Destination guide

From the mountains to the sea in Cantabria, Spain

On the northern coast of Spain, the region of Cantabria draws travelers to its miles of sandy beaches, 1,000s of caves and gorgeous mountains. Active pursuits are in full supply here, whether you prefer hiking through hilly forests or skiing down the slopes, but there's plenty of spots to kick back by the Bay of Biscay in summer, too. Once you've selected your ideal Cantabria vacation rental, whether close to shops and eateries in the capital city of Santander or more rural with countryside views, you'll find all sorts of adventures await on historic streets and along systems of caverns.


Sightseeing in Cantabria's capital city

If your Cantabria vacation rental is located close to the city of Santander, then spending some time sightseeing along the historic streets here is a must. The Paseo de Pereda pathway is a great place for a walk along an inlet of the bay, leading to a beautiful garden where you can stop for a scenic picnic. Nearby, the city's prominent cathedral looms, with Gothic designs that you'll want to photograph. On a peninsula jutting out into the bay near popular sandy beaches, you'll find the gorgeous Palacio de la Magdalena, open for tours of the palace interior and grounds.


Year-round fun in Cantabria

Summers in Cantabria are ideal for long days on the coast, soaking up the sunshine and taking dips in the ocean to cool off during the afternoon heat. This region in the north doesn't get nearly as hot or crowded as some of the southern coastal areas of Spain, but the weather is still toasty enough for sunbathing and swimming. Summertime is popular, though, so be sure to book your Cantabria vacation rental early if you plan to visit then. Spring and fall, though a bit chillier, are perfect for outdoor adventures, and wintertime means skiing in the Cantabrian Mountains.

Natural features

Soaking up the fresh air in Cantabria

From sandy beaches to soaring peaks, Cantabria does not disappoint when it comes to stunning scenery and chances to escape to the great outdoors. The Bay of Biscay washes onto the coast here, offering lots of places to enjoy seaside views and boat rides. For hiking trips, head inland towards Picos de Europa National Park, where you'll find miles of forested trails to take the family on outdoor adventures through hills and alongside lakes in search of local flora and cute critters. Come winter, snowfall at higher elevations in the Cantabrian Mountains opens the slopes for cross-country and downhill skiing.

Where to stay around Cantabria?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,109 vacation rentals near Cantabria. From 196 Houses to 265 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Cantabria for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Cantabria?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cantabria. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Santander: 341 vacation rentals
  • Suances: 219 vacation rentals
  • Santillana del Mar: 246 vacation rentals
  • Laredo: 262 vacation rentals
  • Comillas: 221 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Cantabria! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Cantabria?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cantabria:

  • Santander: 341 rentals
  • Suances: 219 rentals
  • Santillana del Mar: 246 rentals
  • Laredo: 262 rentals
  • Comillas: 221 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Cantabria?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Cantabria. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Santa Marina Golf: 433 rentals
  • National Museum and Research Center of Altamira: 564 rentals
  • Santander (YJL-Santander Train Station): 644 rentals
  • Langre Beach: 615 rentals
  • Comillas Beach: 421 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cantabria listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.