The Natural Park of Saja Besaya is the largest in Cantabria. It is so big that its surface is distributed among the municipalities of Cabuérniga, Arenas de Iguña, Cieza, Los Tojos, Ruente and Hermandad de Campoo de Sudo. It has 24,500 hectares of landscape with untamed beauty that is characterized by the mountains and hills of the autonomous community, being Peña Iján the highest peak with 2,084 meters of altitude.

On its slopes you will find the most beautiful forests full of oaks, beeches, holly trees and birches. But you will also find perfectly preserved pastures and fields of crops.

Its fauna is so rich and diverse that it has become one of its greatest treasures, so while you explore this National Park through guided routes you will have the privilege of appreciating birds like golden eagles and capercaillies; or vertebrates like deer, Cantabrian brown bears and wild boars.

What to do and see in the Saja Besaya Natural Park

¿Qué hacer y qué ver en el Parque Natural Saya Besaya?

Yes, it is true, this is one of the favorite destinations in Cantabria. And you can only go there on a weekend trip if you want to. When you arrive, the first thing you should do is visit the Saja Besaya Natural Park Interpretation Center located in the municipality of Los Tojos. There you will discover the landscape value of the area and what activities it has available so that your visit becomes the best experience of your whole life.

The short trekking routes are Ruta de los Puentes, Caminito Viejo del Morral, Ruta Bárcena Mayor-Alto de Fuentes, Ruta del Hayacorva and Ruta Mayor Ozcaba. All of them are of low difficulty, so they are ideal for families with children.

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It also has a much longer route such as the Saja Reserve Trail, which is a good alternative to get to know this sanctuary, declared a Natural Park in 1988, integrated into the Saja National Hunting Reserve and considered one of the most ecologically and hydrographically valuable in Cantabria.

Now, if you are one of those who enjoy adrenaline you will see in activities such as teckking, bike routes, climbing and jogging a great opportunity to get your most extreme side.

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The Saja Besaya Natural Park also has recreational places, ideal for taking a break and taking a couple of pictures to remember. They are Cabillas in Campoo – Cabuerniga, El Vaho and Prauco in Los Llares, Braña Castrillo in Bárcena Mayor or Casa del Monte in Ucieda.

Bárcena Mayor is the only urban nucleus that you will find in the National Park. It is located in Los Tojos. It was declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1979 thanks to the beauty of its mountain architecture, which is why it has also become one of the most beautiful villages in Cantabria.

Where to eat in Saja Besaya?

¿Dónde comer?

After a long but entertaining tour do not waste any more time and look for among the options the best restaurant to eat delicious cenca of the Saja Besaya National Park. Here our suggestion.

Mesón La Florida

It is a simple place but where you will eat the best of Cantabria. Try the mountain stew or the beans with deer and wild boar. They will surely leave you licking your fingers. In addition, it is a restaurant with an incredible service and a good atmosphere. It is located on the Carretera General, in Saja.

La Solana de Bárcena Mayor

The mountain stew and the fish soup are two of its specialties. Each one of the dishes is prepared with great care to satisfy the needs and tastes of the diners. It is a place to eat, enjoy and return as many times as necessary. Find it in Iglesias Street, 25, Bárcena Mayor.

Restaurante La Montañesa

Among its specialties is also the popular mountain stew. Not to mention the cheeks or the desserts. It stands out for its good price, excellent attention and family atmosphere. This is one of the best options near the Natural Park Saja Besaya. It is on the main road, kilometer 48, Los Tojos.

Where to sleep in Saja Besaya? 

¿Dónde dormir?

Complete your travel itinerary to Saja Besaya Natural Park including good places to sleep peacefully.

Posada El Arrabal

It is a traditional house with comfortable rooms and rustic decoration. Each one has its own balcony and private bathroom with shower or bathtubs. This accommodation site, located in Arenas de Iguña, has services such as flat screen TV and free Internet connection.

Sendero de Saja Besaya

If you visit the area and need a good place to stay, Sendero de Saja Besaya is an excellent alternative. It is a simple but super comfortable rural house, where you will find incredible rooms to spend the nights you need. It has gardens with terraces, river views, free wifi connection and bike rental service for hiking.

Palacio de Trasvilla

It is an elegant house ideal to receive its guests and offer them the best of its attentions. It is perfectly equipped with everything necessary to guarantee hospitality and comfort. Free parking, free Wifi, outdoor pool and comfortable rooms are some of its services.

How to get there to Saja Besaya?

¿Cómo llegar?

If you are in Santander and want to get to the Saja Besaya Natural Park you can do it in different ways. If you choose train as a way to travel you will reach the town of Pajuyo, from there you will have to take a cab to your destination.

Your own car can also be a good alternative. The trip by road, which covers 72 kilometers, will take an average of 1 hour. Check the map or turn on the GPS so that the route is completed without any inconvenience.

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