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Cantabria (1)

Cantabria is located in the centre of the Spanish North coast, bathed by the Bay of Biscay. The flora and fauna are very varied, with threatened species like bears, wolves and capercaillies in the reserves of Saja and Picos de Europa. In general, the climate is smooth and humid, and the coast, sparkled with fishing towns, has beaches and small creeks. In the interior the mountains mark a territory with beautiful valleys and small villages.

And it is peculiar how in the ‘Piedra Labra’ mountain range, from a summit without much importance called the ‘Peak of Three Seas’, the fallen rain water can go as much to the Atlantic Ocean, as to the Bay of Biscay or the Mediterranean Sea. This mountain is the origin of the Pisuerga River that further down joins the Duero River, ending in the Atlantic Ocean; the Hijar is another stream that immediately is transformed into the Ebro River which flows into the Mediterranean Sea; and finally the Nansa river spills its waters in the Bay of Biscay, from just the same peak. From this summit it is possible to undertake mountain excursions and to descend the Ebro River by canoe.

Cantabria has several natural parks. The Park of Nature in Cabarceno is located 17 km. away from the capital, and consist of a singular landscape where different animals still live in liberty. It is located in the municipalities of Penagos and Villaescusa, and an old iron mine that has a network of small ways, made in Roman times, allow you to cross its extension entirely. Diverse sports like trekking or bicycle strolling can also be practiced in the park, as well as fishing in one of the two lakes.

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