San Vicente de la Barquera + “Maza” beach, Cantabria


Tourist office San Vicente de la Barquera

Avenida del Generalísimo, 20
ES-39540  San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabria, Spain
Phone: +34 942710797, Fax: +34 942710797
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Situated along the occidental coast side of Cantabria, San Vicente de la Barquera marooned on both sides by the sea, is a definitely must-see between Asturias and Cantabria. To me, Tibor, it’s the closest town with a dog friendly beach.

The town itself, a thriving fishing port with a string of locally famed seafood restaurants, finds itself in the heart of the Natural Park Oyambre, a natural protected space of great ecological value with its rivers, dunes, beaches, meadows and forests home to flora and fauna of huge importance.

To humans it’s a well-known and beautiful place worthwhile a visit. Not just because it was declared as a place of cultural interest or because of its gastronomy (mainly based on seafood dishes), there’s actually a lot to see and explore. Definitely visit the Romanesque-Gothic church of Santa María de los Ángeles, The Castle of San Vicente de la Barquera such as remains of the old wall and last but not least the old town. It’s one of Cantabria’s most popular fishermen villages which you can find a long the “Ruta Lebaniega”, connecting with the famous Camino de Santiago (north/coast) as well as the Camino Francés. En general it’s a dog friendly town. You’ll find quite a lot of water bowls at the entrances of several restaurants once you stroll along with your humans. There’s dogfriendly accommodation, restaurants and bars where people are happy to welcome well-educated pets.

What I like best? No doubts here – the beaches! Since 2015 there’s even a dog friendly beach called “La Maza” (although better known as “La Playa de los Vagos” – Beach of the laziest). It’s the first beach right after crossing the bridge with the same name. This beach is dog friendly all year round without any restrictions. During the rest of the year except from high season I do visit the other and far longer beaches such as Merón and Oyambre for example too. Always respecting the circumstances of the moment of course.

**In the photographs: Murphy (Jack Russell), Me (Tibor-Border Collie) and my daughter Tessa.


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