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Santander: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour 24-Hour

1. Santander: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour 24-Hour

Rolling hills, towering cliffs, diverse beaches...Santander has now evolved into one of Spain's most popular resorts for wealthy or noble Madrilenos (people from Madrid). Damaged by a fire in 1941, parts of the city have been re-built retaining the original architectural style. The reconstructed area houses Santander's most popular Gothic Cathedral. To make a visit more complete, guests should walk from the immense Palace grounds and then take a route along the Pla de Camel and the Playa Primera de El Sardinero to end at the Jardines de Piquio. Upgrade your experience to include a guided tour of the Magdalena Palace, the former home of the Spanish Royal Family. The upgraded option also includes a round-trip train ticket to the palace. Your itinerary stops: Stop 1 - Cathedral Stop 2 - Paseo Pereda / Centro Botin Stop 3 - Puerto Chico Stop 4 - Museo Maritimo / Playas Bahia Stop 5 - Palacio de Festivales / Planetario Stop 6 - Palacio de la Magdalena Stop 7 - Playa del Sardinero / Casino Stop 8 - Parque de Mataleñas/ Faro de Cabo Mayor Stop 9 - Parque de las Llamas Stop 10 - Estación Marítima

From Santander or Torrelavega: Soplao Cave Excursion

2. From Santander or Torrelavega: Soplao Cave Excursion

Start with pickup in Santander or Torrelavega and travel to El Soplao Cave in the Cantabrian mountains. Admire the scenery of valleys, forests, and mountain peaks throughout the journey. Upon arrival, take a one-hour guided tour of the different chambers, or "galleries", of the cave. First, learn more about its discovery in the early 20th century. Be amazed by a natural geological wonder of spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, washes, columns, cave pearls, and other interesting features. After visiting the cave, continue the trip towards the beautiful viewpoint of Tina Menor located outside the town of Pechón. Enjoy the wonderful views of the Cantabrian Sea and the beaches below.

From Santander: Potes, Santillana and Altamira Day Tour

3. From Santander: Potes, Santillana and Altamira Day Tour

We pick you up in Santander with our latest low-emission bus, show you the most picturesque corners of Cantabria and then take you back to the start. On the bus, don't fall asleep, the guide's explanations start as soon as you set foot in the vehicle. Can there be a more comfortable journey? Potes Back in 1983, Potes was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest and until relatively recently, in 2020, it was chosen as the most beautiful inland town in Spain by Lonely Planet magazine. Let's discover together why! Let yourself be captivated by its scenic beauty as it is located in the centre of the Liébana region, at the confluence of four valleys and the mouth of the river Deva and its tributary, the river Quiviesa. With so much river, it is only natural that its bridges are so characteristic. In fact, did you know that...? Potes means "Bridge" in Roman. Its old buildings with traditional architecture, wooden balconies, steep streets and the mountains that surround it will make you fall in love at first sight with its medieval air. And be careful with its cobbled streets! Wear comfortable shoes because we are going to get lost in its streets. A comfortable, complete excursion, with history and culture and with free time to enjoy whatever suits you best at that moment. Don't think about it, book now! Santillana del Mar We don't want to tell you too much, just a hint! The town of the three lies has something to do with the fact that it has no cathedral, it is not exactly flat and it has no sea. We'll open a debate and we'll clear it up for you during the tour! The walk along Juan Infante street will start to put you in the right mood. Get ready for a journey back several centuries - welcome to the Middle Ages! The stone houses with wrought iron and wooden balconies full of flowers and family coats of arms and shields carved on their facades will make you feel like you are in a gladiator movie. Here we also have the opportunity to take a guided tour of the Altamira caves. The entrance fee is included in the tour. We enter the reproduction of the Altamira Cave, which uses state-of-the-art technology to create an experience as close as possible to the original, while preserving the real cave from damage caused by the influx of visitors. Quite an exhibition of Palaeolithic cave art.

From Santander: Santillana del Mar & Altamira Museum Tour

4. From Santander: Santillana del Mar & Altamira Museum Tour

Depart from Santander at 9:30 AM and head to Santillana del Mar, a beautiful village of the Middle Ages. This village with is one of the best-known cultural and tourist centers of Cantabria. You will enjoy a walking tour along its cobbled streets until you reach its Plaza Mayor where you will see the Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana. There you will visit the museum of the local sculptor Jesús Otero. Afterward, you will have some free time to visit the Collegiate if you wish and do some shopping around. Afterward, you will head to the Altamira Museum. This museum houses a scale replica of the 'room of paintings', the so-called Neocave. This cave was declared World Heritage by Unesco in 1985. To protect its preservation, it currently allows only 5 people to visit it per week and this is the reason they created this replica from the cave. The cave is a natural cavity in the rock, with paintings dated from 35,600 years ago and it stands as one of the most important pictorial and artistic cycles of prehistoric paintings int he world.

Cantabria: El Castillo Caves & Paleolithic Art

5. Cantabria: El Castillo Caves & Paleolithic Art

In this half-day tour, you will learn about history, caves, and paleolithic art. In fact, this is an awesome opportunity to visit an authentic cave with paintings from the Paleolithic era. After picking you up at your hotel, we will drive towards Puente Viesgo to explore the famous Caves of El Castillo and Las Monedas, both World Heritage Sites by UNESCO since 2008 for their cave paintings. It will only take us 40 minutes to arrive at El Castillo Mount where these famous caves are located. The visit to the caves is done on foot and by a local guide of the caves (the visit is in Spanish, so should you don't understand Spanish, your tour leader will join you during this visit to translate it into English for you). Each cave visit will take about 50 minutes, you will be surprised by the art legacy our ancestors left us thousands of years ago. Next, we will visit the recently inaugurated Paleolithic Art interpretation center in Puente Viesgo to learn more about cave art. We will also enjoy a nice walk along the village of Puente Viesgo, you will love the views over the Pas River and the Pasiego Valleys.

Santander: Comillas, modernist architecture & Gaudi

6. Santander: Comillas, modernist architecture & Gaudi

On this tour, you will discover the only modernist town of Cantabria, Comillas. Thanks to a series of historical buildings constructed by famous Catalan architects like Antonio Gaudí, this elegant town is a model of Catalonian modernism and it also encompasses all of the elements necessary to satisfy any tourist or lover of modernist architecture. Our way to Comillas will take us about 50 minutes, we will profit to enjoy the views over the Cantabrian landscape and learn about the figure of Antonio Lopez y Lopez, the person behind many of the most important constructions in town. Once in Comillas, you will enjoy a guided visit to the Old Main Seminar of Comillas, you will be surprised by the size and details of the construction of this building. During this visit, we will have the opportunity to visit the breathtaking part of the church that is currently under renovation. Our next stop will be to visit the "Capricho de Gaudí". This is a villa built by the famous Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí, it is in fact one of his few constructions out of Catalonia. You will love the shapes, colors, and materials that Gaudí used to make this unique building that undoubtedly bears his stamp. Before leaving, you will enjoy a scenic drive through the town to see the Palace of Sobrellano with its Chapel, the Old Cemetery with its magnificent sculpture in the “Ángel Exterminador”, and the beautiful beach and little port of Comillas.

From Santander: Cantabria Private Tour

7. From Santander: Cantabria Private Tour

Organize the best route to explore Cantabria with your trip planner after booking. Create your own private tour proposal that is tailor-made for you. The tour will be adapted to the limits of the region and agreed duration. Choose and personalize your visit from one of the following routes: - Eastern Coast (Santoña, Laredo & Castro Urdiales) - Western Coast (Santillana, Comillas & San Vicente de la Barquera) - Picos de Europa & Potes - The Pasiego Valleys and Liérganes On the tour's date, you will have a driver/guide at your disposition all day. He/she will explain to you about all the places you visit during your tour and will make sure you get to each stop on time for the arranged visits. This is a highly personalized tour for 2 - 8 people.

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What people are saying about Santander

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 29 reviews

We really enjoyed this tour of Santillana del Mar and Altamira museum. Gabriella was a wonderful guide, informative, helpful and kind. We learnt so much about this beautiful part of the world and it’s early inhabitants. Both stops were spectacular and I would highly recommend this tour.

Amazing tour of Comillas blessed with lovely weather and a wonderful guide (Gabriella.) Saw all the sights I wanted to see with the highlight being Caprico de Gaudi Would totally recommend this tour - 10 out of 10 !

I loved being on board there coach it was so nice everyone was very friendly

The experience has been fantastic. You can get on and off whenever you want.

very comfortable vehicles. excellent guide and attention of Jairo