ALTERNATIVE TOURISM, WHAT IS IT?
When we talk about Alternative Tourism, we refer to a new type of tourism that is becoming increasingly fashionable. Travelers are looking for trips in order to carry out recreational activities in direct contact with both nature and the culture of the chosen destination.
The visitor who seeks this type of tourism, does so with the pretension of feeling at home and with the intention and commitment to enjoy, respecting, while getting to know the place, the natural and cultural resources.
It is a traveler who avoids mass tourism, a tourist who seeks exclusivity.
WHAT ALTERNATIVE TOURISM DOES CANTABRIA AND ITS SURROUNDINGS OFFER?
Cantabria offers us multiple activities to be able to carry out alternative tourism. Here are some of them:
Mountain routes:if you like the mountain and green landscapes, this is certainly a good option. We offer you various places such as the Route of Fuente Dé, in Picos de Europa, it is a stunning area, which is usually ascended by cable car to enjoy wonderful views from there. Another great route is El Desfiladero de la Hermida, with a length of 21 kilometers, the longest gorge in the country and with magnificent panoramas! Other unforgettable images are those that you can contemplate if you visit the Route of the Pasiegos Valleys and El Alto del Caracol with its incredible valleys and small towns, among many others.
Bike routes:The different paths, greenways and trails that we can find in Cantabria, make bike routes one of the preferences when it comes to enjoying the images that give us the territory and its nature. Routes such as Campoo-Bárcena Mayor, which covers two of the most emblematic valleys of Cantabria; or like the Besaya Greenway, where you will discover wonderful places like Suances or Santillana del Mar; any of them will make you enjoy your adventure to the fullest.
Learning to orient yourself:we propose the adventure of learning to locate yourself in the environment exactly, know the exact point of your position and know where you should go. Basic knowledge to be able to venture into the beautiful Cantabrian mountains and thus be able to enjoy to the maximum with our expeditions.
Birdwatching:Thousands of birds arrive in Cantabria every spring with the intention of spending the summer in the natural parks and marshes, once autumn arrives they return their trip to warmer places. We put different guided routes for this practice at your disposal: The Natural Park of the Marshes of Santoña, the Natural Park of Oyambre or the Bay of Santander are the best known.
Picos de Europa:these impressive mountains are part of the immense Cantabrian Mountains, belonging to the provinces of León, Cantabria and Asturias. Among them, we can find the Picos de Europa National Park, a place of immense scenic attraction and the second largest protected area in the country, declared a Biosphere Reserve in 2003.
Routes along the coast:Cantabria has magnificent beaches of fine sand and crystal clear waters, but it is also true that, next to them, there are green meadows, a set that gives you the opportunity to enjoy nature to the fullest. We can find places like Laredo, Suances, Langre, Comillas, Loredo or San Vicente de la Barquera.
Boat routes:a proposal that cannot be ruled out is to take boat trips through the Bay of Santander, make boat routes to the beautiful Beach of El Puntal or maritime excursions such as the Biodiversity excursion on the Island of
Mouro and vision of the seabed with more than forty different species of fish in its waters, whenever the sea allows it.
Our agencies offer you configured trips and also tailored to your needs