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The region of Cantabria is located in the north coast of Spain. Cantabria is sea and mountain, green and blue, tradition and innovation... which explains why the region is home to some of the country's most diverse tourist treasures.


Gastronomy, beaches, culture and nature


Covering more than 5,000 km2, Cantabria offers one of the most eclectic cuisines in the country, as well as 220 km of coastline with more than 90 beaches and a rich cultural experience. Among the countless must-sees in Cantabria we must not forget about its nature. The Costa Quebrada geologic park, one of the marvels along the region's coastline; unparalleled access to the Picos de Europa National Park with the Fuente Dé cable car; or Carbarceno Natural Park, which is home to nearly 150 animal species native to five continents living in semi-wild conditions.


In terms of numbers, Cantabria has 60 surf spots, 10 caves with World Heritage prehistoric paintings, 8 Michelin stars awarded among some of its restaurants, and 2 World Heritage Camino de Santiago pilgrim routes, the Camino de Santiago del Norte and the Camino Lebaniego.

The modern metropolis of Santander is a commercial, social, and cultural hub in Spain. Contemporary buildings, popular museums, and a gorgeous sea front make up this wonderful city. Find some of the lowest fares to Santander with Ryanair and begin your Santander adventure today!


Contemporary Sights of Santander

  • The Gran Casino del Sardinero is a gambling centre and the focal point of the city’s summer fun. The Casino is a popular hangout spot for tourists and locals alike.
  • Palacio de la Magdalena is a 20th-century modern palace and the most emblematic sight in the city. If you want to see what Santander is all about, don't leave without visiting this structure.
  • Santander Bay is another top attraction of the city and a popular estuary. Lined with beaches, adorned by a lighthouse, and panoramic views make this a major attraction of Santander.

Santander Airports

  • Seve Ballesteros-Santander Airport (SDR)

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