Santo Toribio de Liebana Route
STO. TORIBIO DE LIEBANA ROUTE (RUTA DEL CAMINO DE STO. TORIBIO DE LIEBANA)
This route follows the “Camino de Santo Toribio” from (almost) the coast, through rural villages with ancient churches and monasteries and up to Fuente Dé in the heart of the majestic Picos de Europe mountains.
Suggested access airports: Santander/Bilbao
3 NIGHT ITINERARY
First night: Parador de LIMPIAS
The town is home to the parish church of San Pedro. In the surrounding area there are a number of interesting towns, including Laredo, Castrourdiales and Santoña. Another option is to make the town’s natural surroundings the focal point of your trip, with visits to the Cabarceno Nature Reserve or Ansón Valley. Santander and Bilbao, with the Guggenheim Museum, are other attractions to discover.
Second night: Parador de SANTILLANA
Santillana del Mar itself is a true treasure for travellers. Its streets, palaces and attractions such as Sta. Juliana Collegiate Church, the Regina Coelli Religious Art Museum all await your discovery. A journey into history at the Altamira Neo-Cave and its museum should not be missed. Other recommendations include Comillas, Santander and the Cabarceno Nature Reserve. Interesting options along your route toward Asturias include El Soplao (http://www.elsoplao.es]Cave and towns such as San Vicente de la Barquera.
Third night: Parador de FUENTE DÉ
The traditional route from the coast to Liébana started near San Vicente de la Barquera and travelled along the Nansa Basin and the Lamasón Valley. From this point there were two options, the first heading over Pasaneu Pass to the Bedoya Valley, and the second over Arceón Pass to Lebeña. The two routes meet in Castro, and follow the course of the Deva River to Potes. The key landmarks along the route are still its ancient churches and monasteries. Sto. Toribio de Liébana Church was built in the Gothic style, and is the most important religious building in the valley. Here worshippers come to see the Lignum Crucis, the largest piece of Christ’s cross to have been preserved. Other interesting visits include Potes, Sta. Maria de Lebeña Church and San Tirso Chapel.