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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.

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                                                                                                    Good location and facilities

                                                                                                    4 of 5
                                                                                                    Used the apartment as a base for exploring the Green Coast of Northern Spain. Despite my wife's back problems which arose just before we arrived, we really enjoyed our stay. Nearby Lierganes has plenty of facilities to fulfil needs, including a very helpful Doctor's Surgery! We visited the spectacular mountain passes just 15km up the road from the flat, as well as Potes in the Picos Mountains, and some local beaches (Galziano in particular was great). The top flat was worth the climb each day as the view from the balcony was great, and good for supping an evening glass of beer or wine according to the heat of the day. Easy to see Vultures and even an eagle soaring overhead, as well as small garden birds flitting back and forth, with a nightly owl calling too while we could star gaze without the usual UK light pollution. The bed was comfortable and the provision of washing machine and tumble dryer in the basement was helpful after so many hot days. The main bug-bear was the heat in the flat from being on the top floor.... opening the Velux roof windows was some help but that would then let various bugs in once the lights were on.... Overall still well worth while staying here.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                    Very relaxing stay in a nice village

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    We had a very nice stay in La Matilda. Jose Ramón and Aída were very helpful and welcoming on arrival. The house was very comfortable, with lots of room for our family of 5. The highlight was the garden, which is a lovely place to sit, or fire up the bbq. The village of Novales is a nice place. We arrived on the evening of the lemon festival which was fun, and the nearby restaurant was good for dinner or coffee and snacks. We spent most of our weeks visiting the local beaches, which are excellent. If you want to be in the tourist centres of Northern Spain, this is not the place for you - but for us, it was perfect!
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                    Lovely apartment in wonderful area

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    Nicely appointed apartment, stayed here for 2 weeks in Aug on our first visit to this part of Spain. Lots of care gone into the restoration of this house which is set in a nice valley with lovely views and river running down below which is a good way to spend a day paddling. The welcome bottle of wine was a nice touch. Loved the table tennis in the basement too, a fun way to spend time waiting for the washing machine to finish. Great base for our stay and there was so much to do in this area to keep the whole family happy - numerous stunning long sandy beaches with good waves, to prehistoric caves, scenic mountain drives direct from the door, high rope adventures at Alceda and lovely historic towns (Santillana del Mar). Nearby Liérganes was a pretty little town with great restaurants. Not far from Santander, and Bilbao was only an hour or so away. Both worth a day trip. Picos de Europa mountains about 2 hours away. Very impressed with Cabárceno wildlife park literally minutes away. Loved this part of Spain and the house was a relaxing place to come back to after a good day out.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016