Cantabria, what a fascinating region in the north of Spain that attracts travelers from all over the world with its impressive nature, rich history and authentic charm. The region is nestled between the Cantabrian Mountains and the Bay of Biscay.
Cantabria is a breathtaking mix of different landscapes. The majestic peaks of the Cantabrian Mountains offer hiking enthusiasts and mountaineers numerous opportunities to explore the beauty of the mountains. The Picos de Europa, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, impress with deep gorges, gentle valleys and rugged rock formations.
The coast of Cantabria stretches over 200 kilometers and is a paradise for beach lovers. Golden sandy beaches, wild cliffs and picturesque bays invite you to relax and explore. Surfers are attracted to the waves of the Atlantic Ocean and find ideal conditions for their hobby.
The region has a rich history that remains alive in its charming towns and villages. Visit Santander, the region’s capital, with its elegant promenade along the bay and its historic buildings. Medieval Santillana del Mar is often called one of the most beautiful cities in Spain and enchants with its cobblestone streets and magnificent palaces.
The Altamira Caves, also known as the “Sistine Chapel of Prehistoric Art,” are a highlight for history buffs. The cave paintings discovered here are over 20,000 years old and offer a fascinating glimpse into the lives of our ancestors.
Cantabria is also known for its excellent gastronomy. Sample delicious seafood and fresh fish straight from the Bay of Biscay. Tapas bars offer a variety of local specialties and wines that will tantalize your palate. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste the famous “Sobaos Pasiegos”, a traditional Cantabrian pastry.
What to discover in Cantabria
What could be better than sitting relaxed on a train, letting the landscape pass you by and listening to the rattle of the wheels. Clearly, a train that travels as a rolling hotel! Traveling in northern Spain on the Transcantábrico, the Costa Verde Express, taking excursions in the region and falling asleep in your own…
Santander Airport (Aeropuerto de Santander-Seve Ballesteros) is the main airport in Cantabria and offers regular domestic flights to and from various cities in Spain. International flights are also available, mainly from some European cities.
Cantabria is well connected to the Spanish railroad network. Santander Station is the region’s main train station and provides connections to many cities in Spain, including high-speed trains (AVE) to destinations such as Madrid and Barcelona. Train travelers can also use Torrelavega station, which also has good connections to the rail network.
There are long-distance bus services from various Spanish cities to Cantabria. The buses usually stop at the main stations of the larger cities such as Santander, Torrelavega and Castro Urdiales.
For those traveling by car, it is best to arrive via the highways and freeways. The A-8 highway runs along the coast. There are also several toll-free country roads that pass through picturesque villages and landscapes.
For travelers from the UK and Ireland, there are ferry services to Santander.
Best time to travel
Cantabria, located in northern Spain, has a mild oceanic climate characterized by humid and rainy winters and pleasantly warm summers.
The most popular time to visit Cantabria is usually from May to September. During these months, temperatures are pleasantly mild to warm.
Winter (December to February) is the low season in Cantabria. Temperatures can be cool and humid.