Access to Cave Castle is through a hallway that contains the most complete record of the lives of our ancestors which includes occupations ranging from the Lower Paleolithic (120,000 years ago) to the Bronze Age (3000 years ago) and they are still conducting archaeological excavations. In addition, this hall has been used to install an Interpretation Centre about the 5 Monte Castillo Caves: The Castle, The Chimneys, Coins, The Arrow and the Pasiega. Several information panels and photographs tell you about what you will see on the tour inside the cave with photographs of rock art (you are not allowed to take pictures inside), explanations on the techniques used to perform and the way of life of Homo Neanderthal and Homo sapiens in these caves. Access is free and opening hours are the same as the caves: May-September: Daily, 9:30 am-7:30 pm, October-April: Tuesday-Sunday, 9:30-14:00 and 15:00-17:00.
Greenways are ancient courses of narrow disused railway which have been recovered for non-motorized vehicles and to practice outdoor sports. The Pas Greenway comprises the old Feve railway line between Astillero and Ontaneda, which operated between 1902 and 1973. The walk is 34 km long and runs along the river Pas. It is completely flat and can only be crossed on foot or by bicycle. Starting the walk in downtown Viesgo Bridge, opposite the Palacio de Fuentes Pila (now the Town Hall), one can take two directions: Towards Pomaluengo (which ends at Castañeda Collegiate) or to Soto Iruz (which ends at the sanctuary of the Virgen del Soto, patron of Toranzo Valley). A few meters from the Town Hall is the old railway station and the Reyerta locomotive. It is an interesting place.
The old railway station of Puente Viesgo was in operation until 1973, it had narrow gauge trains (Feve) that made the route Astillero - Ontaneda. The station building has been restored and is now integrated into the Via Verde del Pas, an excellent walking place for locals. It recalls the early twentieth century with its metal framed porch and cover of wooden slats, under which lies a peculiar antique clock. I read had read that the inside held the Municipal Museum of Prehistoric Viesgo Bridge, but I think not (I found it locked up tight and didn't look to be visitable). Adjacent is the locomotive Reyerta.
Located in the Via Verde del Pas, next to the old railway station, is the Reyerta locomotive. It is an old steam locomotive, a 030T model, built by the German company Krauss in the year 1913. This machine was in industrial use until the mid-70s and was recently restored in 2004 in memory and tribute to the Ontaneda railway. It is included in the General Inventory of Cultural Heritage as an important part of the scientific and technical heritage of Cantabria.
The parish church of San Miguel is located just behind the Casona de Fuentes Pila (now the Town Hall). It was a surprise to read that, for the most part, it was built recently (between 1.948 and 1.960) under the sponsorship of the Ibanez family, since the original temple, of the seventeenth century, was destroyed during the civil war. Only the tower and a chapel dedicated to St. Michael inside have been preserved. The church has a neo-Romanesque style, with three naves covered with a barrel vault. It has 15 Romanesque arches which are formed by the images of St. Michael the Archangel and the 12 apostles. Most striking is the roof, whose columns are formed by statues reminiscent of the Portico de la Gloria of Santiago de Compostela. It really is a beautiful place and is well worth visiting.
The Toranzo Valley in the Upper Pas Pas Region (at the Burgos Cantabria limit) is one of the most iconic and important valleys of Cantabria, which retains its tradition and culture with its own character. It is composed of 4 municipalities: Luena, Puente Viesgo, Corvera de Toranzo and Santiurde de Toranzo. The surroundings of Puente Viesgo are characterized by rugged mountainous and some patches of forest in the Dobra mountains (hayal of Juyuela). The trees are mainly eucalyptus and pine (for wood production), there are animals like roe deer, wild boar and fox and it has a variety of birds of prey like the griffon vulture and the Egyptian vulture. The green valley is surrounded by the river Pas, which gives its name to the region and is an important salmon and trout preserve that is considered the best in Europe. The Toranzo Valley is an excellent place for active tourism such as horseback riding, 4x4, quad biking, multisport, cultural routes and hiking.
The Mirador del Monte Castle is at the end of the road that leads to the famous Cueva del Castillo, right at its entrance. From there's a panoramic view of the river Pas, Toranzo Valley and Puente Viesgo. One of the things that struck me was seeing hundreds of raptors flying over the valley. Monte Castillo (or Peak Castle) is a cone-shaped limestone mountain 355 meters above Puente Viesgo (1.5 km from the village). It got its name because it is where, in the eleventh century, a castle lookout existed that controlled Toranzo and Piélagos valleys, and called the "route shield" (important channel of communication with the plateau). Today only ruins remain.
The Municipality of Puente Viesgo is inside a beautiful estate surrounded by gardens, next to the Via Verde del Pas (a former railway line). The municipal offices are at the Casona de Fuentes Pila. They were built by Javier González de Riancho in the year 1928 and were later declared a historical monument of Cantabria in 2002. The city has a total area of 36.1 km2 which is made up of 5 areas: Aes, Hijas, Presillas, Puente Viesgo and Vargas, all of which are managed and administered from this Town Hall. The municipality has a total of 2,400 inhabitants, of whom 533 live in the administrative capital of the municipality.
This summer I went to Balneario Puente Viesgo (Cantabria) where everything is beautiful and the people are magnificent, very open. I loved the scenery, the food and, of course, the tranquility and naturalness of the land, it is like going to a world of story. I recommend it. If not going to the spa, you can still escape for a few days in these fantastic places. I encourage you.
The Monument to Lieutenant Fuentes Pila is in the estate of Casona Fuentes Pila, today Puente Viesgo Town Hall. It's stone with a pedestal on which stands the statue of a dead officer, held by a woman. A lieutenant in the artillery battery Joaquín Fuentes died during the war in Africa in 1925 while defending Kudia Tahar, a strategic defense point for Tetouan, Morocco and he was awarded the Cross of Honour of the Royal Military Order of San Fernando.