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The region of Cantabria in the north of Spain offers the best of both worlds. On the one hand there is the glorious coastline with beautiful beaches and pretty fishing villages; while inland there are a number of national parks including the mountainous, Picos de Europa.

Spain has a huge choice of beach resorts to choose from. With charming villages and attractive towns, the Costa Brava boasts spectacular scenery with towering cliffs and sheltered coves.

Further down the east coast, the Costa del Azahar, the "Orange Blossom Coast" stretches from Vinaros to Almanzora with the great port of Valencia in the middle.

The central section of coastline, the Coasta Blanca, has 170 miles or so of silvery-white beaches, Benidorm being its most popular resort.

The Costa del Sol lies in the south, home to yet more beaches and brilliant sunshine. In contrast the northern coastline, the Costa Verde, is largely unspoiled with clean sandy beaches and rocky coves against a backdrop of spectacular mountains.

Beaches and sunshine aside, Spain also has plenty of great cities and towns to explore including Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Madrid, Toledo and Bilbao, all offering an array of sights, art galleries and museums.

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Camping in Cantabria

The capital, Santander, is an elegant city which extends over a wide bay with views of the Cantabrian Sea. Its historic quarter is situated against a backdrop of sea and mountains, although the town is best known for its beaches; the Playa de la Magdalena, which has a summer windsurfing school, and the popular El Sardinero beach. There is also a Maritime Museum and Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology, plus a small zoo housed in the gardens of the old royal palace. A short distance from the city is the pretty medieval village of Santillana del Mar and the prehistoric caves of Altamira. Despite being closed indefinitely for restoration work, the adjacent Altamira Museum houses a replica of these caves and their impressive prehistoric drawings. Also on the outskirts of the capital is the Cabárceno Nature Park with more protected areas scattered around the region, including those at Oyambre, Peña Cabarga and Saja-Besaya. The largest is the mountain range of Picos de Europa, a national park which shares its territory with Asturias and Castilla-León. With river gorges, valleys, woodlands and an abundance of wildlife, it is popular with walkers, trekkers and climbers.

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