If you are looking for nature, mountains, fairytale towns and tradition, with this 5-day plan you will see everything there is to see. This experience includes 4 nights of accommodation in a central hotel in Santander and excursions to the most essential places in Cantabria: Santillana del Mar and Altamira Museum, Cabárceno Nature Park, Picos de Europa, Santo Toribio Monastery and Potes. All these excursions are organized so that a vehicle will pick you up at your hotel and a person will accompany you throughout the visit. Also, if you travel by plane, you have the option of including transfers from the airport to the hotel and from your hotel to the airport. As you can see, everything is designed so that you don't have to worry about a thing. In addition, you will have time to explore the city of Santander, go shopping, walk at your own pace or have a quiet dinner in the many restaurants and bars. No need to rush! Vacations are to be enjoyed, not to be a marathon.

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Experience Details

Travel guide of 5 days. Essential Cantabria with excursions included

Day 1:

Arrival in Santander and first contact with the city

If you arrive by plane, a vehicle will pick you up at Santander Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. Once you've settled in, it's time to explore the city. Start with a walk through Puertochico where you will see the famous statues of Los Raqueros. Continue walking through the Jardines de Pereda until you reach the Centro Botín, where you can climb the external staircase to admire the views of the bay. Today is also a good day to do some shopping in the small shops in the center. When lunch or dinner time approaches, in the surroundings of the Plaza de Cañadío you will find a wide variety of restaurants and bars where you can have tapas.

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Day 2:

Excursion to Santillana del Mar and Altamira Museum

At 3:00 p.m., you will be picked up at your hotel to start the excursion to Santillana del Mar and the Altamira Museum. On this tour, you will visit the beautiful town of Santillana del Mar and its Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana, where you will discover its beautiful interior and its cloister. In Santillana, you will also have time to shop or stroll at your leisure. Once you have toured this town, labelled as one of the most beautiful towns in Spain, you will be taken to the Altamira Museum where you can enjoy a guided tour of the Neocueva, an exact replica of the original cave that is no longer open to the public in order to preserve it. This replica shows the Upper Paleolithic cave paintings that were found in Altamira, the first place in the world where they were identified. Once the visit is over, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

During the morning, take the opportunity to have some good sobaos for breakfast and take a walk through the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the Plaza Porticada and see Santander Cathedral.

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Day 3:

Excursion to the Cabárceno Nature Park

The excursion to the Cabárceno Nature Park starts at 9 in the morning. The pick-up is at your hotel and you will enjoy the park until 2:00 p.m., where the driver will make the corresponding stops at the viewpoints of the park and will tell you some curiosities. On this visit, you will be able to see semi-free animals from five different continents: African elephants, giraffes, bears, pygmy hippos, lions, gorillas... In addition, the ticket includes a cable car ride where you can enjoy the park from the air. You will surely take hundreds of photos!

In the afternoon you will have free time to walk around Santander, lose yourself in the city and enjoy the local cuisine

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Day 4:

Excursion to the Picos de Europa and Potes

At 9 am you will be picked up at your hotel or at the meeting point to take you to Fuente Dé where you can enjoy the landscape of the Picos de Europa. At the end, you will be taken to the Santo Toribio de Liébana Monastery where you can admire the fabulous Lignum Crucis relic, the largest preserved piece of wood from the cross of Christ. For icing on the cake, you will end the excursion in one of the most beautiful villages in Spain: Potes. There you will have time to eat and do some shopping for typical local products before returning to Santander.

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Day 5:

Farewell from Santander and return home

On this last day in Santander, take the opportunity to have a good farewell sobao for breakfast and do some last-minute purchases in Santander.

If you wish, a vehicle will pick you up to take you to Santander airport.

Have a good trip home!

Did you know...

Post Office Building, in Santander

Curiosities of Santander

Under the Cathedral of Santander there are Roman remains.

In February 1941 there was a great fire in Santander that devastated the city center leaving only two relevant buildings intact: the Post Office building and that of the Bank of Spain. This fire is known as the Andalusian fire, because it started on Calle Cádiz and ended on Calle Sevilla.

In the Pereda Gardens there are specimens of each of the tree species that can be found in Cantabria.


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