Cantabria, in the north of Spain, covers an area of 5,289 square kilometres between the mountains of the Cordillera Cantabrica and the Cantabrian Sea.
Its boundaries are defined by: the Cantabrian Sea in the north, the Principality of Asturias in the west, Palencia and Burgos (Castilla And León) in the south and Vizcaya (part of the self-governing region of the Basque Country) in the east
Along the coast of Cantabria there are more than 60 different beaches. Where the rock is softer, the sea has broken through and caused the collapse of enormous cliffs, forming promontories and islands. Presence of nature is so strong along these coasts that, even in areas where man and his excesses are concentrated, the beauty of the landscape is still enough to overpower the senses, as at Castro Urdiales, Laredo, Santoña, Noja, the bay of Santander, Suances, Comillas or San Vicente de la Barquera.