|San Sebastián de Garabandal:
Commonly referred to simply as Garabandal, this town received a huge amount of publicity in the early 1960s. From 1961 to 1965, four young schoolgirls allegedly received visitations from St. Michael the Archangel and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The visitations numbered in the thousands, drew huge crowds, and featured apparent paranormal phenomena, much of it filmed or photographed, with hundreds if not thousands of witnesses. The official sobriquet for Our Lady in this series of visitations is 'Our Lady of Mount Carmel of Garabandal', because her appearance, dress and hairstyle looked like Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Today, the town is a place of pilgrimage for Roman Catholics and members of other faiths, although the official Church position remains undecided as to whether the events are worthy of belief. Because of the town's remote location and lack of easy accessibility, it has remained largely the same as it was in 1961, and has not suffered the tourist-trap overhaul that has befallen other visitation sites such as Lourdes. Garabandal is approximately 7 kms far from Hotel Gogar.
The Soplao Cave:
In Cantabria this is the first cave that has opened to the public which has a purely geological value.
There are caves, even ones that are open to tourists with this type of concretions inside, but there are none with the abundance and grandeur of those in the Soplao cave (approximately 10 kms far from Hotel Gogar).
The Micolón and Chufín Caves:
Two of the most important Palaeolithic sites in Cantabria can be found in Riclones - the Chufín and Micolón caves. The former shows signs of having been inhabited as far back as 15,740 BC, during the Solutrean period. It has and important collection of artwork including engravings and paintings done in red ochre, of horses, deer and oxen. The Micolón cave has got 23 figures, either painted or engraved, from the Palaeolithic period. The image of a bear painted in ochre is of particular note.
Obeso: (2,5 kms far from Hotel Gogar): Built in the 14th century, the Obeso tower is an excellent example of a Medieval Gothic tower, with mullioned lancet windows.
Carmona (4kms far from Hotel Gogar): Declared National Historic Landmark, Carmona is a typical Cantabrian village. Built over 15th Century, it is full of "Casonas Montañesas", typical Cantabrian houses, although the most representative building is Mier´s Palace (17th Century; Herrerian Style with a splendid shield).
Tudanca (16 kms far from Hotel Gogar): Declared National Historic Landmark, Tudanca is a genuine mountain village of the Nansa Valley . The most representative building is “the Casona” (an extraordinary house of the XIX century that hosts an ethnographic museum and an excellent library). This village has inspired José María de Pereda to write his novel “Peñas Arriba” (1894).