7 days in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Cantabria & Medina de Pomar Itinerary

7 days in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Cantabria & Medina de Pomar Itinerary

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Vitoria-Gasteiz
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Santander
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Santillana del Mar
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La Hermida
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Medina de Pomar
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Vitoria-Gasteiz

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Green Capital of Spain

The capital of the Basque country, Vitoria-Gasteiz is a medieval city with lively suburbs and a traditional but elegant urban feel.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Anillo Verde, then admire the striking features of Plaza de la Virgen Blanca, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Maria.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vitoria-Gasteiz attractions planner.

Barcelona to Vitoria-Gasteiz is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Vitoria-Gasteiz, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Santander.

Things to do in Vitoria-Gasteiz

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Santander

— 1 night

Spain's Most Elegant City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Pantaleon and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ecomuseo-Fluviarium de la Montana y Cuencas Fluviales Pasiegas.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santander online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Santander takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Vitoria-Gasteiz in August, you will find days in Santander are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (19°C). You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sun) before leaving for Santillana del Mar.

Things to do in Santander

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

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Santillana del Mar

— 1 night
Santillana del Mar is a historic town situated in Cantabria, Spain. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museo y Fundacion Jesus Otero, don't miss a visit to Cueva Las Monedas, then explore the fascinating underground world of cueva del castillo, then admire the striking features of Casona de Fuentes Pila, and finally make a trip to Laberinto de Villapresente.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santillana del Mar planning app.

Traveling by car from Santander to Santillana del Mar takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to La Hermida.

Things to do in Santillana del Mar

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

La Hermida

— 2 nights
On the 17th (Mon), cruise along Urdon-Tresviso, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria, then examine the collection at Ferreria de Cades, then examine the collection at Archivo de Indianos o Museo de la Emigracion, and finally examine the collection at Cueva de El Pindal. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Banos Termales de La Hermida, take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Garabandal Sanctuary, then relax in the rural setting at Queseria La Branuca, and finally appreciate the views at Desfiladero de La Hermida.

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You can drive from Santillana del Mar to La Hermida in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in La Hermida, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Medina de Pomar.

Things to do in La Hermida

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Medina de Pomar

— 1 night
Medina de Pomar is a municipality and town located in the province of Burgos, Castile and León, Spain. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Karpin Abentura, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de Pozalagua, then make a trip to Torres de Medina de Pomar (Torres de los Velasco), and finally make a trip to Monasterio de Santa Clara.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Medina de Pomar online trip maker.

You can drive from La Hermida to Medina de Pomar in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from La Hermida in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Medina de Pomar, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. On the 20th (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Medina de Pomar

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

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Cantabria travel guide

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Beaches · Zoos · Architectural Buildings
A region rich in archeological attractions, Cantabria is perhaps best known for Altamira cave, often called the "Sistine Chapel of Prehistoric Art." A land of lush vegetation and colorful artistic heritage, it’s also home to numerous nature reserves, mountain valleys, and short but very rapid rivers. Offering a little of everything, its sandy beaches and modern seaside resorts have brought about a boom in international tourism. Deeper inland, quiet country roads and an extensive network of trails offer a chance for leisurely sightseeing in this rugged region on foot, or by car or bicycle.