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Cantabria is an autonomous region in the north of Spain located at the Cantabrian Sea. Santander is the capital and the region has a population of 590,000 inhabitants.

Cantabria has a moderate climate with warm summers and mild winters. The summer temperatures are around 25 degrees. In parts of the Picos de Europa above 2,500 meters dominates an alpine climate. Cantabria gets a lot of rain.

Cantabria thus belongs to the Green Spain and attracts many nature lovers and those looking for tranquility. There are plenty of forests, national parks and nature reserves. In the mountains, you will find a lot of pines and eucalyptus trees. The green valleys are scattered with historical villages and prehistoric caves. The Altamira caves were discovered in the 19th century, they contain rock paintings of more than 18,000 years old. They are probably the oldest paintings from the Stone Age. The caves have a total length of 270 meters.

The Picos de Europa National Park is an area of 700 km2 that is located partly in Cantabria, Castilla y Leon and Asturias. It is the largest national park in Europe. It is a beautiful landscape with high mountains, deep valleys and waterfalls, a paradise for hikers and climbers. The highest peak is the Narnajo de Bulnes of 2,159 meters high. The lakes Enol and Ercina lie at the foot of the Peña Alta peak.

Santander is a city with many museums, including the Museo Maritimo del Cantabrico. Besides everything that has to do with the city’s connection to the sea, you will find a lot of information about the history and culture of the city. Another museum is the Museo Regional de Prehistoria y Arquelogia of Cantabria. The archaeological museum contains many prehistoric finds from the area.

San Vicente de la Barquera is an ancient fishing village. There are many medieval buildings dating back to the time of the Reconquista, but also Roman remains. The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles is a Romanesque-Gothic church built by Alfonso VIII. Remarkable are a 15th century painting of the Virgin Mary and the 17th century altarpiece. The medieval castle was built by Alfonso I on the remains of the Roman fortress Vereasuecao, parts of the old city walls are still intact.

In the second largest city in the region, Torrelavega, is the Iglesia de la Asunción, built in the 19th century in neo-gothic style. The city has many interesting buildings like the Palacio Demetrio Herrero.


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