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Top Choice Cable Car in Fuente Dé & Southeastern Picos

Teleférico de Fuente Dé

In less than four minutes, this spine-tingling cable car whisks visitors 753m up to the top of the sheer southern wall of the Picos' central massif (1823m), from where hikers and climbers can venture further in. Cab…
Top Choice Cantabrian in Fuente Dé & Southeastern Picos

Hotel del Oso

One of the region's outstanding restaurants, the flower-fringed Hotel del Oso has been pleasing the public with its fantastic cocido montañés (stewed white beans, cabbage, potato, chorizo, black pudding and sometime…
Monastery in Potes & the Liébana Valley

Monasterio de Santo Toribio de Liébana

Christian refugees, fleeing from Muslim-occupied Spain to Liébana in the 8th century, brought with them the Lígnum Crucis, purportedly the single biggest chunk of Christ’s cross and featuring the hole made by the na…
Church in Potes & the Liébana Valley

Iglesia de Santa María de Lebeña

Nine kilometres northeast of Potes, the fascinating Iglesia de Santa María de Lebeña dates back to the 9th or 10th century. The horseshoe arches are a telltale sign of its Mozarabic style – rare this far north in Sp…
Cantabrian in Potes & the Liébana Valley

Asador Llorente

For super-generous helpings of fresh, high-quality local food, head upstairs to this warm, wood-beamed loft-like space with Picos photos and a tiny trickling fountain. Carnivores should try the Liébana speciality co…
International in Potes & the Liébana Valley

La Soldrería

La Soldrería's back patio is a brilliant place to kick back on a sunny afternoon, sipping local cider and sampling the half-Cantabrian, half-international menu. Specialties include tempura shrimp, veggie couscous, c…
Village in Fuente Dé & Southeastern Picos

Mogrovejo

One of Cantabria's most picturesque villages, tiny Mogrovejo (population 44) hugs a hillside 10km west of Potes and 15km east of Fuente Dé. It's well worth a wander, especially in early morning or late afternoon, wh…
Cantabrian in Potes & the Liébana Valley

Posada de Cucayo

The next-door farm provides most of the meat, eggs and vegetables you'll taste in the good-value restaurant of this Cucayo hotel. Advance notice is required, as during busy periods the restaurant is open to hotel gu…
Cantabrian in Fuente Dé & Southeastern Picos

Vicente Campo

In the heart of tiny Espinama, this roadside eatery serves up honest Cantabrian fare that makes ample use of the family's own livestock. Dishes range from estofado de añojo al vino tinto (veal stewed in red wine) to…
Food & Drink in Potes & the Liébana Valley

Fiesta del Orujo

Honouring the potent locally made liquor orujo, Potes' fun-filled Fiesta del Orujo kicks off on the second weekend in November and involves practically every bar in town setting up a stall selling orujo shots for a …