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Things to do in San Vicente de la Barquera

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Beaches in San Vicente de la Barquera
Beaches of San Vicente de la Barquera
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Beaches in San Vicente de la Barquera
Playa de Merón
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Beaches in San Vicente de la Barquera
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Beaches in San Vicente de la Barquera
Beaches in San Vicente de la Barquera
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Beaches in San Vicente de la Barquera
Beaches in San Vicente de la Barquera
Beaches in San Vicente de la Barquera

The top 34 attractions in San Vicente de la Barquera

Villages in San Vicente de la Barquera
San Vicente de la Barquera
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This is a traditional Spanish fishing town that has grown in importance ever since the singer David Bustamante became famous with Operación Triunfo (a Spanish version of American Idol). During the summer, the town receives many tourists and everything is packed. It’s still a beautiful town, both during low and high tide. The rest of the year you can enjoy a bit more peace and quiet.
Harbors in San Vicente de la Barquera
San Vicente Port
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San Vicente de la Barquera, where our well-known David Bustamante is, is one of the prettiest towns in Cantabria. When the tide is at its highest the blue waters leave spectacular scenery. In this photo the tide is half-hearted, it looks like the earth background shines through leaving the poor bereaved boats like fish without water. When you sit on a promenade bench facing the sea, peace and tranquility fill your bones. It is the people that you should never stop watching in the Cantabras areas.
Beaches in San Vicente de la Barquera
Beaches of San Vicente de la Barquera
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Before getting to San Vicente, we found some very beautiful beaches worth stopping at before going our way. More spacious than Cóbreces you can walk along the shore for a long time then sit on a small breakwater. The sunset is spectacular, especially if the sand is still wet from some recent rain. It shines impossibly with ocher and blue for a perfect late afternoon.
Beaches in San Vicente de la Barquera
Playa de Merón
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Warm water without being too cold, waves for fun and miles of almost flat beach for walking, running or whatever you want. As you head to Oyambre, there are fewer and fewer people, and some areas of greater intimacy. Anyway, enjoy it to the fullest.
Churches in San Vicente de la Barquera
Church of Santa María de Los Angeles
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Price 1,50 €. On the outside the Puerta del Poder completely breaks its stone facade, inside the most notable feature is the tomb of the Inquisitor Antonio del Corro, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful (it is so dark you have to pay to have lights).
Viewpoints in San Vicente de la Barquera
Punta Silla Lighthouse
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From the Sanctuary of La Barquera, just outside the Old Puebla towards Asturias, follow the road up for 1 km to reach Punta Silla lighthouse. It's an old lighthouse, now abandoned, which is preparing to host the Artisan and Folkloric Museum of the Sea. Built in 1871 to warn mariners of the proximity of the coast, the building consists of a square prismatic masonry tower 9 meters tall, the old lighthouse keeper's house is attached. From the lighthouse there are amazing views of the whole village, the bay, the beach and the cliffs.
Castles in San Vicente de la Barquera
Castle of the King
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It houses an exhibition on the village of San Vicente de la Barquera, but for me the best part of the visit were the views from the top of the tower (you get an amazing overview of the Puente de la Maza). One of the most beautiful images of the Castillo del Rey is from Puente de Tras or Puente Nuevo, near the castle.
Nature Reserves in San Vicente de la Barquera
Oyambre Natural Park
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Oyambre Natural Park is formed by the estuaries of San Vicente de la Barquera and La Rabia which, with beaches, dunes and the great expanse of Monte Corona, form one of the most beautiful and well-preserved natural parks in Cantabria. This pristine natural area covers 5,758 hectares and, along with the Saja-Besaya Natural Park (over 24,500 hectares) and Liencres Dunes (only 257 hectares), is one of the largest natural parks in Cantabria. That is, of course, not counting the Picos de Europa National Park which extends throughout more than 64,000 hectares in Cantabria, Asturias, and Leon. It was declared a Natural Park on November 21, 1988 and has since been a protected place and a reserve for water birds. In my opinion, though, the best parts are the beaches, especially Playa de Comillas and Playa de Oyambre.
Historical Monuments in San Vicente de la Barquera
La Puebla Vieja de San Vicente
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The fishing village of San Vicente de la Barquera is about 60 km from Santander, in the heart of the Natural Park of Oyambre. Puebla Vieja has been declared a Cultural de Cantabria and a Conjunto Histórico Artístico due to its rich heritage, it's an important enclave of Camino de Santiago on the coastal route. The wall and some VIII century doors are still preserved. It's a fortified, walled town with cobbled streets where it's a delight to wander and get lost. The lower area has Arches Street with the tourist information office and several restaurants. From the harbor ascend the steep streets to reach Castillo del Rey, XIII century, containing a museum of the city's history. At the top is the church of Santa Maria de los Angeles, with its Gothic tower and 2 Romanesque doorways, inside is one of the most beautiful funerary sculptures in Spain: El sepulcro del Inquisidor Corro. Between the castle and the church are the ruins of the Hospital de la Concepción, the Tower of the Provost and Corro Palace, which houses the Casa Consistorial.
Historical Monuments in San Vicente de la Barquera
La Maza Bridge
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To exit San Vicente de la Barquera use the Maza bridge, a bridge with 32 arches, over half a mile long and built on an old wooden bridge that was considered the longest bridge in the reign of Carlos III. You get a very interesting view of the river, the best views of the bridge are from Castillo del Rey.
Of Touristic Interest in San Vicente de la Barquera
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Churches in San Vicente de la Barquera
Sanctuary of la Barquera
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The Sanctuary Barquera is popularly known as "The Chapel" and is just outside San Vicente, toward the breakwater and Puntasilla lighthouse. It's on a promontory from which there are magnificent views of the sea, beach and town, and it is surrounded by a well kept garden area. Built in stone in the XV century, the entrance is protected by a portico with arches, the exterior is great but the interior of the is not so (as a hostel is attached on the back). It is always open (although sometimes you can not enter because it has a gate) and it houses an image of the patron saint of the town: La Virgen de la Barquera, in whose honor we celebrate the feast of La Folia on Easter Tuesday. The church is always very busy because there is great devotion, boats passing in front of it sound their sirens in salute for protection. It's a beautiful chapel that is worth a visit, especially for its environment.
Palaces in San Vicente de la Barquera
Corro Family Palace (Town Hall)
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This palace was built by the family of the Inquisitor and ran a hospital for pilgrims in the XVI century. It now houses the municipal offices of San Vicente. The most interesting features of the facade are the 2 family emblazoned shields and the framed balconies and gateway between Ionic columns topped by a pediment. The Renaissance building is on the main street of the historic castle climbing to the Church of Santa Maria de los Angeles, just across from the Tower of the Provost.
Beaches in San Vicente de la Barquera
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Climbing in San Vicente de la Barquera
Picos de Europa
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The Picos de Europa mountains are the largest in the North of Spain, they occupy 3 Autonomous Communities: Asturias, Castilla y Leon and Cantabria, particularly in Cantabria the mountain range's have different locations for you to appreciate. On my last visit I saw Cantabrian Picos de Europa fully capped from a viewpoint as excellent as Playa del Rosal and Tostadero (in the municipality of San Vicente de la Barquera). It seems unimaginable that the Picos de Europa at almost 2,500 meters are only separated from the Bay of Biscay by less than 40 km, as happens in San Vicente de la Barquera and some other locations in Asturias. For me it is a luxury to bathe in the waters of the Bay of Biscay having such a spectacle such as the Picos de Europa in the background and even more so if they are snowy.
Historical Monuments in San Vicente de la Barquera
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Roads in San Vicente de la Barquera
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Beaches in San Vicente de la Barquera

The best things to do in San Vicente de la Barquera

Have you decided to visit this city, but don't know what to do in San Vicente de la Barquera? Great! The city has much to offer travelers. Most of the things to see in San Vicente de la Barquera are related to beaches and natural beauty -- definitely the beaches are some of the best attractions in San Vicente de la Barquera. The best places to visit in San Vicente de la Barquera when it comes to beaches are Meron and Oyambre. Alongside them are the protected
beaches
of Tostadero and La Maza and small coves like Fuentes or
Niñera.

There are other
San Vicente de la Barquera attractions which are popular, like Oyambre Natural Park, which includes the estuary of the Ria de San Vicente. Although it's not strictly known as a town with lots of monuments, the city has some remarkable buildings. If there is one building to visit in San Vicente de la Barquera, it's the castle, whose exact date of construction is not known, but it's thought to be from the late 14th century. There are other buildings to visit and stuff to do in San Vicente de la Barquera that deserve to be mentioned, like visiting the former convent of San Luis, the Church of Santa Maria de los Angeles, and Puebla Vieja de San Vicente de la Barquera. There are many things to do in San Vicente de la Barquera. La Folia, a massive maritime procession of the Virgin is celebrated on the second Sunday after Easter, and is one of the most interesting
San Vicente de la Barquera activities.

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