander and it is also free. It will not require effort to reach him. You just have to take the Funicular del Río de la Pila to the last stop and enjoy Santander from above.
Address: Calle Río de la Pila, S/N, 39001 Santander, Cantabria.
The current Santander Cathedral is made up of two overlapping Gothic-style churches. The lower, the present parish of Christ, was built during the first third of the 13th century, the upper one was for the rest of that century and has been partly rebuilt, and expanded, after the fire suffered by the city in 1941. The ensemble is completed with a 14th century cloister.
The one that at the beginning of the Middle Ages was Abbey of Sancti Emeritii et Celedonii, and later collegiate church of the Holy Bodies, became 1754 in Cathedral of the New Diocese of Santander.
A population center was created around the old abbey throughout the medieval period., Sant Ander, which today is the current capital of Cantabria.
Address: Calle Somorrostro, s/n, 39002 Santander, Cantabria
The maritime museum
In the Cantabrian Maritime Museum, the visitor has the opportunity to delve into the depths of marine biology , fishing ethnography , the history and technology of the Cantabrian Sea and its projection to the world.
It is equipped with large and modern aquariums with more than 3.000 square meters of exhibition where the relationship of the human being with the sea over time is evident.
Address: Of. by Severiano Ballesteros, s/n, 39004 Santander, Cantabria.
Summer schedule: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7:30 pm
Winter time: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm
Source of (Cableway)
In the heart of the Picos de Europa, the Fuente Dé Cable Car, saves a gap of 753 meters, and places the traveler 1.823 meters of altitude in just 4 minutes, at a speed of 10 m/s. From the upper station the visitor will be overwhelmed by a landscape of immense beauty.
Address: Calle la Riega Street, 0, 39588 Camaleño, Cantabria.
Schedule: Special schedule of 25 May to 7 of June: Monday to Friday, from 10:00 a 18:00; weekends and 1 of June, from 8:00 a 19:00.
Picos de Europa
They are a mountain range that extends through León, Asturias and Cantabria, made up of huge moles of limestone, that makes this space have an unmistakable color and appearance. The Picos de Europa are a natural redoubt of incalculable value for the variety of its fauna and flora.
Sequoia Forest of Cabezón de la Sal
What makes a redwood forest in Cantabrian territory? The explanation is simple. the Francoist government made the decision to plant more than 800 copies in the year 1940 with the aim of making the wood profitable. Nevertheless, when they reached the perfect size they were no longer of interest and were left intact. The result? They continued their growth so that today we can feel like real ants before the show.
Address: 39500 Cabezón de la Sal, Cantabria.
Lighthouse of the Horse
El Faro del Caballo began operating on 31 August 1863. The access, the steep steps, They were placed by the prisoners of the Santoña Prison Barracks, open between 1824 Y 1924.
The lighthouse tower is cylindrical in shape, locating the flashlight (already withdrawn) in the upper part within a prismatic structure (no glasses) with hemispherical cover. It is finished off by a narrow exterior corridor with a metal railing.. The height of the focal plane is 24 meters above sea level and 13,36 meters on the ground.
In 1993 ends its history as a lighthouse and is no longer operational, suffering repeated acts of vandalism. In 2013 the inmates of the El Dueso Penitentiary Center, they conditioned the environment and the steps as part of the Nácar project (Nature and Jail).
Although it is within the municipal term of Santoña, still belongs to the General Directorate of Coasts, despite not working as a beacon.
Address: 39740 Santoña, Cantabria.
The Altamira Museum and Cave is located 2 km away from the urban center of Santillana del Mar.
It was in 1868 Y 1879 when engravings of Homo Sapiens were found, corresponding to the Upper Paleolithic Magdalenian and a smaller number of the Solutrean, in the well-known Altamira Cave, but due to their deterioration, access restricted, and it was built, next to the original cave, the new facilities of the Altamira Museum and the Neocave, accurate and meticulous replica of the original.
Address: 39360, Cantabria.
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Castro Urdiales is located in the easternmost coastal area of Cantabria, surrounded by spectacular landscapes full of steep cliffs and beautiful beaches.
Although it has prehistoric remains of great interest, the city prides itself above all on a rich two-thousand-year history linked to the Roman empire, because where Castro is today was the Flaviobriga colony. fishing port, whaling and commercial, the fishing village of Castro has reached our days as one of the most dynamic cities in Cantabria.
Source of the Ebro river in Fontibre
Surrounded by ash trees and poplars we find the Fuentona de Fontibre. A stone monolith crowned with a small statue of the Virgen del Pilar guards the place: source of the Ebro river. It has a parking lot next to it, there you can leave the car and descend a few meters to the birth itself. It has a picnic area. In the immediate environment is the Ebro River Interpretation Center where the visitor will know all the details about the long journey of the river to its mouth..
Address: Fontibre neighborhood, 49, 39212 Fontibre, Cantabria.
Comillas (Gaudí's Whim)
El Capricho is a building designed in 1883 by the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí and built under the direction of his assistant Cristòfor Cascante i Colom in the Cantabrian town of Comillas. His real name is Villa Quijano, but the name of Capricho was applied to it because it was a commission from Máximo Díaz de Quijano, brother-in-law of the Marquis of Comillas, who wanted an oriental type summer residence. The works were carried out between 1883 Y 1885.
Address: Sobrellano neighborhood, s/n, 39520 Comillas, Cantabria.
Winter time: from november to february: 10:30 a 17:30 h
Spring / Fall Hours: from March to June and October: 10:30 a 20:00 h
Summer schedule: from july to september: 10:30 a 21:00 h
San Vicente de la Barquera
Although the origin of its first human settlements is not entirely clear, there are many historians who identify Saint Vincent with the ancient Roman Event and locate here the Portus Vereasueca, for its magnificent topographic position next to the bay that forms a double arm of the sea. From El Castillo del Rey you have a beautiful panoramic view of San Vicente de la Barquera with the Picos de Europa in the background and the remains of the wall.
El Soplao Cave was discovered in Cantabria at the beginning of the 20th century on the occasion of the exploitation of Florida and is considered one of the wonders of world geology, treasuring a paradise of eccentric stalactites, stalagmites, coladas, columns, cave pearls, etc.
The cave is unique and unrepeatable; a reference for world caving, and has been dubbed the "Sistine Chapel" of the underworld, for its grandeur, disposal and conservation.
Address: Prao el Colla, s/n, 39553 Celis, Cantabria.
Schedule: schedules and tickets by phone *
Santa Catalina viewpoint, the balcony of La Hermida
Near the end of the Entrerríos Nansa and Deva Route, it is worth a little detour between the towns of Cicera and Piñeres to, entering through a small grove, perching on this divine balcony.
One of the best viewpoints in Cantabria, open towards the Hermida Gorge. Impressive watchtower steeped in history since the Reconquest. We will be able to admire the town of Tresviso magically nestled among the rocks.
Address: 39580, Cantabria.
Cabárceno Nature Park
The Cabárceno Nature Park hosts almost 120 animal species from the five continents that live in semi-freedom, distributed in large area enclosures where one or several species coexist.
Address: Ctra. Obregon, s/n, 39690 Obregon, Cantabria.
Schedule: Of the 01/03 al 03/11 from 9:30 a 18:00 hours (lockers)
Of the 04/11 al 28/02 (Monday to Friday) from 9:30 a 17:00 hours (lockers)
From 04/11 al 28/02 (Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and bridges) from 9:30 a 18:00 hours (lockers)
Holy week of (from holy thursday to resurrection sunday): from 8:45 a 18:00 hours (lockers)
Saja Natural Park – Besaya
Of great value when it comes to flora and fauna, Only – Besaya surprises with the ever-changing beauty of its mountains. With lots of trails, the park is an ideal place to practice trekking and hiking at different levels. Animal lovers will, further, enjoy the contemplation of species such as the Cantabrian brown bear.
On the north face of Spanish territory, Only – Besaya is discovered as a natural secret, full of wealth and that, definitely, It will bring the peace you are looking for.
Address: 4R9H+77 Villasuso
Santoña and its canneries
You cannot leave Cantabria without visiting Santoña and some of its best-known canneries.
The Pasiegos Valleys
In the Cantabrian region of the Valles Pasiegos, also known as the Pasieguería, Pas rivers flow, Pisueña and Miera. The fluvial action and the human hand have shaped the spaces, creating an environment of high natural and cultural value. In this particular enclave you will find a whole green paradise with shapes and customs that make it different from the rest of Cantabria.
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Carmona is one of the most charming towns in Cantabria, thanks to its natural environment and striking architecture. For this and much more it has been included in the Association of the Most Beautiful Villages of Spain. It is a perfect place to spend family time, enjoying the exuberant nature of the region and its cozy and fairy-tale streets.
In Bárcena Mayor, visit the church of Santa María is a must, 17th century, the old rectory houses, the mountain mansions of popular invoice, with wide sun terraces and arcades open by ashlar arcades, or the rows of two-story houses, with porch, solarium and wooden enclosures, which constitute in essence the most represented image of the mountain settlement model.
Address: Bárcena Mayor
Capital of the municipality of the same name, its urban complex, declared of national historical-artistic interest in 1978, concentrates valuable classicist architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries, fruit of the economic boom that the artillery factory led to in that period in the region.
Potes is the capital of Liébana. Its situation sheltered from the mountains makes it have a warmer and drier microclimate, differentiated from the rest of Cantabria. It has a great religious architectural heritage, civil and popular, in addition to its particular traditions, in which we highlight the Jubilee of the Santo Toribio monastery. A walk through Potes transports the visitor to another era, with its cobbled alleys and popular mansions. There is nothing better than getting lost in the old area, and in particular for the Solana neighborhood, the bridges of San Cayetano and la Cárcel, built on the river that crosses the town, the Quiviesa.
Santillana del Mar
This medieval town of cobbled streets has a remarkable degree of conservation, where the visitor can easily be transported to other times, and it is declared a Historic Artistic Complex. It is popularly known as the village of the three lies, since she is not holy, nor wool, nor has a sea (although the municipality does have it). Most of its inhabitants are engaged in agriculture, livestock and especially tourism.
Address: Santillana del Mar
Mogrovejo is a small village located in the municipality of Camaleño, at a very dominant high. It preserves an important group of Lebanese popular houses and some unique buildings, among which the medieval tower stands out. Various buildings were built around the tower, some of them in ruins, among which the manor house stands out, which was remodeled in the 19th century and the parish church.
The Oyambre Natural Park
It was declared a Natural Park in 1.988, has an extension of 5.758 hectares.
This coastal territory has some of the most beautiful views of the entire Cantabrian coast, with a perfect backdrop, the peaks of Europe.
The ecosystems present in the Oyambre Natural Park (laughs, Beaches, marismas, dunas, cliffs, Forest mass) they combine spectacularly, and they offer the visitor a splendid landscaping beauty.
The vegetation and fauna of the park is very diverse depending on the ecosystem in question.
Liencres dunes natural park
It is located within the municipality of Piélagos, exactly at the mouth of the river Pas (Ría de Mogro). Spreads in 195 hectares and consists of coves and two beaches.
One of the most striking places in the area is just behind the beach, where some of the most important dunes in the north of Spain are located due to their geomorphology. We can distinguish: the moving dunes, next to the beach and the fixed dunes, that they have managed to fix thanks to the help of some plant species such as sand rush or sea thistle.
Regarding its fauna, multitudes of migratory waterfowl take place in this space.
Address: dandruff dunes
The Cantabrian town of Argüeso
The Cantabrian Town of Argüeso is established as an archaeological park, experimental research center and a place of multiple activities related to the life of the Iron Age peoples.
The site is a recreation of an entire Cantabrian people in great detail and is based on various archaeological investigations and the study of the life of the ancient inhabitants of Regio Cantabrorum. We can find several cabins, belonging to a different site and period dating from the 7th and 1st centuries BC.
Address: Cantabrian town
Also known as the castle of San Vicente, it is a medieval fortification in the south of Cantabria.
This small hill was a hermitage in the 9th century and later a late medieval necropolis in the 9th and 10th centuries., being able to see his remains. In the 15th century, a body was added that joined some towers created in the 13th and 14th centuries and a wall. Finally, some restorations were carried out and became property of the City Council of Hermandad de Campoo de Suso.
Address: Miss argüeso
Camesa Rebolledo archaeological site
The origins of the site are chronologically linked to a pre-Roman fort, to the subsequent settlement of the Legio IV Macedonica after the Cantabrian wars about the century 29 – 18 a.C. and the Roman road that linked Pisoraca Augusta with Portus Blendium.
In the 3rd century AD. It was a Visigoth necropolis and later in medieval times, it was used as a hermitage. Tombs and remains of medieval burials can still be seen today.
Address: Cantabrian archaeological site
Collegiate churches of San Martín de Elines and Cervatos
The collegiate church of San Martin de Elines has been forgotten for four hundred years, His last abbot was the first of Aguilar de Campóo. Nonetheless, the Collegiate Church continued to be governed by parish priests until 1892.
Now it is the parish of the town and continues with the role it had as a Benedictine monastery: sacred place for the worship of a Christian community.
During all the time that it was relegated and ignored, its building suffered from it, but for his good he did not suffer major alterations.
Address: Collegiate churches of San Martín
Cave churches and their interpretation center (Sta. Mª de Valverde)
A unique heritage from the first centuries of the Middle Ages and made up of hermitages, necropolis and churches that have been excavated in rock is distributed throughout the Valderredible region. In the Rupestre Interpretation Center, located in the vicinity of the most monumental cave church, the visitor will find the keys to understand how the culture that turned the rock matrix into religious beliefs arose.
Address: Santa Maria de Valverde