For lovers of nature and tranquillity, Cantabria is an obligatory destination. Today we make a small stop in the most beautiful villages of Cantabria. Places you can take as a reference when making your next trip.
San Vicente de la Barquera
This fishing village is located in the centre of the Oyambre Natural Park, one of the most ecologically valuable natural spaces in Spain. In addition to excellent beaches and rich nature, San Vicente de la Barquera has a great heritage of monuments. Historically, it is also a relevant area, making it an obligatory stop for those who visit Cantabria.
Santillana del Mar
This is known as the town of three lies. They say it’s not Santa, it’s not flat, it doesn’t have sea. Ring a bell? Apart from being one of the most beautiful villages in Cantabria, it is also one of the most popular and is very popular in summer. It has the Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana, one of the most beautiful.
Santillana del Mar is dressed with cobblestone streets that you feel like getting lost in. On your way you will find dream houses and balconies that will invite you to take pictures. Near this beautiful town you will find the Altamira Museum, which is a replica of the famous Altamira Cave where you can see all the lines and drawings that make it so popular.
The town of Potes is the capital of Liébana and is located about 290 meters above sea level next to the Picos de Europa and at the base of Mount Arabedes. This place joins four beautiful valleys crossed by the Quiviesa river. Making this description it is not difficult to imagine why it is one of the most beautiful villages in Cantabria and why it is interesting to visit it. It is considered a Historic Site.
Comillas has a superb natural environment and also some of the best fine sandy beaches in Spain, which is why it has been a tourist destination since the 19th century, where the privileged holidaymakers built buildings in a particular modernist style. In this village we can find several points of interest such as the Capricho de Gaudí (a modernist palace created by the famous Catalan artist), the Fuente de los Tres Caños, the Palacio de Sobrellano and the San Cristóbal Cemetery. Comillas forms part of the territory covered by the Oyambre Natural Park.
It is one of the oldest villages in Spain and also one of the best preserved. It’s a historical-artistic site of great value for the tourist who is located in the Saja Valley, an area that will love lovers of outdoor activities for the many possibilities it offers. The voices say that one of the best stews in Cantabria is eaten there, so we’ll have to try it, won’t we?
Here is another of the most beautiful villages in Cantabria that we cannot miss. In fact, it is another fishing village located on the eastern coast of the region. This municipality is on the seashore and surrounded by a series of fascinating mountains such as the Peña de Satullán and Mount Cerredo. The Agüera river flows into this place, forming the Oriñón estuary, which divides the locality into two parts. Although other rivers such as the Sabiote or the Sálamo also flow through it. All this set of elements, together with others of an architectural nature such as the Church of Santa María de la Asunción, recognised as a National Monument in 1931, has made Castro de Urdiales a protected space that you will be delighted to visit.
Cartes is one of the most beautiful villages in Cantabria. This village is very close to Torrelavega and has an interesting historical centre where the Torreón de Cartes stands out, a fortified mansion located in the main street of the town. As you walk through this village you will love the atmosphere of mountain houses, plants and flowers that the neighbours cultivate.
Of all the beautiful villages in Cantabria, Laredo is the one with the largest marina. It is a fishing village with a spectacular landscape that is composed of the Treto estuary and the bay of Santoña. But in addition to its privileged nature, it also has an artistic and historical complex of great value that deserves a leisurely visit. Laredo also has the large La Salvé beach.
Carmona is a beautiful and traditional village. Thanks to its great architectural conservation, it has been considered a Historic-Artistic Site. Its location is very advantageous as it is located in the Cabuérniga Valley, a place of great beauty. Its wide variety of mansions and wooden balconies are a delight for visitors. Wood craftsmanship is very traditional in the area so you can take advantage to take a special souvenir.
Cabezón de la Sal
Cabezón de la Sal was a historic passageway in the famous Tuta de los Foromontados, one of the busiest during the first repopulation of Castile in the Early Middle Ages. The name of this locality refers to what was the main activity of the same for many centuries: the extraction of salt. It is also one of the towns with the most history in Cantabria and has a varied historical, cultural and artistic heritage. Of particular note are the Carrejo Palace-House, which is now used as the Cantabrian Nature Museum, and the San Lorenzo Church. The prehistoric site of Cabrojo, which dates back to the Bronze Age, also does so.
This small tour that we have done includes the most beautiful villages of Cantabria and also the most popular. But if you have more time to visit the area you can find other highly recommended as Mogrovejo, Vega de Pas, Cahecho, Noja, Puente Viesgo, Cosío or Liencres. If you will not miss something in Cantabria are beautiful places to see, for some reason is one of the most visited places in Spain.