Cantabria has the following sub-regions:
The nearest airport is in Santander, but most flights are domestic, primarily from Madrid. International flights from London, Dublin, Rome, Milan, Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam. Other international flights to Bilbao.
Arrival by car from Bilbao is via the A8 freeway.
Since many interesting places are outside the main city Santander in small villages in the country side a car is recommendable. Alternatively public buses are available to larger towns. Frequent public buses are available between Santander and Bilbao.
You can surf at the beaches of Somo, Los Locos in Suances near Torrelavega and Meron in San Vicente de la Barquera.