The Natural Park of Saja Besaya is the largest in Cantabria. It is so large that its surface is distributed between 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 mountains of the autonomous community, being Peña Iján is the highest peak with an altitude of 2,084 metres.
On its slopes you will find the most beautiful forests full of oak, beech, holly and birch trees. But you will also get perfectly preserved pastures and crop fields.
Its fauna is so rich and so 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 seeing birds such as golden eagles and capercaillie; or vertebrates such as deer, Cantabrian brown bear and wild boar.
What to do and what to see in the Saja Besaya Natural Park?
Yes, it is true, this is one of the favourite destinations in Cantabria. And you can only go 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 Centre located in the municipality of Los Tojos. There you will discover the scenic value of the area and what activities are available to make your visit the best experience of your 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.
It also has a much longer route such as that of the Path of the Saja Reserve, which is a good alternative to get to know better this declared sanctuary. Natural Park in 1988, integrated in the Caza Saja National 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 trekking, cycling, climbing and jogging a grea