Popularly known as the Old Church, this is most representative of the Gothic style in Cantabria. Built in the late nineteenth century and inaugurated in 1901, the Church occupies 1700 square meters total, making its dimensions truly spectacular. The Basilica has three naves, and the highlights are the 19 meter high temple and the 50 meter high tower. The stained glass rose window and the clock are the most characteristic elements visible from outside. From inside, besides the great Romanesque organ, there are paintings, the most marked of which is the Christ of the Agony. The graves of two of the most iconic figures in history of the town are also worth visiting.
It is the 2nd most important city of Cantabria and the most populuated (behind only Santander, the capital). It's like my city and I love it very much but I'm not blind. Cantabria is beautiful and practically has no ugly corners, but if I had to say which one is the ugliest of all, I would definitely say Torrelavega. An old industrial city that was built around their factories, some semi abandoned, others not, even at full capacity. With different smells caused by factories. There is only little interest due to Santander having many shops, restaurants, cafes, bars ... And lots of nightlife on Saturdays.
I live close and I think it is the ugliest church in Cantabria. It has a lot of meaning for the city of Torrelavega, of which it is the patron, but it is unattractive in my opinion. Perhaps it is too modern for my idea of a church.
Located in the heart of the town, this is its largest urban green space. Its 20 000 square meters contain a variety of plant species, some very old, and of great value. The famous eCulture Auditorium and Bison, are among its most prominent and well-known elements. A place to unwind from the busy city, without leaving town, where you can stroll and take a break in a totally natural environment.
In the downtown area, behind the New Church, is Piazza del Grano that holds a weekly grain market. It is surrounded by low buildings and arcades dating from the nineteenth century, which gives it a more typical air. For me, this was the most beautiful place of all.
LVEF is located on the outskirts of the city, near a car rental office and public parking lot. This is the main point of the narrow gauge paths, with the line R-2, which communicates with Santander and Oviedo, linking the main towns Asturian and Cantabrian and, of course, a stop in Torrelavega.
In the heart of the city, this pedestrian area by way of plaza , is a good starting point to begin to explore the town. You will find the municipal palace as the main element, as well as one of the public car parks. Free and spacious, has also seating areas and in a few meters, squares and outstanding churches of Torrelavega.
This curious auditorium is named after the former director of the municipal band and chorus of Torrelavega. It is situated within the grounds of the Manuel Barquin Park and is the scene of multiple artistic performances. This is a cultural oasis amid the urban maelstrom.
This sports centre, Manuel Barquin Waterfront Park, was opened in 1986 and since then hosted some of the best basketball games of recent decades. It has a capacity of nearly three thousand and is named after Torrelavega born cyclist who became a star in the thirties.
In the grounds of Manuel Barquin Park, facing the auditorium, is a sculpture, which catches many of us by surprise by not grasping its meaning. It is a tender tribute by the city council to a local sports figures. Juanjo Cobo is a natural cantabro of Torrelavega and was launched to stardom in the world of cycling, where he has stood out on several occasions. It is nicknamed the Bisonte de la Pesa and hence the sculpture of this animal is one of the most beautiful spots of the town.
As a central element of the boulevard, this palace is a multifunctional building. It was built in 1906 and currently houses the local town council as well as one of the two tourist offices of Torrelavega. Its facade, which includes the main gate as well as the presidential balcony, is decorated by official flags. Its interior boasts a marble staircase and beautiful paintings.
In addition to the office located in the city hall, there is also another information office next to the Plaza de la Llama. It is situated in a beautiful and ornate building. This office has a more limited schedule than the other, because it is attached to the training center which is located in the same building.
Risk-junkies have to try canyoning at least once. It really is an adrenaline rush! It's an incredible mix of feelings that makes you forget everything for a few hours and you end up with an indescribable feeling of bodily peace.
The best part of Spain for canyoning is Huesca. There are incredibly dizzying canyons in Huesca, but if you're a first-timer perhaps it's better to start somewhere a bit simpler and easier, like Cantabria. Cantabria has several rivers that have a beautiful river gorges for canyoning.
You have different canyons for different ability levels. One of the simplest is the Saja River, located in the Reserva de Saja natural park. The best thing about this area is that people with varying skill levels can do it since the more complicated areas can be bypassed on foot (this is not the case in most canyons, where once you start there's no going back). This was the reason we decided to canyon down this ravine. We were quite a large group and there were people who were somewhat hesitant or timid and others who were gung-ho for adventure.
First, you walk through the reserve down to the ravine for around half an hour. The trail isn't hard, but it’s a little odd since you're in a wetsuit and helmet. Then the fun begins. The ravine is full of wonderful slides and jumps that make you feel like a wild man!
It's all pretty straightforward except the last part where you're faced with a jump of about eight meters. Those who are afraid can walk down, so again, it's suitable for all levels. We loved it! We did it with a multi-adventure company that took care of everything and wasn't expensive. It's called K2aventure and operates all year long. But, of course, you should be careful because there are obviously better and worse times of year to go canyoning.