Penagos Town Hall
La Helguera, 6
39627 Penagos

Phone: 942 554 222 / 942 554 030
Fax: 942 554 030

Schedule: from 08:00 to 14:30h.

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A walk through the Cabárceno Park, south of the Sierra de Cabarga, reveals traces of thousands of years of iron extraction. Also with a mix of routes on foot or by car, Cabárceno offers the chance to see exotic animals in a semi-wild environment, importantly the nature park has a conservation and breeding program of endangered species, an ideal place for animal lovers.

General placement:
24 Km away from Santander, north of Peña Cabarga. Limits east with Liérganes and south with Sta. Mª de Cayón. It is the northern limit of Pas Valleys.
Population: 1.750 Extension: 31,6 Km2 Altitude: 120-570 m.
Localidades: Arenal · Cabárceno · Llanos · Penagos · Sobarzo.
Capital town: Penagos.

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Result of a millenary mining activity on limestone floor, at the north of the municipality one can enjoy a spectacular scenary of pinnacles, limestone pavements, caves and abysses. At the south, a typical of these valleys pasture landscape. On the municipality, there are oak and holm groves, on top of Genista hispanic or pink torvisco bushes. Acebo Lake, in Cabárceno, is a beautiful pond surrounded by willow trees.
The zoo of Cabárceno Park offers the added interest of visiting a national study centre of behaviour and reproduction of introduced species such as the African elephant, giraffe, bisont, ostrich… Other interesting spot in the municipality is the Maciza de Peña Cabarga, Natural Park since 1989 and declared Geological Interest Place for its values and mineral formations.
  • Archaeological remainders of Cabárceno (Caves of La Peña -Llanos- and La Tobalina -Cabárceno): the finding of Caldero de Cabárceno on a dwell in Crespa Mine evidenced the existence of contact between the region’s population and other analogous cultures of the European Atlantic arch during the Bronze Age.
  • Religious architecture from 17th century: Churches of Sta. Eulalia and St. George in Penagos (Local Interest Good since 2001), St. Peter Apóstol in Sobarzo, and Parroquial Church of Llanos, of a Renaissance style.
  • Civil architecture: mainly standing out Búmbaro Bridge from 16th century, in Llanos (included on the General Inventory of Cantabrian Heritage in 2005), and the Palace of Miranda, headquarters of an ancient council, formed by a house built before 1682 and a tower from before 1739. It has two dos coats of arms on the central and lateral fronts, showing the arms of Agüero and Miranda.
  • Mining insdustry archaeology: railway lines and stations are kept, through which metal was transportated, laundries, decanting tanks, etc.
The last two decades have seen a fundamental change on productivity dedication, from traditional farming to services exploitation, mostly linked to Cabárceno Park (touristic, catering, environmental conservation, etc.), managed by public entity CANTUR.
  • The Neighbourhoods of Penagos: a short road walk allows for a heritage visit in the capital town, where Palace of Miranda, Church of Saint George and Búmbaro Bridge stan out.
  • Touristic visit to Cabárceno Park (more information: 942 563736), with a series of associate recreative services.
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