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Santander: Picos, Santo Toribio Monastery and Potes Day Tour

1. Santander: Picos, Santo Toribio Monastery and Potes Day Tour

Depart from Santander towards Fuente Dé at 8:30 AM. Arrive at 10:30 AM where you will be able to take the cable car to the upper station, if you wish, price not included. The ride lasts 4 minutes and will take you to a height of 1,823 m above sea level. Spend about an hour at the top to take in the breathtaking views and explore the station surroundings. If you do not wish to go up, you can walk around. Afterward, visit the Monastery of Santo Toribio, a holy place for Christians which houses the Lignum Crucis, the largest preserved piece of wood from the cross of Jesus. Finally, arrive in Potes, the capital of Liébana and considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain, with its cobbled streets, bridges and medieval tower, Torre del Infantado. Take a short walking tour of the town and you will have free time to eat and shop if you wish in one of its many souvenir shops.

Potes: Historical Guided Walking Tour

2. Potes: Historical Guided Walking Tour

Discover the beauty of Potes and its medieval Old Town on this guided walking tour. Admire the town's highlights like the new Church of San Vicente and the Torre del Infantado tower. Learn about the town's history, culture, and cuisine as you stroll. Meet your local guide in front of the monument to Jesus de Monasterio in the park in front of the new Church of San Vicente. Unlock the history of illustrious figures such as Jesús de Monasterio as you walk down cobbled streets and take in views of the Peña Labra and Peña Sagra mountains. Hear about the San Pedro, Calseco, and Linares towers and find out which remains. View the 14th-century Torre del Infantado tower which was used by the Mendoza family in their fights with the Manrique house. Pass by emblematic historical buildings as you make your way through the Solana district in the heart of the historic quarter of the town. Capture pictures of stone mansions with balconies full of flowers, narrow cobbled streets, charming squares and bridges that cross the Deva and Quiviesa rivers. Find out about local customs, festivals, and traditions. Listen to mouth-watering descriptions of lebaniego stew (chickpea, potato and meat stew), orujos (pomace brandy), and homemade desserts. Finish your tour at your meeting point.

From Santander: Pilgrimage Day to Santo Toribio

3. From Santander: Pilgrimage Day to Santo Toribio

At 9:00am leave Santander for Potes, the capital of Liébana region. To get there you will cross the impressive gorge of the Hermida, part of a set of narrow gorges along the river Deva. Once in Potes, you will have the opportunity to do a short walking pilgrimage to the Monastery of Santo Toribio, 3 km from the village. This walk is roughly 45 minutes. The Monastery of Santo Toribio is, along with Santiago, Rome and Jerusalem, one of the holiest Christian sites, as it is host to the longest piece of the cross on which Jesus Christ died. The Monastery is also well known for celebrating the Jubileum regularly (the next Jubilee Year will be in 2023). It was Holy Toribio of Astorga, custodian of the relics of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, who transferred a piece of the Cross to Astorga, city of which he was Bishop. This relic was transferred then to Liebana by Christians who wanted to keep it safe from the Muslims who had started the invasion of the peninsula. This place was also a place of pilgrimage, with its own identity due to the curative and miraculous powers attributed to the remains of the Saint of Astorga and to the Relic itself. Once you arrive in Potes, you will have the opportunity to walk the last part of the Lebaniego Way, this is the 3 km route that separates Potes from the Monastery, and attend the Pilgrim's mass at 12:00pm. After the mass, visit the chapel of San Miguel from where you will enjoy beautiful views of Picos de Europa before going back to Potes for lunch. The menu includes a “Cocido Lebaniego”, a stew of chickpeas and meat. This is the perfect local dish to recharge your energy. However, should you prefer another menu, please advise upon booking this tour. In the afternoon you will visit San Sebastian de Garabandal, a small village in the mountains where there were appearances of Virgin Mary from 1961 to 1965. You will have the opportunity here to walk up to the "Sanctuary of Los Pinos", the main place where the Virgin appeared. After the tour, enjoy comfortable transport back to Santander.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 23 reviews

It was very enjoyable and informative journey with the lovely knowledgeable driver. If she was not there we would not be able to know certain historical facts though would have enjoyed natural beauty. Thanks to her. I will certainly recommend my friends and will like updates to be sent to me for any such excursions.

I enjoyed this trip. I got to see things I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. I am traveling without a car, so it was the best way to see the mountains. It is a little bit expensive considering lunch and the cable car are not included. But, I still enjoyed a full day of sightseeing.

Yes it's wonderful. May be the trip duration could be more and giving more time on the top of Fuente de. But The view and experience at the top is beyond explanation. Gabriella is very knowledgeable and explained in details.

Gabriela ha sido una excelente guia, súper responsable y muy explicativa con cada uno de los puntos que visitamos. La experiencia de todo el tour fue excelente, lo recomendaría y lo volvería a hacer sin dudas.

it was perfect people were very cute the guide was perfect and available all the time for any question