The three most beautiful towns in Cantabria

Santillana del Mar, Liérganes and Bárcena Mayor. We present you three beautiful towns that are considered the most beautiful in the Cantabria region.

We continue touring the Spanish geography reviewing which are the towns that belong to that association called The Most Beautiful Towns in Spain, and that in one hundred percent of the cases lives up to its name. In this case we travel to one of the northern regions of Spain, Cantabriaa place that evokes the north in every way and more so if we delve into discovering towns like the three that we are going to present to you in this article.

Santillana del Mar

It is not holy, it is not flat and, despite its nickname, it does not have a sea either. What is true about Santillana del Mar, the village of three lies, is that one of the most beautiful towns in Cantabria and Spain and for this reason it is one of the most visited places in the region. The historic center of the town is declared as artistic historical ensemble and walking through the cobbled streets of the same, a multitude of monuments are discovered, among a feverish commercial activity. To this must be added the proximity Altamira cavethe sistine chapel of rock art.


Liérganes, its own name says it, is the village by the riverthe river Miera, the one through which they say he swam the fish man and the one who crosses a Roman bridge that it has little of such, because in reality it is from the 17th century. That of this bridge is one of the most beautiful images of a town that does not reach two thousand inhabitants but that can boast of a more than worthy heritage. To highlight, several churches and several palaces, such as the Palacio de Cuesta or Elsedo’s palacetoday converted into an important museum of contemporary art.

Barcena Mayor

One of the most beautiful towns in Cantabria is Bárcena Mayor

Within the Saja Reserve, a place of great ecological value, lies Bárcena Mayor, a town that belongs to the municipality of Los Tojos. It is a small town, with barely 500 inhabitants, but full of quaintness and very picturesquewhich shows visitors, house by house and street by street, how it is the typical architecture of the area. Also considered as a historical-artistic complex due to this detail, it is a town surrounded by spectacular scenerywith beech and oak forests that hide waterfalls and natural viewpoints not to be missed, following routes such as the Foramontanos.

Photo 1 | Flickr – Manuel Fouce & Ana Ramos
Photo 2 | Flickr – Graeme Churchard
Photo 3 | Flickr – Luis Rogelio HM

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