Santoña is a very prominent town in the region and with great historical influence. It is said that the caravel named Santa Maria was built there, one of the ships that led to the discovery of America. In addition, from there comes the important cartographer known as Juan de la Cosa, who was the creator of the first world map in the history of humanity.
The municipality’s main activity is mining but it is also a fishing village, in its port you can find a wide variety of fresh fish. Historically, it has been considered one of the main fishing ports in the region.
The location of this locality has allowed it to receive hundreds of tourists who go in search of beautiful landscapes, lovers of waterfowl, rural tourism and nature reserves.
Monuments to photograph in Santoña
The Fort of San Carlos and the oldest in the town, built in the mid-seventeenth century as a defensive barrier in the bay.
The Fort of San Martín was built at the same time as the one mentioned above and has the same defensive function. This is now a cultural center.
The Fort of the Mallet or Napoleon, built by this character as a reinforcement for the defense of the town.
There is also an important concentration of batteries and powder magazines dating from Napoleon’s time.
Activities you can do in Santoña
Route of the Lighthouse of the Horse
If you like physical activity then you can take the challenge of going down 685 steps and 111 others to take a good dip in the crystal clear waters of this beautiful rocky place. The stairs were built on the same rock and in the descent you can see the carved forms of the slopes caused by the wind and the force of the waves.
The lighthouse is located on the slopes of Mount Buciero and can be accessed there through a circular path, by the large number of visitors, has been nominated as the Best Corner 2014 Repsol Guide, although not active.
Fisherman’s Lighthouse Route
Also located on the slopes of Mount Buciero and built in 1864. From there the view towards the Cantabrian Sea could not be better, however, being the only lighthouse that is active is not possible to access it.
Route to the Forest Ecosystems
At least 2 km. cross Mount Buciero from Fort Mazo to the Lighthouse of the Horse. There you can explore while you learn about the flora and the various ecosystems that form in the dense forest.
Route to know the summits of Monte Santoña, Peña Ganzo, Buciero and Atalaya through a circular path of 8 km.
Route of the fishing tradition
A route of 8 km. that leads to the three Forts, the Plaza de Toros, the Paseo Marítimo and the main monuments of the town. It is a tour that can take all kinds of people, as it does not represent a major difficulty.
Visit to the Natural Reserve of the Marshes
A very important ecological environment where birds can be observed. This wetland has a wide variety of mollusks, fish, mammals, among other species that are sheltered in the passive waters of this spectacular natural space that has been recovered by environmental authorities.
Gastronomy of Santoña to delight your palate
The region is famous for its delicious anchovies, which you can accompany with an exquisite local red or white wine. You can also enjoy the Santoña tortilla skewers or dine on grilled sardines with chili.
Other typical dishes such as marmite, bocartes en cazuela or bocartes fritos, mackerel meatballs, hake cocochas, among other important dishes that you should definitely try.
Finally you can not leave without eating the traditional desserts of the town of which we will only mention two that can not miss on the menu, the quesadas pasiegas and sobaos.
To enjoy the beauty of Santoña from the outside, you can take a boat ride and get incredible photographs of the town, the lighthouses and forts that surround it, is undoubtedly one of the best plans you can take while you travel the Cantabrian Sea.