Cantabria: the beauty of the unseen

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The green and amber beauty is hidden under Cantabria mountains and behind the clouds. When the fog seems a veil over the landscape dotted with rain shy and stately homes, a ray of sun creeps timidly and opened the curtain on a green without end, which seems to cry aloud for the prominence of its enormous cultural and artistic heritage, subtly concealed under the earth, as if its most precious treasure in question. And it Cantabria, a province in northern Spain, is the region that retains the most underground of the world heritage, by the universal flag Altamira caves which are officially closed to the public since 2002 and confirmed by the recent spectacular The discovery of Soplao.


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Cantabria is infinite, and its proud and hospitable people define it. The landscape is blue and green, smells of earth and rain, despite falling for more than half the days of the year, is responsible for preserving sinking stunning scenery in the mountains, rivers, valleys and coastal villages. Cantabrians feel identified and flattered with his tale setting, with its cuisine and its profuse natural and artistic heritage that have made a number of geologists and scientists internationally recognized moving to this small, hidden corner of northern Spain to study the paintings of natural wonders such as Altamira and El Soplao open to the public in 2005.

The caves of El Soplao and Altamira, Cantabria underground heritage:

With ten cave paintings Heritage, Cantabria underground wealth is immense. The Cave of The Soplao, considered one of the great wonders of geology was discovered in the early twentieth century, due to the exploitation of the mines in La Florida and after the walls of entrance to the mountain lies a colossal group of eccentric stalactites. The eccentric training of the cave, draw various shapes such as lamps or ghosts, are named after some of the most popular rooms of this unique place, such as the Board of ghosts, the Soplao Cave.

Cantabria: the beauty of the unseen

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Altamira, on the other hand, the insignia of the paintings in the world, was closed in 2002 and today only you can access a replay of the caves, located just 2 miles from another village emblematic of Cantabria: the royal town of Santillana del Mar, championed by its spectacular Romanesque collegiate church and baptized by the French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre as «the most beautiful village in Spain.» A villa with three lies, according tell the peasants of the area, «is neither holy, nor is flat and has no sea.»

Natural Cantabria: Oyambre, Liencres and Cabárceno

Some of the parks most popular nature are in Cantabria, as is the case of the Natural Park of Cabárceno or natural areas Oyambre, Collados del Ason and Liencres dunes, where a great feast of nature manages to unite heaven and sea to bring to the province from one of the best endowed by nature.

Natural Cantabria

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The four fishing villages: Castro Urdiales, Santander, Laredo and San Vicente de la Barquera
The green and amber from the mountains gives way in a short time the blue, sometimes gray-Cantabrian a sea whose waves are fought between wild and mischievous, to see which one will be the first to reach the strip of land , fine sand that changes color depending on the day that is lifted this Cantabria Infinita. Castro Urdiales, Santander, Laredo and San Vicente de la Barquera are considered the four «villas sea, forming a tourist route with their neighboring Laredo, Santoña or Colindres.

Cantabrian cuisine: seafood from the bakery centennial

Gastronomy in Cantabria deserves a separate chapter. This region of northern Spain is probably one of the places with more variety and tradition in the kitchen of the north. Cooked seafood, grilled and grilled and sea-fresh mixed with traditional Cantabrian anchovies ending with a dessert of the classic recipes of the cheese and sobaos pasiegos.

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