Santoña Marshes, Vitoria and Joyel

The Natural Park of the Santoña Marshes, Victoria and Joyel is one of the most important wetlands in northern Spain and a winter refuge for many migratory birds. It has been a protected space since 1992 and encompasses 6,979 hectares of land along the eastern coast of Cantabria.

The Santoña Marshes are made up of a series of different ecosystems organized around the Treto Estuary, where the Asón and Clarín Rivers converge, as well as some smaller streams and channels. The Santoña Marshes originated during the last Ice Age, when the sea level rose, inundating the nearby valleys and creating the physical conditions necessary to form this estuary, which is inundated daily by tidesfrom the Cantabrian Sea. Beaches and dune formations stretch along its coast, giving way to meadows, forests, and scrublands farther inland from the sea.

The flora of the Santoña Marshes is composed of algae and spermatophytes. There are other species on the marshes and dunes themselves that are adapted to the salinity. In the interior of the marshes, there are holm oak forests accompanied by small sections of strawberry trees, hawthorns, and hazel. This wetland is an important center of winter migration for many species on their way to warmer climates in southern Spain and northern Africa. Among the great variety of permanent and seasonal species in the park of the Santoña Marshes, some of the most notable are the grebe, curlew, little egret, seagull, robin, and spoonbill, an animal which has come to be an emblem of the park and the marshes.

Hiking: The park can be walked by foot, following the signs that point visitors towards the park’s main points of interest. For amateur ornithologists, the park also has several bird observatories.

Entrances: From the A-8 highway and the N-634 (both between Santander and Bilbao), there is easy access to the fishing town of Santoña, the touristic Laredo, and the rest of the surrounding towns.

Here are some tips for eating and sleeping around Santoña Marshes, Vitoria and Joyel

In Argoños

Restaurante La Traina

Restaurante Volován

In Escalante

Restaurante Los Gallos

In Laredo

Restaurante Cachupín

Restaurante El Pescador

Restaurante Plaza

Restaurante La Marina Company

In Noja

Restaurante Mijedo

Restaurante Azafrán

Restaurante Sambal

Restaurante Mesón Casa Ita

In Santoña

Restaurante As de Guía

Restaurante Pilar

Restaurante La Lonja

Restaurante El Marisquero

Restaurante Mesón Casa Ita

In Argoños

Hostal Argoños

Posada El Trasmerano

En Escalante

Hotel Las Solanas de Escalante

Posada Los Gallos

In Laredo

Hotel Risco

Hotel El Ancla

Hotel Las Ruedas

Hotel Miramar

Camping Laredo

Camping Playa del Regatón

In Noja

Hotel Viadero

Hotel Liber& Spa

Hotel Marítimo Ris

Hotel Las Dunas

Camping Playa Joyel

Camping Argos

Camping Los Molinos

In Santoña

Hotel Juan de la Cosa

Hostal De Berria

Hospedaje La Tortuga

Posada Las Garzas

Camping Playa de Berria

Buceo Mundo Submarino (Laredo)

Excursiones Marítimas (Laredo)

Paseos a Caballo El Regatón (Laredo)

Turismo Activo Loredo Aventura (Laredo)

Turismo Activo Noja Aventura (Noja)

Escuela de Surf Ris (Noja)

Escuela de Surf Berria (Santoña)

Centro de Visitantes del Parque. Ed. Mirador de Las marismas. Puerto de Santoña. Cantabria. España. Teléfono: 942 671 724. Coordenadas GPS aprox. 43º 26′ 31.27″ N – 3º 27′ 42.23″ W.

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