An Ideal Location

barcenaciones en el mapa de Cantabria

Huddled up in between Cabezón de la Sal, Santillana del Mar, Comillas y Torrelavega, Barcenaciones is ideally located in the heart of Cantabria.

Located just a few kilometers inland from the ocean, our little village is surrounded by lush mountains, and the river Saja, which provides Barcenaciones with beautiful weather year-round.

It’s pure Cantabria!


General Info

  • Population: 50-60 inhabitants (approx.)
  • Altitude: 62 m over sea level
  • What can you find: 2 Restaurants, Bar, a Tabacco dispensary, a Cantabrian Bowling alley, a Football/Basketball court, a Recreational Area for kids, and a swimming and fishing area on the river.

A bit of History

Did you know that Barcenaciones already appears in official documents of the year 1000?

In fact, it’s said to be the second oldest village ever founded in Cantabria.

That is why our architecture is so unique, with buildings like LA QUINTA, from the XVIII century. 

Barcenaciones was officially named in 2012:

Town of Cantabria



From the architecture of Barcenaciones, we need to point out the parish church of San Juan Bautista from the 17th century. The doorway has a flat arch. Inside there is an 18th-century altarpiece.1 You can also see numerous mansions, among which the Casa del Marqués de Palomares stands out. It became part of the first constitutional council that was formed with the councils of the Reocín valley. Quinta San Fernando, Fifth Chapel of San Antonio, and several more.

One of the first reinforced concrete bridges built in Spain at the beginning of the 20th century (1903) was laid between Barcenaciones and Golbardo. By Decree 43/2002, of April 4, this “Golbardo Bridge” was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, with the category of Monument.



Apart from being completely surrounded by nature and in an extraordinarily well-preserved environment, in Barcenaciones there are two manors with outstanding species of trees.

In La Quinta Capilla de San Antonio (LaQuinta), there is a cataloged Cedar of Lebanon of 30 meters.

In the Quinta de San Raimundo, built in 1886 for the Indiano Raimundo Díaz de la Guerra y Fernández, there is a botanical garden with various interesting trees: a 22-meter-high Himalayan cedar, a 35-meter-high sequoia, a giant thuja 25 m high and a cryptomeria.

There are several very attractive walks. One, which borders the Saja River, is a great attraction for children. There are several that run between small farms where you can see all kinds of animals, like cows, sheep, goats, dogs, chickens, and even wild boars. There are many small orchards cared by the locals too.

Walking through the town is an experience on itself as it is full of traditional houses and typical mansions, with balconies full of geraniums and flowers. It is a very quiet place without cars because, being a cul-de-sac, hardly any vehicles circulate, there is no noise and the air is pure. Barcenaciones is the ideal place to holiday with little ones. There is a children’s and sports park where the children of the town and surroundings meet.

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