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  • Conference room
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Telephone
  • Central heating
  • TV
  • Canal plus
  • Satellite
  • Ambiance music
  • Minibar
  • Lift
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  • Currency exchange
  • Garden
  • Playground
  • Airport (130km)
  • Station (130km)
  • Port (130km)

Parador de Fuente Dé - Modern mountain hotel (3*)

The Parador

The Parador de Fuente Dé, a comfortable modern mountain refuge some 90 km southwest of Santander, is stunningly situated in the heart of the Picos de Europa, in the spectacular Cirque of Fuente Dé, the source of the River Deva – hence the name of the hotel: Río Deva.

The Parador is surrounded by meadows, wooded slopes and soaring, rocky peaks, and is located at the foot of the cable car leading up to the magnificent Áliva viewpoint.

The interior design of the hotel is modern and the extensive use of wood together with the leather furniture combine to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. This is complimented by the spacious and comfortable bedrooms, decorated in a warm colour palette with lots of light. The majority of the Parador’s bedrooms have excellent views and a small enclosed balcony and special requests can be made for these.

Fuente Dé’s Parador is the perfect place for a tranquil retreat away from the stresses of everyday life where guests can relax and enjoy the stunning views. Or for those who enjoy the more energetic activities associated with the mountains – hiking, mountain biking, parapenting are all at your disposal. Visitors to the Parador de Fuente Dé will also find it an ideal base for exploring the picturesque villages and ancient monasteries of the region.

Local area

The cable car, known as the teleférico, is a fantastic way to explore the Picos de Europa as it only takes 3 ½ minutes to access the foothills from near to the Parador. Depending on the weather and time of day, as you travel up through the mountains, you can rise up through the clouds below into the bright sunshine above- admiring the beautiful landscape at the peak.

nce you are on top of the mountain, there are various walking routes whether you fancy a leisurely stroll or a longer hike. Guests should note that during the high season, the cable car is incredibly popular and there may be long queues. At both the start of the cable car and the finish there is a café for guests to have a break and enjoy a beverage. The cable car is timetable is subject to change but it is normally open from 9:00 to 20:00 during the summer months and the cost is around €16 for a return trip or €10 one-way.

The Parador de Fuente Dé is located just 23km from Potes, a quiet mountain town in the Liebana valley. Here you will find shops and restaurants selling local produce, a great place to stop before heading further up into the mountains.

Another nearby attraction is the Santa María church in Lebeña (26km). This Mozarabic church was built in the 10th century and is known for its distinctive horseshoe arches. It was declared a national monument in 1983 and has since been restored. The local area is also known for its great produce.  Meat from the valleys pastures, fresh fish from the nearby Cantabrian Sea, and delicious cheeses made using traditional local methods are among the ingredients used to make up the tasty selection of cuisine here.

Click here for Lorna Roberts' expert view of this Parador as che journey through Asturias and Cantabria

Restaurant meal times & typical dishes

Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 11.00 and dinner from 20.30 to 23.00.

It may be possible to arrive up to 22.30 and still enjoy a meal.

The classical mountain  style and the warm wood and leather funiture recreate the much-appreciated home warmth, to which are added the homemade dishes of traditional Cantabria cuisine, such as "cocido lebaniego" (chickpea stew with, pork sausage and vegetables0 or "solomillo al queso de Tresviso" (beef sirloin with regional cheese).

How to get there

The Parador is located at the end of the road leading from Potes to Fuente Dé. To reach this road from Santander, follow the A-8 motorway to Unquera. In Unquera, you will exit the A-8 and take the N-621 highway towards 'Potes-Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa', and follow the 'Desfiladero de la Hermida' mountain pass to Potes and Fuente Dé. From Madrid, take the N-1 highway to Burgos, where you will then turn onto the N-623 highway, heading towards Aguilar de Campoo. From Aguilar, take the P-212 road towards Cervera de Pisuerga until you reach Potes and Fuente Dé. The Parador is 135 km from Santander.

Nearby Hotels

Cervera de Pisuerga - 80km
Santillana - 101km
Santillana Gil Blas - 101km
Cangas de Onis - 109km
Bilbao Airport - 220km

Region & Cuisine


As with the other neighbouring regions comprising ‘Green Spain,’ the principal attractions of Cantabria are essentially coastal and rural. The region’s rivers, beaches, cliffs, valleys, mountains and forests combine to create a mosaic of contrasting landscapes.

Cantabria’s climate is temperate. With relatively  warm winters and summer temperatures rarely exceeding 25°C this is an ideal region of Spain to visit at any time of  year, particularly for those wishing to avoid crowded cities and resorts. The entire population is only a little over half a million and getting on for half the population live in the region’s capital city, Santander.

Santander is a beautiful and elegant city with many public parks. Like San Sebastián further east along the coast, it has been a popular destination for many Spaniards since the mid 19th century when it became a fashionable bathing resort and the summer residence of  the Spanish royal family. A particular feature of the city is the residencial area of El Sardinero with its stretch of lovely beaches with fine sand.

24 km to the west of Santander is the remarkable little town of Santillana del Mar which, despite its name, is not actually on the coast. The entire town is a national monument and a  living museum of a medieval 9th century village, although most of the town displays a variety of architectural styles ranging from the 14th to the 18th centuries.

Another major attraction, just 3 km from Santillana, are the Altamira Caves. Discovered in 1879 and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO,  the caves are known throughout the world  for their paintings made by early man during the late Paleolithic period some 14,000 years ago.

The cuisine of this region is of a high quality based on fresh products from its fertile farmland and, in the south of Cantabria,  its excellent cattle-grazing land – not to mention boar and venison  in the mountain villages during the hunting season. Particularly  recommended are the traditional Cantabrian stews (cocido) – no additives, just fresh top-quality ingredients. Needless to say there  is also a wide choice of sea food:  clams and lobster figure prominently, while bass, hake, monkfish and red mullet are normally on most menus.   

Please be aware of the following:

  • 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
  • Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions. 

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