When deciding what to eat in San Vicente de la Barquera, you should know that the fish and seafood from their fish market and from the closest harbors are the protagonists. The typical dish, served during the summer season, is the sorropotún, a local version of the marmita de bonito – a stew made with bonito, pepper, onion and potatoes. You will find great hake, monkfish, grouper, sardines, San Martin, and cabrachos, with which a famous pudding is prepared. The oysters from the San Vicente tidal river are acclaimed by the purists, as its waters, located inside of the Natural Park of Oyambre, are classified by the European Union ad zone A.
Apart from their numeous rices – with clams, lobster…- and barbecues, every month of July, at the same time the Certamen de la Canción Marinera and the Festival Folk Cantabria Infinita are taking place, the Festival Gastronómico del Mar is celebrated. This is a good occasion to try a variety of dishes from the restaurants of San Vicente de la Barquera. Regarding the sweets, the most typical ones are the pejinas, made of puff pastry and spaghetti squash jam, a recipe created many years ago by the Carmena bakery. You will also find the famous corbatas de Unquera, which come from the neighbor village and are also made of puff pastry and are shaped as a bow tie. If you visit the region after the Holy Week, maybe you will be able to attend to the Folía, a National Touristic Interest party.