ENVIRONMENT AND VISIT IN PICOS DE EUROPA
A pleasure for the senses
Its landscape is populated by small villages, pastures, forests and transparent streams that pour all to the river Deva, taking these waters to the Cantabrian Sea by the spectacular gorge of the Hermida.
This valley only 300 m. of altitude, surrounded, however, by peaks that exceed 2,000 m. has maintained in a very pure way for its craftsmanship, traditional and popular architecture and its gastronomy. The region lebaniega offers the traveler an infinity of opportunities of regional and mountain routes at any time of the year.
In the heart of the Picos de Europa, the Fuente Dé Cable Car, which saves a 750-meter drop, places the traveler at 1,450 meters altitude in just 4 minutes, at a maximum speed of 10 m / sec. From the top station the visitor will be overwhelmed by a landscape of immense beauty.
Designed by the Engineer of Roads, Channels and Ports José Calavera Ruiz and the Architect Ángel Hernández Morales, construction began on November 20, 1962 and was opened to the public on August 21, 1966.
Potes is a municipality of the autonomous community of Cantabria (Spain). It is located in the center of the region of Liébana of which it is capital. This council limits the north with Cillorigo de Liébana, the west with Camaleño, the south with Vega de Liébana and the east with Cabezón de Liébana.
Potes is located in a strategic place: at the point where the two rivers of Liébana converge: the Deva and its tributary the Quiviesa.
Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana
Few places in the world are considered holy places of pilgrimage for a majority religion such as Christianity and Santo Toribio de Liébana is one of them. Next to Rome, Jerusalem and Santiago de Compostela, this Franciscan monastery is one of them and a must visit for all those who are passionate about culture, architecture and historical visits.
It is located on the northern slope of the Sierra de la Viorna and its gothic style church stands out. In addition to the view to the monument, there are several routes for lovers of hiking and active tourism, so that Santo Toribio is a visit you can not forget.
Valley of Camaleño
The Camaleño Valley is one of the most beautiful places of the region and a reference for lovers of the mountain and the spectacular landscapes. It is located in the eastern part of Liébana and its history is closely linked to another of the tourist and cultural references of the place, the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana.
Its situation, at the foot of the eastern massif of the Picos de Europa, gives it an unique orographic and landscape characteristics. It is surrounded by mountains with altitudes above 2,000 meters and its enormous ecological value has led to the inclusion of the municipality or that has led to the inclusion of this area in the National Park of Picos de Europa.