San Vicente de la Barquera Travel Guide

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    Town view taken from the Castillo
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San Vicente de la Barquera Highlights

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     Experience a typical Cantabric coastal town 

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San Vicente de la Barquera Things to Do

  • Go for a day hike following a nature...

    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...

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  • Visit the lighthouse

    The lighthouse is in the left bank of river Escudo. The entrance to the lighthouse isn't permitte, but it isn't a barrier for photographing views from the lighthouse place.

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  • Enjoy the sun, the sea and the beach

    We stayed in Merón beach. It locates in the right bank of river Escudo. The beach is 4 km long. And it was almost free, without people! We enjoyed fantastical view, mild sand and pleasant weather alone.

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  • Views from the maritime promenade.

    Views from the maritime promenade on the La Maza bridge by low tide and on the ria San Vicente to the north at high tide. Although these pics were made in June, sunshine is not common in Cantabria. The temperature is mild but the skies are mostly cloudy.

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  • Views on the "ria"

    There are very nice views on the town and the "ria" San Vicente from the citadel.Walk up to the castle and church by the Calle de Alta.

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  • Church of Santa Maria de los Angeles

    Santa Maria de los Angeles was build between the 13th and 16th century. The church is typical of the mountain's Gothic. A great strong tower and two Romanesque doors.

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  • Medieval walls.

    San Vicente's former medieval city was completely enclosed in a defensive system constituted by the Castle and the wall that was surrounding the old citadel.At present there remain parts of the northern walls and a door in the south.

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  • Puente de la Maza - Bridge of the Maza

    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.

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  • Castillo del Rey and city walls

    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...

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  • Walk to El Rompeolas (the Wave Breaker)

    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...

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  • Iglesia de Santa Maria de los Angeles

    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...

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  • Stroll to the Puente de la Maza

    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...

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  • Visit the Sanctuary of La Barquera

    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...

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  • La montée au château.

    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...

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  • Promenade maritime.

    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...

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  • Boats, boats, boats

    As I mentioned in my intro page San Vicente de la Barquera is a port. There are many fishermen boats along both banks of river Escudo. When falling time all of them are on land, but when the water begins to rise boats are ready to go to the sea.

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  • Go and visit the old castle

    The old castle looms above san vicente, and it maskes a pleasant trip. The castle itself isn't big at all, but the history still is amazing. And the views from there are breathtaking.

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  • Watch the town during sunrise

    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.

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San Vicente de la Barquera Hotels

San Vicente de la Barquera Restaurants

  • Pack a picnic

    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...

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  • Outstanding food with incomparable view

    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...

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  • "The flavour of the sea on the table"

    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...

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San Vicente de la Barquera Transportation

  • Bus from many places in Cantabria

    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...

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  • Walking is the best way to get around

    Once in San Vicente de La Barquera the simplest way to get around is to walk. This town is great for strollers if you have little children but be aware some of the streets may have a slight inclination. Bring a comfortable pair of shoes, and enjoy!

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San Vicente de la Barquera Warnings and Dangers

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    by nomad7890 Updated Sep 7, 2009

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    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.

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San Vicente de la Barquera Off The Beaten Path

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    by nomad7890 Updated Sep 7, 2009

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    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.

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