Picos de Europa

One of Cantabria's most picturesque villages, tiny Mogrovejo (population 40) hugs a hillside 10km west of Potes. It's well worth a wander, especially in early morning or late afternoon, when its medieval watchtower, 16th-century houses and 17th-century church are vividly illuminated against a stunning Picos de Europa backdrop.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Picos de Europa attractions

1. Monasterio de Santo Toribio de Liébana

2.82 MILES

Christian refugees, fleeing to Liébana from Muslim-occupied Spain in the 8th century, brought with them the Lígnum Crucis, purportedly the single biggest…

2. Casa de las Doñas

3.72 MILES

While not a must-see, this painstakingly restored 19th-century country home offers an intriguing insight into traditional Picos-area life and architecture…

3. Casa del Oso

4.38 MILES

Moved from Fuente Dé to downtown Potes in 2016, the Casa del Oso has interactive exhibits and documentaries on endangered Cantabrian brown bears. It's run…

4. Torre del Infantado


Situated beside Potes' medi­eval San Cayetano bridge, the squat Torre del Infantado, with an amazingly modern interior inside its 15th-century shell,…

5. Teleférico de Fuente Dé

5.17 MILES

In less than four minutes, this spine-tingling cable car whisks visitors up from the valley floor to the top of the 600m-high sheer southern wall of the…

6. Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa

5.89 MILES

Founded in 1918 as one of Spain's first two national parks, the 646-square-kilometre Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa encompasses some of Europe's…

7. Iglesia de Santa María de Lebeña

7.67 MILES

The fascinating Lebeña church, 9km northeast of Potes, dates back to the 9th or 10th century. The horseshoe arches are a telltale sign of its Mozarabic…

8. Cueva del Queso de Cabrales

11.87 MILES

Learn all about and sample the fine smelly Cabrales cheese at Arenas' Cueva de Cabrales, a cheese-cave museum 500m south of the centre on the Poncebos…