The Cantabrian Sea[a] is the coastal sea of the Atlantic Ocean that washes the northern coast of Spain and the southwest side of the Atlantic coast of France; it represents the south area of the Bay of Biscay. It extends from the cape Estaca de Bares in the province of A Coruña, to the mouth of the Adour river, near the city of Bayonne on the coast of the department of Pyrenees Atlantiques in French Basque Country.

Cantabrian Sea
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Coordinates44°01′56″N 4°21′02″W / 44.0323°N 4.3506°W / 44.0323; -4.3506Coordinates: 44°01′56″N 4°21′02″W / 44.0323°N 4.3506°W / 44.0323; -4.3506
TypeSea
Primary inflowsAgüera, Asón, Bidasoa , Cares-Deva, Eo, Escudo, Miera, Nalón, Nansa, Navia, Pas, Pisueña, Saja-Besaya, Sella, Piles
Basin countriesSpain, France
Max. length800 km (497 mi)
Max. depth2,789 m (9,150 ft)

The sea washes 800 km (500 mi) of coastline shared by the Spanish provinces of A Coruña, Lugo, Asturias, Cantabria, Biscay and Gipuzkoa, and the French area of Labourd.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Spanish: Mar Cantábrico; French: Mer Cantabrique, Galician: Mar Cantábrico, Asturian: Mar Cantábricu, Basque: Kantauri.