Cantabria, Spain

This last weekend, the program took the entire group on an excursion to the region of Cantabria, which is in northern Spain.

The weekend included seeing two different caves with amazing prehistoric artwork, staying in a hotel at the bottom of Los Picos de Europa, and lounging on a beach in Santander.

I don’t have pictures from the caves we went to because they are prohibited in order to protect the artwork, but we went to La Cueva de El Castillo and La Cueva de Altamira.

El Castillo is home to Europe’s oldest cave paintings, and we got to see firsthand prehistoric handprints and drawings of various animals. Altamira is known for its immensely detailed drawings of bison and other animals, but unfortunately, you can no longer go into the actual cave. Instead, they have a recreation that replicates the drawings exactly.

Altamira is known for its immensely detailed drawings of bison and other animals, but unfortunately, you can no longer go into the actual cave. Instead, they have a recreation that replicates the drawings exactly.

On Friday night, we arrived at our hotel that sat right at the bottom of Los Picos de Europa, which is a prominent mountain range.

 

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On Saturday morning, we rode a gondola and hiked to various lookouts. It was freezing at the top, and snowed lightly during our entire time up there. These mountains differed greatly from the Swiss Alps in many ways.

The best way to describe the difference is that in Switzerland, it felt like we were walking the Shire, but in Los Picos de Europa, it was more like Mordor.

Saturday afternoon, we headed to a beach in Santander. Unfortunately, it was a little rainy and cold, but we got better weather on Sunday.

The views were amazing and the beach was probably one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. The water was exceptionally green and clear, and the sand was a bright gold.

Our next group excursion is this next Saturday, but we will be staying in Salamanca (I understand that horseback riding will be involved).


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