Castro Urdiales is a municipality belonging to the Cantabrian Community, being the easternmost municipality of the same. This is the first municipality in Cantabria that pilgrims pass through on their way north. It is one of the largest cities in the province, only surpassed in population by Torrelavega and Santander.
A little history
It is a traditionally seafaring town, of which there is evidence of occupation from the Palaeolithic period, in caves such as Peña del Cuco and Urdiales, among others. Likewise, we know that there was pre-Roman and Roman occupation, and that during the Middle Ages its main engine of development and functionality was linked to the sea. During the Contemporary Age the welfare of the town will be associated to the mining and fishing activities. At present, the economic decentralisation of certain activities in Bilbao is one of the driving forces behind the city’s dynamism.