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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…
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…
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 …
Pub Food in Potes & the Liébana Valley

Taberna del Inglés

Enjoy drinks and light meals such as omelettes, bocadillos (filled rolls) and local cheese raciones at the wonderfully original Taberna del Inglés, where beautiful hand-painted murals adorn the walls.
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…
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…
Cantabrian in Potes & the Liébana Valley

El Bodegón

Snack on raciones of Cantabrian cheeses, Galician-style octopus or cured meats in the lively, dimly lit bar – or settle into the elegant, stone-walled, wood-beamed restaurant for traditional mountain fare such as fa…