Ayuntamiento de Villafufre
San Martín, s/n
39638 San Martín de Villafufre

Phone: 942 593 179
Fax: 942 593 179

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From Alto de Caballar, on clear days, you can see the Bay of Santander to the north, and the mountains of Campoo to the south. Also on the north side you can admire a magnificent oak tree. The bottom of the Valley of Villafufre, on the other hand, is dominated by eucalyptals and pine forests destined for logging that alternate with grasslands and stains of native forest

General placement:
Between the headwaters of Toranzo and Carriedo vallyes, 38 Km from Santander. Limits north with Santa María de Cayón, west with Santiurde de Toranzo, south with Villacarriedo and east with Saro.
Population: 1.300 Extension: 30,1 Km2 Altitude: 140-750 m.
Towns: Argomeda, Bustillo, Escobedo, La Canal, Penilla, San Martín Rasillo, Trasvilla, Vega y Villafufre
Capital town: Villafufre

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Municipality crowned by the summits of Sopeña and Caballar, in its center rises the Cueto de San Martín, which divides the place into two slopes. To the west the stream of La Plata desends, it is a tributary of the Pas River which crosses a narrow gorge and separates the Sierras del Manzano and the Matanza. On the eastern slope the Pisueña vega is crossed by numerous brookes. The importance of the mixed deciduous forest (composed of alders, oaks, ash trees, chestnut trees with its courtship of hazelnuts, hawthorn and endrino) is replaced by the meadows (of berro, bellico, dandelion and red clover) and the productive populations of pines and eucalyptus trees. Still, the oak tree stands out on the ascent to the Sierra de Caballar, the northern boundary of the municipality, and the beech of Rasillo, to the south. Due to the large rainfall and contributions of various streams, the Pisueña vega generates large optimal areas for cultivation. The richness of the soils around it has led to the development of small orchards of great yield. On the sandstone slopes ferns are found, used in this region for medicinal purposes.
  • Civil architecture: between the Modern Age stately residencies stands out the monumental House of Díez de Velasco, from 17th century, located in Bustillo, and the House of Domingo Herrera. Also the Portalada del Obispo should be mentioned, thought of as the entrance to a noble house in Vega, in 18th century.
  • House-Library Lope de Vega: in Vega is the old manor that belonged to the father of famous poet and playwright. On its front yard is a heraldic roll crowned by an imperial eagle with the dates 1635-1935 that commemorates the 300th aniversary of his death.
  • Religious architecture: although not the only example, the best exponent of religious heritage in the municipality is the Convent of La Canal (of Good Local Interest since 2003); it is a religious complex with a monumental two-storey entrance with coat of arms. Other notable temples are Saint Peter in Escobedo, San Juan Bautista in Villafufre and Saint Andrew in Vega.
Industry and construction are the main employment source in the municipality. Livestock farming, a smaller sector, is already very machanized and intensified as opposed to other areas of the region. We should also mentioned the importance of the Agrocantabrian Cooperative (formerly known as Virgin of Valvanuz Cooperative), that brings together a large number of local and neighburing farmers around milk production and its derivatives, butter standing out as a great marketing success under the commercial brand “Altamira”.
  • Alto de Caballar (2 hours): this hiking route from the town of San Martín to the Alto (648 m.) ascends alternating local forest located along the dells and cottages scattered in the pastures, until reaching pine and eucalyptus forests.
  • The towns and neighbourhoods of Villafufre: this itinerary joins all of the villages in the municipality, east to west along the road, visiting chapels, churches, towers, stately houses, popular rural houses, etc.
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