Step back in time during a visit to the ancient site of the famous Altamira Cave; declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. Discovered in 1879 by an amateur archaeologist and his young daughter, it took more than 20 years before scientists would accept that the wonderful prehistoric paintings of bison, horses and other animal figures within the cave were the work of primitive people many thousands of years ago.

The actual cave was closed to the public in 2002 to prevent deterioration of the paintings, however you’ll have the opportunity to visit the museum which depicts the life of our ancestors and features a spectacular ‘Neo Cave’, an impressive replica of the original.

The delightful town of Santillana del Mar boasts bright cobbled streets and magnificent tanned stone and brick buildings. During a leisurely guided walk, passing the Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana, the Tower of Don Borja, and Merino Tower amongst other beautiful buildings, your experienced guide will enlighten you on the history and secrets of the town.

Round off your tour at the Parador de Santillana del Mar, a beautiful 17th century mansion formerly owned by the Barreda-Bracho family. Relax over refreshments of tea, coffee and local pastries before the return journey to the pier.

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