WHAT TO SEE IN CANTABRIA?
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Surely you've ever wondered what to see in Cantabria? o What to do in Cantabria?. If so, here is the answer. Cantabria is a very diverse region. Its orography has created an open land to the sea, crossed by short and fast rivers, crowned by high mountains of the Picos de Europa, and green, always green. Its historical-artistic heritage adds numerous declarations as World Heritage, and its coastal towns and natural spaces make it a destination for sports and nature lovers. And do not forget its rich cuisine, which covers all aspects, from seafood (fish and seafood) to beef or beef. Discover what to see in Cantabria with Rusticae
Whatever your plan, Cantabria is your destination.

 

 What to see in Santander

What to see in Santander

In the north of the region, around a large natural harbor, is the capital, Santander. It is one of the most important cities in the north of Spain and contains in its territory the essence of what to see Cantabria, if we look at its nature, landscapes, beaches, culture and gastronomy. Discover its small but charming historical center, where the cathedral, the lively porticoed square, the Menéndez Pelayo house-museum or the Pereda promenade, declared a historic-artistic complex, are located. Other places that you can not miss from the capital are the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts, the Palacio de la Magdalena, the Lighthouse of Cabo Mayor or El Sardinero.
Photo: Magdalena Palace

What to see in Laredo

What to see in Laredo

Laredo has one of the most beautiful and extensive beaches to see in Cantabria: La Salvé. After the bath you have to go through the streets of Puebla Vieja, the foundational nucleus of the town, crowned by the Gothic church of Santa María de la Asunción, whose interior houses a magnificent Flemish altarpiece.
Photo: Laredo

WHAT TO SEE IN VILLA DE COMILLAS

WHAT TO SEE IN VILLA DE COMILLAS

The Villa de Comillas, declared historic-artistic, has important architectural works such as the Pontifical University, the Sobrellano Palace or El Capricho by Antoni Gaudí. Essential places to see in Cantabria.
Photo: El Capricho de Gaudi

 What to see in Castro Urdiales

What to see in Castro Urdiales

In Castro Urdiales you can also combine bathing on the beach with cultural visits. It houses interesting samples of rock art in the Peña del Cuco, the Roman site of Flavióbriga and its church of Santa María de la Asunción which is the most outstanding Gothic work to see in Cantabria. Also noteworthy are the houses with wooden balconies and the castle-lighthouse.
Photo: Castro Urdiales

 What to see in Santillana del Mar

What to see in Santillana del Mar

On the northern route of the Camino de Santiago, Santillana del Mar is another beautiful historical site of medieval origin to see in Cantabria and whose star monument is the Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana, Romanesque style and erected in the mid-twelfth century.
Photo: Santa Juliana Collegiate Church

 What to see in Santoña

What to see in Santoña

Besides being known for its anchovies, Santoña surprises for its natural and cultural heritage. It is a must visit if you travel to see in Cantabria.
Here you will find the Church of Santa María de Puerto, the Chiloeches Palace and the Natural Reserve of Las Marismas de Santoña, Victoria and Joyel. It also highlights the beach of Berria and the defensive forts of San Carlos, San Martin and Mazo.
Photo: Santoña

 Other towns to see in Cantabria

Other towns to see in Cantabria

In the Campoo region, Reinosa has one of the best Baroque examples to see in Cantabria: the Church of San Sebastián. In the center of the region of Liébana, at the foot of the Picos de Europa, Potes stands out, with its many bridges, the Church of San Vicente and the Torre del Infantado. Another charming town is the fishing village of San Vicente de la Barquera, located on the Cantabrian coast, with beautiful beaches and an old part declared of cultural interest, where several bridges, a church, a castle and the remains of a wall are built. .
Photo: San Vicente de la Barquera

A bit of history and archeology to see in Cantabria

A bit of history and archeology to see in Cantabria

If you are passionate about history and archeology, what to see in Cantabria, you can visit numerous museums and Upper Palaeolithic sites. Undoubtedly, the most outstanding are the paintings of the Cueva de Altamira, declared a World Heritage Site, but there are other worthy caves that you can see and witness Cantabrian prehistory, such as El Soplao, El Castillo, La Pasiega, Las Monedas or El Pendo
Photo: Altamira Cave

 Natural Heritage to see in Cantabria

Natural Heritage to see in Cantabria

Cantabria is the third smallest autonomous community in Spain, but that does not deceive you, because the offer of tourism in nature is so extensive that you will have to return to get to know it completely and know well what to see in Cantabria. So, what to see in Cantabria? There are for all tastes, coast of cliffs and beaches, green valleys, and mountain range for the most adventurous. If Cantabria were a color, it would be green, so in your trip it is essential to visit one of its protected areas, such as the Parque Natural Collados del Asón, the Parque Natural de las Marismas de Santoña, Victoria y Joyel, the Parque Natural de Oyambre, or the Parque Nacional de Picos de Europa, which it shares with Asturias and Castilla y León.
Photo: Collados del Asón Natural Park

 Festivities to see in Cantabria

Festivities to see in Cantabria

In Cantabria many fairs and parties are celebrated, and it is possible that in your trip you can match any of them. The Day of Cantabria, the second Sunday of August, is a good time to learn about the customs and traditions of this region, such as bowling, dragging oxen or folklore, in the town of Cabezón de la Sal. Other festivals are highlighted The Vijanera de Silió, the Battle of Flores de Laredo or the Semanuca de Santander, parties to see in Cantabria
Photo: The Battle of Flores de Laredo

 Gastronomy of Cantabria

Gastronomy of Cantabria

The gastronomy what to see of Cantabria is a good reason to visit the region, since it includes fresh products of the sea, of the rivers and of the mountain, due to its privileged situation. This variety is manifested in dishes such as cocido montañés, tudanca beef (grilled, stewed or with vegetables), clams a la marinera, Santoña anchovies, sirloin with Tresviso cheese, eel casserole or hake in green sauce . For dessert you have to order the famous sobaos and quesadas pasiegas. Also typical are the frisuelos, palucos of Cabezón de la Sal, hojaldres, polkas or the pantortillas of Reinosa. Complete a good meal with a wine from the land and a marc from Liébana.
Photo: Santoña Anchovies

 Where to sleep in Cantabria

Where to sleep in Cantabria

In your visit to Cantabria we recommend four charming establishments scattered throughout this exuberant region. The Boutique Hotel Molino Tejada, an old stone mill of the XVI century in the south of Cantabria, the Hotel Casona de Quintana, next to the Natural Park of the Collados del Asón, the Hotel Jardín de Carrejo, a beautiful hotel surrounded by ancient trees in Cabezón de la Sal, and finally the stylish Apartments Casa De Liz in Guriezo, only 20 kilometers from Santander.
Photo: Hotel Boutique Molino Tejada

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