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Cantabria, Spain

How much does it cost to travel to Cantabria?

You should plan to spend around $115 (€107) per day on your vacation in Cantabria. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $39 (€36) on meals
  • $23 (€22) on local transportation
  • $117 (€109) on hotels

A one week trip to Cantabria for two people costs, on average, $1,614 (€1,491). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Cantabria cost?

A one week trip to Cantabria usually costs around $807 (€746) for one person and $1,614 (€1,491) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Cantabria on average costs around $1,614 (€1,491) for one person and $3,227 (€2,982) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Cantabria will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Cantabria on average costs around $3,458 (€3,195) for one person and $6,915 (€6,391) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Cantabria has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Cantabria expensive to visit?

Prices in Cantabria are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Cantabria is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to many other destinations.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Cantabria Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Cantabria?

The average Cantabria trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Cantabria travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 109 ($117)
Local Transportation 1 22 ($23)
Food 2 36 ($39)
Entertainment 1 20 ($21)
Alcohol 2 6 - 18 ($6 - 19)
Accommodation Budget in Cantabria
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Cantabria is $59 (€54). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Cantabria is $117 (€109). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Cantabria

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Transportation Budget in Cantabria
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Cantabria is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $23 (€22) per person, per day, on local transportation in Cantabria.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Cantabria
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Rental Cars in Cantabria
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Food Budget in Cantabria
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Cantabria can vary, the average cost of food in Cantabria is $39 (€36) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Cantabria should cost around $16 (€15) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Cantabria is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Cantabria
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Cantabria typically cost an average of $21 (€20) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Recommended Activities

Alcohol Budget in Cantabria
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $13 (€12) on alcoholic beverages in Cantabria per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Cantabria On a Budget
Cantabria Cantabria Coastline, Spain
Occupying Spain's northern coast, the region of Cantabria is known for its mountains, cave paintings, and the capital city of Santander. Its diverse landscape allows for locals and visitors alike to hit the beach in the summer and go on mountain adventures in the winter. While these natural features alone are breathtaking, there is also much to say for Cantabria's quaint seaside towns, fresh cuisine, and rich history.
Bordered by mountains and sea, Cantabria is a region of natural beauty. Picos de Europa National Park, for example, is home to a stark mountain landscape on the inland side with rare species like the Cantabrian brown bear, wolves, and lynxes. This is the region for adventurous explorers and nature lovers looking to experience some of Spain's untouched environments. Cabárceno Nature Park and Zoo is another unique setting where you can see a variety of species including tigers, elephants, and reptiles.

With a history dating back to the Upper Paleolithic period, Cantabria is also well-known for its caves. The most significant site for cave paintings is that in the cave of Altamira, dating from about 37,000 BC. It has been declared, along with nine other Cantabrian caves, as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Some of the others include the Monte el Castillo Caves, the Covalanas Caves, El Pendo Caves, Hornos de la Peña Caves, and El Soplao Caves.

In Cantabria's cities, like Santander, architecture and museums occupy much of the sight-seeing. The most emblematic sight of Santander is the Magdalena Palace which was once a summer residence for the Spanish king. Located on a peninsula of the same name, the palace stands in beautiful stone masonry overlooking the sea. Other architectural sights include a handful of churches and public buildings, historic streets and squares, and a number of peaceful parks.
In Cantabria, the hotspot is the city of Santander. Located right on the bay, it is a place of many historic churches and a handful of interesting museums that range from archaeological discoveries of the region, to maritime history, and cultural features like bullfighting. There is also a large selection of beaches for those looking for a more relaxing getaway in the sun and sand. Santander is the region's capital. Its most famous tourist attraction is the Magdalena Palace which was used as a summer getaway of Spanish royalty. The city is also known for its fishing harbor. Other cities in Cantabria include Torrelavega and Castro Urdiales, plus a handful of seaside villages.

If it is outdoor adventure you seek, Cantabria has a full range of activities from hiking or skiing in the mountains to swimming and watersports along the beaches of the coastline. The Primera de El Sardinero is the most famous beach of Santander, while Somo Beach just outside of Santander is more secluded and less crowded than beaches in Santander. Some others include Playa de El Puntal, Playa de Bikinis, Playa de Covachos, and many more.

If you prefer to get lost in the history of the region, spend your days wandering city streets and villages, exploring museums, or hopping on a tour for a more guided experience.

And then there are the local festivals, fairs, and celebrations held in different cities and villages throughout the region. All over the region, cattle and typical products fairs are celebrated regularly. Some of these include La Vijanera or Winter Carnival celebrated during the first Sunday of the year in Silio, Carnaval marinero or Sailor Carnival in February in Santoña where townsfolk dress up as fish, and La Folía in April in San Vicente de la Barquera where a parade of local fishing boats follows one with a statue of the Virgin. Then there is also Cantabria Day held on the second Sunday of August in Cabezon de la Sal. Festivities include traditional Cantabrian music, ceramics fair, local foods, bolo palma championships, ox dragging contests, and public speeches. These and many more make up the local celebrations.
Food and Dining
The northwest of Spain is an area bordered by coastline, making seafood and fish a common staple for dishes throughout the region. The Spanish word for seafood is "marisco," and fresh catches include things like clams, mussels, pod razors, cockles, crabs, barnacles, crayfish, snails, lobster, squid, sea bass, hake, scorpion fish, anchovies, sardines, and tuna. Pulpo a feira is a common seafood dish of octopus prepared with oil, salt, and hot paprika. Then there are empanadas-pies made with a traditional dough, filled with onion, pepper, and some meat, usually tuna, veal, or seafood. Being close to the mountains as well, Cantabrian cuisine also features cattle and game like deer and wild boar. And some popular beverages include cider, wine, and orujo which is a type of pomace brandy. A great selection of dining options can be found in the city of Santander.

The only airport in Cantabria is Santander Airport near Santander. It operates domestic flights, primarily from Madrid, and international flights with Ryanair from London, Dublin, Brussels, Rome, Milan, Frankfurt, Paris, and Amsterdam, plus other international flights to Bilbao.

There is also a ferry terminal in Santander if you wish to arrive by ferry from the UK.

By car from Bilbao, travel the A8 Freeway.

Navigating within the region is best done by rental car if you wish to see some of the smaller villages. Public buses are also available to the larger towns as well as between Santander and Bilbao.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.