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Santillana del Mar and Altamira Museum

In this half-day excursion, you will visit the town of Santillana del Mar, listed as one of the most beautiful towns in Spain, and see the neo-cave, a scale replica of the famous Altamira cave.

  • You will visit the Altamira Museum and the Neo-cave

  • You will get to know one of the most beautiful cities in Spain: Santillana de Mar

  • You will visit the Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana

  • You will enjoy free time for shopping

  • When: Daily, except for Mondays

  • Duration: 4.5 h

  • Pick-up points: at your Hotel in Santander or at the Pabellón de la Habana in Torrelavega.

  • Languages: Spanish, English, Italian

€ 58 pers.

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After picking you up from your hotel, we will head towards Santillana del Mar. On our way to Santillana we will travel several kilometers along the Camino del Norte, one of the pilgrimage routes that lead to Santiago de Compostela. With a little luck you may see a pilgrim on your way. It will be along a quiet secondary road that will cross several towns until reaching Santillana.

The tour of the town will be done on foot since the historic center is a pedestrian zone. While you walk through its cobbled streets, you can admire the medieval houses, towers and palaces that make it up and that will make you feel that you have traveled to another era. Here you can visit the Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana, built in the 12th century and a jewel of the Romanesque in Cantabria. If you feel like it, you can also visit the Museum of the local sculptor Jesús Otero. After our walk through the center, you can enjoy some free time to shop or have a drink.

Our next stop will be to visit the Altamira Museum and Research Center, where the famous Altamira cave is located. This cave, also known as the “Sistine Chapel of Rock Art”, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. The cave was discovered in 1879 by the Cantabrian lawyer Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola. Apart from the great pictorial / historical value of his paintings, it stands out as the first cave to be discovered in the world with Paleolithic art. Because visits to the original cave are limited to the general public, we will visit the neo-cave. The visit is very comfortable, a reliable copy of the original and basic to better understand the Paleolithic art that our ancestors left us.

  • Tour leader
  • Private transportation by minivan (9 seats)
  • Pick up at your hotel (Santander- Torrellavega)
  • Altamira Museum & Neocave entrance fee
  • Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana entrance 
Not included
  • Food Drink
  • Comfortable footwear (Santillana's floor is paved)
  • Not recommended for people with reduced mobility

This is a recommended excursion for all ages.

You must be at the meeting point at least 5 minutes before departure time.

For the excursion to take place, there must be a minimum of 4 people registered. The company reserves the right to cancel the trip if the group does not reach the minimum number of participants or if the weather conditions are not favorable. In such a case, you would be given the option of a full refund or a change of tour date.

For groups of at least 4 people, we can do this excursion on other days outside the program (only from 11/15 to 06/15). Always subject to availability and keeping the tour open to other reservations.

If you want to book this tour as a private tour, please contact us so we can make you a proposal. Private tours give you the possibility to choose the date of the tour, the place / time of pick-up as well as to make changes to the initial program.

You can cancel this reservation free of charge up to 24 hours before the start of the tour.

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