The region of Liébana is located in the eastern part of Cantabria, bordering with Asturias, León and Palencia. This deep valley, eroded by the Deva River and its tributaries, is surrounded by peaks rising over 2,000 metres above sea-level. The Cordillera Cantábrica (Spanish for the Cantabrian mountains) includes the Picos de Europa and the Peña Sagra mountain ranges.
Four valleys conforms the region: Valdebaró – municipality of Camaleño-, Cereceda, Vega de Liébana, Valdeprado, Cabezón de Liébana and Cillorigo. The town of Potes, capital of the region, is located at the confluence of these four valleys.
All throughout history, the hilly geography of Liébana was the refuge of settlers who resisted Rome in the mountains of Vindio and Medulio. When the Muslim invasion took place, many Christians took shelter in Liébana. Those last Moors who survived the Battle of Covadonga were executed in Los Llanos, Camaleño.
Many monasteries were built in the area, such as the Monastery of San Martín de Turieno and Santa María de Piasca. However, the most important among all is the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana, home of the lignum crucis, the largest known relic of the true cross. Toribio de Astorga brought the lignum crucis from the Holy Land to save it from destruction at the hands of the Arabs. Since the 16th century, Santo Toribio de Liébana along with Rome, Jerusalem and Santiago de Compostela has the privilege to celebrate the Holy Year. Whenever the feast day (16 April) falls on Sunday, the Door of Pardon opens and the Liébana Holy Year is inaugurated.
In the Picos de Europa National Park we find the hilliest and most beautiful landscape with peaks rising over 2,600 meters above sea-level. The National Park includes almost all mountains, an area of around 700 km2.
Liébana’s tradicional way of life is characterised by isolation and self-sufficiency. This is the reason why the region has preserved an interesting and varied ethnographic heritage.

Every village in Liébana is a museum, full of popular culture and preserving very important rural architecture, such as the nobleman’s shields and the last hórreos of Cantabria, distinctive stone granaries, raised on staddle stones to prevent rats climbing into the grain.



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