The wealth of entertainment and culture that exists in Santillana del Mar, make it a perfect place to enjoy with the whole family and especially with children.
Santillana offers you the opportunity to carry out many activities with children, for example, enjoy the unique natural heritage on the hiking trails, learn how ancient inhabitants of our land lived, see animal species from other parts of world or simply relax and play on the beach.
Below are some of the attractions and services of our municipality. Activities you can carry out with the smallest members of your family:
Santa Justa beach is in the town of Ubiarco, it's the ideal place where the whole family can relax. Its comfortable layout makes it the ideal place to enjoy a summers day accompanied by children. Here you can enjoy a swim in the Cantabrian Sea, play in the sand, visit the Santa Justa monastery located a few meters from the beach, or take some trips around the area which offers spectacular views of an incomparable natural environment.
One kilometer from the center of Santillana del Mar is the Santillana Zoo. In its facilities you can see a multitude of animal species from all over the world, most notably the collection of ducks and geese, the Insectarium or the beautiful garden where you can enjoy a variety of tropical butterflies. Here the children can observe the entire process of the birth of a butterfly and see the metamorphosis.
Children also will enjoy the petting farm area, where they can establish direct contact with the natural environment.
If we like to enjoy outdoor activities with the younger members of your family, Santillana offers a variety of such activities.
They have easy hiking routes, horseback riding, and biking trails are all around a landscape of great natural beauty. Children also can enjoy some of the tours departing from Santillana del Mar, which will enable them to see other extraordinary places in Cantabria.
During your visit to the Altamira Museum and the Neocave, you can enjoy activities that will make it an unforgettable moment for the whole family.
You can find out about man's way of life 15,000 years ago, enjoy the manufacturing of Paleolithic tools, carving silex, or lighting the marrow lamps.
During the summer you can follow a buffalo in the meadows, participate in a hunt or to experiment with the Altamira artistic techniques such as the ones on the walls painted with an airbrush.