8 days in Cantabria Itinerary

8 days in Cantabria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cantabria vacation planner

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Santander
— 5 nights
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Espinama
— 2 nights
Drive to Santander Airport, Fly to Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport

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Santander

— 5 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Santander side-trips: Bilbao (La Ribera Market, Wine Tours & Tastings, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Peninsula of Magdalena, kick back and relax at Playa Primera de El Sardinero, walk around Parque de Cabo Mayor, and admire the natural beauty at Jardines de Piquio.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Santander road trip planning tool.

Madrid to Santander is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Madrid in May, expect nights in Santander to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Espinama.

Things to do in Santander

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Espinama

— 2 nights
On the 7th (Fri), examine the collection at Casa de las Donas, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Torre de Horcados Rojos, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Picos de Europa.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Espinama day trip app.

Traveling by car from Santander to Espinama takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Espinama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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.