"Infinite Cantabria It is, for me, the best definition that can be attributed to this beautiful region located in northern Spain.
Infinite for its culture, infinite for its history, infinite its landscapes and, because not to say it, infinite its gastronomy, of which we all gave a good account of all this weekend we met in the I National Meeting of Bloggers and Social Networks.
I was lucky to attend on behalf of CHAVETAS.ES next to Sele (www.elrincondesele.com) and I guarantee that it has been a more than advisable experience in which I was able to discover some of the treasures that this land keeps (or “tierruca” as the Cantabrians themselves call it) among which the following can be highlighted:
• Viesgo Bridge Spa (www.balneariodepuenteviesgo.com): Without a doubt, the best of the beginnings we could have. For about two hours we could enjoy the benefits provided by their thermal waters in truly unique facilities. Most impressive, its outdoor jacuzzi where you can relax while watching the stars. That night we stayed at the hotel's own spa, the Grand Hotel. I have to say that, if the room was spacious, the bathroom was what struck me the most, equipped with a separate bathtub and shower and with great detail, such as bathrobes, hair dryer, slippers ... Nor did we leave the spa to the dinner time, the “El Jardín” restaurant delighted us with a great tasting menu with very well prepared dishes and an exquisite presentation. Here we begin to know the gastronomic facet of Cantabria which, as you will see below, is very rich and abundant.
• Cave of El Castillo: One of the caves that make up the Monte Castillo Caves complex. It was the first time I had the opportunity to contemplate Rock Art on the spot and, really, I was fascinated. On those walls bison, deer, mammoths and many other incomprehensible symbols for us today were painted by man some 20,000 years ago and were still there, waiting, unalterable for the passage of time, to try to tell us a thousand and one stories about our ancestors .
• Cantabrian Maritime Museum (www.museosdecantabria.com): Although the visit was quite fast, we could see with some more tranquility (not too much) your awesome aquarium which hosts marine species from the Cantabrian.
In the museum we had the opportunity to talk with each other about the advantages that social networks and blogs could provide as media and the truth is that it was quite interesting.Some conclusions which were reached were the following:
- Blogs are a means of communication in themselves, which do not replace the previous ones, but can be compatible with existing ones
- Immediacy of blogs with respect to other media
- Reliability and veracity of blogs as they are not subject to any commercial interest.
- Durability of the contents against the obsolescence of other media.
To the blogger talk he joined the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports of Cantabria, Francisco Javier López Marcano, who told us about the excellence of the earth and its participation in these new media of the 21st century.
After the meeting we went to eat at Tonino house. The restaurant inside set as if it were a ship has the peculiarity of being one of the establishments to which people most often come. The excellent food. Particularly I keep the anchovies, the anchovies in vinegar and their cheesecake.
• Cabárceno Nature Park (www.parquedecabarceno.com): This natural park created from the abandonment of some mines brings together 1,100 animals of different species from the five continents. These animals live in semi-freedom in large areas, which allows them to lead a more or less "normal" life, typical of their wild nature. One of the data to keep in mind is that only the space that elephants possess is greater than the entire area occupied by the Madrid zoo.
We returned to Santander where we would stay the rest of the trip. In this case it was the Bahía Hotel the one that welcomed the members of this blogtrip. I think it has been one of the best hotels where I have been in my life. My room had a very large bedroom, a separate lounge and a bathroom with a jacuzzi. A joy!
• El Soplao Cave: Without a doubt, at least for me, the trip revelation. I had heard about this cave in passing and it has been the crown jewel of this blogtrip. This cave has the peculiarity that in its interior they have formed helíctites or eccentric stalactites, that is, those that grow without a defined axis giving rise to the most varied forms. A blow is the term used by miners when, while working in the mine, they find a grotto or natural cavity and this causes them to receive a "breath of fresh air". Hence its name.
• San Vicente de la Barquera: This small fishing village is an enclave within the Oyambre National Park and enjoys great ecological prestige. Here we had the pleasure of getting lost by its streets and visit some monuments that make up its cultural heritage, such as the King's Castle, from which you can admire beautiful views. There we had the opportunity to meet the current Mayor of the Villa. Mr. Julián Vélez.
As not everything is culture in this life, the gastronomic part this time was in charge of the Boga Boga restaurant (www.bogabogasvb.com), which receives the freshest fish in the area. Recommendation: Do not miss monkfish tripe. Delicious.
• Altamira Cave (Neocueva): On this occasion what we could see was the reproduction that has been made of the cave inside the Altamira Museum, since The original has been closed to the public since 2002. Inside the museum you can see how life was in a cave or how they made their own paintings with which they depicted the drawings on the rock. The polychrome paintings in the cave have come to us in such good condition that many researchers have named Altamira as "The Sistine Chapel of Quaternary Art."
• Santillana del mar: Although the visit to this beautiful town was "passed through water", I have to admit that the rain did not take away an iota of spectacularity to its cobbled streets and its majestic architecture Of which the Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana, Romanesque style. After the visit to Santillana we went to eat at “Casa Nacho” in Ruente, a curious Andalusian style restaurant located in the Cabuérniga Valley. Its walls are decorated with photographs of artists from the world of flamenco, a musical style that puts its soundtrack to gastronomic evenings. I, who consider myself the most faithful lover of cheese, had the opportunity to try two Cantabrian varieties of this product (especially the Divine). Iberian ham, torreznos, a steak of a kilo and a half to share, a mushroom rice with mushrooms and stewed meat and an exquisite puff pastry cake with cream was the rest of the menu that as you will have observed ligerito did not have a hair. All accompanied by a good wine and pomace from the earth.
After the meal we leave for the airport putting in this way end point to this meeting. Now I have in my memory so many wonderful moments and so many incredible people with whom I shared the path. I hope to repeat this unique experience in infinite Cantabria again.
I don't want to end without thank Isaac and Paula, my friends from CHAVETAS.ES, that would allow me to represent you on this trip. For a few days I was a kind of Ambassador of the page. Sele and the other bloggers witnessed it. "
Rebeca Granero (pictured next to Paula)
CHAVETAS.ES NOTE: It is a pleasure for us to have had such a special ambassador, nobody could have done better (WITHOUT DOUBT), besides being a great friend. To also thank all those who have made this "Cantabria Infinita" possible, its initiative and its organization, as well as all our fellow bloggers.
PHOTOS: Sele and Rebecca
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