Where you can spend a day at the beach and eat next to the sea.

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San Vicente de la Barquera

A fishing village.

This charming holiday and fishing village is just an hour away from Santander. If you want to follow popular tradition, when you cross the Maza Bridge to get to San Vicente de la Barquera, hold your breath and make a wish. After seeing the Church of Santa María de los Ángeles and the Castillo del Rey, go down to the historic quarter and choose a restaurant near the beach: they say that the best fish and shellfish in Cantabria is to be found here. If you feel like just looking out to sea or taking a swim, don't miss the spectacular Oyambre Beach with its dune field next to the river mouth. You can also visit the megalithic site of El Barcenal, which bears witness to the first settlements in the area.

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