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Cantabria, Spain

also known as Cantabria

Cantabria is one of the autonomous communities that is located on Spanish territory and an important historical region in this country. The famous city of Santander is the capital of the region and an important marina where large vessels and yachts moor each year. Being situated on the northern coast of Spain, it is bordered by the Basque Autonomous Community, Castille and Leon, the Principality of Asturias and the Cantabrian Sea. This part of the country is known as the Green Spain, due to the luxuriant vegetation.

From a historical point of view, it is one of the richest territories in Spain from an archaeological point of view. The travellers who are passionate about history and archaeology will be fascinated by the ancient sites, such as the ruins and the well preserved parts that date from the Upper and Lower Palaeolithic. According to historical sources, this territory was first mentioned in 195 BC, when its relief was described and appreciated. As most of the regions in Spain, Cantabria endured rough times during the wars and attacks throughout history, but it beautifully survived and turned into an amazing place. The Province of Cantabria was founded in 1778 and has become autonomous in 1981.

It is well-known for the beauty of its landscapes that combine the coastal strip with the Cantabrian Mountains and the impressive rivers. Today, Cantabria has 102 municipalities and it includes important cities such as Santander, its capital, Santillana del Mar, Noja, San Vicente de la Barquera, Castro Urdiales or Suances. Santander, one of the most popular destinations in Cantabria, has a large number of touristic objectives. The travellers who choose to visit Santander will be pleasantly surprised by the combined architecture and controversial monuments. Some of the most popular landmarks are Monumento a Los Raqueros, Edificio del Banco Santander, Plaza Pombo, Palacio Real de la Magdalena, Centro de Arte Faro Cabo Mayor, Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria or the Forestal Park Santander.

When it comes to outdoor attractions, the beaches have a special beauty that is able to charm anyone. Playa de Langre, Peninsula de Magdalena, Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabarceno, Playa de Matalenas, Playa Primera de El Sardinero, are just a few of the most beautiful places that can be admired here. The richest historical and cultural heritage is conserved in places like Museo Regional de Prehistoria y Arqueoogia de Cantabria, Biblioteca y Casa Museo de Menendez Pelayo, Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes, etc.

Another important destination in Cantabria is Santillana del Mar, which is another historic city, with much archaeological proof of the existence of humanity in the ancient ages. The travellers are advised to visit the Collegiate Church of Santillana del Mar, Plaza Mayor de Ramon y Pelayo, Museo y Cuevas de Altamira, Ermita de Santa Justa, the Museum of the Inquisition and many more. There are predominant shades of brown in this city that offer a strange sensation of travelling through time. Being surrounded by green areas, rich vegetation and many traditional places, the tourists will be offered an authentic experience that is worth living.

Cantabria welcomes a great number of tourists every year and offers them the privilege of tasting some of the most delicious dishes such as cocido montanes, cocido lebaniego, olla ferroviaria, meat dishes, fish and seafood and traditional desserts such as quesadas, sobaos, frisuelos and many more.

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