Gastronomic route through Cantabria

The gastronomic route through Cantabria is an itinerary that will delight your senses. This coastal community in northern Spain stands out for its culinary variety. From meats, stews and vegetables to white tuna or its traditional and sweet sobaos. It also has many designations of origin such as cream cheese or its wines, which can be enjoyed throughout the region. A variety of recipes and dishes that make the gastronomic route through Cantabria an unmissable event.

Liébana Valley

In this region of Cantabria you will be able to enjoy a hearty Cocido Lebaniego. This stew has as ingredients the chickpeas from Potes, potatoes and berza. It is also accompanied by the compango, that is, chorizo, bacon and blood sausage. As if this was not enough, in some cases it also includes beef, eggs and parsley. As an extra on this gastronomic route through Cantabria, if you are a big fan of cocido, we encourage you to visit the Cabuérniga Valley. A tasty mountain stew is waiting for you there. It is prepared with beans instead of chickpeas and also includes cabbage. You can buy honey from Liébana with P.D.O.


In the centre of the Liébana region, this Cantabrian municipality produces Chorizo de Potes. In its elaboration we find the most typical ingredients of the chorizo such as lean pork meat, bacon and paprika. But this chorizo includes a plus: oregano, pepper and thyme. It is created using a technique of smoking with oak wood over the course of 25 days. In Potes you can also enjoy its market with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. You cannot miss its aguardiente or orujo, with varieties such as the classic, with herbs or honey…


On this gastronomic route through Cantabria one stop should be Tresviso, which is located in the region of Liébana, just like Potes. Delicious and close! Here you can find cheeses with Protected Designation of Origin such as Picón Bejes-Tresviso cheese, a soft blue cheese with an intense flavour. In the same way, you will be able to taste the cheeses of Liébana, they are elaborated with milk of sheep, cow or goat.


This town in Cantabria, which has less than a thousand inhabitants, hides one of the community’s most famous desserts, the puff pastries. Typical from here are the corbatas, a puff pastry with the shape of a tie. They are made with butter, almonds, eggs, sugar and flour. Yum, yum! If you like puff pastry very much in the city of Torrelavega you can try the polkas. This dessert is made with a puff pastry base covered with royal icing.


Another of the attractions of this gastronomic route through Cantabria is meat. Wild boar meat, pork, deer… If you go to Cantabria you cannot miss these dishes. Beef is one of the most traditional. It has a Protected Geographical Indication.

San Vicente de la Barquera

From this coastal town they bring us one of the delights of the gastronomic route through Cantabria. Guess which one? The sorropotun! This white tuna stew is popular from other Cantabrian towns so you can choose where to try it. However, this dish of seafaring tradition is one of the stars of the El Mozucu festival.

Vega de Pas

In the town of Vega de Pas you must make a mandatory stop on this exquisite gastronomic route through Cantabria. Tradition takes us here to enjoy the origin of the Quesada. A very refreshing dessert. Here you will also be able to enjoy one of the delicacies par excellence of Cantabria: the sobao pasiego. With the seal of Protected Geographical Indication, the sobaos are made in artisan workshops. Its texture is spongy and its sweet taste reminds of butter.


This town and municipality located in the eastern part of Cantabria has the most appetizing fish and seafood. From monkfish and squid to sea bass and from its excellent mussels to prawns. But if there is one thing this town is part of the gastronomic route through Cantabria, it is the anchovy of Santoña. A product that has become a luxury dish.


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