The Cabarceno Nature Park is one of the best nature parks in Spain and in the world, since it allows you to enjoy animals without being locked in cages and/or in bad conditions.
Located in an old open-cast mine, its own orography allows the different animals to be confined in natural spaces. How different to seeing them in cages!
Where is the Cabarceno Nature Park?
It is located very near Santander (18 km) and well connected by motorway: near the A-8 highway and the S-30 road.
How much does the ticket to the Cabarceno Nature Park cost?
We pay 30 euros per person in high season. Currently, being closed due to the state of alarm, we cannot tell you for sure the price it will have. In any case, it will be similar to the previous price or to other similar nature parks (official website – tickets).
Map of the Cabarceno Nature Park
The park is wide, but is easily traveled since you can move around the different areas by car. In this way it becomes very enjoyable, focusing on enjoying the animals.
There are also a pair of gondola lines, which allow you to see from the air, with a good perspective, the enclosures of bears, elephants and rhinos.
Furthermore, as we indicated at the beginning, the Cabarceno Nature Park is located on the site of an old mine. That is why, you can still see vestiges of it in part of the route.
Animals of the Cabarceno Nature Park
There is something more than 100 animal species in the whole park, so we only show you below those animals that most caught our attention during our visit.
- Brown bear: If you are already impressed to see one, imagine seeing dozens of copies. The presence of brown bears is one of the most striking places in the Cabárceno park (Read more about the brown bear).
- Giraffe: It is the tallest animal in the world, being able to reach 6 meters in height. Due to its location in a fence, it is very accessible. And, if you are lucky like us, you can be a few inches from this beautiful animal (Read more about the giraffe).
- Elephant: The king of the African savannah by size and weight. It is impressive to see this mass of about 6 tons moving in such a fast way when it is scared or enraged. There are several specimens. What’s more, one of them was born in the park a few years ago (Read more about the elephant).
- Warthog: This species of African wild boar is famous worldwide for “appearing” in “The Lion King”. Yes the charismatic and funny Pumbaa. (Read more about the warthog)
- Ostrich: Large bird that is quite a sprinter, since it can reach speeds of 90 km/h. In addition to imposing it has “bad character”, so you don’t get too close to the fence … (Read more about ostrich).
- Northern lynx: It is elegance made animal. Cunning and haughty, he is one of the most beautiful animals in the park. We saw him resting in the shade on a hill, scanning the horizon (Read more about the northern lynx).
- Baboon: Also known as papio, they are not the typical “friendly” monkeys that can be seen in some parks. His bearing and fangs impress, as does his wandering in groups around the enclosure (Read more about the baboon).
- Eland Antelope: Large but peaceful. They are in the same fence as the giraffes, so you can get close enough to contemplate them (Read more about the Eland Antelope).
- Lowland gorilla: Although they spend a lot of time lying down and eating, we were lucky to see them with more activity for a while. In addition, from the building next to its fence you can see them from a glass (Read more about the Lowland gorilla).
- Grévy’s zebra: It is the largest zebra that exists within the species (it is also known as the royal zebra). A little elusive at the beginning, she approached the end and we could see her from closer (Read more about the Grévy’s zebra).
- Dromedary: Native to the Arabian peninsula, it is also found in North Africa and even Australia. It stands out for its imposing size and for the speed it can reach in desert terrain. Not to be confused with the camel, which has 2 humps and is distributed throughout central Asia (Read more about the dromedary).
Where to eat near the Cabarceno Nature Park?
There are many options near Cabárceno: El Nuevo Molino, La Venta de Castañeda, La Puentecilla, … We leave you the link with the restaurants indicated on Tripadvisor so that you can choose according to your tastes.
Where to stay near the Cabarceno Nature Park?
We recommend you look for a rural accommodation in one of the nearby towns, such as: Sarón, Llerana, La Cueva, La Penilla,…
However, if you prefer to stay in a city, you also have Santander nearby.
Other places of interest nearby
- Santillana del Mar village: Known as the villa of the 3 lies (it is not holy, it is not flat and it does not have a sea), this Cantabrian villa is one of the most beautiful in the region. It stands out for its careful old town, in which the Santa Juliana collegiate church stands out. It is 30 km from the Cabárceno park (Read more about Santillana del Mar village).
- Santoña village: A fishing village famous for its anchovy preparation. It also stands out for its care and wide promenade, the lighthouses of the Horse and the Fisherman, the NCO school of the Navy, the fort of San Martín and the immense beach of Berria. It is located on the Cantabrian coast 35 km from the Cabarceno Nature Park.
The Cabarceno Nature Park is a wonder for those who love animals. Although in the end it is a zoo, the existing conditions allow you to enjoy nature while respecting animals (if possible). Do not hesitate, aim this visit within your summer holidays!
P.S.: Official links with information about Covid-19: (Official information to Spain), (Official information to Peru), (Official information to Chile), (Official information to Argentina), (Official information to Colombia).
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