Cheap flights to Cantabria

The Spanish countryside in the northern part of the country is a lush scene of vegetation, seashores, and inland valleys. Those going here will appreciate the natural scenery such as those in provinces like Cantabria, which is the perfect example of a rural paradise. Its mountain valleys, steep passes, seaside towns, and rugged ranges, call with its charming beauty and the intrinsic culture of the sleepy villages that dot the countryside.

Cantabria is exciting to explore, especially for travellers going to visit for the first time. More intriguing sights await, such as the archaeological sites dating back from the Upper and Lower Palaeolithic periods. The most significant artefacts to see here are the cave paintings which were said to have been drawn about 37,000 BCE. The region is also particularly defined by the dwindling influence of its mountain culture, which can make one nostalgic for the olden times when it was dominant.

What to see & do

Santander, the centre of the region, is a charming place to be. A popular summer holiday destination for Spaniards, the place is famed for its beaches, bustling shopping scene, and a heaving range of bars and restaurants. Museums and other cultural landmarks are also found here, such as the Museo de Prehistoria y Arqueologia de Cantabria. One will see here the wealth of displays on the region's past from the early hominid remains to the giant steles carved in the pre-Roman era. Roman culture and medieval Spanish kingdoms are also in display here. Arts is also revered here in Centro Botin, where one can visit the international gallery after checking out the local learning centre. The Playa del Sardinero is also a major attraction here, with surfers gathering to balance themselves on the churning waves. Some of the costliest real estate in the city can also be seen here, from the Avenida de Calvo Sotelo to the east of Sardinero.

Other than Santander, tourists can add other places to the list of possible places to visit. One of them is Comillas, which takes tourists through a rich countryside to its golden beaches and tiny fishing port. Flamboyant landmarks can also be seen here, such as Capricho de Gaudi. This brick building was originally a summer residence for the brother of the Marques de Comillas' sister in law, with ceramic bands of alternating sunflowers and green leaves decorating the exteriors. In the grounds is also a greenhouse or conservatory to visit. From here, there is the Seminario Mayor to see with its combined modern and medieval touches in its architecture. The Palacio de Sobrellano, a neo-Gothic masterpiece, is also a fascinating building to behold. The ornate family tombs are particularly pleasing as well, making it popular for tourists.

Those venturing to Southern Cantabria will find plenty to appreciate in the natural surroundings. Fine views of high peaks and deep river valleys await here, which call those out to hike across the great countryside. One will also find narrow country roads connecting to the villages in the area, which let visitors experience the local culture. Museo Domus is one of the landmarks here that let tourists see a full-scale recreation of a Roman house. Just nearby are the ancient ruins of Juliobriga, the most important Roman settlement in the region. The Yacimiento Arqueologico de Camesa Rebolledo is also a major find here. This excavation site was once the place where a Roman villa was found buried beneath a Visigoth necropolis and a medieval cemetery.

How to get around within Cantabria

A comprehensive range of public transport options link Cantabria to the rest of Spain. Buses and trains allow passengers to go on long-distance travel. Autobuses La Cantabrica, for instance, run three or more daily buses from Santander to Santillana and on to Comillas and San Vicente de la Barquera. FEVE also has two daily trains going to Oviedo via San Vicente de la Barquera, Llanes, Ribadesella and Arriondas, and Bilbao. Ferries also cater to tourists with two weekly car ferries from Portsmouth and Plymouth from the United Kingdom. Local flights are also something to consider, while those who prefer to drive can take off with a rented car.

How to get there

Travellers heading for Cantabria can set off with flights to Santander Airport. Regular and seasonal flights are served here by various airlines including Iberia, Ryanair, Vueling, and Volotea. They take passengers between Alicante, Barcelona, Bergamo, Charleroi, Dublin, Edinburgh, Gran Canaria, Hahn, Ibiza, Lanzarote, London-Stansted, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Ciampino, Seville, Tenerife-South, Valencia, Venice-Marco Polo, and Weeze.

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