Moreover, since our guests are staying here they enjoy the Nature Reserve of Las Marismas de Santoña, Victoria, and Joyel, a place created by the estuary formed by the River Asón and the marshlands of Victoria and Joyel.
These marshlands form the main wetlands of the Cantabrian Coast. This Reserve, apart from being rich in marine wildlife, is a place of refuge for migrating birds coming from the North and centre of Europe, on their way to warmer places. The Mill of Santa Olaja, dating back to the 14th century and in operation until 1953, is located in the marshlands of Joyel. This mill had up to 10 wheels which gives an idea of its great importance. Although its exact date of construction is unknown, it was refurbished in 1695.
The tide mills were used to grind grains by taking advantage of the sea-level difference caused by the tidal waves.
While the northern provinces of Cantabria and Asturias are popular holiday terrain for Spaniards and the French, they remain hardly touched by the mass tourism of the Mediterranean coast, mostly because of the somewhat unreliable weather.
But the sea is warm enough for swimming in the summer months, and the sun does shine, if not every day; it’s the warm, moist climate, too, that’s responsible for the forests and rich vegetation that give the region its name, Costa Verde, or the Green Coast. The provinces also boast old and elegant seaside towns, and a dramatic landscape that features tiny, isolated coves along the coast and, inland, the fabulous Picos de Europa, with peaks, sheer gorges and some of Europe’s most spectacular montane wildlife.
#Noja : Our long sweeping sandy beach of Ris, literally on the doorstep of your apartment, will make it a haven for beach enthusiastics. Seconds on foot, and offering you a wide range of sport facilities are the brand new Playa Dorada Sport Center and the new Noja Golf Course.