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The Saja-Besaya Natural Park, presents in its 24,500 hectares a characteristic landscape of the mountains in Cantabria.
This park is characterized by the numerous valleys dug in the ground by the tributaries of the Saja and Besaya rivers. Its surface includes the territories of the municipalities of: Arenas de Iguña, Cabuérniga, Cieza, Brotherhood of Campoo de Suso, Ruente and Los Tojos.
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The Natural Park Saja-Besaya is formed by mountains of rounded forms not too high that are gaining height as they get closer to the south. On its slopes are some of the most beautiful forests of Cantabria and one of the best preserved examples of Atlantic deciduous forest in the Cantabrian Mountains. Forests alternate with pastures destined for agricultural activity in the area.
|Landscape||Mountain pastures alternating with lush forests, with abundant oaks, beech and hazelnut trees.|
|24,500 hectares. The highest peak in the Park is the Peña Iján with 2084 m.|
|Wildlife||Among the birds stand out the scholarship, the golden eagle, the grouse, among the many species that there are. Among the mammals we have the deer, the roe deer, the wild boar, the wolf, the otter, the Cantabrian brown bear and cattle, sheep and horses among others.|
|Flora||Forests of oaks, beech, as well as acebales and birches and serbales of the montane floor, in addition to pastures and crops.|
|Activities||Hiking, cycling, climbing, jogging and caving.|
|Services||Picnic, hospitality, forest ranger, observatory, parking and gym circuit route.|
|Features…||The landscape is characteristic of the mountains and mountains of the interior of Cantabria, with pastures and lush forests.|
The Saja-Besaya Natural Park is very suitable for activities such as hiking, with different types of routes along short-distance paths such as: The Old Road of the Moral, the Route of the Bridges, the Route of Hayacorva, the Bárcena Mayor Route- Alto de Fuentes or the Bárcena Mayor-Ozcaba Route.
You can also make routes along long-distance trails such as the Saja Reserve Trail.
You can see all these routes in the following links:
The Park has the visitor center “Saja-Besaya Natural Park Interpretation Center” in the municipality of Los Tojos. This center is open every day of the year and admission is free.
It also has several recreational areas such as “Casa del Monte” in Ucieda, “Braña Castrillo” in Barcena Mayor, “Cambillas” in the Commonwealth of Campoo-Cabuerniga, “Cieza” in Cieza, “Prauco” and “El Vaho” in the Llares.
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In the municipality of Los Tojos there is the only urban center located in the Saja-Besaya Natural Park, the town of Bárcena Mayor. This town is one of the most surprising and beautiful urban-artistic urban complexes in Cantabria and one of the best examples of traditional mountain architecture reflected in the old mountain houses. This town was declared a Historic Artistic Site in 1979.
Many inhabitants of the interior lands arrived in Barcena taking refuge from the Muslim invasion. Nowadays, some artisan traditions are still alive in this town, such as woodwork. Its houses and stone bridges next to its cobbled streets move us in history several centuries ago.
To visit the town it is necessary to park the vehicle in the parking lot at the entrance of the town.
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