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The spectacular Soplao cave in Cantabria

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The best memory I have of my travels in Cantabria was offered to me by a place I did not completely know before stepping on the Cantabrian coast. And curiously, this place is not at ground level on the Atlantic coast or bird's eye among the snow-capped mountains of the Picos de Europa. Rather it is under the ground. I'm talking about the spectacular cave of Soplao.

Did you know that there are more than 6000 caves in the Cantabria region alone? Nine of them are part of the World Heritage Site by Unesco due to its incalculable archaeological value such as the famous cave of Altamira or that of the Castle. Others are a true prodigy of nature that will leave you with your mouth open for a while like the cave that concerns us in this article: the cave of Soplao.

After visiting this underground wonder I repeat myself in the same thing: nature knows more about art than all the architects, painters, writers, poets and sculptors of history together. The unreal and impossible formations created within it make it, in my opinion, the great cover of tourism in Spain and I am surprised - despite its recent discovery - that the caves no longer appear in any list of the best tourist attractions in the country.

The Soplao cave is located in a mountain range with privileged views of the Rock of Peñasacra, the peaks of Europe, the Nansa valley and the Cantabrian Sea. Unfortunately we visited the place on a rainy day and the clouds prevented us from enjoying the landscape that surrounds the caves.

Formerly the cave of Soplao offered work to miners in the area thanks to its wealth of zinc and lead. One day, back in the seventies, the miners investigated an area where there seemed to be air currents - blows - and digging found this wonder of nature. The cave has not been open to the public until 2005.

The Soplao cave is huge and has more than 17 kilometers. There are two modalities of visit:

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