Walking in Cantabria

Harbor of Laredo at sunset. Cantabria (Spain). SPIN: Walking in Cantabria

Saga Hosted Hotels


From vast, white-sand beaches and dramatic clifftop lighthouses to pristine mountain rivers and waterfalls, this holiday explores the natural beauty, history, and wildlife of the Cantabria region in 'Green Spain’ by foot. The itinerary includes five excursions, among them a scenic walk around the protected Collados del Ason Natural Park, where we'll explore beautiful forests before visiting one of Spain’s largest waterfalls. We'll discover an array of fauna, explore ports, towns, and admire stunning views of beaches such as Berria and Tregandín.

Five included guided walks
Ason River (full day)
Loredo & Liendo (full day)
Monte Buciero (half day)
Noja & Isla (half day)
Santander (full day)

Expect a warm welcome from owners Felipe and Margot at this family-run hotel on the rugged Cantabrian coast. Food is a huge focus here: enjoy lunches of tapas at the bar; feast on fresh fish for dinner at the sea-view restaurant; and sip regional wines hand-selected by Felipe as you watch the hotel’s chef demonstrate how to prepare a few Cantabrian specialities. Scenic walking trails lead practically from the hotel’s front door, while the centre of town is an easy five-minute bus ride away.

Included with every Hosted Holiday

  • Dedicated welcoming host
  • Resort airport transfers
  • Travel insurance and meals


Saga host

Local expert guide

Five included guided walks

Free local bus tickets to Santoña

All inclusive: All meals. Tapas/snack lunches and waiter served table d’hôte dinners

Wine list at meal times including Rioja and Ribera del Duero wines

Afternoon tea

Free bar open 12 hours a day serving a wide range of spirits

Weekly shuttle to Santander

International flights. Prices are based on return flights with easyJet from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports

Return transfers direct to your hotel


  • 7 nights

  • Santoña, Costa de Cantabria, Spain

  • Multiple

  • All Inclusive

From £1,165 per person

Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction if not required

Harbor of Laredo at sunset. Cantabria (Spain). SPIN: Walking in Cantabria
Faro del Caballo, Santoña, Cantabria, Spain. SPIN: Walking in Cantabria

Holiday details

Food and drink

Enjoy delicious home cooked dishes typical of the region: savour buffet-style breakfasts, tasty tapas or snack lunches at the bar or on its terrace and waiter-served dinners in their locally acclaimed à la carte restaurant where seafood is a speciality. Dinners are pre-ordered the day before and are eaten at set times, ensuring your food is freshly cooked. Complimentary tea and cake is also available at 4pm daily in the bar. A delicious demonstration The hotel prides itself on its food, and during your stay you’ll be able to enjoy an included cookery demonstration – a great way to take a taste of Spain back to your own kitchen. As the chef cooks up a storm, you’ll be able to taste a selection of wine from the area, each carefully selected by the hotel’s owner, Felipe.


During your stay, you can enjoy the following programme of activities and entertainment. Some activities are at an additional charge. Activities may change from time to time. A cookery demonstration with a selection of wines Live music/flamenco dancing A talk on interesting facts and differences between the British and Spanish cultures Mystery tours Table football Golf - Available nearby – please ask the resort staff for details


The hotel has 55 contemporary-furnished rooms. You can upgrade to a sea-view room for a supplement, subject to availability.


  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Heated indoor pool
  • Lounge
  • Wi-Fi
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Live entertainment
  • Table tennis
  • Darts

Holiday location

Juan de la Cosa map

Local Area

Santoña is a traditional fishing town that’s famous for its delicious anchovies – you’ll find them on the menu in almost every tapas bar. A three-kilometre ribbon of white sand runs along the front of the hotel, while inland there are wildlife-rich marshes and lush hills criss-crossed with hiking trails. The hotel borders a beach and a nature reserve – it’s an ideal location for birdwatchers and walkers, as well as those looking for a laid-back beach break with plenty of good food and wine.

“Saga is amidst a renewed drive to provide our guests with great quality, excellent value for money holidays, that offer something truly unique. We’ve chosen to partner with the family-run Juan de la Cosa, as they share our vision for welcoming guests as though they’re our friends and family. Both the hotel owners and the Saga host, Belén, take great pride in embracing the needs of Saga guests and providing the highest levels of service.

It may be clichéd to talk about looking for ‘authenticity’ in a holiday package to Spain, but we believe this is the real deal. Imagine finding a Spanish all-inclusive hotel, where you have the option of relaxing at the bar to eat tapas and ‘pintxos’ for lunch, as if eating at a street cafe in Bilbao’s old town. This authenticity, coupled with a warm welcome from the latest generation of a Spanish family, with over one hundred years’ hospitality experience, makes for a wonderful holiday.

Juan de la Cosa’s unique location is both on the beach and bordering a nature reserve, perfect for birdwatchers and walkers. If you’re in the mood for adventure, spend a day exploring the majestic Picos de Europa mountains; Basque capital of Bilbao; gastronomic San Sebastian; or the city of Santander, where the social scene gravitates around El Sardinero beach.

I’ve been lucky to live in this part of Spain, and the zest for life and friendliness of the locals is contagious. This, coupled with a strong social calendar of fiestas and saint’s days, provide a great excuse for celebrating.”

Richard Newsome,

Optional excursions

Optional excursions can only be booked in resort and are subject to minimum numbers

Ason River


This 11-kilometre moderate walk takes you through the beech and oak woodlands of Collados del Ason Natural Park before winding up at the largest waterfall in Cantabria, the Ason Waterfall. Starting from the mountain village of Ason, you’ll follow the river’s descent through the limestone highlands on route to Santoña and the Cantabrian Sea. It’s a real treat for potholers and nature lovers alike with the 69 metre (229 feet) single drop waterfall providing a fabulous finale to a full day spent outdoors.



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