With approximately 100 miles of Coastline, Cantabria is quite a small province, and relatively new in term of Spain's history. It is sandwiched between the Basque country to the east,and Asturias to the west, and it's architecture has taken influences from both areas.
Santander, the sophisticated capital of Cantabria has much to offer, with a long attractive sea front promenade, and several beautiful sandy beaches. It has a great choice of restaurants,and bars. Santander also has a large dock area and ferry port, where Brittany ferries sails from Plymouth twice weekly for most of the year. There are also regular flights from the UK with Ryanair to Santander airport, just on the outskirts of the city, making it well connected for British visitors.
The roads and infrastructure are mainly excellent, and there are many places to visit, including the attractive coastal town of San Vicente de la Baquera, which is very popular with summer visitors. It is about 40 minutes drive west of Santander, and with it's many cafes and bars dotted along the palm tree lined promenade, and the lovely long Oyambre beach, it is well worth a visit.
Comillas is another popular, but smaller town, and has a good beach, and surprisingly some interesting Goudi buildings to see.
Santillana del Mar with it's preserved medieval houses and cobbled streets, has won the title of the prettiest village in the whole of Spain more than once, and is very popular with tourists.
Inland is the beautiful Liebana valley, with it's own 'Mediterranean' micro climate and many traditional farming villages. Even further inland is the Campoo valley and the large Ebro reservoir of Reinosa. The ski resort of Alto Campoo is nearby on the borders of Castilla y Leon in the Codillera Cantabria mountains.
Cantabria shares some of the 300 square miles of the Picos National Park with Asturias, and includes the charming village of Potes.
For outdoor enthusiasts there is plenty to do, including walking, canoeing, fishing, horse riding, biking, sailing, golf, skiing, and surfing.
Cantabria has some new developments in and around Santander, and along it's coastline. These are mainly new houses and villas, and low level apartments. Inland are many rural houses to restore or restored available, and also Cabañas, which are basic stone cabins, often with land, and often with no electricity or mains water. These are really for anyone who wants to get away from it all! Prices are higher than in neighbouring Asturias, due mainly to wealthy families from Bilbao buying second homes here.
The closest airport is Santander airport, which has regular flights with Ryanair, from Stansted, Liverpool, and Dublin. The airport is very close to the centre of Santander, and is about 30 minutes drive to Comillas and 40 minutes drive to San Vicente de la Baquera.
You can also fly to Bilbao, which is about 1 hour from Santander. EasyJet have several flights a day from Stansted.
There is also a ferry port in Santander with twice weekly sailings from Plymouth and Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries from March to November. Bilbao also has a ferry port serviced by P&O Ferries with regular sailings from Portsmouth throughout the year. (Add about 1 hour extra driving time from Bilbao)
Also see: Property for sale in Cantabria.