Just over one third of the region has been designated a Natural Reserve or Hunting and Fishing Reserve. The region’s protected natural areas include the National Reserves of Los Picos de Europa, Saja-Besaya and Las Marismas de Santoña, Victoria and Joyel. Cantabria is also home to a wealth of historical and artistic heritage, including civil architecture such as the Palace of La Magdalena (Santander), the building known as El Capricho de Gaudí and Universidad Pontifica (Comillas). It also has religious architecture, including the Collegiate Church of Santa María del Mar, the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana and the Cathedral of Santander.
Cantabria celebrates many feast days of its patron saints, trade fairs and pagan festivities that have survived to a greater or lesser extent as part of traditional folklore.