This coastal region in the north of Spain is a mixture of scenic coastal resorts, stunning mountain landscapes and prehistoric caves and makes an inspirational destination for a Spanish language tour. Relatively undeveloped and authentically Spanish it is a great place to immerse your students in the language and culture through a combination of lessons, workshops and educational visits.
Explore the perfectly preserved medieval village of Santillana del Mar and visit the Altamira Caves with their prehistoric cave paintings. The lively bayside capital of Santander is known for its seafood tapas and long curving Sardinero beach and maritime history. For natural wonders, head into the mountains for spectacular scenery or ride the mining train through the El Soplao Caves to see some of the best rock formations of their type in the world.
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Full day excursion to Santander with a visit to El Capricho de Gaudi
Tapas Meal in a local restaurant
Full day excursion to San Vincente and the Picos de Europa, including cable car ride
Evening meal at a local restaurant
Visit to El Soplao Caves
Transfer to the airport for return flight
Arrive UK, onward travel to school
Top Tips from Our Travel Experts
"Cantabria is Spain’s biggest secret, it is easy to get to with 2 airports, and the pace of life is slower, making it a great option for younger groups enjoying their first Spanish experience. Once you’re there you can enjoy the beautiful countryside in the Picos de Europa, overlooking the mountains on the cable car. Sit back and watch the world go by eating Churros in Santander before a enjoying a boat trip, visit Bilbao and see the spectacular Guggenheim museum or go back in time underground in the El Soplao Caves. Be aware that it does close in the winter, but offers a cooler option than southern Spain in the summer"