Cabárceno's Wildlife Park
Cabarceno's wildlife park is a unique natural environment. From an old abandoned iron ore mine it became an extense zoological park and one of the most attractive places in Cantabria. Its past as an iron ore mine can be noted from the reddish skin of some animals, such as the elephants and rinos, taken from the environment.
Cabarceno's park is 50 kilometres away from San Vicente de la Barquera and it can be easily visited by car, since it has 17 kilometres of asphalted roads. It also has a reptilarium and lakes to practice fishing
A large variety of animal life can be found inside the park, but what really differenciates Cabarceno's from any other zoo are the vast spaces where its animals live.
Santillana del Mar
Santillana del Mar is a town 28 kilometres away from San Vicente de la Barquera. The historical and artistic complex can only be visited by foot. Its most famous building is La Colegiata de Santa Juliana. This building is the most important Romanic monument in Cantabria. However, what makes Santillana del Mar so attractive ar its beautiful houses with their balconies full of flowers and the charm of all its corners.
2 kilometres away from Santillana del Mar there is another artistic treasure of Cantabria: the Altamira caves. They were found in 1874 and they have been declared part of the Human Patrimony.
The cave has 150 engravings from the Paleolithic and it is about 300 metres long. Figures of bisons and deers stand out among its Quaternary paintings