Museo de Altamira & Santillana del Mar
About this experience
Do you like prehistory? Do you want to know where humankind comes from?
Then Santander is the right place to be!
Follow us to Altamira Museum (just 30 minutes drive by bus from the city center) where scientist and paleontologists study one of the most important prehistorical sites in Europe: the Cave of Altamira.
In 1985, Unesco declared the cave world Heritage and, like almost every prehistoric cave in the world, is closed to public access due to the impact of the breath of a large number of visitors on paintings.
Luckily, the Altamira Museum has a scale replica of the cave, identical to the original. You will admire the incredible painting technique performed by men 36,000 years ago and learn everything about our origins from experts who studied this matter their entire life.
On our way back, we will stop in Santillana del Mar, a beautiful medieval village also known as "The Town of three lies" because it is neither a Saint (Santo), nor flat (llana), nor is it by the sea (Mar) as implied by its name. Instead, Santillana del Mar is a picturesque small town with narrow cobbled streets, grown around the Colegiata Church of Santa Julina, a stunning example of Romanesque architecture style and a former Benedictine monastery.
The existentialist writer and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, in his bestselling masterpiece novel "Nausea," called Santillana del Mar "the prettiest village in Spain" and, given the overall tone of the book, it's quite a success!
You will visit the Colegiata church and roam around free in the streets of the best-kept secret of Spain before we head back to Santander.
How to use the voucher
Mobile Voucher Accepted
Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
Wear comfortable footwear (the ground in Santillana is paved)
Français, Deutsch, Español, Italiano, Português, English
Entrance tickets to Altamira Museum and Colegiata of Santa Juliana
What's not included
Food and drinks
Our office: Exploring Cantabria at Calle Castelar, 49 - Santander (next to Palacio de Festivales)