Cantabrian Mountains

The Cantabrian Mountains or Cantabrian Range (Spanish: Cordillera Cantábrica) are one of the main systems of mountain ranges in Spain. They stretch for over 300 km (180 miles) across northern Spain, from the western limit of the Pyrenees to the Galician Massif in Galicia, along the coast of the Cantabrian Sea. Their easternmost end meets the Sistema Ibérico.

Cantabrian Mountains
Spanish: Cordillera Cantábrica
Highest point
PeakTorre de Cerredo
Elevation2,648 m (8,688 ft)
Coordinates43°11′51″N 04°51′06″W
Length300 km (190 mi) WE
Width50 km (31 mi) NS
EtymologyNamed after the Cantabri
Location of the Cantabrian Mountains in northern Spain
CommunitiesBasque Country, Castile and León, Cantabria and Asturias
Range coordinates43°N 5°W
Borders onPyrenees and Galicia
Age of rockCarboniferous, Paleozoic, Mesozoic
Type of rockLimestone
Torre de Cerredo (2,650 m.), the highest summit of the Cantabrian Mountains
Pico Espigüete(2,450 m.)
Typical Cantabrian Mountains landscape in winter

These mountains are a distinct physiographic province of the larger Alpine System physiographic division.

The Cantabrian Mountains offer a wide range of trails for hiking, as well as many challenging climbing routes. Skiing is possible in the ski resorts of Alto Campoo, Valgrande-Pajares, Fuentes de Invierno, San isidro, Leitariegos and Manzaneda.