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With exceptional natural heritage, Cantabria's rivers, beaches, cliffs, valleys, moutains and forests create a mosaic of contrasting landscapes.

Cantabria shares with its neighbour, Asturias, the hiker’s paradise of the Picos de Europa. This national park is the second largest in Spain and draws outdoors enthusiasts from across the globe to its three limestone massifs. But those without a head for heights will find plenty to entertain them in Cantabria too. Walkers who prefer to stroll on the flat will find coastal hikes aplenty: the eastern coast of Cantabria, between Santander and the attractive Roman port town of Castro Urdiales alternates with sheer cliffs, wide dunes, and rocky outcrops.

Cantabria’s principal city is Santander, famous for its fabulous beaches and its illustrious holidaymakers, while the smaller towns of Santanilla del Mar and Comillas delight visitors with their medieval streets.

Gastronomes will enjoy Cantabria’s acclaimed beef and plentiful, fresh seafood, while water sports lovers can frolic in the surf, sail and snorkel. For a trip back in time, delve underground at Puente Viesgo where the caves are adorned with stalagmites, stalactites and prehistoric paintings.


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Why not sample some of the delicious local cuisine from the Cantabria region?

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We recommend you take the time to visit some well-known tourist destinations and hidden gems of the Cantabria region.

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There are plenty of activities on offer in Cantabria to give you that all important taste of Spain.

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