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18th September, 2019

Enjoy a true sense of Spain at the Juan de la Cosa hotel

There’s a reason that Spain proves so endlessly popular with holidaymakers from around the globe. As a country it has so much to offer, from mouthwatering food and bustling cities to breathtaking sandy beaches and charming coastal villages. Whether you’re looking for an adventure-packed holiday in the great outdoors, or a calm and tranquil retreat in the sunshine to let go of the demands of everyday life, Spain has got it all.

As Spain is such a vast country, each region comes with its own unique appeal. For those looking to enjoy a truly authentic slice of this popular country, head to one of the towns dotting the Northern coastline, backing onto the Bay of Biscay. With cities like Santander and Bilbao bordering smaller, traditional villages, there's something for everyone to enjoy in this corner of Spain.

For a truly authentic experience, we recommend staying at the family-run Juan de la Cosa hotel near Santoña - where the team go out of their way to ensure that each and every guest feels at home on their Spanish adventure. Here, we share more about why we think the Juan de la Cosa is the ideal hotel from which to enjoy a sense of Spain.

The food

Staying in the Cantabria region of Spain gives guests plenty of opportunity to experience just why the area has such a strong reputation for delicious food.

In fact, the Santillana-Astuy family, who run the Juan de la Cosa hotel, pride themselves on producing home-cooked dishes that give guests a truly authentic taste of the region. Famed for the superb local seafood, caught in nearby Santoña, the hotel’s waiter-served restaurant serves dishes inspired by the owners’ love for local food. From lunches of tasty tapas to delicious seafood main courses, you’ll be able to savour the authenticity in every mouthful.

In fact, you may also feel inspired to take a little Spanish inspiration home with you to your own kitchen, thanks to one of the hotel’s cookery demonstrations. Learn how to whip up some Spanish favourites with help from the hotel’s chef, all while enjoying a selection of local wines chosen by hotel owner Felipe.

The location

Nestled comfortably between the mountains and the Cantabrian Coast, the Juan de la Cosa hotel offers an ideal base from which to explore the beautiful local area.

The hotel is situated right on Playa de Berria beach, with plenty of excursions to choose from to get you out and about. Known as the green part of Spain, the region around the hotel is famous for its beautiful walking routes, lush green forests, mountainous stretches and magical wildlife.

If you fancy a slightly more calm pace for your holiday, have no fear - there’s still plenty to offer. From stretches of endless golden sands to free bus tickets to neighbouring towns, each with its own quaint charm, you’ll find lots of ways to wile away the hours with a drink in hand.

The hotel

The Juan de la Cosa hotel has been hand-picked by Saga, where we are thrilled to offer its rooms as exclusively all inclusive to Saga guests in the UK market.

We love this hotel for its authentic Spanish experience, and truly believe that the family-run history and dedication of the owners combine to give visitors a real sense of what this region has to offer.

The feel of the hotel ensures that visitors quickly feel at home, with 55 comfortable rooms, a locally-acclaimed à la carte restaurant, and a terrace bar where you can enjoy a delicious cold drink with views of the sea.

The programme of entertainment and activities on offer ensures that there’s never a dull moment at the Juan de la Cosa. From cookery demonstrations to live music and flamenco dancing, as well as darts, table tennis and table football, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained.

Exploring this beautiful part of Spain has never been easier. Whether you want to use the Juan de la Cosa hotel as a base for an independent adventure, or join one of our guided holidays or excursions, one thing’s for certain - a trip to this beautiful area of Northern Spain is a must.

Find out more about the Juan de la Cosa today, or give one of our helpful Travel Consultants a call to discuss your holiday requirements in person.

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.