Very close to our guesthouse is a modernist building known as the Capricho de Gaudí. It was designed by Antoni Gaudí and built between 1883 and 1885 under the direction of Cristóbal Cascante, assistant to the architect from Reus, commissioned by the Indian Máximo Díaz de Quijano. It is one of the few works that Gaudí designed outside Catalonia.
The Sobrellano Palace was the work of the Catalan architect Joan Martorell, who built it at the request of the first Marquis of Comillas, Antonio López y López, finishing the works in 1888. This grandiose building of neo-Gothic style with certain Venetian airs is of rectangular plant and possesses in the interior furniture of Antonio Gaudí and paintings of Eduardo Llorens.
This is a plantation of 2.5 hectares of sequoia (Sequoia sempervirens) located in Monte de Las Navas, near the town of Cabezón de la Sal. The sequoias, unusual in Cantabria and of which in Spain there are only small stands in a semi-natural state, were planted in the 1940s. Today there are still 848 specimens of this species, with an average height of 36 meters and an average perimeter of 1.6 meters.
The natural park, which includes the estuaries of the Ría de San Vicente, the Ría de la Rabia and the surrounding area, is a magnificent example of a coastal ecosystem. In addition to cliffs, meadows and native hardwood forests, there are several dune systems, which together with those of the Natural Park of the Liencres Dunes are the most important of the Cantabrian coast.
San Vicente de la Barquera is a municipality in the western coastal region of Cantabria (Spain). It borders the Cantabrian Sea and the municipalities of Valdáliga, Herrerías and Val de San Vicente. Its capital, the town of San Vicente de la Barquera, is closely linked to the sea as evidenced by all its traditions, customs and its most popular festivals. Tourism is its main activity due to the great natural and patrimonial beauty of the area.
The town was declared a historic-artistic site in 1889. Nearby is the cave of Altamira, protected as a World Heritage Site. It is one of the most touristic and most visited towns in Cantabria, being an essential stop for tourists visiting the region. This has made a large part of the inhabitants of the municipality live from the tourist activity, especially the hotel and catering business, rural accommodation and stores selling typical products.
It is considered a unique cave worldwide for the quality and quantity of geological formations (speleothems) that it houses in its 20 kilometers of total length, although only 4 are open to the public. There are unusual formations such as helictites (eccentric stateactites that defy gravity) and draperies (translucent sheets or flags hanging from the ceiling). The rocks on which the karst that gives rise to the cave develops date from the Mesozoic, specifically the Cretaceous period, 240 million years ago.
The Cabárceno Park develops both research work related to the conservation of endangered species and environmental education. It is known for the semi-freedom regime of some animals. Especially after the rhinoceros area, deer, fallow deer and Gibraltar monkeys can sometimes be seen among the visitors' vehicles. It also has botanical routes that allow you to see different types of plants, usually located next to the most visited places.