A third of the region of Cantabria pertains to a park or reserve. Picos de Europa National Park offers stunning views of geological landscapes and contains a great richness of fauna and flora. Other smaller but no less beautiful parks provide examples of Cantabria's mountains, which mix with marshlands, coastlines and majestic valleys.
Beaches and summer tourism
Cantabria's 73 beaches and 283 kilometres of coastline attract thousands of tourists and summer visitors every year. They can enjoy a wide range of hospitality establishments in the area. This year, the Fundación para la Educación Ambiental (Environmental Education Foundation) has bestowed four of its beaches with Blue Flag status, including Ris Beach in Noja, which has been recognised for its accessibility, cleanliness and safety.
Historic and cultural heritage
The cultural wonders in Cantabria range from prehistoric cave paintings and caves to modern features, via the Romanesque and Gothic with mountainous touches that form many historic monuments. Many civilisations have inhabited these lands and they have left their mark on the religious, civic and military architecture in the region.
Noja is a beautiful coastal town 43 kilometres to the east of Santander and 70 kilometres to the west of Bilbao. Santoña and Laredo are nearby. The town has two stunning beaches: Tregandín and Ris, and the latter has intriguing rock formations that emerge from the water near the coast.
One of the most beautiful and pleasant walks or routes in the area is the "Paseo de la costa" that runs along the coastline from Ris Beach to Tregandín Beach. Along the way, visitors can enjoy the beauty of the Cantabrian Coast, passing by small coves, wandering through an impressive pine forest and discovering small beaches. Noja is also home to elements of notable artistic heritage.