Cheap flights to Cantabria

Cantabria is an autonomous community and historic region in northern Spain. On its north is the Cantabrian Sea, and is bordered to the west by the Principality of Asturias, to the south by Castile and León, and to the east by the Basque Autonomous Community. It is known as the richest region in the planet for archaeological sites from the Upper Palaeolithic period. Apart from the cities Torrelavega, Castro Urdiales, and the capital Santander, Cantabria consists of several caves and nature parks.


What to see & do

National Museum and Research Centre of Altamira – The centre is devoted to the cave of Altamira in Santillana del Mar, particularly to its conservation and research. The 300-metre long Cave of Altamira is a best known for its Upper Palaeolithic cave paintings that feature the drawings and rock paintings of human hands and animals. Being the first cave wherein prehistoric cave paintings were discovered, the Cave of Altamira has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The museum features a permanent exhibition called Times of Altamira and provides prehistoric technology workshops.


Festival Internacional de Santander – The Festival Internacional de Santander is one of the oldest long-standing musical festival in Spain. The festival is held annually during August, and features two to three operas and other performances that include ballet and theatre performances and choral, symphonic, chamber music concerts. The main performing venue is the Palacio de Festivales in Santander, but there are also performances held in churches, cloisters, and parks all over the region.


Picos de Europa National Park – The national park in the Picos de Europa mountain range is shared by three autonomous communities; Asturias, Cantabria, and Castile and León. The national park covers an approximate area of 646.60 square kilometres. The highest point within the park is Torre de Cerredo peak, at 2,648 metres above mean sea level, while the lowest point is in the deepest part of the Deva River at 75 metres. Several protected species live in the park, including the Lammergeier, the Capercaillie, the Cantabrian brown bear, and the Iberian Wolf. 


Cabárceno Natural Park – In the Pisueña Valley, 17 kilometres from Santander, is the natural park of Cabárceno. It is dedicated to the conservation of endangered species and promotion of environmental education. It covers an area of 750 hectares in a former iron mine and houses a hundred animal species in semi-free conditions. The term semi-free pertains to the fact that the animals are in large enclosures that may house more than one species but, apart from the food provided, the animals are free to participate in fights and the struggles of mating season.  


How to get around within Cantabria

There are many attractions outside of the main city that are worth visiting, so renting a car is advisable in order to see the countryside. If you’d rather try your hand with the local public transportation, there are frequent buses that go in and around the city and link the larger towns. Taxis are also available from almost anywhere, and there are also bike rental locations all over the capital. Santander itself is quite a small city; nearly everything in the city centre is within walking distance from each other.


How to get there

The primary airport in the region is Santander Airport, an international airport near the capital. The airport is served by the airlines Iberia, Ryanair, and Vueling, and receives flights from Madrid, Barcelona, London, Rome, Alicante, Lanzarote, Tenerife, and Charleroi.

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