Today we are going to present you one of the best known routes in Cantabria. It is the Nansa River path, an old pass created by trout and salmon fishermen from the area that runs between the towns of Muñorrodero and Cades. Now, it has become one of the most delirious walks in the region, making the 7 km available on the way (14 km if you go back and forth) one of the best lived experiences.

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During the journey, where the Nansa River takes on special relevance, you will find carved stone stairs, footbridges made of wood, ropes anchored in rocks, narrow passages and the good vibe of nature that will help complete the journey. But in addition, you will enjoy beeches, forests and meadows, where you will also see cows and horses graze freely. Here it is possible to do family tourism, since the route is perfect to go with children because of its low level of difficulty.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hike the Nansa River Path, appreciate its natural treasures and discover why it is also known as the Fishermen’s Route.

What to do on the Nansa River Path?

The route is essential after your arrival in Cantabria. From the beginning to the end, it will never cease to amaze you. But before starting, you must choose which of the two to do.

One of them is the one that ends in the recently rehabilitated forge of Cades. The second (and the shortest) is the one that culminates in the Trascudia Hydroelectric Power Station and of which we will make special reference.

The path develops along the old paths made by the constant walk of fishermen in search of trout and salmon. This is why it is also known as the Fishermen’s Route. Nowadays, these same passages are perfectly signposted and conditioned for tourist use.

As you walk along super safe trails, feel the good energy that the valley offers and the peace that the Nansa River transmits. Concentrate on the beeches, holm oaks, thorns and willows along the way. But enjoy the chance to see otters, salmon, crabs and other species such as cows and horses in their habitat.

In the middle of the pilgrimage you will find the fishermen’s cages. They were used to cross the tributary and to catch salmon.

At the end of the tour you will reach one of the most fun sections. And this is where the trails become narrower, so the ropes attached to the rocks will serve to hold you.

When you finally reach the Hydroelectric Power Station, you will get beautiful waterfalls and impressive lakes for a well-deserved dip. You’ll enjoy walking and diving better in the autumn when the Cantabrian climate is not as stifling as in the summer.

Where to eat on the Nansa River path?

After completing the route of 14 sensational kilometers you will feel how your body begins to demand energy. And what better way to replenish your batteries than tasting exquisite dishes in restaurants near the Nansa River Path. Here is our selection:

Restaurant Muñorrodero

Good seasoning, cordial treatment and family atmosphere. This restaurant is definitely an excellent choice. Try the rice with chiripones or the macaroni with picadillo. The portions are abundant and stands out for its variety. It is located in the Barrio el Salin S/N, Fuengrande.


Food pleases… and a lot. The dishes are prepared with quality products. Their rations are unbeatable. And if we’re talking about attention, then we should be flattered. It is one of the best restaurants in the area, but it will be better to book in advance. It is located at 16 Miramar Avenue, San Vicente de la Barquera.

La Sauceda

It is an option that must always be taken into account. It is a restaurant that is worth the delights served at your table and the kind attention of their managers. Try the hake because we are sure you will be left wanting more. It is located in the town of Buelles S/N, Panes, Spain.

Where to sleep on the Nansa River path?

If you have decided to do the Nansa Fluvial Path during your next free days, you have to know that there are places nearby where you can find essential lodgings. And here we will tell you what some of them are:

Hotel Canal

In the town of Unquera is one of the best rated hotels by tourists. It has comfortable rooms with flat screen TV and free WiFi. It has other services for a comfortable stay.

Valle de Arco Hotel

This is an ideal option for travelers. It has quality services such as comfortable rooms with flat screen TV. You can stay connected to WiFi because it is free as is parking. It also has a cafeteria and outdoor mobilization. It is located in Prellezo.

Hotel Rural Valleoscuru

It is a recommendable alternative and one of the most prestigious hotels thanks to the quality and good service offered to guests. It has a simple decoration, and its atmosphere is so warm that you will feel at home. It has a heater, telephone and free Internet. Hotel Rural Valleoscuro is located in Llanes.

How do I get to the Nansa River path?

Getting to the Nansa River Path is simple. So much so that you won’t need a map or GPS to get there, as the route is perfectly signposted. If you are leaving from Santander, take the A8 motorway in the direction of Unquera.

But before you get there, take the Los Tanos exit until you can finally see the signs that will lead you straight to the Nansa Valley. On the way enjoy other localities such as Cosío, Carmona and Tudanca.