Cantabria isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of visiting Spain’s Great Gardens but this Northern region is home to many unusual and unique ‘planned gardens’ perfect for fans of gardening and landscaping. Totally Spain has organised a number of custom Garden Tours for groups and would be happy to help you plan a Garden-themed tour to Cantabria and other parts of Spain.
To celebrate the brand-new ferry route from Cork direct to Santander, we’ve pulled together 10 Things to See & Do in Santander, one of Spain’s best loved cities on the Northern coast. We live a stone’s throw from here, across the bay in Cantabria, and it’s a joy to showcase what’s on our doorstep. If you want to travel in style, we’d be honoured to design your tailored Totally Spain trip starting out here in Santander, Northern Spain.
If you’ve seen ‘Altamira’ the movie starring Antonio Banderas, you are probably curious to see the stunning Cantabrian cave art discovered in 1879. At Totally Spain (we’re a Spain-based travel agent and specialist in custom travel to Spain since 2000), we’re lucky to be based near the real thing which we highly recommend that you visit for yourself. Cantabria, along with the Dordogne in France, is one of the best places in the world to experience world class cave art and so much more.
We’ve been hooked on a cult book about immortality by the Spanish writer Eva Garcia Saenz. It’s a great read that unfolds in a museum in Santander in Northern Spain and takes us back to our cave dwelling past in Cantabria and other moments in history before returning to contemporary Spain. The book is now available in English and we recommend it for an afternoon of escapism. But living and working here in Cantabria, we know you don’t have to be immortal to experience the past. We have excellent museums, eye-popping cave art, postcard-perfect medieval towns, achingly cool urban retro architecture and chocolate-box hamlets on our doorstep, to step back in time, whenever we fancy…
The film crews love Cantabria. Last year it was the Seve Ballesteros biopic. This year it’s the story of Altamira with Antonio Banderas at the helm. We know why it’s so popular because we live here and so if you’ve been thinking about a trip to Cantabria, here are our top travel tips for Cantabria 2015!