San Vicente de la Barquera offers you the possibility of enjoying natural couples of great interest and beauty that you can discover through seven hiking routes that are perfectly signposted. These are seven itineraries of natural interest, short or moderate distance that will discover extraordinary and imposing cliffs, estuaries and marshes where you can contemplate water birds, the highest point of the municipality, and so on.
The privileged situation of San Vicente de la Barquera allows its visitors to make attractive excursions in a short distance. The medieval town of Santillana del Mar is about 30 kilometres away, with outstanding Romanesque monuments and the Altamira Museum. On the way you will find the village of Comillas, where you should also admire its important monuments, such as Gaudí's El Capricho, the Sobrellano Palace and the Pontifical University.
Another must-see is the Picos de Europa National Park, crossing the impressive La Hermida gorge, to reach the mountain peaks by means of the Fuente Dé cable car. In the Liébana valley you can contemplate the historic complex of Potes, the Monastery of Santo Toribio and the Mozarabic Church of Lebeña, among other architectural treasures.
Also, towards the interior, it is possible to cross the Natural Reserve of the Saja, with the town of Bárcena Mayor as more interesting place, and to pass to the Valley of the Nansa to visit other valuable groups, as they are the towns of Carmona, Tudanca, Cosío, etc.
Finally Santander, capital of the Autonomous Community, the magnificent Cueva El Soplao or the Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabárceno, are two places of great interest for the visitor.