If you still have time and want to get to know more of the city, we suggest a series of escapades that you will love.
Parque de Cabárceno
Little more than 15 minutes from Santander by car, this park holds almost 150 species from all over the world. It is not a zoo or a nature reserve but rather a large area in which animals live in relative freedom. The enclosure has a full range of services and activities for visitors, which makes it an ideal place to spend the day.
Declared a World Heritage Route in 2015, it links up with the Northern Pilgrims’ Route to Santiago de Compostela. There is no need for you to explore the whole 72 km of the route; you can approach it to get to know the Monasterio de Santo Toribio or to visit any of the villages that line this route and take a closer look at the history of Cantabria.
This natural park extends over Cantabria, Asturias, and León and covers some 700 km2. Make the best of the trip and take the Fuente Dé Cableway which will take you up to an altitude of 1,823 metres. From the top you can enjoy a breathtakingly beautiful landscape.
For further information please call this telephone number: 942 736 610
Valles Pasiegos (Pasiegos Valleys)
At about 40 minutes from Santander, the Valle del Pas Valley is an area that will delight all nature lovers and those who seek impressive landscapes.
These cave is considered to be the Sistine Chapel of cave painting and are 2.6 km from Santillana del Mar. Its prehistoric paintings are the most important in the world. Although visits to the original caves are currently limited, you can visit the replica of the caves alongside the Altamira Museum.
In the district of Saja-Nansa one of the natural wonders of Cantabria can be found: the cave of El Soplao. It is of great geological value and contains an archaeological history of the mining industry which will not leave you indifferent.
If you want to know more about the cave of El Soplao, visit its website
World Heritage Caves in Cantabria
As well as the aforementioned Cueva de Altamira, there are nine other caves in Cantabria that have been declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO and which you shouldn’t miss:
Chufín cave:Located in Rionansa, it contains not only cave paintings but also an archaeological site from the Solutrean period.
Hornos de La Peña cave: Located in the town of San Felices de Buelna, it is known for its engravings and for an anthropomorphous figure with a raised arm and a long tail.
Cuevas del Monte Castillo caves:This is the name given to the series of caves located in Puente Viesgo: El Castillo, Las Monedas, Las Chimeneas, and La Pasiega.
El Pendo cave: This large cave is very close to Santander in Escobedo (Camargo).
Covalanas cave:Located in Ramales de la Victoria, its interior contains numerous paintings.
You will find information on these caves on this website
La Garma cave: Located in Omoño (Ribamontán al Monte), it is currently closed to the public owing to ongoing studies in its interior
Santillana del Mar
A visit to this pretty medieval town is a must – it is a historical-artistic ensemble.