Places to visit in Potes



A tiny medieval town in the mountains. Beautiful views and unexpected stories. Translated with Google Translate

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There is a large public parking, it is convenient to park the car and, oddly enough, it is absolutely free. (in any case, not August 2018). Directly before us is the Church of St. Vincent. Vincent was a martyr and is one of the main saints of Spain and Portugal. He was a priest of the monastery in Zaragoza (By the way, this city got its name from the Roman name: Caesar Augustus). Just like Potes, it has the Roman name BRIDGES from its strategic location at the confluence of two major rivers of the valley - the Deva River and the River Kvives. Potes created as a supporting path still Pompey, but since that time much water has flowed under the bridge. And while water flowed in the rivers, the monastery of Santo Toribio de Liebana arose not far from Potes in the dawn of the kingdom of Wesgotov, along with Rome, Jerusaim and Santiago de Compostela has full indulgences - that is, absolution. And in the 15th century, during the reign of Count Nino, the church of St. Vincent standing before us was laid. Whether from the great love of Beatrice of Portugal, the church was named this way (Vincent is the patron saint of Portugal), or for another reason, but the church of St. Vincent is one of the main ones in the city and it was built over 4 centuries. Translated with Google Translate

One of the most famous and famous natives of Potes is Jesus de Monasterio. He founded the Spanish violin school and popularized in Spain German composers from Bach to Wagner. Translated with Google Translate

This is the new church of St. Vincent. It was built during the nineteenth century - the time of Jesus de Monasterio. Its architecture is a bit unusual. This is a temple with three naves and side chapels, central - above the side. On its main facade, topped with a pediment, on both sides lined two bell towers with a square section. Translated with Google Translate

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And this is a bas-relief of the famous Spanish artist, director and climber Enrique Ereros. Virtually the entire 20th century of Spain is inextricably linked with him and his fate. Being a talented draftsman, he managed to establish himself as a cartoonist and journalist. Enrique loved to visit the Picos de Europa mountains, and his sketches of mountain landscapes brought fame and money. During the war years, Enrique managed to move to France through San Sebastian and returned to Spain in the 50s. He was friends with Pablo Picasso and in the 60s began to publish a satirical magazine, which read all of Spain. Translated with Google Translate

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On the window casings you can see various symbols. This is an ancient tradition in Cantabria and Asturias and almost all over the north of Spain. Many of the characters date back to the West Gothic times, and some to the Celtic era. In general in the north of Spain it is fashionable to talk about Celtic culture, symbolism and music. This gives the local color a special, nothing more than a similar shade. Like the sounds of Bagpipes in La Coruna with the stories of Bregan, and the Celtic symbolism in all souvenir shops, allows the northern areas to emphasize their special, completely different from the central and southern areas character. Translated with Google Translate

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Located on the hill of the old county of Buenna, the tower towers - the castle of Admiral Perot Niño, Count of Buelna and Sir Cigales. Tower - the castle was built at the end of the XIV century by his brother Alfonso Niño. The castle was conceived in the Gothic style, but as usual in those years it was rectangular and built like a cube of 14 m. Height. The ground floor contained a shop and stables. The intermediate one was intended to house the people who ruled the county, and the third floor was intended for the watchtower and watch. Windows placed in the second level were used to protect the tower. At the present time in the Tower you can see a permanent exhibition entitled “Feather Niño: The Life and Wanderings of a Medieval Gentleman”. Translated with Google Translate

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Nino successfully robbed and plundered the English villages. After a successful raid in collaboration with the French Baron Savoisy, the Niño detachment returned to Brest, where Perot was instructed to return to Castile. He sailed to Santander and, after passing through Valladolid, arrived at King Enrique III to Madrid, and received the promise of the king to make Nino as admiral of the Castilian fleet. But the king died, Nino fell in love with Beatrice of Portugal and his great career and fame remained an unattainable dream, for the regent of King Juan II, both Nina himself and his Beatrice were not at all in spirit. But! There was no other candidate, and the proud and offended Nino went home until the regent and the courtiers begged him to return, and also until he was allowed to marry his beloved Beatrice. Translated with Google Translate

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After the stormy fate of the arrogant Nino, Diego Hurtado de Mendoza - educated and eminent, loyal and worthy will become the first Duke of Infantado, the title was granted by the Catholic kings in 1475. From this time begins the period of dawn Potes. Its shores dress in stone embankments and high bridges are built, which to this day create a unique medieval atmosphere in the city. The Mendoza family, originating from the village of Mendoza, is considered one of the most important and influential in the history of Spain. The first outstanding representative is considered Inigo Lopez, he was the ruler of Vizcaya in the XI century. His descendant, too, Inigo King Juan II of Castile (the one who was 2 years old at the time of the Niño robbery) granted the titles Marquis de Santillana and Count del Real de Manzanares. Inigo Lopez is also known as one of the greatest Castilian poets of his time. It was the son and heir of the latter who, in Potes in 1475, received the title of duke del Infantado and in the same year began the construction of the magnificent palace del Infantado in Guadalajara (not far from Madrid). His brother, Cardinal Mendoza, in 1482 headed the Spanish church. He will grow Isabella and Ferdinand and they will complete the reconquest - the capture of Granada. They will equip Columbus for the discovery of America, and they will expel the Jews from Spain. And in 1520, Carlos I included the Dukes del Infantado among the first 25 grandees of the united Spain. Translated with Google Translate

The name of this restaurant is “Old Bridge”. And the place is beautiful and dusk and romantic and the smell is nothing. In short, everything has. The menu was in English and no matter how cool, yet the first second and “compote” for 13 euros was very tempting. But? Yes ... not that. Probably, we did not work out with this place or simply made a mistake in choosing. I will not enumerate adversity and lament complaints, it’s just that the ritual of dessert was even comical. Ice cream? Yes please. Are you chocolate or vanilla? We have and so, you like? Give and so and so. Good. After ten minutes, our waiter, a beautifully folded Somalian, brought one horn from a standard package of 6 pieces for 8 euros from a supermarket. We must pay tribute, it was a horn half filled with chocolate and half vanilla. We looked at the neighboring tables, and there were different people sitting there, but somehow the fruits of the same field were reaping equally, and the local ones, as it turned out, were not observed. Translated with Google Translate

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This is one of the most ancient bridges of the city. It leads to the vicinity of Potes, among other things, connecting the great ancient road between the mountains of Valmayor and Tolibes. This is also part of the famous route to Santiago de Compostela, which pilgrims went from all over Europe. Not only the sea scallop shell attracted them, but also the best cork oak of the Cantabrian region, which grows on the Valmajor and Tolibes mountains. The bark of this tree was used several decades ago for bottle caps. The path passes through the village of Portia, which is now abandoned. And if you take a closer look at the signs, then along with the pilgrims' road to Santiago de Compostela, you can look at the sign for another important national shrine of Asturias - the heart of modern Spain - the famous Covadong cave, where the beginning of the Reconect was completed - 8 centuries later . Translated with Google Translate


The bridge itself is a small one arched and stands on the River Kvives Translated with Google Translate

Another large city bridge is the main bridge Potes over which the castle tower towers. Its decorations are akin to jagged tower decorations. By the way, here we began to understand where the locals eat, which is indicated in the name of the stop Translated with Google Translate

Another view of the bridge and the castle tower. Translated with Google Translate

Here there are two streams of the Deva River - which flows from the highest peaks of the Picos de Europa and the River Kvives, which flows its waters from the southern gorge. Translated with Google Translate

And this is a new bridge in the eastern reaches of two rivers, which defined the boundary of the city in the 19th century. Translated with Google Translate

Climbing up the bridge, we will go to the parking lot on the shortest road, through not so picturesque areas of modern Potes, but on the way we will have another picturesque bridge across the Deva River. This is the story of bridges, graphs and pilgrims. Translated with Google Translate

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