Hostels in Cantabria Hostels in Cantabria

You are looking for hostels in Cantabria? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Cantabria hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Cantabria.

All Cities in Cantabria

We list every single hostel in Cantabria and the world. In total, we have 9 cities in Cantabria for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Cantabria hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Cantabria. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Cantabria

Cantabria is a region in Spain that is called an autonomous community. It is in a part of the country that is known for its greenery and landscapes. This part of Spain is called Green Spain. It is in the northern part of the country. Cantabria is a region with vast landscapes. It is known the world over for its local cuisine and the rich heritage of the area. It is also the home to old caves and other areas for you to explore.

If you are planning to stay in Cantabria at a hostel, there are many scattered around the region. In 2016 alone, over 20 hostels were present in different parts of Cantabria. These aren’t the only form of accommodation in the region either. You can also stay at over a hundred hotels located all over the county, along with inns, houses, lodges, campsites, apartments, and historic hotels.

On a typical day, out in Cantabria, there is a lot for you to do. You can visit the extensive cave network located in the area. These caves are famous in scientific and artistic circles for the collection of prehistoric art within them, dating back to the Palaeolithic era. One of the most famous caves is called the Sistine Chapel of Prehistoric Art, or Altamira in the local tongue. It is a World Heritage Site.

The region is also a stop along the way for pilgrims following the Way of Saint James. Because of the religious importance of the area, the villages in the region have old monuments, monasteries, and ancient sculptures. Old monuments aren’t the only attraction in Cantabria. There are over 60 beaches in the area, dotted with holiday resorts up and down the coastline.

One other thing you have to check out in Cantabria is the food. The local cuisine is renowned throughout Spain, including the sponge cakes, bean stew, and cheesecake. After filling up with a good meal, you can get in touch with nature at one of the many nature reserves and national parks in the area. There are many such parks in the region including the Cabarceno Wildlife Park, a nature reserve spanning 750 hectares of an old mine. You can also see history come alive at the many museums and historic gardens in Cantabria.

expert for Cantabria hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Cantabria hostels Jakob Lombardi

Travel Tips for Cantabria - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Cantabria. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Cantabria. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Cantabria

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Cantabria?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Cantabria here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Cantabria safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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