Suances Travel Guide
The point where the rivers of Besaya and Saya meet is where you will find the lovely town of Suances. The town is formed around the borders of San Martin de la Arena, otherwise known as the Suances River. This beautiful estuary then forms a port between the Punta Del Dichose cliffs. Suances was cited by numerous historians to be a vital point of entry along the Cantabrian sea. Roman Portus Blendium, famous for its commercial and naval activities, made the town very famous during the old days.
Being situated in the coast, the sea is a vital source of livelihood. Consequently, most people of the town are fishermen. The town is very near Torrelavega, where most of the Suances‘ locals scout for work and find permanent employment. Tourism is rapidly booming and is becoming one of the town’s primary economic boosters. What makes Suances a hotspot for tourists are its top of the class accommodations, gastronomic delights and the soothing feel of its coastline.
The town of Suances has some very lovely beaches in addition to locals giving visitors only the warmest of welcome. During summers, tourists just love to dip in the sea; the coastline is not too crowded and everyone can enjoy the warmth of the sun and the lovely waters.
Just two kilometers away form the village of Tagle, one can drop by the fine sandy beach of El Sable de Tagle that stretches to about 520 meters.
The most popular beach of the town is probably Cantabria’s Costa Central mainly because of its accessibility and divine beauty. The beach can be found at the mouth of the estuary of San Martin, very near Suances. Its golden fine sand extends to up to 1,030 meters.
The small beach of La Ribera, extending to only 150 meters, has fine golden sand complementing its beautiful blue waters. La Ribera Beach is located just along the town’s estuary.
Just right outside the town, Los Locos Beach is a haven for surfers who enjoy strong waves. Surf aficionados abound the place even though access can be a bit of a challenge, with high cliffs surrounding the beach. The beach stretches about 750 meters of fine golden sand.
Places of Interest
A religious town Suances is, especially since it abounds in religious – historical establishments. The Convent of Santo Domingo is a historical establishment that is believed to be the same site where the old Church of Santo Domingo de la Historians was built, way back 1078. The Baredda Towers can also be seen within the vicinity. The towers are a living reminder of a primeval castle that once stood in Suances.
Another beauty is the home of a highly acclaimed 19th century poet, Fernando Velarde. He has an impressive ancestral abode in Hinojedo that has a distinctive architectural design. Also, an interesting historical piece of land is the town’s medieval cemetery. The Puente Avíos and Ongayo Parish Churches are also two of the town’s significant landmarks.
For nature lovers, one would love to drive steep cliffs to get to Ballotta Point and Cortiguera Point. Situated near the Barreda – Suances road, both offer a fantastic view of the San Martín de la Arena Estuary and the wetlands that surround it. The Cortiguera even has inscriptions of famous verses of Marcelino Menéndez Pelayo, the renowned Cantabrian scholar, historian, writer and literary critic.