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Castro Urdiales

Connected with the Roman Empire

Castro Urdiales is situated at the most Easterly end of the Cantabrian coast, surrounded by an impressive coastline full of Craig cliffs and beautiful, quite beaches.

Although it has prehistoric remains of great interest, given that present-day Castro lies over the ancient settlement of Flavióbriga, the town is especially proud of its rich, two-thousand-year-old history connected with the Roman Empire.

Seafaring atmosphere

A fishing, whaling and trade port, the seafaring town of Castro has more recently become one of the most dynamic villages in Cantabria.

Although the sea may now play a less important role in Castro’s economy than in the past, the seafaring atmosphere is, without doubt, the most characteristic aspect of the town. In the streets, especially near the port, it is still possible to breathe the air of a fishing town, and sample many of its gastronomic seafood specialities.

Puebla Vieja

As an important summer tourist destination since the late nineteenth century, a stroll around the town enables us to delight in its modern infrastructures, in harmony with the charm of the old town, the Puebla Vieja, with its beautiful promenades, its archways packed with typical bars and its noteworthy structures that rise up like majestic watchtowers over the town.

An important Gothic church

Castro Urdiales houses the most important Gothic church in the region, the Iglesia de Santa María. The church dates back to the thirteen century and displays all the construction features typical of the Classic Gothic period.

A Medieval Castle

At the end of the Promontory, next to the church, is the Castillo Medieval -Medieval Castle-, a solid fortress transformed into a lighthouse that controls access from the sea.

The light of the castle was first lit in 1853 and since then has operated as a lighthouse. In front of the castle is the Ermita de Santa Ana, joined to the castle by the so-called’s puente medieval (medieval bridge).

Historical-Artistic Site

These are all that remains of an originally larger collection of buildings that underwent modification due to the construction of the jetty.

The area surrounding the dock, the Gothic Iglesia de Santa María and the lighthouse on top of the castle from the principal attractions of this seafaring town and are typical meeting places for visitors and villagers.

Amongst its civil Heritage, highlights include the town hall, as well as a group of a nineteenth and early twentieth century Art-Nouveau buildings that form part of the urban nucleus declared an important Historical-Artistic Site in 1978.


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