Experience a typical Cantabric coastal town
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The tourism office in San Vicente de la Barquera has documented several day excursions to enjoy the beautiful scenery by hiking in the countryside. These itineraries appear in their website, however, they are only in Spanish, so if you need a better description you should go into the Tourist Office in the center of town and ask for directions. The...more
The bridge de la Maza is an important work of medieval engineering that began to be constructed in stone in the 15th century and with her 32 arches was in that time the largest bridge in the kingdom. The present bridge dates back of the epoch of Carlos III(18th c.) and is 2 km long.more
The vantage point enjoyed by this castle made it a key place against invasions by normands and vikings. From the castle can be seen part of the old city wall that used to encircle the town. This wall had doors for the use of the people walking the Camino de Santiago's north route. The castle can be visited and it is also a great vantage point to...more
The area at the end of Paseo de La Barquera is called the Rompeolas, and if you come here when it's stormy or just a little windy it's easy to see why - the waves break dramatically over the rocks. If you enjoy listening to the ocean, this is your place, but be careful if inclement weather (see Warnings and Dangers tip).You can see and listen to a...more
This church was built between the XIII and XVI centuries over an older existing church, denoting the growth that was being experienced in the area. As many other churches in the region the floor contains a graveyard. The figures inside the church are quite interesting and worth the visit inside the church. No photos allowed inside the church.The...more
The Puente de la Maza is a beautiful structure and even in a rainy day, when this photo was taken it offers beautiful views. Coming from the center of town it is nice to walk along the water down Avenida Miramar towards the bus station, when you will spot many schools of fish swimming along the shore, particularly in the morning. If you are coming...more
This sanctuary marks the place where according to local tradition, it is said that Our Lady of La Barquera appeared at the entrance to the harbor many years ago. It is a peacful place, a beautiful structure overlooking the ria with luscious greenery around its walls. Although only a small part of the sanctuary is open it is possible to get a good...more
Il est un fait que je me suis laissée conduire à San Vincente non pas pour visiter de vieilles pierres mais bien pour y manger des fruits de mer.Après avoir ainsi satisfait la partie gastronomique de cette excursion je suis montée au château de moyen age qui se visite de l’extérieur. De l’église je n’ai également vu que l’extérieur mais le panorama...more
J’aime les promenades maritimes, quoique au bord de l’océan atlantique la marée basse ne soit pas le moment idéal pour une photo digne de figurer au musée. Les barques couchées sur le sable ou la vase manquent de charme. Il a fallu faire avec étant donné que la marée haute ne se produit que deux fois en 24 heures. D’autres membres VT ont eu la...more
It is a must to see the sunrise, it will lighten the castle, the pico de eurpas on the background, the little boats in the harbour.This should be done from the other side of the bridge, anywhere there you cans ee it, just walk and see it from different angles in the beautifull morning light.more
Playa De Meron s/n, San Vicente de la Barquera, 39540, Spain
Good for: Couples
Hotel Villa San Vicente is a comfortable, very clean facility within easy reach from the bus...more
Padre Antonio Rincon De Pornichet s/n, San Vicente de la Barquera, 39540, Spain
Good for: Families
If you would like to have a picnic ... - or maybe just have one low budget meal so you can splurge at the Miramar ;-) - there is a little market which can be hard to find down the Paseo de la Barquera between the San Vicente de la Barquera bridge and the sanctuary - just head down Paseo de la Barquera and look to your left coming from the...more
I arrived to San Vicente de la Barquera in the evening and I was tired from a long trip from Valencia and going down the wrong bridge to find the hotel, and had worked up an appetite. I asked the concierge to recommend a *good, quiet* place to eat, not too over run with tourists, and they recommended the Restaurant for the Hotel Miramar. This place...more
Mainly based on the products of the sea, with fish and seafood of great quality, the gastronomy in San Vicente de la Barquera has a recognized reputation and a wide offer of restaurants.Many of them are to be found at the Avenida Generalísimo.One problem for non-smokers is the fact that the new Spanish legislation on smoking is not applied in...more
San Vicente de La Barquera is easy to reach from many places. If you are coming from Madrid you can take the train to Santander, then right across the train station you can find the bus station. There are two main lines that go to San Vicente: La Cantabrica and Alsa. If you have not obtained your bus schedules ahead of time, just walk to the Bus...more
9 Reviews and Opinions
San Vicente de la Barquera is an incredibly safe place to be, but there is one place where care should be taken if the ocean is choppy or if there is an approaching storm, particularly if you are with children - this is at the end of the Paseo de la Barquera where they call it "Rompeolas" (wave-breaker) in the Tourist map. While this area offers a beautiful view, the waves can become dangerous. Even I decided to turn around, and I was raised near the ocean and am used to rough waves.
Heed the sign - although it's in Spanish only, the drawings should be very clear. The coast is beautiful, but it can get pretty rough in a hurry.
San Vicente de la Barquera is an excellent location to be based for a visit to Cantabria. Best part is that a car is not necessary. It is easy to reach the following locations by bus:
- Comillas (11.5 km)
- Llanes (36 km)
- Santillana del Mar (24 kim)
- Santander (60 km)
See the transportation link for buses for these locations - La Cantabrica is known to stop in all these towns, check for Alsa.