San Vicente de la Barquera has a wonderful spot, between two long inlets on the Cantabrian coast, with the Picos de Europa and the Asturias mountains creating a spectacular backdrop. The long inlets and beaches make San Vicente de la Barquera a popular summer destination, but there's a lot more to this ancient medieval port than sun, sea and sand. Some of the best places to stay in San Vicente de la Barquera are right on this beautiful coast, while some are further inland in the rising foothills.
If you're here for the beaches, the longest stretches of golden sand are to the east. While they look smooth and welcoming there are some stretches that do get some surf.
If you're here for a bit of local charm as well you'll find plenty in San Vicente de la Barquera's old heart. As well as the myriad of restaurants and cafes to choose from there's some wonderful monuments, one of the best being the 13th Century Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles, a grand Gothic affair with huge Romanesque doorways and a slightly menacing lifelike statue of Antonio del Corro, a 16th Century Inquisitor.
Just along the coast, Comillas is also worth a jaunt for those interested in the region's culture and architecture. Firstly there's a very impressive Gaudi, one of the architect's earliest designs, the Capricho de Gaudi. The outside is striped, alternating green leaves and sunflowers and there are some fantastic ceilings inside. Comillas also has a truly spectacular neo-Gothic palace and tomb, in the Palacio de Sobrellano. So ornate that it almost manages to out-Gothic original Gothic design. Comillas also has a pretty town centre and a fascinating old cemetery.
Our pick of the best places to stay in San Vicente de la Barquera features a couple of coastal properties and one inland, but all within striking distance of the town.
San Vicente de la Barquera (Prezello)
A pleasant hotel on the Cantabrian coast, not far from San Vicente de la Barquera. Large rooms are colourful, with exposed beams and views to the sea or mountains. A very secluded spot close to many outdoor activities. A great choice for country weekend by the sea.
Penamellera Baja, Asturias
A delightful hotel in the countryside. Charming rooms have original features with their stone walls, wooden beams, rustic fabrics. A cosy library with fireplace. A National Park is close by for those who love nature. A great choice for those who enjoy the countryside.