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Make holiday rental accommodation or a villa in Cantabria, Spain your home away from home

The Cantabria region lies on the Atlantic Coast of Northern Spain, located between the Basque Country and Asturias. The whole area is one of natural beauty, with short, gushing rivers cutting through the wild, unspoilt countryside, carving their way past stunning sandy beaches on their way onto the Atlantic. Any Cantabria guide will split the area into two distinct regions, the Cantabria coast and the inland Cantabria Mountain range. Largely overlooked by the tourist crowds, the Cantabria region really is a hidden gem.

Things to do on holiday in Cantabria, Spain

Cantabria accommodation was the pick of the Spanish Royal Family for much of the early 20th century, and it is remarkably easy to see why. The countryside is simply spectacular, with the Picos de Europa (Peaks of Europe) offering some of Spain’s best walking, hiking, mountain biking and horse riding holidays. Anyone who loves nature will be right at home in a Cantabria villa or cottage. The Picos de Europa National Park is one of the very last places you can see wild wolves, eagles and bears in Spain. The forested mountains, dramatic gorges and salmon filled rivers create the perfect habitat for many creatures, and those taking a holiday property in Cantabria are perfectly located for some of the finest outdoor activity terrain in Spain. The Cabarceno Nature Reserve is well worth visiting from any Cantabria property too, as it is home to 500 semi-wild species, including elephants, lions and kangaroos.

The Cantabria region of Spain is also loaded with historical monuments of huge importance in Spain’s development. There are many vast caves in Cantabria, often adorned with cave paintings which date back up to 15,000 years. The oldest paintings can be seen in the huge Altamira Caves, and the Sanctuary of St Toribio, located near Spain’s deepest caves, is the reputed location of a large part of the crucifix Jesus died upon. Beautifully preserved medieval villages, ancient dolomites and regal architecture are just some of the magnificent sights you can find from a Cantabria villa.

All along the Cantabria coast you will discover wonderful little cove beaches, secluded by deep valleys and thick forests. Not only is the sand soft and golden in colour, but the scenery of these beaches is simply breathtaking. If you are hoping to conquer the Atlantic swells on a surfboard, a Cantabria villa is the ideal choice.

Places to visit on holiday in Cantabria, Spain

The capital of the Cantabria region is Santander, where the majority of British tourists arrive if travelling by ferry. There are numerous museums and interesting historical monuments which make Santander worth visiting from any accommodation in Cantabria. Villas of regal design, summer Palaces and the Grand Casino of El Sardinero all help give Santander its exclusive, elegant atmosphere. The El Sardinero beach is one of the most fashionable beaches on which to be seen, although there are many more secluded beaches to be found from a Cantabria villa in Santander.

Weather in Cantabria, Spain

Temperatures can reach up to 40°C during the heat of the summer, making Cantabria villas with pools a huge luxury. During July and August, most visitors to Cantabria accommodation come for the remarkable beaches, with cultural, natural and sporting holidays usually occurring in the spring and autumn months when temperatures are around 30°C, and rain is still uncommon. However, due to the undulating terrain, weather conditions can be unpredictable, so packing a jacket for your stay in a Cantabria cottage is advised.

Flights to Cantabria, Spain

Due to the weekly flights to Santander Airport (SDR) from Liverpool and London, reaching a holiday apartment, cottage or villa in Cantabria could not be easier. RyanAir provide cheap flights to Santander Airport, which acts as the central transport hub for the whole of the Cantabria region. Ferry services also arrive into Santander.

    Excellent! 4.6/5
    (17 reviews)
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    • 2 BR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    Cottage #8092492
    17
    Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
      Excellent! 4.6/5
      (22 reviews)
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      • 2 BR
      • 1 BA
      • Sleeps 4
      Cottage #8129559
      22
      Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
        Wonderful! 4.8/5
        (6 reviews)
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        • 2 BR
        • 1 BA
        • Separate Toilet
        • Sleeps 6
        Condo #6731138
        6
        Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
          Excellent! 4.7/5
          (6 reviews)
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          • 2 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 4
          Multiple rentals Chateau / Country House #98538
          6
          Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
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            • 4 BR
            • 3 BA
            • Sleeps 10
            Villa #6566347
            3
            Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
              Wonderful! 4.9/5
              (15 reviews)
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              • 4 BR
              • 2 BA
              • Sleeps 12
              Cottage #6093863
              15
              Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                • 2 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 6
                Multiple rentals Apartment #408763
                5
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                  • 2 BR
                  • 3 BA
                  • Separate Toilets
                  • Sleeps 4
                  Apartment #6690238
                  3
                  Viewed 38 times in the last 48 hours
                    Excellent! 4.6/5
                    (8 reviews)
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                    • 1 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 4
                    Multiple rentals Apartment #408763
                    8
                    Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                      (9 reviews)
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                      • 1 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 2
                      Apartment #1678132
                      9
                      Viewed 46 times in the last 48 hours
                        Excellent! 4.6/5
                        (7 reviews)
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                        • 3 BR
                        • 2 BA
                        • Separate Toilet
                        • Sleeps 6
                        Villa #6706551
                        7
                        Viewed 44 times in the last 48 hours
                          Excellent! 4.7/5
                          (7 reviews)
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                          • 5 BR
                          • 3 BA
                          • Sleeps 10
                          House #1128372
                          7
                          Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
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                            • 1 BR
                            • 1 BA
                            • Sleeps 2
                            Apartment #6787612
                            9
                            Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
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                              • 4 BR
                              • 3 BA
                              • Sleeps 10
                              Villa #6845433
                              3
                              Viewed 31 times in the last 48 hours
                                Very Good! 4.2/5
                                (15 reviews)
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                                • 2 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 6
                                House #493381
                                15
                                Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                  (11 reviews)
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 1 BA
                                  • Sleeps 6
                                  Apartment #8030152
                                  11
                                  Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                    (9 reviews)
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                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 2 BA
                                    • Sleeps 6
                                    Condo #6494054
                                    9
                                    Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                      (8 reviews)
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                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 2 BA
                                      • Sleeps 5
                                      House #6124365
                                      8
                                      Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                        (9 reviews)
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                                        • 4 BR
                                        • 2 BA
                                        • Separate Toilet
                                        • Sleeps 9
                                        Cottage #1706891
                                        9
                                        Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Excellent! 4.6/5
                                          (8 reviews)
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                                          • 2 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 4
                                          Apartment #6742569
                                          8
                                          Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Excellent! 4.5/5
                                            (4 reviews)
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                                            • 2 BR
                                            • 1 BA
                                            • Sleeps 4
                                            Multiple rentals Apartment #408763
                                            4
                                            Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                              (4 reviews)
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                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Sleeps 6
                                              Condo #1405152
                                              4
                                              Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                (6 reviews)
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                                                • 2 BR
                                                • 2 BA
                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                Apartment #6579510
                                                6
                                                Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  • 4 BR
                                                  • 2 BA
                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                  • Sleeps 8
                                                  Villa #6814455
                                                  Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                    Apartment #1473223a
                                                    3
                                                    Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                      • 2 BR
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                                                      Apartment #1045776
                                                      Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                        (24 reviews)
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                                                        • 3 BR
                                                        • 2 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                        Cottage #463189
                                                        24
                                                        Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                          (16 reviews)
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                                                          • 4 BR
                                                          • 2 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 10
                                                          House #858230
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                                                          Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                            • 3 BR
                                                            • 2 BA
                                                            • Separate Toilet
                                                            • Sleeps 6
                                                            House #8151609
                                                            2
                                                            Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                              (8 reviews)
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                                                              • 3 BR
                                                              • 2 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 5
                                                              Condo #6560418
                                                              8
                                                              Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                (13 reviews)
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                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 5
                                                                Apartment #6138680
                                                                13
                                                                Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                  (7 reviews)
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                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                                  House #1426237
                                                                  7
                                                                  Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 3
                                                                    House #1706529
                                                                    3
                                                                    Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                      (9 reviews)
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                                                                      • 4 BR
                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 12
                                                                      Condo #857349
                                                                      9
                                                                      Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                        Apartment #1876751
                                                                        1
                                                                        Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                          (4 reviews)
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                                                                          • 1 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 2
                                                                          Cottage #6506524
                                                                          4
                                                                          Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                            (4 reviews)
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                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                            Apartment #6783379
                                                                            4
                                                                            Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                              (18 reviews)
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                                                                              • 4 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                                              House #6060895
                                                                              18
                                                                              Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                (14 reviews)
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                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                House #465801
                                                                                14
                                                                                Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  • 6 BR
                                                                                  • 7 BA
                                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                                  • Sleeps 12
                                                                                  Chateau / Country House #6685800
                                                                                  5
                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                                    Cottage #1890417
                                                                                    Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      • 5 BR
                                                                                      • 4 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 12
                                                                                      Cottage #6523263
                                                                                      Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                        • 4 BR
                                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 9
                                                                                        Villa #6908133
                                                                                        Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                          (11 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 10
                                                                                          House #6453269
                                                                                          11
                                                                                          Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                            (10 reviews)
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                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 5
                                                                                            Condo #1669245
                                                                                            10
                                                                                            Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                              (5 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                                              Cottage #6394269
                                                                                              5
                                                                                              Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                • 4 BR
                                                                                                • 3 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 7
                                                                                                Villa #1708514
                                                                                                2
                                                                                                Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                  Condo #6023080
                                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                    House #6526251
                                                                                                    2
                                                                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                                      (5 reviews)
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                                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 7
                                                                                                      House #6736317
                                                                                                      5
                                                                                                      Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      excellent property and great location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      fantastically placed property with stupendous views
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: May 17, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: May 2017

                                                                                                      Peace and quiet in a lovely village

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We stayed a total of 15 days and it was a totally relaxing atmosphere in a lovely village. There is everything you need in Puente viesgo but the much larger Torrelavega is only 10 mins away, if you fancy shopping. We loved it and would do it again tomorrow, if it were possible. Totally exceptional and worth every penny. Mil gracias a Andy y Denise ..... Un abrazo fuerte!!!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: May 01, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2017