BAO is the name that locals use to refer to a group of beaches located in front of the island of Santa Marina in Ribamontán al Mar (Cantabria, Spain), including the beaches of Los Tranquilos, Loredo, and others in between. Founders Carmen and Rubén named their short-term rental apartments BAO as a tribute to this unique enclave, which is closely tied to their family roots and to Rubén’s passion for the sea.
All five BAO appartments are located in a building designed by Carmen. Carmen, an architect passionate about sustainability, got inspiration for the BAO project from passive-house architecture. While the apartments come fully equipped for an enjoyable stay, they also embody the respect for the land Carmen, Rubén, and their children call home.
BAO’s surrounding landscape calls for a deeper connection with nature and brings peace to the soul. Carmen and Rubén aimed for BAO to be an extension of this special setting.
Traditional construction materials and simple lines result in a building that blends with the surroundings. This approach continues indoors, where spaces are cozy, bright, and warm.
BAO was designed with the maximum comfort of guests in mind, but without compromising sustainability. In this regard, the standards of Passive Houses have guided the design and construction processes. The construction is hermetic and has an integrated mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery. This allows the best climatic conditions and a constant comfortable temperature throughout the year. As a result of the design and construction choices, the building prevents and mitigates respiratory diseases and facilitates night rest.
To further guarantee the comfort of guests with the minimum environmental footprint, the building is equipped with underfloor heating system powered by a renewable energy source (aerothermal).
BAO is located between the villages of Somo and Loredo in a plot surrounded by centenary oaks and only 200 meters from the beach. BAO’s location is ideal for surfing, hiking, and biking adventures, among many other outdoors activities.
A family favorite of Carmen, Rubén, and their children is a walk to El Puntal followed by a dip in the sea. Also high in their list of recommendations is hiking along the cliffs of Langre and Galizano or surfing at the renowned Somo beach.
The downtowns of Somo and Loredo are close by with their offer of shops, supermarkets, and pharmacies, as well as bars and restaurants. Enjoying the local cuisine is a must.
Somo ferry station is at 1.5 kilometers. A boat ride from Somo to Santander is an excellent way of enjoying the sights of the stunning Santader Bay.
/ Puntal de Somo
/ Playas de Langre y Galizano
/ Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabárceno
/ Valles Pasiegos
/ Picos de Europa
Calle Latas, 7
39140 Somo. Ribamontán al Mar, Cantabria. Spain
The main highways connecting Cantabria with other areas of Spain are:
· Autovía del Cantábrico (A-8 / E-70): access from Vizcaya or Asturias (same direction as the N-634).
· Autovía de la Meseta (A-67): access from Palencia (same direction as the N-611).
· N-634: it crosses the region from East to West (from Vizcaya to Asturias, passing through Torrelavega).
· N-611: access from Palencia.
· N-623: access from Burgos-Madrid.
· N-621: access from León.
· Seve Ballesteros Airport. Santander.