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From Santander: Santillana del Mar & Altamira Museum Tour

4.8 / 5

21 reviews

Activity provider: EXPLORING CANTABRIA

From Santander: Santillana del Mar & Altamira Museum Tour

Activity provider: EXPLORING CANTABRIA

From US$ 58.24 per person

Explore the beautiful village of Santillana del Mar followed by a visit to Altamira Museum and the replica of the famous Cave of Altamira.

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Duration 4.5 - 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Italian
Pickup included
Pick up from your accommodation in Santander
Private or small groups available


  • Visit the neocave, a replica of the cave of Altamira
  • Be transported back to the Middle Ages as you visit Santillana del Mar
  • Discover the beauty of the Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana
  • Enjoy some free time for shopping in Santillana
Full description
Depart from Santander at 9:30 AM and head to Santillana del Mar, a beautiful village of the Middle Ages. This village with is one of the best-known cultural and tourist centers of Cantabria. You will enjoy a walking tour along its cobbled streets until you reach its Plaza Mayor where you will see the Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana. There you will visit the museum of the local sculptor Jesús Otero. Afterward, you will have some free time to visit the Collegiate if you wish and do some shopping around. Afterward, you will head to the Altamira Museum. This museum houses a scale replica of the 'room of paintings', the so-called Neocave. This cave was declared World Heritage by Unesco in 1985. To protect its preservation, it currently allows only 5 people to visit it per week and this is the reason they created this replica from the cave. The cave is a natural cavity in the rock, with paintings dated from 35,600 years ago and it stands as one of the most important pictorial and artistic cycles of prehistoric paintings int he world.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Santander
  • Transport in a minivan
  • Entrance fee to the Altamira Museum
  • Entrance fee to Collegiate Church of Santillana
  • Liability insurance
  • Food and drink
  • Other entrance fees

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • This tour is not suitable for people with mobility restrictions due to the cobbled surface of Santillana del Mar
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 21 reviews

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August 5, 2022

Recommended excursion. Super nice town and impressive museum. The worst thing was the driver of the mini bus and the guide did not have much charisma and little motivation. It seemed that he was practicing but otherwise this excursion cannot be missed.

July 25, 2022

We really enjoyed this tour of Santillana del Mar and Altamira museum. Gabriella was a wonderful guide, informative, helpful and kind. We learnt so much about this beautiful part of the world and it’s early inhabitants. Both stops were spectacular and I would highly recommend this tour.

April 10, 2022

Product ID: 192417