Santillana de Mar
This medieval town is one of the most visited ones of Cantabria. Despite its small size it has a lot to offer, starting with the monuments and buildings of the town, which are all outstanding. Furthermore one of the oldest caves with ancient rock paintings was discovered, attracting many tourists nowadays. The cave is called ‘Cave of Altamira’, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showing such rock paintings first discovered in history.
Pilgrims of the Way of St James pass through Cantabria, an autonomous community Santander is the capital of. The area is called the ‘Green Spain’, due to its rather wet oceanic climate and the thereby created natural green zones. Cantabria has a lot more to offer than some nice beaches (actually a total number of about 60 beaches!), but also some mountain peaks surround the area, giving its visitors the opportunity to climb up and view the beautiful coastline. Furthermore caves can be explored with paintings more than 20.000 years old.