The strategic town, the Roman city

Potes is the capital city of the Region of Liebana and is located in the center of it. It is bordered to the north by Cillorigo de Liebana, to the west by Camaleño, to the south by Vega de Liebana and to the east by Cabezon.

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There is much to do in Potes, especially surrounding religious processions.The 23rd of January, the day of the martyr Saint Vincent, patron saint of Potes, is known for its traditional dances and festivities. In early May, the Liébana is host to the procession of Santuca, one of the biggest in Spain. During this period, the statue of the Virgen de la Luz leaves the chapel to join Aniezo Santo Toribio de Liebana. On the 15th of August, the procession of the Virgen de Valmayor is accompanied by dance, music and songs of the Middle Ages. Finally, from 13 to 17 September, there is the festival of the Exaltation of the Cross (the Monastery Santo Toribio claims to retain a fragment of the The True Cross). This holiday is declared to be of Regional Tourist Interest

Potes is located in a strategic location: at the point where the two rivers of Liébana meet: the Deva and its tributary the Quiviesa. There is little trace of prehistoric occupation in the region, but the Romans who knew the power of strategic site, and named it Pontes. A village was founded in the 8th century, under Alfonso I of Asturias. Potes appeared for the first time in a document written in 847, the document mentions the parish church and the town. Later in the 10th century, thanks to its booming economy, Potes becomes the administrative centre of the Comarca of Liébana. Potes was considered a city from the 13th century and received royal favour.

In the modern age, Potes was known as a place of manorialism. During this tmie, many villagers emigrated to America, and the riches of the new continent allowed the construction of notable buildings in the village. In 1822, Potes formed its own town council. Thirty years later, it became part of the judicial district of San Vicente de la Barquera.

An interesting fact is that, during the Spanish Civil War, Potes was hit by a fire caused by the Republican side that destroyed the old town.


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43° 9′ 13″ N, 4° 37′ 24″ W


Santander 107 km, Madrid 420 km

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