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Santander: Picos, Santo Toribio Monastery and Potes Day Tour

4.8 / 5

41 reviews

Activity provider: EXPLORING CANTABRIA

Santander: Picos, Santo Toribio Monastery and Potes Day Tour

Activity provider: EXPLORING CANTABRIA
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From US$ 78.19 per person

Enjoy an unforgettable tour to Picos de Europa and Potes, one of the nicest villages in Spain. Visit the Monastery of Santo Toribio and see its sacred relics.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Italian
Pickup included
Your hotel in Santander or specified pickup locations.
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Step inside the Monastery of Saint Toribio
  • Explore the pretty village of Potes and stop for lunch
  • Take the cable car up to Picos de Europa (optional extra)
Full description
Depart from Santander towards Fuente Dé at 8:30 AM. Arrive at 10:30 AM where you will be able to take the cable car to the upper station, if you wish, price not included. The ride lasts 4 minutes and will take you to a height of 1,823 m above sea level. Spend about an hour at the top to take in the breathtaking views and explore the station surroundings. If you do not wish to go up, you can walk around. Afterward, visit the Monastery of Santo Toribio, a holy place for Christians which houses the Lignum Crucis, the largest preserved piece of wood from the cross of Jesus. Finally, arrive in Potes, the capital of Liébana and considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain, with its cobbled streets, bridges and medieval tower, Torre del Infantado. Take a short walking tour of the town and you will have free time to eat and shop if you wish in one of its many souvenir shops.
  • Guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport in a minivan with 9 seats
  • Liability insurance
  • Tickets for the cable car
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing

Know before you go

  • The guided visit in El Soplao cave is only available in Spanish
  • If you would like the guide to join you to the visit of the cave to translate it to you, there is an extra charge of €13 per person. Please contact the local supplier to arrange this:
  • The average temperature in the cave is 12ºC all year, please make sure you bring some warm clothes for this visit
  • There is no way to book the entry time to the cable car, so you will have to wait in the line when you arrive
  • The tour operator will take care of the booking of the cable car tickets (suppl. €18,00/person to be paid on the day of the tour)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 41 reviews

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It was very enjoyable and informative journey with the lovely knowledgeable driver. If she was not there we would not be able to know certain historical facts though would have enjoyed natural beauty. Thanks to her. I will certainly recommend my friends and will like updates to be sent to me for any such excursions.

January 31, 2022

I enjoyed this trip. I got to see things I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. I am traveling without a car, so it was the best way to see the mountains. It is a little bit expensive considering lunch and the cable car are not included. But, I still enjoyed a full day of sightseeing.

October 11, 2021

It is a great success to choose this excursion, it is a beautiful route and it is well worth it. Gabriela, very kind, explained everything we needed, curiosities and legends. In addition, we had time to enjoy ourselves at each stop, which is to be appreciated, and she made us a spectacular weather despite the bad predictions that it would rain (whenever we come the same thing happens). Thank you Gabriela for helping us beyond what your job was. We will not hesitate to choose you again if the occasion arises.

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July 6, 2021

Product ID: 192429