Located on the western coast of Cantabria, San Vicente de la Barquera is a municipality in its 41 square miles just combines all the values and appeal of the Green Spain: a remarkable architectural heritage, historical significance, an exceptional natural environment, a recognized cuisine and a great folk tradition that is reflected in its many festivals and artistic events.

Its fishing port, which has turned the development of this town remains one of the largest in the region. Tourism and services are currently the main economic activity of the municipality, a comforting and attractive to visitors.

San Vicente de la Barquera is at the heart of the Parque Natural de Oyambre, a protected natural area of great ecological value composed of estuaries, cliffs, beaches, dunes, and forests that are home praderías fauna and flora of great importance.

These natural assets have remained virtually unchanged throughout the history of San Vicente de la Barquera protagonist has been since Roman times. But the town enjoyed its greatest splendor during the Middle Ages, following the granting of immunity by Alfonso VIII, when it staged its men Gestas important maritime cities in the Reconquest of Andalusia or in the expeditions to Newfoundland.

San Vicente de la Barquera was an important step in Camino de Santiago in the coastal route. The result of this past the town and its people have a prominent monuments declared Historical Artistic.

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MONUMENTS

IGLESIA DE SANTA MARIA DE LOS ANGELES. Built between the XIII and XVI on another church, this temple of mixed model shows characteristics of Gothic Mountain. Stresses on the outside the big strong tower, and its two Romanesque gates. Its interior has three high ogival vaults, are remarkable baroque altarpiece, various chapels and altars, and the oak floor which accommodates burials of the period. One of the most important is the tomb of Antonio del Corro Inquisitor, one of the most beautiful funerary sculpture of the country.

SHRINE OF THE BARQUERO. This temple was built in the Middle Ages, the earliest written references to be preserved from the fifteenth century. Its interior is venerated image of the Virgen de la Barquera, patron saint of the town, which according to legend, came to this place in a distant “flowery Easter Tuesday, aboard a small boat, no crew, no candles, and oarsmen, which for centuries was a miracle to bring the wind direction to future seafarers. In memory of these events celebrate the feast of La Folia popular.

HOSPITAL DE LA CONCEPCION. San Vicente de la Barquera, which was an important point of the Camino de Santiago on the coastal route, with many hospitals and shelters for the pilgrims. At the hospital de la Concepción, built in the XIV-XVI centuries, they found refuge and assistance walkers who used the original route from the coast in search of the tomb of Santiago, which on the road to the west facing wall known as the Puerta del Peregrino.

PALACE OF CORR
. This Renaissance palace that now houses the headquarters of the Municipality of San Vicente de la Barquera, was built in the sixteenth century by the inquisitor Antonio del Corro to accommodate poor patients from the village. In its classic facade and tastefully decorated Plateresque shields emblazoned with two related founder.

CASTILLO DEL REY. This ancient fortress on the basis of which the defense of the fortress and the port is a remote source. But the current building was from 1210, the year in which Alfonso VIII granted jurisdiction to the town of San Vicente de la Barquera, undergoing various reforms throughout history. The kings of Castile were reserved on the manor castle, temporarily ceding his mayor who seemed, until he finally was granted tenure to the residents of the village, in the person of the Attorney General in the fifteenth century. Today the castle is open to public visits, hosts a permanent exhibition on the history and nature of the municipality, as well as temporary exhibitions of great artistic interest.

CONVENT OF SAN LUIS
. This monastery was built in the fifteenth century under the patronage of the house of Guevara and the advocation of St. Louis. Its factory original is preserved much of the walls, apses, domes and Gothic arches surrounded by a splendid and careful vegetation, with some unique trees that give a particular charm. Governed by Franciscan friars, the walls between Charles I stayed in 1517 when he arrived in Spain to be crowned king. Visits to the monument of private property are carried out between April and July and late September and October, by request at City Hall.

THE WALL. The old medieval town of San Vicente Barquera had the complete fortified compound, made up of the castle and the walls surrounding the old citadel high. It currently maintains most of the canvas from the north and south doors of Asturias and the Pilgrim and the barrier, as well as the Puerta del Mar recently rebuilt.

PUENTE DE LA MAZA. Important engineering medieval stone building began in the fifteenth century on an earlier one of wood. At the time, in which it had 32 arches, was considered one of the largest bridges in the kingdom.

TORRE DEL PROVOST . Hardy to keep and defend the flanks of the barrier or gate of Santander. According to tradition, was the seat of the provost officer for real tax collection in the Middle Ages. Subsequently serves as the public prisons in the town.

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NATURAL PARK

With an area of about 5800 hectares, this park and most of the municipality of San Vicente de la Barquera, combines in its territory the beauty of the landscape coast, estuaries, marshes, cliffs, beaches, dunes and wide praderías, with small valleys and forests are home to flora and fauna of great ecological importance. These passages, both sweet and rough, with a well-maintained trees are overflown by herons, gulls and flocks of migrating waders and Anatidae. Wetlands are places of high biological productivity, which give life to a great diversity of species, ensuring the richness of the shellfish and fishing banks around the adjacent coastline. Outstanding values make it a place of special cultural and educational interest for better understanding of natural evolutionary processes and for the sheer enjoyment of tourism, thanks to its attractive and environmental quality.

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Hiking trails. San Vicente de la Barquera offers you the chance to enjoy pairs of great interest and natural beauty that can discover through seven hiking trails that are well marked. It’s itinerary of seven natural, moderate or short distance you will discover extraordinary and imposing cliffs, estuaries and the marshes in which you can see aquatic birds, the highest point of the town, etc..

EXCURSIONS

The privileged situation of San Vicente de la Barquera allows its visitors to make an attractive short-haul trips. About 30 kilometers is the medieval village of Santillana del Mar, with outstanding Romanesque monuments and prehistoric caves of Altamira. On the road are the town of Comillas, which also must admire its important monuments, such as El Capricho de Gaudí, Palacio Sobrellano and the Pontifical University.

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Another must see is the National Park of Picos de Europe, crossing the impressive gorge of La Hermida, to reach the summits of the mountain by cable car of Fuente Dé. In the Valley of Liebana can contemplate the historical Potes, the Monastery of Santo Toribio and the Church of Mozarab Leben, among other architectural treasures.

Also, towards the interior, you can explore the Nature Reserve of Saja, the village of Barcena Mayor as more interesting, and move to the Valley to visit other valuable Nansa ensembles, including the towns of Carmona, Tudanca, Cosio, etc. .

Finally Santander, capital of the Autonomous Community, or the Nature Park of Cabárceno are two places of great interest to the visitor.

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BEACHES

The coast of San Vicente de la Barquera offers miles of beaches where you can enjoy the extensive beaches of Meron have the blue flag that accredits the optimal conditions of water, sand and its various services offered . Also notable for its Extended Oyambre the beach that served as the runway for “The Yellow Bird” which starred one of the first flights trasoceánicos. Next to them is protected beaches and La Maza Tostadero, inside the bay, or small creeks such as Font or Nanny

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FIESTAS

Many celebrations are being held in San Vicente de la Barquera throughout the year, including:

LA FOLIA
. Festival declared of National Tourist Interest in which is held the Sunday after Easter. Stresses its picturesque and colorful maritime procession in which all the boats full of pilgrims from the port.

National Competition of Song MARINERA.
One of the most important traditional festivals in Spain corals being held in the first week of July, with the participation of leading groups from around the country.

FIESTAS DEL CARMEN. Celebration which takes place around day 16 July in the port area, with numerous balls and sardines.

AND THE BARQUERO MOZUCU. Develops over days 7, 8 and 9 September, with many popular events, offering free to all attendees the sorropotún, sailor typical dish of San Vicente.

Besides the town celebrates the Martyr St. Vincent January 22, Carnival offers a wide entertainment programming throughout the summer. Each of the people of the town celebrates its patron in the months of June, July and August.

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