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Potes is in the province of Cantabria in the Asturias and Cantabria region of Spain.
Potes is a small town in the heart of the Picos de Europa.
Explore Potes, Spain
Potes is an attractive small town whose houses are built in a mellow golden stone. A river runs through the town with an attractive small stone bridge crossing it. Surrounding the village are the hills and mountains of the Picos de Europa.
Potes lies in the Valley of Liebana which is planted with grapes, cherries and walnuts. The town makes its own spirit called Orujo.
Whilst in the town take a look at the 13th century Torre del Infantado in the main square. This is now the town hall. There is an exhibition in the tower with some beautiful illuminated manuscripts.
Many of Potes' visitors are here on walking or mountain bike holidays and Potes is a good town for accommodation and stocking up on provisions. It is also possible to arrange a number of ourdoor activities in the town. The trail between Potes and Fuente De is very nice and at Fuente De you can do a trip in the funicular to the top of the mountain.
Places to visit near Potes
6km south of Potes in the gorge of Desfiladero de la Hermida is the church of Santa Maria de Lebena. This is a Romanesque church and has some great sculptures on the exterior.
To the west is the monastery church of Santo Toribio de Liebana which claims to have the largest fragment of Christ's cross held in a silver reliquary. In the 8th century one of its monks, Beatus of Liebana wrote the Commentary of the Apocalypse, one of Spain's most treasured medieval manuscripts.
Walk to Fuente De and take the funicular to the top of the mountain.
Visit Pido for some local cheese-makers.
Map of Potes and places to visit
Potes places to visit
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