The Spanish Province of Cantabria has Santander as its capital city. It is bordered on the east by the Basque Province, on the south by Castilla Leon, on the west by the Principality of Asturias, and on the north by the Cantabrian Sea (Bay of Biscay).

Cantabria is the area often referred to as 'Green Spain', the name given to the strip of land between the Cantabrian Sea and the Cantabrian Mountains in northern Spain. This is because it has particularly lush vegetation, due to a wet and moderate oceanic climate. It's climate is strongly influenced by Atlantic Ocean winds that get trapped by the mountains.


Because of the gulf stream, Cantabria has a climate much more temperate than might be expected for its latitude. The Province has a humid oceanic climate, with warm summers and mild winters. The mean temperature is about 14°C. Snow is frequent in higher zones of Cantabria between the months of October and March. Some zones of Picos de Europa, over 2,500 meters high, have an alpine climate with snow year round.


Despite the small size of Cantabria, there are seven natural areas of considerable interest in this Province. Probably the most important of these is the Picos de Europa National Park, of which part is also in the regions of Castilla Leon and Asturias, as well as Cantabria. Overall, Cantabria’s natural heritage is exceptional. The rivers, beaches, cliffs, valleys, mountains and forests create a mosaic of contrasting landscapes.

Here are a few of the interesting place in the Cantabria Province -

Altamira, Castro Urdiales, Comillas , Laredo, Noja. Reinosa, Suances, Santona, San Vicente de la Barquera.

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