1. Spain
  2. Cantabria
  3. Santander
  4. Picos de Europa

Santander: Picos, Potes & Soplao Cave Day Trip

Product ID: 192429
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Enjoy an unforgettable tour to Picos de Europa and Potes, one of the nicest villages in Spain. Visit the Monastery of Santo Toribio and see its sacred relics. Take a 1-hour guided walk through El Soplao cave, famous for its speleothems formations.
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Duration: 11 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Italian

Pickup included

Your hotel in Santander. If your hotel is outside the city, please contact the local supplier for pick-up conditions.
Wheelchair accessible

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  • Take the cable car up to Picos de Europa
  • Step inside the Monastery of Saint Toribio
  • Explore the pretty village of Potes and stop for lunch
  • Walk through the cave of El Soplao
Full description
Depart from Santander towards Fuente Dé at 8:30 AM. Arrive at 10:30 AM when you will take the cable car to the upper station. The ride lasts 4 minutes and will take you to a height of 1,823 m above sea level. Spend about an hour at the top to take in the breathtaking views and explore the station surroundings.

Afterward, visit the Monastery of Santo Toribio, a holy place for Christians which houses the Lignum Crucis, the largest preserved piece of wood from the cross of Jesus. Next, stop in Potes, a small beautiful village with 2 rivers that cross through. Enjoy time to explore the village and stop for lunch.

Finally, head to the mountains of Rionansa where the Soplao Cave is. This cave is considered as one of the most important caves in Europe for its geological value and speleothem formations.  Participated in a 1-hour guided tour through the cave before you return to Santander.
  • Guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport in a minivan with 9 seats
  • Tickets for the cable car
  • El Soplao Cave entrance fee
  • Liability insurance
  • Lunch (Lebaniego stew)

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
Know before you go
• The guided visit in El Soplao cave is only available in Spanish
• If you would like the guide to join you to the visit of the cave to translate it to you, there is an extra charge of €13 per person. Please contact the local supplier to arrange this: info@exploringcantabria.com
• The average temperature in the cave is 12ºC all year, please make sure you bring some warm clothes for this visit
• There is no way to book the entry time to the cable car, so you will have to wait in the line when you arrive

From US$ 160.83 per person

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