One of the most picturesque parts of Cantabria, with a string of beaches, an old village and the snow-capped peaks of the Picos de Europa in the background, is San Vicente de la Barquera. Originally a fishing village, it has many sights worth seeing, such as the church of Santa María de los Ángeles, which was built from the 13th to the 16th century, the local castle and the remains of its fortifications. One typical feature are the local bridges, such as the Maza, with 28 arches built at the behest of the Catholic monarchs in the 16th century, or the Parral bridge dating from the 18th century. And the local beaches, with poetic names like Fuentes, Primera de San Vicente, El Rosal, El Tostadero, Merón or Gerra, will stay in your memory and your heart for a long time. Be sure to try the local fish and seafood-based cuisine: for example, the speciality called sorropotún, which is a tuna and potato ragout.
Cantabria’s wealth of beaches include lots of ideal surfing spots.
One of the most beautiful regions in Spain, Asturias nestles between the waters of the Bay of Biscay on one side and the high peaks of the Cantabrian Mountains on the other. Besides the mountains with their deep valleys, gorges, caves and crystal-clear streams and rivers, the beautiful coastline is also worth mentioning. It stretches for some 350 kilometres and is characterised by steep cliffs and a surprisingly low number of natural harbours. Even so, there are countless fabulous fishing villages and beautiful and clean sandy beaches for tourists to enjoy. A surfboard is almost mandatory equipment here. It’s not much of an exaggeration to say this coastal region could be compared to New Zealand: gently undulating landscapes, hedgerows, wooded hills and gurgling streams. The entire Asturias region gets a lot of rain, so there’s no doubt which colour reigns supreme. After all, part of the coast is called La Costa Verde, or the Green Coast.
The Green Coast of the Bay of Biscay