Castillo del Rey

San Vicente de la Barquera
Cantabria
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

Built in 1210, the Castillo del Rey (King's Castle) is one of the best examples of medieval defensive architecture in the region of Cantabria. Formerly owned by Alfonso I of Asturias, the castle was restored in the 1990s and now houses a permanent museum exhibition about San Vicente de la Barquera. Nearby you'll find the remains of some of the old town walls where the doors of Asturias and the Pilgrim have recently been rebuilt.

Nearby attractions

One of Cantabria's most visited tourist attractions, this is a fantastic cave with some incredible stalagmite formations which have grown in all directions, defying gravity. A true geological marvel!

This spectacular gorge runs for over 20km and is furrowed by the River Deva. With steep slopes of limestone rising up to 600m and sparsely covered in oak forests, the view is stunning.

'The biggest and best climbing experience in the Picos de Europa'. This activity centre (for all ages) in the pretty village of Hermida in the heart of the Desfiladero de la Hermida gorge also offers trekking trips. Expect...

Situated on the top of a hill in pretty countryside, the Museum of Altamira is a centre for the preservation, study and dissemination of the Altamira caves and their works of prehistoric art.

Places to visit nearby

A picturesque town on Cantabria's coast with wonderful beaches, a pretty Old Town and an astounding backdrop in the Picos de Europa mountains.

Often considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain, Santillana del Mar is a medieval town of stunning architecture 

Llanes in Asturias is a beautiful coastal town with lots of beaches, stunning hiking routes and much delicious seafood!