The land of extraordinary physical variety, Cantabria can be divided into three areas: the coastal fringe, the valleys and the high mountains. The coastal scenery of Cantabria is lovely and is lined with fine beaches, little resorts and picturesque fishing villages. One world here revolves around agriculture and cattle-raising and the other centers around fishing.
Cantabria is the land of fresh products of the best quality and variety, thanks to its excellent geographical conditions: sea, mountains, rivers and forests. The coastal fringe of Cantabria from east to west is dotted with historical and tourist towns such as Castro Urdiales, Laredo, Noja and the capital of the region, Santander that has a lovely Sardinero beach and splendid bay. Inland is the Liebana valley with Potes and Mogrovejo, and Cabuerniga valley, with Carmona and Barcena Mayor which have remained unchanged for centuries.
Santander, the capital of Cantabria and a town once patronized by Royalty features the beautiful Magdalena Palace, the Paseo de Pereda promenade and the Romanesque and Gothic Cathedral, the Cantabria Catedral. The suburb El Sardinero is a splendid seaside, with a long beach, gardens, elegant cafes and a casino. Also has a charming Old Quarter known as Puerto Chico. Iglesia Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion, the Cantabria Catedral, is the church of growing importance. It has been a cathedral since the 18th century, but in the 8th century it was an abbey and in the 13th century it was a collegiate church.
The plan of the Cantabria Catedral is with three naves and four sections. The sanctuary has three polygonal chapels. As for the dome, it has olives on columns of cruciform pillars. Its cloister is square, with a series of pointed arches. It is not decorated. Inside, you can find the tomb of Menendez Pelayo, the work of Victorio Macho. Cantabria Catedral is a true work of art and is a very popular attraction with tourists and locals alike.
Cantabria parks and gardens also play their part in making Cantabria a popular destination. Parque de Matalenas is one of Santanders largest parks, and is located high on a promontory and is surrounded by cliffs, with amazing views of the city. You can take a walk through the woodland and meadow areas; play a round of golf; visit the zoo; and do some exercise on the athletics track. It is a great place to have a fun day out.
Jardines de Pereda is one of the most famous parks in the city centre. The park is filled with a number of different trees; bushes; and flowers. It also has a pond; a range of sculptures; and a music pavilion. There is a monument dedicated to Jose Maria de Pereda - the city's most famous writer.
As far as cuisine goes, it's in great variety in Cantabria. Mountain areas enjoy a typical cocido montanes; a bean stew made with chorizo and black pudding. In the Liebana valley, chickpeas are used instead of beans. Along the Cantabrian coast, delicious stews are made with tuna, potatoes, onion, peppers and tomato. Favourite fish dishes in Cantabria include hake, turbot, tuna and sardines.
Cantabria is ideal both as a single holiday destination and a part of a longer holiday.