Historic village of Comillas Nature in its purest splendor
The town of Comillas is one of the most symbolic of Cantabria and one of the most interesting from an architectural point of view.
It features some of the most important buildings of modernism in Cantabria, as the Palace and Chapel Sobrellano Pantheon, the Pontifical University and of course, El Capricho the great Catalan architect Gaudi.
Has a beautiful beach, which every summer attracts thousands of tourists or places as representative as the Plaza del Corro next to the church.
In the town of Comillas find a wide and varied range of accommodation (hotels, apartments, cottages, camping) which combine activity and relaxation in a tourist destination par excellence of Cantabria.
Quotes given the opportunity to enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities and a lively night in summer.
Caves Soplao The Soplao "A Single Cavity"
The Cave The Soplao was discovered in early twentieth century during the operation of Florida and is considered one of the wonders of the world geology, treasuring a paradise of eccentric stalactites, stalagmites, lava, columns, cave pearls, etc. .
The cave is unique and unrepeatable, a reference to the caving world, and has been dubbed the "Sistine Chapel" of the underworld, for its grandeur, disposition and preservation.
At the high environmental value must be added with great aesthetic value, which is represented by a variety of eccentric training. These natural formations, but are in other cavities, no more than wealth, beauty and spectacle of it.
The Cave The Soplao is located in a beautiful natural environment, between the towns of Valdáliga, Blacksmith and Rionansa. It is an old mining site. A part of the cave, visitors can enjoy an environment of great natural value with beautiful forests, varied wildlife, archaeological remains of mines, karst areas, etc., and extraordinary views of the Bay of Biscay: Comillas, Oyambre, San Vicente de the Barquera, Picos de Europa, Pena Sagra mountain range and Peñalabra Cordel, and the neighboring towns of Asturias Mellera Peña Baja, the Sierra del Cuera and Rivadedeva.
Caves of Altamira 14,000 years old
The Museum of Altamira cave next to the original, are both 2 km away from the center of Santillana del Mar in Cantabria.
It was in 1868 and 1879 when they found prints of Homo sapiens, corresponding to the Upper Paleolithic Magdalenian and Solutrean smaller number in the famous Altamira Cave, but due to the deterioration of the same, restricted access, and built, next to the original cave, the new facilities of the Museum of Altamira and the New Cave, accurate and detailed replica of the original.
They belong to the Solutrean, red monochrome paintings depicting horses, a goat, negative hands, and other unidentified. Is attributed to the Magdalenian, 14500 years ago about the other paintings of the Polychrome Ceiling: a herd of bison, a deer, horses, wild boar and other possible signs without clear identification for the moment. In the gallery remote and close, are the horses, deer, bison and abstract figures "tectiform" of Horsetail.
The creation of a scene incorporating several figures, the use of the cave reliefs themselves to generate volumes and perfection in the art of engraving, which gets chiaroscuro with only two pigments, black charcoal and red oxide, make it unique this cave.
Cabárceno ParkA different zoo
The Nature Park is not a zoo Cabárceno conventional or a Natural Park. It is a naturalized space by the hand of man, from the primitive beauty of karst landscape on the 750 hectares. an old open pit mining. .
The Natural Park of Cabárceno hosts a hundred species of animals from five continents in semi-liberty, distributed in rooms of large areas where one or more species coexist. .
In the Natural Park of Cabárceno life develops in the most natural environment for the animals that inhabit it. Unless food provided to them, the rest of the activities are marked by their almost complete freedom and instinct. Almost all fights and struggles trigger mating season for control of females and of course, but the survival instinct, the rest of your senses are as wild as their natural habitat. .
At present for their great quality, the facilities of the Nature Park Cabárceno are among the best rated by the agencies that monitor the living conditions of animals. .
The Natural Park of Cabárceno is designed for educational, cultural, scientific and recreational, has become one of the greatest tourist attractions of northern Spain. .
The more than 20 km of roads that cross the park will lead to different venues across beautiful gorges, peaceful lakes and suggestive rocky figures. Also throughout the park there are numerous parking areas and trails that allow us to discover places of great beauty. .
Peaks of EuropaThe heart of the mountain at your feet
The National Park “Picos de Europa” was created in 1918 as Mountain National Park of Covadonga, the first National Park in Spain. In 1995 was extended to three massifs that make up the Picos de Europa changing the original name to the present. .
Its 65,000 acres make it one of the largest protected areas in the State, covering land that administratively belong to three regions: Asturias, Cantabria and Castilla-Leon. .
Responding to the philosophy of the National Parks, this is an example of high mountain ecosystems and Atlantic forest on a geology dominated by karst activity. In the park you can find plants and animals of great interest: beech and mixed forests, high mountain meadows with exotic and endemic plants (Wolfsbane, digital dwarf alpine lilies, etc..), Golden eagle, vulture, wolf, otter, chamois, etc.. .
Also, space is an exponent of traditional culture linked to grazing and cheese making. The landscape is shaped by the man in the form of flocks (clusters of huts) and valleys, leaving also noted its presence in the abundance of domestic animals (cows, goats and sheep) that make up the rich local livestock and the basis for drawing prized of local cheeses (Gamonéu, Cabrales, Tresviso ...). .
Brañavieja winter seasonWinter sports or walking experience, you choose ...
Brañavieja and Calgosa area are characterized by large areas of heather and broom and, above all, summer range, which is an important livestock feed horses and cattle destined for meat. Highlights the natural value of forests in which they emphasize the birches, beeches and some stands of holly and yew trees of high value. .
One of the excursions recommended in this area is the climb up the Col de la Fuente del Chivo, more than 2,000 above sea level, to enjoy the amazing views that can be reached from the viewpoint.But the beauty of this panorama is even better from a small gazebo that is in the top of Pico Tres Mares by a track of about one kilometer in length. .
Brañavieja is known mainly from the creation of the ski resort of Val Thorens-Mountain, date from which have been built several mountain huts, residential apartments and other buildings such as hotels, hostels. This makes the town a tourist character area, particularly in the ski season. .
SantanderThe city that will captivate you ...
Santander is a city in which the mixture is evident from their different vocations, seafaring tradition, trade and tourism. The origin of the city is related to the Portus Victoriae founded by the Romans.However, the urban development of the capital would not come until the eleventh century, when the town began to grow in the shelter of the abbey of San Emeterio. From its Latin name, Sancti Emeterii, comes the current name of Santander. .
During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the city became a key trading port for the shipping routes between Castile and the American colonies. From mid-nineteenth century, Santander became one of the most exclusive summer tourist destinations on the coast north of the peninsula. .
The Paseo de Pereda, with its typical houses of viewpoints, and its gardens are a lively boulevard which separates the coastal strip of the old town of Santander. The nearby Cathedral is one of the oldest buildings in the capital, its earliest construction of the thirteenth century. Inside the tomb of Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo, sculptor Victorio Macho. Under the main chapel is the crypt of Christ the sombre vaulted chamber in which they found various traces of the Roman period. .
Opposite the cathedral is the Plaza Porticada, neoherreriano style and surrounded by several public buildings. We are in full rúas lively crossroads (streets) trading as the suburb or the Cube. .
One of these streets leads to the square of the Generalissimo, Town Hall, adjacent to the popular market of Hope, Art Nouveau. The visit is to continue by the Museum of Fine Arts and the Casa-Museo de Menendez Pelayo, building declared a Historic-Artistic. .