Escapade in Cantabria
A region of Spain ideal for walking in summer –
a 'Mar y Sierra' holiday
Guided walking (two levels), history, nature - small international group - Cantabria, north Spain

A marvellous land, where the Cantabrian mountains slope down to the salt marshes and the Atlantic beaches... We propose this original and refreshing holiday to finish the summer, in the epitome of Green Spain!

6 DAYS (5 NIGHTS) Activities: exploration of Cantabria; variety of visits;
walking with a choice of either 3 walks of 3-4h on occasionally steep and/or stony paths, denivellations up to +300m or 3 walks of 1-3h, denivellations up to +200m. Group 8 maximum.

EXCEPT ONE EVENING MEAL, in rooms for 2 (private bathrooms) in the comfortable posada of pretty Escalante, in the Salt Marshes Natural Park on the Asón estuary. Sample the culinary specialities of Cantabria and its excellent fish!

695 euros per person; single room supplement 115 euros.

DATES (Friday-Wednesday)
2022 2-7 September.

Santander airport in the evening.
DISPERSAL Santander airport at 17.30.
Please consult us if you wish to arrive by coach, train or ferry, or at Bilbao airport.

Location of this programme:

FRIDAY: Short transfer to Escalante, evening meal.

SATURDAY: The beautiful mountain scenery of the Collados del Asón Natural Park. Choice of 2 levels of walking in the high glacial valleys. Back at Escalante in the late afternoon, choice of the Mies de Castanedo short walk, or free time on the nearby beach of Berria.

SUNDAY: The regional capital Santander, arriving by boat across the famous Bay. The Magdalena royal palace, the mediaeval city wall and the fabulous new museum of the prehistory of Cantabria. Lunch of pinchos, delicious tapas of a type very popular in northern Spain. Bathing possible.

MONDAY: Day at Santoña, fishing port par excellence of the Cantabrian coast and formerly an important naval base.
- Morning: visit to a cannery where anchovies are still processed by hand, a stroll in the salt-marshes of the Parque Natural de las Marismas and visit to a tidal mill.
- Afternoon with choice of: walk of Monte Buciero with splendid sea-cliffs, Atlantic coastal forest and fortifications of C16-19, or free time on the beach of Berria.

TUESDAY: An excursion to the western Cantabrian coast, including the delightful fishing town of San Vicente de la Barquera, with a panoramic walk along the ocean cliffs, and the enchanted Saja valley.

WEDNESDAY: Through the valles pasiegos to Puente Viesgo: some of the world's oldest cave paintings and two Romanesque churches with interesting statues. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport.

Mar y Sierra: Cantabria / Liérganes and Santander / Candás and the Costa Verde
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