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fotos de Comillas

Comillas offers you 10 walking and cycling tours that will help you discover it in a completely different way.

Walking Routes

The municipality of Comillas extends over 18.5 kilometres along the coast, from the cove of El Portillo to the La Rabia lagoon. It continues over the interior of the Monte Corona forest, a territory shared with the municipalities of Udias and Valdáliga.

The village reaches up to 300 metres above sea level near the municipal district of Udias, although, on the whole it is characterized by gentle reliefs and slender plains.

Comillas lies on a splendid limestone landscape, which has developed the characteristic karst features such as caves and steep cliffs throughout the coastline.


THE COAST

As it is said above, the coast extends from the cove El Portillo, the estuary of the stream Gandarilla, to the La Rabia Lagoon, its western limit. The village rests on a broken coastline interrupted by a wonderful beach near the urban area and the spellbinding estuary of La Rabia, which is also part of the municipality of Valdáliga. Comillas is also notable for some geological features in the surrounding areas such as the fault Punta del Miradorio in Ruiloba and the dunes of Oyambre in Valdáliga, which can be sighted from the village itself.

However the coast does not only stand out for its beauty, it has always been part of the townspeople’s way of life. The port is one of the eighth harbours in the region, and apart from its fishing activity, in Comillas and nearby there has traditionally been seaweed collecting by the townsfolk. Also, it is worth mentioning that the shellfish and other fishing activities are now being regulated in order to preserve these natural resources.


Walking Routes

THE MONTE CORONA FOREST

When we hear the word “Monte” we think of a mountain or a hill but not of a forest, however in this region the word “monte” has two different meanings.

The Monte Corona forest is a big mountain area located in the west coast of Cantabria, not far from the beaches of Comillas and Oyambre, which can be sighted from its top most hills. This forest extends over the west side of the road that communicates Comillas with Cabezón de la Sal and one of the main entrances to it is El Alto de La Hayuela. The forest is not distinguished either by its high hills which never exceed 300 metres above sea level or its plainness but for a river bed of the stream that flows from the Monte Corona and ends in La Rabia lagoon. The trees are not indigenous species as the area was replanted during the second half of the twentieth century. Then they put in 834 hectares of pines and 621 hectares of eucalyptus apart from other exotic species such as the oak trees of which they planted 39 hectares and 5'5 hectares of sequoias. Nevertheless some thousand-year-old trees are located in Caviedes, Valdáliga thanks to the townspeople who halted the cutting of the remaining 200 hectares of indigenous oak trees. In this part of the forest there are also some beeches, rarely seen in places 100 metres above sea level.

Monte Corona’s territory is shared by the municipalities of Comillas, Udías and Valdáliga, and it is partially included within the plan that preserves Oyambre’s natural reserve. Several Hermitages lie on the forest’s clearings where people enjoy walking, picnics and so on with the elderly and the children. It is thus well-connected by tracks where hiking and sightseeing becomes a pleasure.