Cantabria Hotels, holiday accommodation in Cantabria, northern Spain
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Cantabria

<span>Santander, Cantabria - the casino in El Sardinero</span>Santander, Cantabria - the casino in El Sardinero
<span>Santander, Cantabria - Cathedral cloisters</span>Santander, Cantabria - Cathedral cloisters
<span>Santander, Cantabria - Puerto Chico waterfont</span>Santander, Cantabria - Puerto Chico waterfont
<span>Santillana del Mar, Cantabria - Colegiata</span>Santillana del Mar, Cantabria - Colegiata
<span>Santillana de Mar, Cantabria - Colegiata</span>Santillana de Mar, Cantabria - Colegiata
<span>Santillana del Mar, , Cantabria - Colegiata cloisters</span>Santillana del Mar, , Cantabria - Colegiata cloisters
<span>Potes, Cantabria</span>Potes, Cantabria
<span>Potes, Cantabria - Iglesia de Santa Maria de Lebena</span>Potes, Cantabria - Iglesia de Santa Maria de Lebena
<span>Barcena Mayor, Cantabria</span>Barcena Mayor, Cantabria
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The greatest attractions in Cantabria are its contrasts: green valleys, towering peaks, and blue waters. The coastal scenery is lovely, often lined with fine beaches, little resorts and picturesque fishing villages. In Cantabria there is one world that revolves around agriculture and cattle-raising, the other centres around fishing. The coats of arms displayed on the stately homes are reminders of a proud past, while in the valleys, enclosed between mountains, rural life goes on as usual.

The coastal fringe of Cantabria from east to west is dotted with historical and tourist towns such as Castro Urdiales, Laredo, Noja and the captial of the region; Santander, with its lovely Sardinero beach and splendid bay. Further along the Cantabria coast towns such as Comillas, San Vicente de la Barquera and Santillana del Mar are particularly nice. Inland, the Liebana valley with Potes and Mogrovejo, and Cabuerniga valley, where we find Carmona and Barcena Mayor which have remained unchanged for centuries.  Cantabria is ideal as a single holiday destination or part of a longer holiday.

Monumental Cities and Towns

  • Santander: the capital of Cantabria and a town that Royalty once patronised features the beautiful Magdalena Palace, the Paseo de Pereda promenade and the Romanesque and Gothic Cathedral. Also the splendid seaside suburb El Sardinero, with a long beach, gardens, elegant cafes and a casino. Also has a charming Old Quarter known as Puerto Chico.
  • Santillana del Mar: Declared Heritage of Mankind by UNESCO, features fine stone buildings and houses from the 12th - 16th centuries. Also the Colegiata Church, the most important example of the Romanesque style in Cantabria. Nearby are the Altamira Caves visitor centre.
  • Potes: Delightful market town near the Picos de Europa National Park. Nearby the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liebana and the Infantado Tower.
  • Barcena Mayor: The peaceful hamlet of Barcena Mayor, declared a site of historic and artistic interest in 1979, represents a noteworthy example of the conservation of rural Cantabria.

History and Geography

The region of Cantabria is located in northern Spain amid the majestic mountains and sea that bear its name. This land of extraordinary physical variety can be divided into three areas: the coastal fringe, the valleys and the high mountains. Covering an area of 5,290 square kilometres (2,063 square miles), Cantabria is administratively an Autonomous Community consisting of a single province. Its population is a little more than half a million. Winters are warm, and in the summer, temperatures rarely exceed 25º C. (77º F).

Archaeological remains from the Late Palaeolithic period found in different parts of Cantabria such as Altamira and Puente Viesgo among others, are evidence of human presence in prehistoric times. The region has been known as Cantabria since antiquity, as far back as 200 BC. The 17th and 18th centuries were times of great commercial expansion characterised by heavy emigration to the New World.

Nowadays, the tourism industry, including the hotel and restaurant business, as well as other service sectors, are the main pillars of the Cantabrian economy.

 

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Cuisine

Cantabria is the land of fresh products of the best quality and variety, thanks to its excellent geographical conditions: sea, mountains, rivers and forests.

In Cantabria´s mountain areas enjoy a typical cocido montanes; a bean stew made with chorizo and black pudding. In the Liebana valley, chickpeas are used instead of beans.  Along the Cantabrian coast, delicious stews are made with tuna, potatoes, onion, peppers and tomato. Favourite fish dishes in Cantabria include hake, turbot, tuna and sardines.  Anchovies from Santona are especially prized by Cantabrians.  Shellfish specialities include spider crab, clams, and small shore crabs.  Be sure to try some of the above dishes during your holiday in Cantabria - you won´t be disappointed!

Festivals

  • February: Carnival in Santona, Cantabria.
  • April: La Folia in San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabria.
  • August: Day of Cantabria in Cabezon del Sal, International Festival of Santander with music and dance from around the world. And Batalla de Flores (Battle of the Flowers) in Laredo (last Sunday in August).

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Accommodation

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Accommodation in Santander CAN35 Central Hotel
CAN37 Central Hotel
CAN43 Central Hotel
CAN51 Central Hotel
CAN67 Central Hotel
CAN69 Central Hotel
CAN70 Central Hotel

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Accommodation in Mijares CAN01 Self Catering

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Accommodation in Selores CAN02 Self Catering
CAN13 Country House

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Accommodation in San Vicente de la Barquera CAN05 Self Catering
CAN06 Self Catering

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Accommodation in SANTILLANA DEL MAR CAN11 Country Inn
CAN28 Country Inn
CAN32 Country Hotel
CAN98 Country Hotel
PAR06 PARADOR Paradors
PAR65 PARADOR Paradors

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Accommodation in Cabariezo CAN78 Country Hotel w/ pool

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Accommodation in San Mames de Meruelo CAN15 Country House w/ pool
CAN89 Self Catering w/ pool

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Accommodation in Lierganes CAN16 Country House

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Accommodation in Cabezon de la Sal CAN17 Country House

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Accommodation in Villasevil de Toranzo CAN19 Country House

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Accommodation in Ruesga CAN21 Country House w/ pool
CAN95 Country Hotel w/ pool

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Accommodation in Ajo CAN22 Country House

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Accommodation in Orena CAN29 Country Inn w/ pool

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Accommodation in Fontibre CAN30 Country Inn

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Accommodation in Galizano CAN33 Country Hotel

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Accommodation in Fuente De PAR05 PARADOR Paradors

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Accommodation in Turieno CAN48 Country Hotel

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Accommodation in Noja CAN44 Country Hotel
CAN54 Central Hotel
CAN55 Self Catering w/ pool
CAN92 Self Catering w/ pool

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Accommodation in Isla CAN41 Self Catering w/ pool

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Accommodation in Escalante CAN42 Country House w/ pool

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Accommodation in Liendo CAN45 Country Inn

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Accommodation in LIMPIAS PAR78 PARADOR Paradors

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Accommodation in Mieses CAN46 Country Hotel

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Accommodation in Villacarriedo CAN49 Country Hotel w/ pool

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Accommodation in Suances CAN71 Self Catering

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Accommodation in Lombraña CAN84 Country Hotel

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Accommodation in Somo CAN68 Country Hotel w/ pool

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Accommodation in Castillo-Noja CAN85 Self Catering
CAN96 Self Catering

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Accommodation in Cillero CAN83 Country Hotel

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Accommodation in Potes CAN93 Self Catering w/ pool

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Accommodation in Cosgaya CAN103 Central Hotel w/ pool
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