Mercado La Esperanza


Housed in a 19th-century cast-iron structure, the bustling Esperanza market is a lively slice of Cantabrian life. Shoppers throng two floors of stalls laden with seafood, meat, cheese, fruit, vegetables, baked goods and orujo firewater from Liébana.

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