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Costa Quebrada Geologic Park

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Avenida del Marques de Valdecilla 115 | Soto de La Marina, 39110 Sancibrian, Spain
+34 681 62 88 84
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A hidden geological treasure in Northern Spain. There are places where awe-inspiring landscapes mask some deeper meanings. Costa Quebrada Geologic Park is one of these rare natural jewels. For decades this natural asset remained overlooked because of the appeal of its coves and golden sand beaches. Located in the green northern coast of Spain, near Santander, it is not only pleasing to the eye, but it also displays a unique assortment of coastal landforms and features that provide the opportunity for both witnessing geology in action and discovering in a very straightforward and simple way the origin and evolution of our planet. The visitor can understand these otherwise complicated facts thanks to brilliant examples along the coastal path. These telling features have the power to inspire, even to the untrained eye, the very same ideas and interpretations that the first geologists gave birth to. Geology here is, definitely, for everyone. The endless confrontation between the tilted rock layers and the ocean has produced a very diverse group of coastal landforms that lie in a row along a 10-mile long shoreline: Cliffs, arches, islets, coves, beaches, tombolos, sand spits, dunes and estuaries show the constant evolution of coastal areas. A more detailed observation of the rocky outcrops reveals the records of ancient tropical reefs, huge beaches and forests and marine whole ecosystems miraculously frozen in time by preserving minerals, and the mass extinctions that ended them. But not only that. The Park holds many traces of the human bonds to the geologic heritage throughout human history. This includes some Palaeolithic flint quarries where it is easy to spot some of the materials discarded by early humans when making their tools and weapons. Also, one particular layer of rock in Costa Quebrada was used by ancient humans as an ochre and umber colored 3-D canvas in the superb, UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, so-called "Sistine Chapel of Cave Painting": The Altamira Cave, which is located a few miles away from the Geologic Park. A number of activities are available for visitors during the summer, such as a diverse repertoire of thematic itineraries, kayak and stand-up paddle routes or night tide-pool safaris amongst others. The area also holds some great surfing and kite-surfing spots, and there is an outstanding gastronomic offer, including fresh seafood. Visiting the area during springtime or fall is also a great option for those who prefer solitude and more quiet experiences. Those are the seasons for the landscape photography lovers. Then, dramatic light and weather, when combined with the expressive scenery, provide endless photographic opportunities for the aesthetic traveler. Some other attractions near the Park include cultural heritage sites, the medieval village of Santillana del Mar or the Art Nouveau village of Comillas being some of them. There are also other outstanding natural sites nearby, such as the Picos de Europa National Park. Enjoy broken cliffs and beaches mixed with unique geological sites and experience the diverse marine wildlife and botany of the area!
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Avenida del Marques de Valdecilla 115 | Soto de La Marina, 39110 Sancibrian, Spain
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