To stop in Cervatos, you'll probably needed to have:(1) - A pretty detailed local guide book(2) - Already read itOtherwise most people will drive straight past Cervatos in Cantabria, Spain without a second glance. OK, so there is a sign showing that there is a church from the 12th Century. The church looks to be in a pretty good state, but what's...more
Well just in case you wanted to see more of Cervatos, there isn't actually much more to show, it's a tiny place. I don't think their modern art is up to much, as this weird carving/sculpture thing by the church shows. Somebody appears to have gone to a lot of effort producing it and bolting it down. The only question it produced when I looked at it...more
Alright, you twisted my arm. Strangely when you are at the church. most people seem to miss these carvings, even when they are looking for them, and they go away disappointed. Well I suppose having a good telephoto lens helped ;-) Well what's going on here? Is this some kind of strange wrestling? Well perhaps not - or pehaps it was ancient mud...more
Well if that last carving was "proud", then what must this guy be? I don't think there is much I can add to this one, but it isn't the standard fare you get to see on a normal church.How on earth these carvings survived the Spanish Inquisition is anybodies guess, perhaps they just burnt some random villagers for penance? But hang on a minute, this...more
To visually zoom into one of the carvings that are up on the edges of the roof, it looks like just another gargoyle type carving (this is not a gargoyle as it does not act as a water spout) that you see on many old churches. But hang on a minute, the carving looks remarkably "proud" of himself, it's almost like he has lost half of his third leg....more
This is the carving around the doorway into the church. Pleasant enough, but nothing you won't have seen on a grander scale around bigger churches, but this is why most people that stop in Cervatos actually stop here. It's still not clear yet though is it? Still considering this carving could be as much as 800 years old, they look to be in very...more
I should imagine that being on the Camino de Santiago, there are probably several ways to get to Cervatos. Hiking (a ver slow option!), bike, car, coach and probably even bus.
My prefered option is car, as you don't need to stay long, and you can come and go at your own leisure.
If on the other hand you decide to make the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela on foot, then it probably makes a nice stopping off point too!
Cervatos is in Cantabria, a region in the North of Spain. It is on the road to Santiago de Compostela, although I was actually heading up to Santander at the time. I didn't see any shops or anything really whilst I was there, although I have to admit I didn't look too hard for any. Cervatos makes a nice short stop if you are on a long drive. 10...more
The only thing moving apart from a few other tourists, none of whom seemed to spot the carvings was this dog. Even he couldn't be bothered to muster a bark or wag his tail or even really acknowledge my presence as I walked past. This town really is sleepy and quiet, which may account for how the carvings have managed to survive all these years, and...more