The best hiking trails to enjoy the valley of Valderredible

Valderredible Valley is crossed by the Ebro River, that crosses over 30 kilometers from entering encañonado by Barcena Ebro and widens forming meanders in the central vega, until he leaves in the vicinity of Villaescusa de Ebro being fitted in the Gorges of Ebro. The richness of the valley suggests that human settlements in this area concentrated primitive era.

That is why this valley can be enjoyed in many ways, because you can go by many different hiking routes and each of them treasures its scenic beauty under a common denominator: nature. Then, We describe some of the highlights for hikers.

Route Tobazo

Known for its famous waterfall, Tobazo route begins at the last town of Cantabria, Villascusa. In a first journey of about 12 minutes following the GR99 along the Ebro arrived at the foothills of the idyllic area known as ” the Tobazo”. The setting is spectacular, limestone outcrops, Waterfalls, steep climb where we get to rock together.

Route Tobazo, one of the most beautiful routes paisajísitca Valley

The spring is fed by a karst modeling leading to the waterfall that is formed limestone tufa that gives the place its name. Toba is a rock formed by the precipitation of limestone coming dissolved in water rising from the upwelling. This porous stone has been widely used for construction in the area. It is a porous rock and very manageable.

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Another image of the Ruta del Tobazo

The assembly eremetical found above, caused by the hand of man and natural formations, It leads us to imagine the extent that they could have this set of hermits who settled in this place back in the fourth century.

Route Mardancho

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Mardancho Route is one of the simplest of all given their plain and cirucular route

Considered one of the easiest routes of all, since most of his career is in plain, and also one of the most historic so involved in this route Mardancho, which is Panero is next to the two rivers that join the Ebro in Valderredible. Note that this path is circular and ends at the starting point.

In this first installment we left the crag moorland of Lora. In just 30 minutes you can see the silhouette of the Gothic Church of Susilla., known as Cathedral Valderredible. Its size and print dominate the village. It is the sixteenth century, although it is very reformed. At this point the road the trail official notes that follow Susilla way but still keeps a secret in the bottom of the village. Following a path we will find a gem of rock:” The cave complex of Santa Maria de Peñota.

Noting some stately houses Susilla lined road to the shrine of Our Lady of Mt.. this stretch, in slight rise, It is still a very simple route, It takes us through an environment where oaks are taking center stage. In just 20 minutes we reach a crossroads where we signaled the ascent to the chapel.

After a climb we reach a chapel of the sixteenth century, renovated in the years 60, which you are in a privileged place. We stayed a while watching the excellent view we have, the parrot. Then we headed to the last stretch that leads to the Romanesque church of Villanueva. The twelfth century, only preserves the apse of the time. Sus canecillos, capitals and windows stand out. They say they're made by the same hands as those of the Collegiate Church of Cervatos. His visit is a must and is one of the jewels of the Romanesque of the area.

At the end of any of these routes, You can enjoy a rest stop along the way and have a drink or eat in restaurant Scorching Cantabria, specializing in grilled meat Anoja own rearing veal and Iberian pork bait field, a cozy place, where you can enjoy all of nature offered by the Ebro.

Valderredible Valley, an odyssey nature and romanticism in Cantabria

Valderredible Valley It is located in the same municipality, It is the largest and meriodional of Cantabria, covering almost 300 km square. This valley bordered to the north Valdreprado River, east and southeast with Burgos and the west and southwest Palencia. Runs the river Ebro, hence it is cataloged for many each the most beautiful landscapes in Cantabria, because they are numerous romantic enclaves and rock churches with lots of history.

That is why the most romantic chosen this valley both their nature and their routes. Its curious name comes from the early medieval Valley Ripa Ibre, that is to say, the valley of the Ebro, which it is the main protagonist of the geographical area.

Another photo of the Valley of Valderredible in Cantabria
Another photo of the Valley of Valderredible in Cantabria

It is a wide about depression 30 kilometers long from west to east, traveled by Ebro and some tributaries like the Mardancho or Panero, and perfectly bounded to the south by the natural step that leads to the Paramo de la Lora, and this for a similar paramera, of Bricia. Separating the two moors, the Ebro He has dug spectacular sickles to continue their long road to Mediterranean, this being the beginning of the grandiose canyons of northern Burgos.

The relief of Valderredible is otherwise fairly smooth, with mountains that surpass the 1.200 accidentan meters and most of the town, while the broad valley floor is around the 700 meters, with an average elevation slightly lower than neighboring valleys of Campoo, Valdeolea and northern Palencia. It is a peculiar landscape, very different from the rest of Cantabria and more like the immediate burgaleses valleys. The richness of the valley should, according to experts, to human settlements in this area concentrated from the earliest times. Even, since the Middle Ages Romanesque churches were built, as the church of San Martin, back in the twelfth century, still remains of the old Moorish arches church cemetery. This church is one of the greatest exponents of Romanesque architecture in Cantabria

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Romanesque collegiate church of San Martin de Elines
Romanesque collegiate church of San Martin de Elines

In the full tour of the Ebro valley, between Valderredible and the Valdeola you can be found different monuments: Rock Church of San Acisclo and Santa Victoria Arroyuelos, Romanesque church of San Juan Bautista de Villanueva de la Nía, Romanesque church of Santa Leocadia of Castrillo de Valdelomar, cave church of Santa Maria de Valverde, cave church of Saints Justo and Pastor of Olleros de Pisuerga, Romanesque church of Santa Maria de Retortillo, Romanesque church of Santa María la Real de Las Henestrosas of Quintanillas.

Romanesque church of Santa Leocadia of Castrillo de Valdelomar
Romanesque church of Santa Leocadia of Castrillo de Valdelomar
Romanesque church of San Juan Bautista de Villanueva de la Nía
Romanesque church of San Juan Bautista de Villanueva de la Nía
Rock Church of San Acisclo and Santa Victoria Arroyuelos
Rock Church of San Acisclo and Santa Victoria Arroyuelos

Despite the wealth of the valley, but nevertheless, the relative closeness to the country has caused many of his former neighbors and descendants have settled their village homes to spend weekends and especially, Summer holidays, when the valley attends a genuine resurrection, with festivities in many towns. Thus, Although the valley has been almost depopulated, at least have preserved houses and villages have not been abandoned as in other regions of Spain.

in full High Middle Ages arosechurches cave of Arroyuelos, Campo de Ebro and Santa María de Valverde, of Moorish style and repopulation. InRuanales we can admire an engraving faliforme Bronze Age (recorded large phallus on a rock two meters Tall) and the “coat Rocky Cogular“, which also it belongs to the age of Bronze and presents schematic paintings in black and red, with little men and arborescent, besides equestrian figures.


In this valley there are several affordable routes for during Valderredible. However, there is one that stand out from the rest for its beauty and ease to complete them. The walk from Polientes to the town of San Martin de Elines, where the famous Romanesque Collegiate Church of San Martin de Elines, one of the most important monuments of the valley.

It is a very comfortable way part after pass a cattle ship, from Arenillas de Ebro reaching up towards Villota. There is to go straight and do not choose the road on the left that crosses the Ebro. A few meters later, at turn on the right, leave this road and enter left into another asphalted road, which leads directly toSaint Martin de Elines. Act continued, It will reach the village of Ruerrero, which it is distinguished by its tower medieval town built in full.

Finally face a fork of tracks: front it follows the eastern neighborhoodSaint Martin de Elines. But we are interested in the westernmost neighborhood, where you are the wonderfulCollegiate Church of San Martin de Elines.

All these villages that passed it is advisable to make a stop to admire its history and beauty Valley landscape offered another perspective.


Potatoes and mushrooms are the most important products of the gastronomy of Valderredible. Potato cultivation is abundant here, with a small production but of extraordinary quality. In Scorching Cantabria it is always a burning restaurant so you can stop for lunch or dinner on your roadmap to the valley and thus recharge forces and enjoy exquisite cuisine with specialties in grilled meats.

scorching Cantabria
scorching Cantabria