In the north of the Iberian Peninsula and bathed by the cold waters of the Cantabrian Sea, Suances is a beautiful town that is worth discovering. If you plan to make a getaway to a natural destination where you can rest and enjoy the beach, this is your best option. So that you do not hesitate, we are going to show you the places you must see in Suances , including its beautiful islands.
Some history of Suances
This enclave was already an important settlement for the Romans, due to its geographical location, on the shores of the Cantabrian Sea. Since the 12th century, its port of San Martín de la Arena was popular due to whaling and trade, which generated many commercial differences with Santander.
The story takes us back to the middle of the 19th century when the “baths” began to be practiced, which attracted many tourists and led to the construction of houses for the summer holidays. Thus, today the three economic sectors of Suances are fishing, industry and tourism.
What to see in Suances
During your stay in Suances you can take the opportunity to lose yourself in its streets, stroll along the beach and rest in contact with nature. Of course, it also has attractions of all kinds, among them these stand out:
1. Ceruti Castle
It is a palace that imitates the typical military architecture during the Middle Ages. It is located next to a cliff and allows us to enjoy impressive views of the beaches of Los Locos and La Concha.
It was built in 1904, after the decision of the mayor of Torrelavega, the baron of Peramola, Don Florencio Ceruti y Castañeda. It was later renovated to house a hotel that was restored in 2003.
2. Isla de Los Conejos
It has an area of 2.3 hectares and is among the five largest in Cantabria. Although very stony and with a peak covered with herbs and bushes, some brave people dare to climb it (there are several cliffs and steep ones that are scary). It is 400 meters from land.
There are other islands that also belong to Suances : Pasiega (low, surrounded by reefs and with a 10-meter-deep walk between Conejos and Punta del Cuerno), Casilda, Solita and Segunda (rocky islets east of Conejos with intermediate channels that allow to navigate with small boats). South of Solita we can see “Las Palies” two stones that are only seen at low tide.
3. Ría de San Martín de la Arena
This estuary is shared by three municipalities: Suances, Polanco and Miengo, and is the mouth of the Saja River. Along the estuary the muds and sandy grounds are predominant. The highlights are Borrañal, Pedrón Island, Vuelta Ostrera and the ports of Requejeda and Suances.
A large part of it is navigable by small draft vessels. Beautiful, but with the problem of pollution hovering over it for decades.
4. Cave of the Witches
It is in La Gerra and was declared a Site of Cultural Interest due to its archaeological wealth. It is a fossil sinkhole open in two layers between the limestone rock. On its walls you can see decorations made by hand during the Paleolithic.
5. Natural Park of the Dunas de Liencres
This protected area is located on the right bank of the mouth of the Pas River and is of great ecological importance. It has two beaches (Valdearenas and Canallave), coves, a maritime pine plantation and a dune system. The latter is located behind the beaches and is considered one of the most important in northern Spain.
6. Wall of the Convent of the Trinitarias
This historical and cultural asset has its origin in the seventeenth century. It is a roughly carved masonry fence attached with mortar that reaches 3 meters in height. A part fell due to the erosion of several centuries.
7. More attractive
Within the population nucleus of Suances we can find notable buildings such as the Parish Church of Nuestra Señora de las Lindes, the house of the Polanco (17th century), the Quinta del Amo (English style), the house of the Ferrero family and the old defenses del Tocco on the tip of Blissful.