Madrid, the national capital, is about 170 miles (274 kilometers) south of Polientes, while Bilbao is 60 miles (97 kilometers) to the northeast.
When it comes to getting the best bang for your buck from your precious vacation time, keep in mind that Polientes is merely the beginning; Cantabria has been blessed with an abundance of natural and man-made attractions. Examples of places in the vicinity of Polientes are Naveda, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the southeast, and Salinas de Pisuerga, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the east.
Around 35 miles (56 kilometers) to the south of Polientes is Burgos, a regional center where you go see Museo de Burgos, Burgos Cathedral and Atapuerca Convention Center. Monasterio de las Huelgas, Colegiata de San Cosme y San Damian and University of Burgos are other good places to visit.
Feed your mind by visiting Cantabria's excellent art museums, art galleries and history museums. When the sun is shining, why not take the chance to discover Cantabria's open-air exhibits, open-air museums and gardens?.
This region has a number of excellent places for boating, so ensure you leave time to fit that in. Swimming is another popular activity here. Those adventurous souls searching for action should test their limits by joining a mountain biking or caving adventure.
When you have to pack your suitcase and say "Adiós", you'll have heaps of memories you'll cherish forever.