6 essential corners of Cantabria

Cantabria, in northern Spain, is an ideal travel destination. The Infinite Earth, as announced by a well-known advertising campaign, is a natural paradise full of history, culture and traditions, with incredible landscapes and possibilities for all tastes.

Although there are many places and places that can be enjoyed in CantabriaThere are some that are essential. Here are some of those corners that you can not miss when you visit this wonderful region.

1. Natural Park of the Collados del Asón

hills of the Asson - David Pegzlz

In the easternmost part of Cantabria is the Natural Park of the Collados del Asón. It is a fundamental destination for nature lovers and in which hikers, cavers, climbers and canoeists can enjoy developing their hobby.

In this park you can make numerous routes, enter the Cave of Coventosa, descend the river Asón or climb the via ferratas del Cáliz or El Risco.

In the highest part is the Puerto de los Tornos, a viewpoint that will allow you to enjoy a beautiful experience both day and night.

2. Nature Park of Cabárceno

Cabárceno Park - LFRabanedo

In the Cabárceno Park, animals live in semi-freedom in what was an old iron extraction mine. In addition to seeing the animals there are exhibition activities and botanical routes that allow you to see different types of plants.

3. Natural Monument of the Sequoias of Monte Cabezón

Monte Cabezón - Pedro M. Martínez Corada / commons.wikimedia.org

The Natural Monument of the Sequoias of Monte Cabezón is located in the municipality of Cabezón de la Sal. The redwoods of Monte Cabezón were declared a Natural Monument by Decree in 2003.

This fantastic place has an area of ​​2.47 hectares and is populated by 848 feet of Sequoia sempervirens and 25 feet of Pinus radiata. This Natural Monument is the result of the experiment in which a species completely alien to the area adapted perfectly to the environment.

4. The Soplao Cave

Soplao Cave - María Jesús Tomé / commons.wikimedia.org

The Soplao Cave is the most famous of the Cantabria caves. It is located in the municipalities of Valdáliga and Rionansa, near San Vicente de la Barquera. Its interior houses one of the highest concentrations of eccentric stalagmites in the world.

The Soplao Cave was discovered at the beginning of the 20th century, due to the exploitation of the Florida mines. This cave is considered one of the great wonders of geology. It has been open to the public since 2005, although only one part is allowed to be guided.

Visitors can enjoy a spectacular tour since, in addition to its geological value, the cave and its surroundings house an exceptional heritage of mining industrial archeology, with more than 20 kilometers of galleries.

5. Santillana del Mar

Santillana del Mar - Roberaten

Santillana del Mar is one of the most tourist and most visited villages in Cantabria. It has a historical medieval complex of great value, considered one of the most beautiful in Spain. The town was declared a historical-artistic complex in 1889.

Highlights include the Collegiate and Cloister of the twelfth century, the Plaza Mayor de Ramón y Pelayo, the Hermitage of Santa Justa, as well as various museums. The beautiful and picturesque streets, such as Santo Domingo or Juan Infante, will transfer you to another era.

In its vicinity is the famous cave of Altamira, a natural cavity that preserves one of the most important pictorial and artistic cycles of Prehistory. Although something worth seeing, your visit is restricted to a weekly visit for five people under a strict clothing and lighting protocol.

«After Altamira, everything seems decadent»

-Pablo Ruiz Picasso »-

If you can't visit the caves, don't worry, you have a good alternative.Visit the Altamira Museum and you can approach this famous prehistoric site.

6. Pots

Pots - Nella

Potes is another of the most beautiful villages in Cantabria, known as the town of bridges and towers. The charm of this small town, surrounded by mountains, lies in its ancient appearance, its landscape and its picturesque bridges and towers.

The Villa de Potes is a historical complex which highlights the Torre del Infantado, seat of the City Council. But the town retains numerous buildings of great interest.

Cantabria has many other beautiful corners, perfect to enjoy in good company. Nothing better than to organize a trip and discover them for yourself. Do you dare?

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