Attractions

Top Choice National Park in Picos de Europa

Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa

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 most riveting mountain scenery. The park's many natural wonder…
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…
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…
Cave in Covadonga

Santa Cueva

In this cave, now with a chapel installed, the Virgin supposedly appeared to Pelayo's warriors before their AD 722 victory over the Muslims. Weekends and summers see long queues of the faithful and curious lining up…
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…
Church in Covadonga

Basílica de Covadonga

Covadonga's original wooden church burnt down in 1777 and landslides destroyed much of the settlement in the 19th century. The main church, the Basílica de Covadonga, is a neo-Romanesque affair built between 1877 an…
Museum in Potes & the Liébana Valley

Casa de las Doñas

While not a must-see, this painstakingly restored 19th-century country home offers an intriguing insight into traditional Picos-area life and architecture; 13km south of Potes, it's an easy stop-off for anyone headi…
Chapel in Cangas de Onís

Capilla de Santa Cruz

This tiny chapel was built in the mid-20th century to replace its 8th-century predecessor (erected by Pelayo's son Favila), which was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War. The 1940s rebuilders discovered that the …
Tower in Potes & the Liébana Valley

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, now houses an interactive exhibition on the life and works of loc…