The number of different activities and visits to do in general in Cantabria and in particular a few kilometers from the Altamira Hotel is enormous.

They will have to return to the Altamira Hotel on many occasions to be able to do them all and, surely, they will repeat many of them.

Below we highlight some of the most important ones:

Cultural tourism

The most outstanding cultural visits in Cantabria just a few minutes away:

Santillana del Mar

The location of the hotel is one of the most beautiful towns in Spain and the main center of historical-artistic interest in Cantabria.

Caves of Altamira

4 km from Santillana del Mar are the Altamira Caves, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. They are one of the most famous caves of prehistoric paintings in Europe and the World, accidentally discovered by a hunter in 1869. They are called the Sistine Chapel of Cave Art. The paintings, for the most part, were executed in the Magdalenian era (between 14,000 and 9,500 BC). The vault is covered with figures of bison, horses, a wild boar and a 2.20 m deer.

El Soplao Caves

One of the most impressive caves in the world thanks to its eccentric formations of stalactites and stalagmites. 44 km from Santillana del Mar.

Santo Toribio de Liébana

The Monastery of Santo Toribio preserves the “Lignum crucis”, the largest preserved portion of the crucifixion cross in the world. 86 km from Santillana del Mar.

El Castillo Cave

Another of the Paleolithic wonders that can be visited in Puente Viesgo, just 24 km from Santillana del Mar.

The best beaches

Cantabria has wonderful beaches within walking distance of the hotel:

  • Playa de los Locos in Suances, 10 km away.
  • Luaña beach in Cóbreces, 13 km.
  • Comillas beach, 17 km.
  • Liencres beaches, 22 km.
  • Oyambre beach, 23 km.
  • Santander beaches, 31 km.

Costal Hiking

The location of the Hotel Altamira makes it easy to take routes along the coast in the vicinity but also take routes such as:

  • Route of the Camino de Santiago (GRE-9 or Atlantic Cornice Trail).


Golf fans have a good range of golf courses very close to the hotel.

  • Comillas Golf Club (18 holes. Par 72) in Comillas, 17 km.
  • Abra del Pas Golf Club (9 holes. Par 36) in Mogro, 18 km.
  • Mataleñas Golf Club (9 holes. Par 34) in Santander, 33 km by highway.
  • Real Golf de Pedreña (18 holes. Par 70), 45 km by highway.


Nature fans are in luck in Cantabria, the range of activities is enormous, highlighting:

  • Santillana del Mar Zoo , 3 km.
  • Coastal fishing , 11 km away on the cliff of “El Bolao”.
  • Oyambre Natural Park , 24 km.
  • Cabárceno Nature Park , 34 km by highway.
  • Los Picos de Europa Natural Park , 97 km.
  • El Cable viewpoint in Fuente Dé, 106 km.


The location of the Hotel Altamira makes it easy to take routes along the coast in the vicinity but also take routes such as:

  • Western Coast Route (CA-131) from Santillana to San Vicente de la Barquera, a fishing village par excellence, which represents one of the best-known and beautiful sights of the Cantabrian coast, passing through Comillas. (Total 35 km of route).
  • Romanesque route , starting from the Collegiate Church of Santillana del Mar, the best exponent of Romanesque architecture in Cantabria, and heading towards Reinosa on the N-611 and returning to Santillana del Mar on the N-623, the traveler will be able to contemplate the most important Romanesque works of Cantabria.
  •  The area of ​​Los Picos de Europa, Potes and Sto. Toribio de Liébana is less than 1 hour away (83 km) and is full of mountain routes.
  • Valle de Cabuerniga and Barcena Mayor (48 km away), which represents an example of the conservation of the rural world in Cantabria, declared a historic-artistic site in 1979.
  • Santander and surroundings . A must-see is the capital of Cantabria, located 30 km away. from Santillana by highway. In its surroundings is the Cabárceno Nature Park and the Liencres Dunes Natural Park.