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Santander: Santander on Fire 1941 Historic Walking Tour

1. Santander: Santander on Fire 1941 Historic Walking Tour

There are many ways to get to know Santander, the capital of Cantabria. You can visit El Sardinero, the nobility of the Magdalena, eat a Regma ice cream, or visit one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Now, do you know what is really behind all this?  To understand Santander, you must understand its historic center and the history of the great fire of 1941, the catastrophe that razed much of the city. See how Santander has been rebuilt into the city known today on a tour which highlights the locations most significant to the fire. A story full of intrigue, decay, anonymous heroes, and fire and destruction wherever you look. It's promised that you'll never see the streets of Santander the same way again after a couple hours with your extremely knowledgable guide.

From Oviedo: Ribadesella, Llanes, and Santillana del Mar

2. From Oviedo: Ribadesella, Llanes, and Santillana del Mar

The guided tour of Ribadesella will take us to many of its most typical and emblematic buildings. We will visit its historic center and also the Portiellu neighborhood, to better understand the history and tradition of this Asturian town. One of the most characteristic and beautiful things are its picturesque streets, where, scattered around, some of the houses and palaces appear that have gradually become a must-see. Thus, the Palace of Pietro Cutre stands out, a jewel of the Asturian Renaissance, the Casa Ardines, or the Palacio de la Atalaya, in the square of the same name. One of the things that we have to see in Ribadesella, yes or yes, is its Hermitage of the Guide, where the patron saint of sailors rests. In addition, from this place, you get some of the best views of Ribadesella and also of the Bay of Biscay. Our itinerary continues towards Llanes, about half an hour away. This is one of the most chosen summer destinations in Asturias, both for its leisure offer and for the beautiful places that can be visited here. Again following our guide we will learn more about the most important places, its Casino, its tower, from the 13th century, the Palace of the Dukes of Estrada or the Gates of Llanes. There will also be time for well-known spaces such as the “Parres Sobrino” square, which rose to fame with the movie “El Orfanato”, which was shot in Llanes. Here we can enjoy free time to continue exploring a bit on our own, or to return to the places that we liked the most. The last stop will be Santillana del Mar, one of the places that you cannot miss if you are in Cantabria. We will be able to walk quietly through its alleys to see, for example, the Town Hall, the Palace or houses as imposing as the House of the Marquis of Santillana or that of the Archduchess Margarita of Austria. During all the visits we will be assisted by the advice and recommendations of the guide, who will show us where to eat, what dishes are the most typical or what are the purchases that cannot be missed. It runs along the coast of Eastern Asturias, yes, places are usually sold out, so reserve your places now!

Potes: Historical Guided Walking Tour

3. Potes: Historical Guided Walking Tour

Discover the beauty of Potes and its medieval Old Town on this guided walking tour. Admire the town's highlights like the new Church of San Vicente and the Torre del Infantado tower. Learn about the town's history, culture, and cuisine as you stroll. Meet your local guide in front of the monument to Jesus de Monasterio in the park in front of the new Church of San Vicente. Unlock the history of illustrious figures such as Jesús de Monasterio as you walk down cobbled streets and take in views of the Peña Labra and Peña Sagra mountains. Hear about the San Pedro, Calseco, and Linares towers and find out which remains. View the 14th-century Torre del Infantado tower which was used by the Mendoza family in their fights with the Manrique house. Pass by emblematic historical buildings as you make your way through the Solana district in the heart of the historic quarter of the town. Capture pictures of stone mansions with balconies full of flowers, narrow cobbled streets, charming squares and bridges that cross the Deva and Quiviesa rivers. Find out about local customs, festivals, and traditions. Listen to mouth-watering descriptions of lebaniego stew (chickpea, potato and meat stew), orujos (pomace brandy), and homemade desserts. Finish your tour at your meeting point.

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What people are saying about Cantabria

It is a great route through the history of Santander. The life of its people, how the fire happened and what were the causes that made it lethal for the city. After February 15, 1941, Santander was no longer the same. It was the birth of what we know today, although few of us imagined the disaster caused by that fire. To understand, you have to listen to Héctor and then we will know. Totally recommended.

It is a luxury to know the interior of Cantabria and discover the beauty of the Valles Pasiegos. I have never seen such a bright green in such a unique landscape. The waterfall of the Yera river and the panoramic route to get there is amazing. Looks like New Zealand. Gotta go!

Highly recommended. The guide we had was Héctor who gave us a different tour without just telling the history of the city as usual. It shows that he really likes his work and that he transmits to people.

Very interesting trip through the history of Santander! The guide very prepared, friendly and patient! More than recommended!

Very pleasant, friendly, with a lot of information and helps to understand architecture and history of the city