Cantabria is one of the smallest autonomous regions in Spain. It is located in the centre of the Bay of Biscay, in Northern Spain. North: N: 42†, 46´/43†, 31´; West: 3†,9´/4†,52´.
The region has a total area of 5,300 Km2 and a perimeter of 600 kilometres, out of which 200 are coastal ones. It has a population of nearly 530,000 inhabitants, who live mainly in the axis Santander-Torrelavega (more than 60% of the population).
It borders the principality of Asturias to the West; the Bay of Biscay to the North; the province of Biscay to the East, and the provinces of Burgos, Palencia and León to the South.