Explore the charms of Castro Urdiales from Hotel Antoyana in Santander

Castro Urdiales desde el aire

Enjoy a unique visit from the cozy Hotel Antoyana, strategically located in Santander. This accommodation not only offers a comfortable stay but also serves as the perfect base to explore nearby treasures, such as the charming coastal town of Castro Urdiales.

Castro Urdiales: Between Cliffs and Natural Wonders

A short drive from Hotel Antoyana in Santander, Castro Urdiales emerges as a captivating coastal destination with its fishing charm and welcoming atmosphere. Discover the richness of this town with its picturesque port and a fine sandy beach caressed by crystal-clear waters.

What to See and Do in Castro Urdiales?

Port and Seafront Promenade:

Immerse yourself in the local maritime life as you stroll through the port and its lively seafront promenade. Watch boats gently rocking on the water and feel the sea breeze while enjoying panoramic views passing by beautiful beaches like Ostende and Brazomar.

Church of Santa María de la Asunción:

This Gothic church, positioned facing the sea, is a remarkable architectural monument that impresses with its majesty and offers breathtaking ocean views.

Inside this church, considered a Cultural Heritage site, you’ll find some interesting works, such as the White Virgin. This image, made of polychrome stone and 1.70 centimeters tall, depicts the Virgin Mary seated, with the Baby Jesus on her left arm.

The White Virgin was accidentally discovered in 1955. A group of children was playing ball outside the church when a strong kick uncovered part of the image, which had been walled up for centuries inside the wall. One of the children alerted the parish priest, Don Alfredo Lavín, about this finding.

The White Virgin is a work of great artistic and historical value, believed to have been created in the 13th century, during the Reconquista period. The image represents a Gothic style with French influence, characterized by the delicacy of forms and the elegance of details.

The White Virgin is a symbol of faith and devotion for the inhabitants of Castro Urdiales. The image is displayed inside the church, visited by thousands of people each year.

Castle-Lighthouse of Santa Ana: A Watcher of History and the Cantabrian Coast

Contemplate the unparalleled coastal panorama from the top of the imposing Castle-Lighthouse of Santa Ana, a fortress that has been a fundamental witness to the history of Castro Urdiales. Built between the 12th and 13th centuries, this castle has played a crucial role in the defense of the Villa over the centuries. From its sturdy walls, projectiles were launched during crucial moments, such as the defense of Castro Urdiales in 1813 against the Napoleonic troops.

During that conflict, the cannons fired from the castle into the sea have become fascinating underwater relics, regularly visited by local divers. In more recent times, during the Spanish Civil War, the castle turned into an improvised prison that housed both supporters of the national side and republicans.

From this historic enclave, residents and soldiers desperately sought protection, turning its heights into a refuge in times of conflict. Today, the Castle-Lighthouse of Santa Ana stands as a monument that narrates the crucial events of the region. Its panoramic views of the Cantabrian Sea and the coast offer the opportunity to capture unforgettable images that encapsulate the rich history and beauty of Castro Urdiales.

Flavióbriga Archaeological Site:

Discover history by immersing yourself in the site that reveals the remains of the ancient Roman city of Flavióbriga, also known as “Fortified City of Flavio.” Explore these ruins and dive into the life of a Roman city from the 1st century AD, possibly founded around the year 74 during the reign of the Roman emperor Vespasian, over an earlier indigenous core called Portus Amanum, the port of the Cantabrian tribe of the Amanos. This place was a key commercial center, housing about 5,000 people during Roman times.

Excavated in the 1960s and 1970s, the site revealed the remains of various buildings: houses, shops, and baths. Among them stands out the forum, the public heart of the city.

The Flavióbriga Archaeological Site is a vivid testimony to the Roman presence in Cantabria. Visiting it is immersing yourself in the fascinating history of the region, an ideal place to learn.

And the best part: admission is free!

El Pedregal: Exploring a Hidden Natural Gem

Continuing the walk between cliffs, we reach El Pedregal, a small cove of boulders resembling a natural pool, located near the “marineros district.” During high tide, water flows into it through a tunnel that opens under the cliff. Among the cliffs, you’ll discover the Raqueros, twin statues like those found on the Santander promenade.

This hidden corner adds a touch of wild nature to the experience in Castro Urdiales. Its calm waters and rocky surroundings invite you to enjoy a refreshing swim or simply relax while contemplating the beauty of the marine landscape. El Pedregal becomes a point of serenity, ideal to escape the hustle and connect with nature in its purest state. Don’t forget your camera to capture the magic of this natural spot!

Local Gastronomy:

Don’t miss the opportunity to taste authentic seafood cuisine at local restaurants and bars. From fresh seafood to traditional Cantabrian dishes, every bite is a delightful experience that complements your exploration of Castro Urdiales.

Return to Hotel Antoyana: Hospitality and Comfort

After exploring Castro Urdiales and its treasures, return to Hotel Antoyana in Santander to relax in a welcoming environment. The attentive staff, tranquil atmosphere, gardens for your rest, and comfortable rooms will allow you to recharge for your next adventures.

Thanks to its strategic location, Hotel Antoyana offers the opportunity to explore not only the beauty of Santander but also the wonders of its surroundings like Castro Urdiales, making your stay truly unforgettable.

Enjoy the Cantabrian coast and book now at Hotel Antoyana in Santander!