Among the cities within Cantabria include Santander, Torrelavega, and Castro Urdiales. Cantabria is a historical community in Spain. Bordered by the Cantabrian Sea, Castile and León, Basque Autonomous Community, and Principality of Asturias, to the north, south, east, and west, respectively, Cantabria is considered the world’s richest region for archaeological sites from the Upper Paleolithic period. Temperatures within Cantabria are at a mean of 14 degrees Celsius or 57.2 degrees Fahrenheit.
What to see & do
Cantabria is the home of the National Museum and Research Center of Altamira, Cave of Altamira, Palacio de la Magdalena, along with other destinations such as Cave of El Castillo, Campos de Sport de El Sardinero, Gran Casino del Sardinero, Bay of Santander, Festival Internacional de Santander, and Santander Cathedral, to name a few. The National Museum and Research Center of Altamira is a centre dedicated to the conservation, research, and information sharing about the Cave of Altamira. The museum has prehistoric technology workshops for its visitors along with the ‘Times of Altamira’ permanent exhibition. Additionally, the museum also has the New Altamira Cave or Neocave. Cave of Altamira is famous for its Upper Paleolithic cave paintings. The paintings are located in an estimated 300-metre long cave, with twisting passages and chambers. Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it features drawings and polychrome rock paintings of wild mammals, as well as human hands.
How to get around
Santander, the autonomous community’s capital of Cantabria has public buses, taxis, and bicycle. The public buses that travel throughout the city can take travellers to the main beaches, around two to four kilometres or two miles from the city centre. Evert bus stop has a timetable and route of the city buses. Travel from the city centre of Ayuntamiento, close to the regional bus stop and railway station of Plaza Estaciones, then from Plaza de Italia, there are around ten bus stops available within the area. Another bus service is the Hop On Hop Off Bus; these buses travel out from the Cathedral every day, with stops by Avenida Valdecilla, Barrio Pesquero, Casiono or Playa de Sardinero, Cuatro Caminos, Estadio, Faro de Cabo Mayor, Matalenas or Campo de Golf, Museo Maritimo, Palacio de Festivales y Planetario, Palacio de la Magdalena, Pasea Pereda, and Universidad. The Hop On Hop Off Bus has explanations that are given in Spanish, along with other languages such as English, French, German, Italian, and Japanese. When taking a taxicab within Santander, the taxis are available all through the city, with the main provider being Radiotaxi. There are bicycles within the city available for rent within El Sardinero, Jardines de Pereda, and La Magdalena. The bicycles are available for daily use. It is recommended to get in early when intending to rent one. Cantabria is more than just Santander; travelling can be done via car since there are numerous destinations to be visited outside of Santander. There are alternative public buses that travel to larger towns and have frequent trips to Bilbao as well as Santander.
How to get there
Santander Airport is the only airport within Cantabria. It serves with an asphalt runway at approximately 2,400 metres or 7,900 feet. Among the destinations airlines operate into and out of include Madrid, Barcelona, Charleroi, Lanzarote, London, Rome, Tenerife, and Alicante, along with seasonal flights to Bergamo, Dublin, Edinburgh, Gran Canaria, Hahn, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Seville, Valencia, and Weeze, via airlines such as Iberia, Iberia operated by Air Nostrum, Ryanair, and Vueling.