The town known as Cervatos is located within the municipality of Campo de Enmedio in Cantabria and has approximately 60 inhabitants, distributed in its two districts.
Pilgrims on the Way to Santiago can stop in this village during their journey between Burgos and Palencia. One of the attractions you will find here is the Collegiate Church recognized as San Pedro de Cervatos, popular for its unexpected decoration within a sacred resist.
If you would like to know a little more about this interesting place on the Jacobean Trail, here is a review of the attractions of the place, as well as some details that you should know before embarking on your trip.
What to see and do in Cervatos?
As we mentioned earlier within the heritage of Cervatos is the peculiar Collegiate Church of San Pedro, a Romanesque monument located at the top of the village that is characterized by its decoration with erotic and sexual motifs.
The construction of this building took place during the 12th century and it is presumed that its decoration with sexual content is related to the festivity of the carnival. It is necessary to remember that at that time the celebration of this feast was carried out just before the commemoration of the Christian Easter and according to the medieval language with symbols, this decoration could indicate that before stepping on the sacred floor of the church, the visitors had to be satisfied carnally.
Not only can we observe sexual images in the canecilli of the temple, you will also see a saltimbanqui, a contortionist, a being with a goat’s head, a musician with a harp, drinkers, monsters and more. In addition, there is the image of the apostle Peter with the keys of heaven, determining the entry of those who are free of sin. This monument was declared a National Monument in 1931.
This rare example of the medieval tradition of decorating sacred spaces with lustful grotesque sculptures shows us what their art was like. Other equally luxurious figures can be found decorating churches of similar epoch in Great Britain, Ireland, France and other parts of Spain.
In the town of Cervatos you will also find an archaeological site where the Roman road that went to Iulóbriga passed.
Where to eat in Cervatos?
Here are some of the best restaurants near Cervatos in Cantabria.
San Antonio Restaurant
Located in the Plaza España in Aguilar de Campoo, it is 20 km from Cervatos. Here you can enjoy eating on a terrace and enjoy the climate. It offers day menu and custom made with seafood and grilled meat.
Tres Pasos Restaurant
From the centre of the Palencia mountain, this restaurant offers you home-made cuisine, typical dishes of Basque and Canary Islands cuisine, cod and Biscayan. In addition, wrinkled potatoes with mojo or locas with sauce, fried roasted cheese, Cervera meat and more. This restaurant is 30.34 Km from Cervatos.
In the Barrio de Cabrojo in Cabezón de la Sal, you will have to travel 41 km from Cervatos to here, where you can taste homemade food, rich breakfasts, hamburgers, combined dishes, etc.
Where can I sleep in Cervatos?
Very close to Cervatos you will find a very good hotel offer. We will mention some of the places where you can rest more comfortably very close to the place.
Located 4.4 km from San Pedro de Cervatos, this hotel offers well-known rooms with access for the disabled, TV, private bathroom, swimming pool, garden, tourist counter, alarm clock service, meeting rooms and Wifi. We assure you that you will spend a very comfortable stay here.
Hotel El Golobar
This comfortable hotel offers room service, desk, shower and take-away meals. You can also enjoy the swimming pool and go hiking. It offers transportation, laundry, Wi-Fi, alarm clock and safe. In this place you will be 4.6 km from Cervatos.
5,7 km from Cervatos you will find this pleasant hotel with comfortable rooms, restaurant, air conditioning, gym, golf course, discotheques. In addition, you can enjoy laundry service, safe and wifi.
How to get to Cervatos?
To get to this small town you must take the N-120. Between Calzada de los Molinos and Quintanilla, at the junction with the P-963. From there the Way to Santiago continues by the crossing with the P-972 and San Román de la Cuba to 7 km.
Note that the Burgos-León motorway, 6 km north of cervatos, reduces traffic on the N-120.