San Vicente de la Barquera

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  • Bridge in San Vicente de la Barquera. Cantabria.

This ancient safe haven for fishermen on the Cantabrian coast boasts unique landscapes formed by fabulous beaches and the old town itself, set against a spectacular backdrop with the snowy peaks of the Picos de Europa mountains.Read more...

What to see A great way to explore the area is to start at the old town of San Vicente, which has impressive buildings such as the church of Santa María de los Ángeles, the King's Castle, which is a popular venue for exhibitions and cultural events, and the remains of a defensive wall and gates, such as the Asturias gate and La Barrera gate, which still stand today. And don't miss another of this Cantabrian town's most outstanding features: its bridges. We especially recommend Maza bridge and El Parral bridge. Beaches There are several kilometres of coastline where you can enjoy long sandy beaches such as Merón (the busiest and most well-known) or Oyambre, as well as small coves such as Fuentes or Niñera and protected beaches like El Tostadero and La Maza, where you can do water sports such as sailing, windsurfing, kayaking… Nature San Vicente de la Barquera lies within Oyambre Nature Reserve, a protected area encompassing cliffs, estuaries, marshes, dunes and beaches. Gastronomy Try some of the excellent fish and seafood that comes through the local fishing port, one of the most important in the area. Be sure to try some “sorropotún” (fish stew) or “marmita barquereña”, a casserole made from tuna and potatoes.

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San Vicente de la Barquera

San Vicente de la Barquera