11 days in Cantabria Itinerary

11 days in Cantabria Itinerary

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11 days in Cantabria Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
1
Castro Urdiales
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
2
Noja
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Barcena Mayor
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Potes
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
San Vicente de la Barquera
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
6
Comillas
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
7
Santillana del Mar
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
8
Santander
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Brussels

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Castro Urdiales

Castro Urdiales is a seaport of northern Spain, in the autonomous community of Cantabria, situated on the Bay of Biscay. For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Castro Urdiales vacation website .

Brussels, Belgium to Castro Urdiales is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in August: high temperatures in Castro Urdiales hover around 31°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Noja.

Things to do in Castro Urdiales

Fun & Games

Side Trip

Vizcaya Bridge
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Room Escape Games
Vizcaya Bridge ©
Vizcaya Bridge

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Noja

Noja ©
Noja is a municipality located in the autonomous community of Cantabria, Spain. On the 12th (Mon), kick back and relax at Playa Somo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Ris, and then kick back and relax at Playa de Candado.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Noja trip maker app .

Drive from Castro Urdiales to Noja in an hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Castro Urdiales in August: highs in Noja hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Barcena Mayor.

Things to do in Noja

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Somo, Playa de Candado
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Playa de Ris ©
Playa de Ris

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night
Barcena Mayor

Barcena Mayor ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Maria, make a trip to Cascadas de Lamina, and then get answers to all your questions at Centro de Interpretacion del Parque Natural Saja Besaya.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Barcena Mayor driving holiday planning tool .

Drive from Noja to Barcena Mayor in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Noja in August, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Barcena Mayor: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Potes.

Things to do in Barcena Mayor

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cascadas de Lamina, Centro de Interpretacion del Parque Natural Saja Besaya
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Iglesia de Santa Maria ©
Iglesia de Santa Maria
Cascadas de Lamina ©
Cascadas de Lamina

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night
Potes

Potes ©
On the 14th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Picos de Cabariezo, then see the interesting displays at Valdeaniezo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria, and finally get outside with Potes Aventura.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Potes online travel planner .

Getting from Barcena Mayor to Potes by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Barcena Mayor in August, plan for little chillier days in Potes, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Vicente de la Barquera.

Things to do in Potes

Outdoors Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Picos de Cabariezo, Valdeaniezo, Church of Santa Maria
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Potes Aventura ©
Potes Aventura
Church of Santa Maria ©
Church of Santa Maria

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San Vicente de la Barquera

San Vicente de la Barquera ©
San Vicente de la Barquera is a municipality of Cantabria in northern Spain. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Ferreria de Cades, then don't miss a visit to Cueva El Soplao, then kick back and relax at Beach of La Franca, and finally snap pictures at La Maza Bridge.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Vicente de la Barquera trip maker site .

You can drive from Potes to San Vicente de la Barquera in an hour. August in San Vicente de la Barquera sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Comillas.

Things to do in San Vicente de la Barquera

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ferreria de Cades, Cueva El Soplao, Beach of La Franca
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Beach of La Franca ©
Beach of La Franca
Ferreria de Cades ©
Ferreria de Cades
Cueva El Soplao ©
Cueva El Soplao

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Comillas

Comillas ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Sobrellano, then admire the striking features of Casa del Duque de Almodovar del Rio, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Luana, and finally admire the striking features of El Capricho de Gaudi.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Comillas online trip planner .

Comillas is just a short distance from San Vicente de la Barquera. In August, daytime highs in Comillas are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Santillana del Mar.

Things to do in Comillas

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa de Luana
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Playa de Luana ©
Playa de Luana
El Capricho de Gaudi ©
El Capricho de Gaudi
Palacio de Sobrellano ©
Palacio de Sobrellano

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night
Santillana del Mar

Santillana del Mar ©
Santillana del Mar is a historic town situated in Cantabria, Spain. On the 17th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiate Church of Santillana del Mar, contemplate the long history of Casa del Aguila y la Parra, then take in the views from Puente de San Miguel, then don't miss a visit to Laberinto de Villapresente, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo de Altamira.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Santillana del Mar trip builder site .

Santillana del Mar is just a stone's throw from Comillas. In August in Santillana del Mar, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santander.

Things to do in Santillana del Mar

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Laberinto de Villapresente
Highlights from your plan
Collegiate Church of Santillana del Mar ©
Laberinto de Villapresente ©
Laberinto de Villapresente
Museo de Altamira ©
Museo de Altamira

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Santander

Santander ©
Known for its prime north coast location and elegant city center, Santander remains the central destination for tourism and commerce in the whole Cantabrian region.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabarceno and Playa Primera de El Sardinero. Get out of town with these interesting Santander side-trips: Bilbao (Casco Viejo, Taberna Plaza Nueva, & more) and Getxo (Parroquia de San Ignacio de Loyola & Palacio Lezama Leguizamon). Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Peninsula of Magdalena.

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Santander is just a short distance from Santillana del Mar. In August, daytime highs in Santander are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santander

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Bilbao, Getxo, Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabarceno
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Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabarceno ©
Playa Primera de El Sardinero ©
Playa Primera de El Sardinero
Peninsula of Magdalena ©
Peninsula of Magdalena

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