Cabezón de la Sal

Cantabria, Spain

A place with great architectural wealth, especially civil and religious monuments. Some of its buildings stand out like the Casa-Palacio de Carrejo, the Palace-Tower of the Monasteries in Casar and the Bodega Palace, among others. Other highlights are its beautiful churches such as San Lorenzo and San Bartolomé. "The Day of Cantabria" is one of the most important local festivities that are oriented towards the exaltation of their historical customs and shows their folkloric heritage.

Cabezon de la Sal is in Hoz de Santa Lucía, close to Sierra del Escudo of Cabuérniga, 42km away from Santander, the capital of Cantabria. It is also close to the coast and also near by the mountain where the Saja Natural Park is located. It has 8.326 inhabitants. Its climate is warm and temperate with an annual average temperature of 13,7ºC.

Salt extraction, textile and furniture industries are the most important activities in Cabezon de la Sal. Its cattle fairs are very known and important.

Cabezon de la Sal has a great historic past. It was part of the so-called “Ruta de Los Foramontanos”, an important route during the repopulation of Early-Medieval Castille. The archaeological site of Cabrajo is a very valuable part of this town´s patrimony.

Some palaces and churches are part of the city´s rich architecture. Among those there are the Palace-House of Carrejo, which currently hosts the Museum of Nature of Cantabria, where the exhibits are divided according to four habitats: the coast, the rivers, the forests and the high mountains. We can also see the Palace-Tower of the Monasteries of Casar and the Palace of the Wine Cellar (El Palacio de la Bodega).

As far as the religious architectural patrimony is concerned, buildings which really stand out are the churches of San Lorenzo (Saint Lawrence) in Casar de Periedo, San Bartolomeo (Saint Bartholomew) in Ontori and Saint Eulalia in Bustablado, among several others.

Contact with nature is one of the best things Cabezon de la Sal has to offer. This can be achieved visiting the Natural Park of Saja and Virgen de la Peña.

Out of all the festivities which take place in the city, some of the best ones are “The Day of Cantabria”, in the beginning of August, which promotes the local customs and folklore. The Potato Fair is celebrated in Carrejo and the “Poor Man Fair” in Bustablado, where local dishes can be tasted, such as chickpeas with potatoes and meat from San Roque, all this combined with folkloric dance and traditional Cantabrian songs.

Cantabrian cuisine is rich and varied and uses products of the sea. Some of the most typical dishes are a tuna pot and a special stew made of local ingredients.

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