Top things to do in San Vicente de la Barquera

Church in San Vicente de la Barquera

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles

The outstanding monument in San Vicente’s old town is the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles, commissioned by Alfonso VIII in 1210. Although Gothic, it sports a pair of impressive Romanesque doorways. Inside, …
Cave in San Vicente de la Barquera

El Soplao

This extensive 20km cave system, exploited as a lead and zinc mine before 1979, makes for a popular outing inland from San Vicente. The one-hour visit goes 400m into the cave in a mine train, then continues on foot.…
Seafood in San Vicente de la Barquera

Boga-Boga

Despite its less than stunning exterior, this popular seafood spot has a warm, maritime feel, its walls decked with Spanish warship insignia. Try the Boga-Boga hake, cooked in a clay pot with oil and garlic, the mar…
Beach in San Vicente de la Barquera

Playas El Rosal & de Merón

Along the coast east of town, these two beautiful beaches are basically one broad, 4km-long golden strand. Merón gets some surf, while El Rosal enjoys the prettiest San Vicente views around from its western end. Hee…
Seafood in San Vicente de la Barquera

El Pescador

El Pescador is the liveliest of the seafood-dominated restaurants that line Avenida del Generalísimo. Knock back a few tapas at the good-natured, all-white-and-blue bar, or make your way to the smarter back terrace …
Castle in San Vicente de la Barquera

Castillo del Rey

San Vicente’s 13th-century medieval castle, one of Cantabria’s best preserved, tops the old part of town. Sights inside the castle are limited, and exhibits are Spanish-only, but on a clear day the views of the Pico…
Bridge in San Vicente de la Barquera

Puente de la Maza

The eastern inlet bordering San Vicente, the estuary of the Río Escudo, is spanned by the long, low-slung, 15th-century Puente de la Maza.