WINTER PLANS IN SOUTHERN CANTABRIA

The shorter, colder days of the year are almost upon us, ushering in the season of wintry charm in Cantabria. That’s why we’ve put together a suggested itinerary for you, filled with different activities that you can do alone, with the family, or with friends; you won’t want to miss this.

It starts with a flight to Santander from where, just an hour’s drive away by motorway, you’ll come to Reinosa, capital of the region of Campoo. It’s also known as “Southern Cantabria” and is one of Cantabria’s great hidden gems. Reinosa’s colonnaded town centre is a popular spot for enjoying one of the town’s traditional puff pastry confections, known as “pantortillas” or “reinosas”.

Next, just ten minutes away by car from Reinosa, is NESTARES GOLF COURSE. This 18-hole, par 72, golf course is 6,250 metres long. With its gently undulating landscape, it is ideal for amateur and professional golfers alike. Its spectacular lakes mean that players have to concentrate and stay focused, for an enjoyable day golfing.

Our next stop, ten minutes away from the golf course, is the source of the River Ebro. Known as Fuentona de Fontibre, it is surrounded by ash trees and poplars. A stone monolith, topped with a small statue of the Virgen del Pilar (Our Lady of the Pillar), overlooks the spot.

You can park in the neighbouring car park and walk the remaining few metres down to the source itself. There is a picnic area and several nearby restaurants. The River Ebro Visitor Centre is close by, where visitors can learn all about this long river, which eventually flows into the Mediterranean Sea.

Barely five kilometres away is Argüeso Castle, which sits on top of a small hill. This medieval fortification, consisting of two towers and a wall, has become one of the main cultural attractions in southern Cantabria, hosting temporary exhibitions, concerts, historical re-enactment days (on the first weekend in July), courses and even civil weddings.

Finally, we reach our final destination: the Alto Campoo Ski and Mountain Resort. The resort’s skiing facilities are fantastic and it offers a breathtaking landscape for mountain lovers to enjoy. With summits of over 2,200 metres and routes such as the Pico Tres Mares, it is considered to be one of the best ski resorts in the Cantabrian region. The resort has 30.379 kilometres of ski routes and 3.2 kilometres of link routes. It includes: 23 slopes (4 green, 10 blue and 9 red), 12 lifts (5 chairlifts and 7 drag lifts) and a 2.7 km cross-country ski circuit.

The Pico Tres Mares (Peak of Three Seas) boasts a feature that is unique in Spain: its snow melt becomes the sources of the rivers Ebro, Pisuerga and Nansa, which flow, respectively, into the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, and the Cantabrian Sea, hence its curious name.

Have we convinced you to choose this as your next winter destination yet? Well, that’s not all: the cuisine of the Campoo region is unrivalled. Food such as “ollas ferroviarias” (“railway stew”), Cantabrian meat with Protected Geographical Indication, mushrooms and “brezo” honey will help make this a journey you won’t forget.

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