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

Cantabria: the epitome of Green Spain. Mountains and lush iridescent pastures dotted with cows, worthy of Switzerland, but with always in the background, the eternal restless Atlantic...

ONE WEEK Activities: exploration of Cantabria, with 5 walks of 3-4h on occasionally steep and/or stony paths; denivellations of up to +350m/day; a variety of visits. Group 8 maximum.

EXCEPT THREE MEALS, in rooms for 2 (private bathrooms) in comfortable posadas of charm: three nights in a surprising neo-Mudéjar building in the delightful spa village of Liérganes and four in pretty Escalante, in the Salt Marshes Natural Park on the Asón estuary.

DATES (Thursday-Thursday)
2022 7-14 July.

935 euros per person; obligatory single room supplement 175 euros.

RENDEZVOUS Bilbao airport in the afternoon - choose a flight arriving before 15.00.
DISPERSAL Bilbao airport in the late morning - choose a flight departing after 13.30.
Please consult us if you wish to arrive by coach, train or car.

Location of this programme:

THURSDAY: A short transfer from Bilbao brings us to the tiny spa resort of Liérganes, where we stay three nights. We discover its maze of shady alleys and the legend of the Hombre Pez.

FRIDAY: Panoramic circuit of Las Tetas, which overlook the villages of the Miera valley, returning to Liérganes via the Miera baja.

SATURDAY: Peña Cabarga, with superb views towards both the sea and the mountains, and some surprising archaeological remains. In the afternoon, the prehistoric caves of Puente Viesgo and two delightful Romanesque churches.

SUNDAY: The Cabeceras de Alisas walk, with views of the Cantábricos, the fertile middle valleys and the distant Atlantic. Arrival at Escalante (4 nights). Visit to a tidal mill and short walk of the Mies.

MONDAY: Santoña: the fishing port par excellence of the Cantabrian coast and formerly an important naval base. Walk of the Monte Buciero with splendid sea-cliffs, Atlantic coastal forest and fortifications of the 16th-19th centuries. Visit to a cannery where anchovies are still processed by hand, and a stroll in the salt-marshes. Free time on the beach of Berria.

TUESDAY: A day in Santander, arriving by boat across the famous Bay. The Magdalena royal palace, the mediaeval city wall and the fabulous new archaeological museum. Bathing possible.

WEDNESDAY: The beautiful karst scenery of the Collados del Asón Natural Park.

THURSDAY: Transfer to Bilbao airport.

Escapade in Cantabria / Liérganes & Santander / Candás & Costa Verde / Mar y Sierra: West Andalusia
walking: Andalusia / Madrid-Segovia / Albarracín-Cuenca-Teruel / Duero soriano / Nat Parks Old Castile
Discovery: Berlanga-Soria / Almagro-La Mancha / Land of lakes & storks / Ruta del Oro / Segura-Júcar
Ciudad Rodrigo-Arribes Duero / Almería-Tabernas-Cabo Gata / Huelva / Extremadura: Trujillo / Zafra
Christmas on the Costa de la Luz / New Year Natural Parks Cádiz / nature rambles / festivals
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