Liérganes & Santander
Week in the delightful spa village of Liérganes
Discovery holiday with walking, history and nature - small international group - Cantabria, northern Spain

The small region of Cantabria, sandwiched between the Atlantic ocean and the Cantabrian cordillera, has many attractions: its airy capital Santander, on the bay of the same name, beaches and fishing ports, some of the world's most important cave paintings, and Natural Parks encompassing both the sea shore and the mountains...

ONE WEEK Activities: varied visits and excursions; 5 walks of about 1-3 hours (4 in flattish terrain, one with a denivellation of +100m). Group 8 maximum.

EXCEPT 2 LUNCHES & 2 DINNERS, in rooms for 2 (private bathrooms): 7 nights in a comfortable 'neo-Mudéjar' posada in the delightful spa village of Liérganes.

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

995 euros per person; obligatory single room supplement 225 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: Transfer to Liérganes. Exploration of the village: the legend of the Hombre Pez.

FRIDAY: 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.

SATURDAY: A short ramble in the beautiful upper Miera valley, then we visit the ethnographical museum of the Valles Pasiegos at Vega de Pas and the Cueva del Castillo, at Puente Viesgo, which has some of the world's oldest cave paintings. The two Romanesque churches of Santa María de Cayón.

SUNDAY: 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.

MONDAY: Along the heights of the Bustablado: good views of the summits of the Cantabrian mountains. Karst formations in the Collados del Asón natural park.

TUESDAY: Santoña: the fishing port par excellence of the Cantabrian coast. We visit a cannery where anchovies are still processed by hand, and the salt-marsh natural park, including a tidal mill. Sea food lunch, free time on the beach of Berria.

WEDNESDAY: We walk to the neighbouring village of La Cavada, notable in the past for its foundry which provided cannons for Spain's navy, fed by the waters of the Miera and its tributaries, the iron mines of the Peña Cabarga, and charcoal from the forests of the upper valleys. Return by the FEVE narrow-gauge railway (this was reputedly built so that King Alfonso XIII and his family could travel easily from their summer palace in Santander to take the waters at Liérganes!). A last overall view of Cantabria from the heights of Peña Cabarga.

THURSDAY: Transfer to Bilbao airport.

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