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Cantabria Vacation: Coronavirus Information

Most Cantabria hotels offer free cancellation. Consider booking refundable hotels rather than non-refundable ones. Just look for the ‘free cancellation’ message during your hotel search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.

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Where to stay in Cantabria

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Top Hotels in Cantabria

Gran Hotel Sardinero
Gran Hotel Sardinero
4 out of 5
Plaza de Italia 1, Santander
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4.6/5Exceptional! (230 reviews)

"Excellent hotel, right in front of the Sardinero beach in Santander. The room was large, clean, looking new or recently renovated. Parking is available on the hotel itself, also spacious (no risk of scratching your car at all). Good cafe for breakfast (better to avoid the "breakfast included" option ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Gran Hotel Sardinero
3 out of 5
Barrio Bojar 2a, Igollo de Camargo, Camargo, Cantabria
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The price is $55 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9
3.7/5Good! (62 reviews)

"Great location for the ferry. Very reasonable rate."…"

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2019

Hotel Chiqui
Hotel Chiqui
3 out of 5
Avda. Manuel García Lago 9, Santander, Cantabria
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $66 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9
4.3/5Excellent! (402 reviews)

"Personnel très sympa Emplacement hôtel avec parking Vue sur mer"…"

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2020

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Top things to do in Cantabria

Cantabria Vacation Packages

See some of the world's oldest cave art, trek through vast natural parks and relax at a seaside resort in this diverse region in northern Spain. Cantabria is a fascinating combination of landscapes with deep valleys, mountain ranges, forests, green hills and an unspoiled coastline. Find isolated coves and expansive beaches, hike through natural parks, spot wildlife and study ancient cave art. Inside the coastal towns, investigate ancient buildings and museums.

Santander, the regional capital, is a port city built on hills with a historic center and several beaches. Tour the 13th-century Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción and wander through the narrow lanes and plazas of the old quarter. Browse exhibits at the Cantabrian Maritime Museum to learn about the city's seafaring traditions. Relax on the soft sands of Los Peligros, near the city center. Among other popular beaches are La Magdalena and El Camello.

Visit other coastal Cantabrian locations close to the capital, including San Vicente de la Barquera and Castro Urdiales, with Gothic architecture, beaches and the remains of a Roman colony. About 22 miles (35 kilometers) west of Santander is the Cave of Altamira in Santillana del Mar. It is known as the Sistine Chapel of cave art for its abundance of Ice Age paintings. See beautiful depictions of bulls, bison and other animals at the nearby museum, which re-creates part of the cave and its artworks. The cave itself is closed to visitors.

Move inland to explore Cantabria's mountains, valleys and forests. Spot wildlife in Cabarceno Natural Park, with more than 100 animal species, some of them endangered. Look for zebras, elephants, tigers, lions, gorillas and hyenas. Take the cable car from Fuente Dé to the top of the Pico Massif in the Picos de Europa National Park, the country’s first natural park. Hike along marked paths through the park’s mountains and valleys. Select from short and long routes for all abilities.

To experience Cantabria’s spectacular natural scenery and cultural attractions, fly into the international airport at Santander and get around by bus, train or rental car.

Frequently asked questions

How much does a Cantabria vacation package cost?
Starting from as low as , a package is your passport to affordable travel. Build your own Cantabria escape by picking from our extensive range of airfares, hotels and rental cars.
If I'm not able to travel, can I cancel my Cantabria vacation package?
If you’ve booked a Cantabria vacation package, you can change or cancel it, but there may be a fee in some circumstances. You may be able to cancel and rebook at no cost if you’ve taken out your package in the last 24 hours. If it’s been more than that, you may incur additional charges from your hotel, airline or car rental company. If your situation suddenly changes, make our Customer Service Portal your first stop for more information.
How do I get a cheap travel package to Cantabria?
Combine your bookings with Expedia and save as much as $583. With more than 550 air carriers and 1,000,000 hotels worldwide, your Cantabria vacation package can be handcrafted exactly to suit your budget. With all that extra cash, why not throw in one or two awesome activities and tours? That’s the easiest way to unlock even more discounts. The vacation you’ve always dreamed of in Cantabria is much closer than you thought!
What are the top hotels in Cantabria?
Look up Hotel Estrella del Norte and Hosteria San Emeterio. They’re top picks for many travelers headed to Arnuero. If Isla is on your travel itinerary, Hotel Estrella del Norte and Hosteria San Emeterio are two welcoming options.
When is the best time of year to visit Cantabria?
If you enjoy the buzz of peak season, visit Cantabria in . If you’re seeking a calmer vibe, is the perfect time for you. Watching your budget? Perhaps avoid , when things like hotels and flights go up in price. is generally when you’ll pick up the best deals.
How far in advance should I book my Cantabria vacation?
It can be hard to know exactly when is the ideal time to book your Cantabria trip. But generally the earlier you book, the more affordable the prices. Sometimes, you can lock in your flights and hotels nearly 12 months prior to departure. If you’re thinking of a last-minute getaway, no need to panic! There are terrific deals advertised on Expedia every day.
What does an Expedia Cantabria travel package include?
With Expedia, you can select any combination of car rentals, hotels and flights to create your ideal Cantabria package. Once you’ve made your booking, you can add on fun stuff like tours and experiences. Don’t forget — the more you bundle, the more discounts you’ll get!
What should I know before booking a Cantabria travel package?
A travel package can be cheaper than separately booking all you need for your escape. For example, bundle your hotels, flights and rental cars and save a pretty penny. Whatever your vacation goals are, there’s sure to be a package within your budget.
Does Expedia offer Book Now, Pay Later Cantabria vacation packages?
Most good vacations can become costly, so it’s nice knowing that Expedia is able to make things easier. Thanks to our partnership with online lender Affirm, you can get the most out of your hard-earned dollars with a Book Now, Pay Later vacation package.
Can I choose my airline with a Cantabria Expedia vacation package?
Most definitely. Expedia has access to more than 550 partner airlines globally, so you can customize your Cantabria trip according to your budget and travel needs.