This area is one of the best kept secrets of the city, which here loses its identity as a capital to become more rural.
1. Panteón del Inglés Graveyard
A small construction in memory of William Rowland, an Englishman who died here during a visit to José Jackson, who was in charge of the semaphore signals for the ships of Cueto.
2. El Bocal y Rosamunda Beaches
To reach them you will have to walk a couple of kilometres out of the town of Cueto and enter that of Monte on foot or drive from Cabo Mayor. These small beaches are rather isolated and frequented by surfing enthusiasts and those who enjoy peace and quiet.
3. La Maruca
One of the places of the municipality with the best seafaring atmosphere, here you can see boats moored at the small estuary of San Pedro del Mar and enjoy some of the delicacies that are prepared in its seafaring pubs. In this area the rural atmosphere of Monte and the whole of the north coast in general can be appreciated. By the estuary lies the La Maruca beach which is small and rocky, and alongside it a path that goes down to the sea.
If you take the path that runs along the beach towards the sea you will come to the Batería de San Pedro, a fortification that has been documented since 1660 and which was built to protect Santander from pirate attacks. It remained active until after the War of Spanish Succession (1702-1713) between the Bourbons and the Habsburgs. Today it is a coastal interpretation centre with a viewpoint above.
5. Corbanera Castle
Close to the Batería de San Pedro stands this 19th-century construction. Today it is closed to visitors, but if you stroll around it you will see how some locals took advantage of its wall to build their houses against it.
6. Molino de Mareas Bridge
On one of the banks of the estuary of San Pedro del Mar there is a bridge to the other side, which is all that remains of the Aldama mill which was in use until the 19th century. Leaving it behind we come to the Punta La Mesa. Here you should take the second fork to the right to reach the viewpoint from which to admire the shape of the coast; it has been recognised by the European Union as a Special Protection Area.
7. San Román Wetland
This recently recovered wetland is an important stopover for migratory birds and constitutes an ecosystem of great ecological and cultural value.
8. La Virgen del Mar
At San Román stands the Santuario de La Virgen del Mar, the patron of Santander and of the fishermen who come to the chapel in a procession every year 51 days after Easter Saturday. Set on an island, the sanctuary can be reached by a bridge. The area also has a fine beach, a large car park, and meadows.
It was built according to the orders of Charles III to locate cemeteries outside city walls. It is one of the best examples of the wealth of funeral production in Spain, in particular of the famous master stonemasons of Cantabria who worked on the pantheons, tombs, and monuments of Ciriego. Included on the European Route of cemeteries, it has been recognised by the World Tourism Organisation for its innovation, dissemination, and interpretation of the European heritage.
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